Thunderbowl, Allen Park, Mich., Nov 30-Dec 4, 1976

New Mark For Earl

Earl Anthony broke his own record for season earnings when he won the $10,000 first prize in the men's division of the AMF Grand Prix of Bowling at Detroit.

The victory upped the Tacoma, Wash., pro's 1976 earnings to $109,758, bettering the mark of $107,585 he had set the previous year when he had become the first professional bowler ever to track the $100,000 barrier.

Anthony, who qualified for the men's showdown fourth, had to win all three of his matches in the nationally televised finals to top the mark. But winning on television had become a common occurrence for the man who had dominated pro bowling almost from the time he returned to the tour in 1970.

His first game, against Ernie Schlegel, was the toughest. He and Schlegel stayed close throughout their match until Anthony doubled in the 10th frame to clinch a 210-204 victory.

Against Wayne Zahn, Anthony fell behind quickly when he opened in the second frame while Zahn started with a turkey. But Zahn then ran into problems, opening in the fifth and sixth frames. Anthony stayed clean from the third on and closed out with a 221-181 verdict.

Against Roy Buckley, who had gained top-seed with a position round win over Zahn the night before the finals, Anthony opened with six strikes while Buckley could manage but one strike in the first nine frames. Anthony coasted to a 259-189 thumping.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.690 (3 games)$10,000
2Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio189 (1 game)7,000
3Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.181 (1 game)5,000
4Ernie Schlegel, U.S.A.204 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Anthony defeated Schlegel, 210-204; Anthony defeated Zahn, 221-181, and in the championship game, Anthony defeated Buckley, 259-189.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio 8116 13-7-0 390 8506 
2Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz. 8050 i1-7-2 360 8410 
3Ernie Schlegel, U.S.A. 7940 12-7-1 375 8315 
4Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 7882 13-7-0 390 8272 
*5Dick Ritger, River Falls, Wis. 7921 9-11-0 270 8191 $2,650
6Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 7881 10-10-0 300 8181 2,400
7Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 7759 8-11-1 255 8014 2,200
8Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y. 7770 8-12-0 240 8010 2,000
9Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 7684 7-13-0 210 7894 1,800
10Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 7659 7-13-0 210 7869 1,700


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
**11Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.3681$1,600
12Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas36771,400
13Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa.36291,350
14Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif.36251,300
15George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.36161,250
16Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif.35981,200
17Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.35811,150
18Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y.35801,100
19Butch Soper, Santa Ana, Calif.35521,050
20Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.33631,000

*TV Alternate (includes $50) . * *Match play alternate (includes $100) . # Zahn received $100 for 300 game. MEN-18-game qualifying leader-Berardi, 3794. 10th place-Salvino, 3683.