Japan Starlanes Centers, Sep 10-23, 1973

Japan Gold Cup McCune's 6th

Don McCune had to go a long way to get it . . . Tokyo, Japan, to be exact . . . but he returned home with his sixth victory of the year on the Professional Bowlers Association 1973 tournament tour.

The Indianan struck three times in the 10th frame of the championship game to eke out a 236-235 victory over another Hoosier, Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne.

Using the PBA's step-ladder elimination format, McCune eliminated two other finalists before laying claim to the crown and the $2,000 first prize money. He was third at the end of four days of match-game qualifying play, trailing Schmidt and Barry Asher.

When McCune swung into action in the televised portion of the finals, he first met Roy Buckley, and disposed of him, 244-225. Next up was Asher and McCune hung a 258-225 defeat on the Californian.

In the championship match with Schmidt, the two pros were pin-for-pin virtually throughout the game, with McCune holding a one-pin margin after striking in the eighth and ninth frames.

Schmidt then struck out, and by so doing he forced McCune to do the same thing in the 10th frame to maintain that one-pin margin. McCune responded with a pressure-packed three-bagger and it was all over.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Don McCune, Munster, Ind.738 (3 games)$2,000
2Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.235 (1 game)1,200
3Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.225 (1 game)1,050
4Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio441 (2 games)950
5Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis.444 (2 games)850
6Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio667 (3 games)750
7Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.205 (1 game)650
8Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y.216 (1 game)550

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Godman defeated Lampo, 218-216; Godman defeated Salvino, 246-205; Ritger defeated Godman, 238-203; Buckley defeated Ritger, 216-206.
TELEVISED FINALS-McCune defeated Buckley, 244-225; McCune defeated Asher, 258-225, and in the championship game McCune defeated Schmidt, 236-235.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 7512 21-12-0 630 8142 
2Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif. 7530 19-14-0 570 8100 
3Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 7585 17-16-0 510 8095 
4Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 7472 15-18-0 450 7922 
5Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 7329 18-15-0 540 7869 
6Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 7375 13-19-1 405 7780 
7Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y. 7185 17-15-1 525 7710 
8Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio 7067 11-22-0 330 7397