Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Apr 15-19, 1975

Davis' Second Time Around

Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga., became the second player in the tournament's 11-year history to twice win the $125,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

He defeated Barry Ashen Costa Mesa, Calif., 201-195, in the championship game to win the coveted title and the $25,000 first prize. He won the exclusive tournament for the first time in 1968 and joins Jim Godman, Vero Beach, Fla., as a double winner. Godman was fourth in this Firestone.

The victory also was another rung in Davis' comeback ladder as he won the $80,000 Miller High Life Open two weeks previously at Milwaukee, Wis., to break a five-year victory drought.

Davis Asher and Godman were joined by leading money winner and defending Firestone titleist, Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash., and Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla., in the five-man finals.

Godman and the man who was to be top-seeded, Asher, were close to the leaders throughout. Davis and Anthony moved among the leaders later, and by the time match play was nearing the end, it was apparent that the struggle for the fifth spot was to be between Neff and another youngster, Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y.

Neff won that deciding position-round game, 259-201, and the field was set.

Neff's dreams for a second big win on the winter tour (he had won the $100,000 BPAA U.S. Open a month earlier) went a-glimmering when he bowed to Godman, 214-204, in the first match. Four strikes by Godman early in the game overcame Neff's late challenge.

Godman's hopes for a third Firestone title also were dashed just a game later when Anthony eliminated him, 216-198. Anthony had an opening three-bagger and that proved to be enough margin.

Now it was Davis' turn and he didn't muff the opportunity.

He and Anthony were nip and tuck through the fourth frame and suddenly Anthony couldn't buy a strike. Davis did, however, getting seven of eight in the closing frames for a rousing 247-193 victory.

For Asher, the championship game was to be a repeat of two years earlier when he lost to Godman in the championship match. This day was to belong to Davis. He converted a 2-7 split in the fourth frame of the title match, then doubled for a six-pin margin, which he protected to the end. Asher could have caught him with a double in the tenth frame, but a 3-6-10 leave made it a 201-195 victory for Davis.

And it was a tearful one. Davis, obviously shaken at his good fortune, told newsmen later that he was truly lucky through the two final games.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga.448 (2 games)$25,000
2Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.195 (1 game)14,000
3Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.409 (2 games)8,000
4Jim Godman, Vero Beach, Fla.412 (2 games)6,000
5Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.204 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Godman defeated Neff, 214-204; Anthony defeated Godman, 216-198; Davis defeated Anthony, 247-193, and in the championship game, Davis defeated Asher, 201-195.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif. 10648 15-9-0 450 11098 
2Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga. 10604 16-8-0 480 11084 
3Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 10590 16-8-0 480 11070 
4Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 10623 12-12-0 360 10983 
5Jim Godman, Vero Beach, Fla. 10558 14-10-0 420 10978 
*6Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. 10522 12-12-0 360 10882 $3,350
7Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 10508 11-13-0 330 10838 3,000
8Ray Orf, St. Louis, Mo. 10405 12-11-1 375 10780 2,800
9Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas 10376 12-12-0 360 10736 2,600
10Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 10344 12-12-0 360 10704 2,500
11Gus Lampo, Endicott, N.Y. 10276 13-11-0 390 10666 2,400
12George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 10335 11-13-0 330 10665 2,300
13Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 10389 8-16-0 240 10629 2,200
14Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 10222 13-11-0 390 10612 2,100
15Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill. 10221 13-11-0 390 10611 2,000
16Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 10096 15-9-0 450 10546 1,900
17Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 10093 15-9-0 450 10543 1,800
18Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 10038 13-11-0 390 10428 1,700
19Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 10096 10-14-0 300 10396 1,650
20Ed Bourdase, San Jose, Calif. 10003 13-11-0 390 10393 1,600
21Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 10096 7-16-1 225 10321 1,550
22Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif. 9957 12-12-0 360 10317 1,500
23Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo. 9970 6-18-0 180 10150 1,450
24Mike Limongello, N. Lindenhurst, N.Y. 9908 6-18-0 180 10088 1,400


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.5058$1,075
26Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio50561,000
27Tim Harahan, Woodland Hills, Calif.50401,000
28Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio50271,000
29Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.50081,000
30Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa.49941,000
31Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif.49871,000
32Bob Hood, San Francisco, Calif.49841,000
33Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash.49821,000
34Butch Gearhart, Houston, Texas49781,000
35Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.49761,000
36Mike McGrath, Lake St. Louis, Mo.49741,000
37Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash.49401,000
 Don Johnson, Akron, Ohio49401,000
39John Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.49051,000
40Norm Meyers, St. Louis, Mo.48991,000
 Matt Surina, Longview, Wash.48991,000
42Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla.48841,000
43Skee Foremsky, Houston, Texas48341,000
44Louie Moore, Columbus, Ohio48331,000
45Marty Piraino, Syracuse, N.Y.48281,000
46Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.47611,000
47Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.47441,000
48Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.47371,000
49Alex Seymore, Kannapolis, N.C.47081,000
50Bobby Cooper, Ft. Worth, Texas46551,000
51Harry Smith, Rochester, N.Y.45081,000
52Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif., (WD 3 game total)5691,000

*Alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-Durbin 5350. 24th low-Bourdase 5068. PRO-AM CASHERS-$50 each-Jim Godman, Gary Mage, Dick Weber, Johnny Petraglia, Steve Neff, Dave Soutar, HIGH GAME AWARDS-$250 each-Mark Roth, Butch Gearhart, Earl Anthony, Barry Asher, Mike Durbin. $83.33 each-Gary Dickinson, Tom Hudson, Dick Weber. HIGH SERIES AWARDS-$500 each-Dick Weber, Jim Stefanich, Steve Neff, Jim Godman, Ray Orf, Barry Asher.