Leilani Lanes, Seattle, Wash., Jun 12-19, 1977

Hail Columbia, Hudson Wins

Tommy Hudson scored the biggest victory of his professional bowling career when he edged Jay Robinson to win the 18th annual Professional Bowlers Association National Championship at Leilani Lanes in Seattle.

The Akron, Ohio, star received $10,000 for his thrilling 206-200 victory over Robinson before a national television (CBS) audience and a packed house at Leilani.

Robinson suffered a 4-7-10 split in the first frame of the title game, but recovered quickly with a turkey to open a slight lead Another split this time a 6-7-10, in the sixth dropped the Californian behind once again, but Hudson then left one of his own, a 2-10, in the next frame.

Robinson finished strong with a 200, and Hudson needed a double in the 10th to win the Columbia sponsored event. He got the first strike, but on his second was forced to wait an agonizing second until a tottering eight pin fell for the second strike and victory.

"I feel my season is now complete," an excited Hudson later told newsmen. "A lot of great bowlers never win the National Championship and I consider myself extremely lucky to have won it.

"But I really don't consider myself a superstar. I guess you have to think of guys like Don Carter, Dick Weber and Earl Anthony. However, I would like to think I can be one of the better bowlers on the tour for several years. That was a tough field we had out there today."

It was a heartbreaking loss for the fourth-seeded Robinson, who defeated two of 1977's top bowlers-Mark Roth and Earl Anthony-in his drive to the title game.

The five-match championship round began with fifth seeded John Wilcox defeating sixth-seeded and local favorite Johnny Guenther, 223-218.

Wilcox then lost to Robinson, 263-191, before Robinson jolted Roth, 233-222, and Anthony, 212-208. Once again, Robinson battled from behind after opening in the fifth.

Sparked by a 300 game, Robinson led the tournament during the early qualifying rounds. Other 300s were tossed by Marshall Holman and rookie Steve Martin.

Anthony, seeking his fourth National Championship title in five years, made his bid on the second day of competition by jumping from 38th place to fifth. He led at the end of 32 qualifying games, surrendered the lead briefly to Roth, then held it until losing to Hudson, 244-222, in the position round.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio206 (1 game)$10,000
2Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif.908 (4 games)6,000
3Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash.208 (1 game)4,000
4Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y.222 (1 game)3,600
5John Wilcox, Montoursville, Pa.414 (2 games)3,300
6John Guenther, Seattle, Wash.218 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Wilcox defeated Guenther, 223-218; Robinson defeated Wilcox, 263-191; Robinson defeated Roth, 223-222; Robinson defeated Anthony, 212-208; in the championship game, Hudson defeated Robinson, 206-200.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 12456 18-6-0 540 12996 
2Earl Anthony, Tacoma, Wash. 12515 14-9-1 435 12950 
3Mark Roth, Staten Island, N.Y. 12528 13-11-0 390 12918 
4Jay Robinson, Los Angeles, Calif. 12444 14-10-0 420 12864 
5John Wilcox, Montoursville, Pa. 12270 15-9-0 450 12720 
6Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 12247 15-9-0 450 12697 
*7Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 12251 14-10-0 420 12671 $2,750
8Ernie Schlegel, U.S.A. 12154 16-7-1 495 12649 2,500
9Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 12291 11-13-0 330 12621 2,400
10Dennis Murphy, Great Falls, Mont. 12219 13-11-0 390 12609 2,300
11Matt Surina, Longview, Wash. 12038 17-7-0 510 12548 2,200
12Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 12213 11-13-0 330 12543 2,100
13Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif. 12113 12-12-0 360 12473 2,000
14Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz. 12074 11-13-0 330 12404 1,900
15Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla. 11960 11-13-0 330 12290 1,800
16Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 11963 10-13-1 315 12278 1,700
17Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 11901 11-13-0 330 12231 1,600
18Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 11896 11-13-0 330 12226 1,500
19E. J. Mock, Norco, Calif. 11847 11-13-0 330 12177 1,400
20Glenn Carlson, Fresno, Calif. 11964 7-17-0 210 12174 1,300
21Ed Ressler, Allentown. Pa. 11885 9-15-0 270 12155 1,200
22Rich Carrubba, Hayward, Calif. 11841 9-15-0 270 12111 1,100
23Joe McQuillan, W., Los Angeles, Cal. 11804 7-16-1 225 12029 1,050
24Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 11767 6-18-0 180 11947 1,000


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.6836$980
26George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.6835870
27Paul Moser, Medford, Mass.6832835
28Jim Frazier, Spokane, Wash.6829800
29Steve Jones, Independence, Mo.6819780
30Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Tex.6817760
#31Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.681740
32Wayne Chester, San Mateo, Cal.6778720
33Pete Couture, Windsor, Conn.6774700
34Don Reeser, San Francisco, Cal.6768680
35Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Spgs., Colo.6765660
36Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash6758640
37Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.6753620
38Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.6743600
39Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va.6737580
40Craig Cutsor, Whittier, Cal.6703560
41Toe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.6701550
42Bobby Fenton, Cucamonga, Cal.6692540
43Gary Cea, Everett, Wash.6687530
44Dave Davis, Atlanta, Ga.6685520
45Frank Ellenburg, Phoenix, Ariz.6683510
46Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash.6680500
47Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla.6668490
48Dale Glenn, Glendale, Cal.6659480
49Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo.6654470
50Mike Doody, Dallas, Tex.6647460
51John Weber, St. Louis, Mo.6640450
52Tim Godman, Miami, Fla.6627440
53Ted Bakatselos, Detroit, Mich.6613430
54Mike Kelly, Seattle, Wash.6608420
55Don Schultz, W. Lafayette, Ind.6589410
56Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash.6583400

*Alternate. Schissler defeated Spigner, 215-177, in a rolloff after two were tied at the end of 32 games. #Jay Robinson, Marshall Holman and Steve Martin each received $100 for 300 games. 32-game qualifying leader-Anthony, 7305. 24th-Schissler and Spigner, 6836. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50 each) -Petraglia, Carlson, Spigner, Chestney, Anthony and S. Jones.