Showboat Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nov., Jun 10-16, 1979

Newcomer Nabs National

Rookie Mike Aulby became the youngest bowler ever to win a major PBA title when he out bowled three veteran opponents with a 242 average in the finals of the Showboat-PBA National Championship in Las Vegas.

The 19-year-old left-hander from Indianapolis dominated the TV finals, trouncing Gary Mage, George Pappas and finally top-seeded Earl Anthony by a combined total of 144 pins. Aulby clinched his first victory by stringing six straight strikes from the fourth to the ninth frames of the final game to overpower Anthony, 245-217, for $15,000.

The prestigious National was Aulby's eleventh PBA tournament. His best prior finish was 31 st in the Dutch Masters Open in Detroit.

"I just wanted to make good shots," said Aulby, showing coolness and poise under pressure well beyond his years. "I tried not to let the score or anything else going on around me upset my concentration."

He didn't. After Mage, a veteran lefthander making his third appearance in the TV finals of a National Championship, eliminated Mark Roth, 215-204, in the first game, Aulby stepped into the picture. A spare and four strikes and the rookie had a lead that was never threatened, finishing with a 245-203 decision.

Against Pappas, the winner of the Firestone Tournament of Champions just two months before, Aulby struck on six of his first eight shots as he waltzed to a 237-163 semi-final game victory.

Three-time PBA National champion Anthony took an early lead in the title bout with a double but fell behind to Aulby's six-bagger. A wobbling 10-pin in the eighth frame while working on a double stalled Anthony's catch-up bid and all but assured Aulby's victory.

A junior standout in Indiana, Aulby was runnerup in the 1978 All-American Youth Bowling Championships (AAYBC) while rolling a half dozen 300 games in junior competition.

He's in the pros now and has the PBA National Championship, an exemption from the Pro Tour Qualifier and a seven year invitation to the Firestone Tournament of Champions to show for it.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, Ind.727 (3 games)$15,000
2Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash.217 (1 game)8,000
3George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.163 (1 game)6,000
4Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash.418 (2 games)5,000
5Mark Roth, North Arlington, N.J.204 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Mage defeated Roth, 215-204; Aulby defeated Mage, 245-203; Aulby defeated Pappas, 237-163; and in the championship game, Aulby defeated Anthony, 245-217.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Earl Anthony, Kent, Wash. 12268 219.0 16-6-2 510 12778 
2George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 12191 217.6 15-9-0 450 12641 
3Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, Ind. 12025 214.7 16-8-0 480 12505 
#4Gary Mage, Seattle, Wash. 12049 215.1 14-8-2 450 12499 
5Mark Roth, North Arlington, N.J. 12100 216.0 12-11-1 375 12475 
**6Ed Ressler, Bethlehem, Pa. 12031 214.8 14-10-0 420 12451 $3,250
7Steve Westberg, Cottage Grove, Ore. 11985 214.0 15-9-0 450 12435 2,800
8Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala. 12000 214.2 14-10-0 420 12410 2,600
9Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 12058 215.3 10-12-2 330 12388 2,500
10Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn. 11999 214.2 12-11-1 375 12374 2,400
11Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn. 11940 213.2 14-10-0 420 12360 2,300
12Fred Conner, Mar Vista, Calif. 11963 213.6 11-13-0 330 12293 2,200
13Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, USA 11941 213.2 9-14-1 285 12226 2,100
14Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 11892 212.2 10-12-2 330 12222 2,000
15Jim Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore. 11840 211.4 11-11-2 360 12200 1,900
16Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif. 11798 210.6 13-11-0 390 12188 1,800
17Joe Natoli, Brown Deer, Wis. 11794 210.6 12-11-1 375 12169 1,700
18Ed Chellson, Hasbrouck, N.J. 11851 211.6 8-14-2 270 12121 1,600
#19Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J. 11762 210.0 10-14-0 300 12062 1,500
20Bill Coleman, Springfield, Ore. 11727 209.4 9-13-2 300 12027 1,400
21Rich Carrubba, Las Vegas 11752 209.8 8-16-0 240 11992 1,300
22Wayne Hockersmith, Montclair, Calif. 11758 209.9 6-18-0 180 11938 1,200
23Mal Acosta, Fremont, Calif. 11618 207.4 9-15-0 270 11888 1,150
+24Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif. 11735 206.1 11-13-0 330 11871 1,060


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Chris Riga, Allentown, Pa.$950
+26Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y.1,035
27Bob Fenton, Upland, Calif.900
28Louie Moore, Indianapolis, Ind.880
29Don Johnson, Las Vegas860
30Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash.850
31Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.840
32Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.830
*33Dave Kappel, Chicago865
 Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif.815
35Tim Albin, Hermosa Beach, Calif.795
 Greg Damaskos, Yakima, Wash.795
37Kenny Hall, Latham, N.Y.780
 Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.780
39Paul Vorisek, Cleveland760
40Dave Heller, New Rochelle, N.Y.750
41Rick Minier, Portland, Ore.740
42John Handegard, Eugene, Ore.730
43Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.720
#44Norm Meyers, St. Louis710
45Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass.700
46Russ Fields, San Jose, Calif.690
47Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.680
48Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind.670
49Pat Dickey, San Antonio, Tex.655
 Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz.655
51David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas640
52Jeff Valentine, Hopkinton, Mass.630
53Bill Walden, Troy, Mo.620
54Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa610
55Glenn Carlson, Fresno, Calif.600
56Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.590
57Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.580
58Al Ahlm, Alameda, Calif.570
59Charlie Venable, Bronx, N.Y.560
60Frank Tavella, Denver550
61Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. V.540
62Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis.530
63Bob Handley, Fairway, Kan.520
64Mike Matosich, San Bruno, Calif.510
65John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill.500
66Keith Kolozsi, Xenia, Ohio490
67Rich Martinez, Yuba City, Calif.480
68Paul Colwell, Tucson470
69Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa.460
70Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz.450
71George LeCain, Peabody, Mass.440
72Steve Sweat, Anaheim, Calif.430
73Tim Miller, Dallas420
74Carmen Salvino, Chicago410
75Joseph Groskind, Memphis400
76Guppy Troup, Savannah, Ga.390
77Dale Glenn, Northridge, Calif.380
78Jimmy McHugh, Las Vegas370
79Frank Huspen, River Grove, Ill.360
80Alvin Lou, EI Cajon, Calif.350
81Rick Jones, Bellingham, Wash.340
82Bill George, Citrus Hts., Calif.330
83Dave Soutar, Kansas City320
84Steve Force, Bremerton, Wash.310

*-Match Play alternate **- TV Alternate. 24-game qualifying leader - Anthony, 5,206. 84th Place Weltzien, 4,883. 32-game qualifying leader - Roth, 7,005. 24th place - Laub, 6,757. Denny Cavalier qualified for semifinal round but was disqualified when his ball failed to meet PBA specifications. He was replaced in semifinal round by Weltzien. # Gary Mage (2), Gil Sliker and Norm Meyers rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS Mike Berlin, Larry Laub, Dale Glenn, Louie Moore, Ed Ressler and Don Johnson.
+ - McNealy replaced Berardi in match play when Berardi was disqualified for missing roll call. McNealy was penalized 194 pins, the difference between their 32-game qualifying scores plus any bonus pins Berardi was awarded in match play. They divided 26th and 24th place money, and McNealy received $25 for serving as alternate for one round. The new alternate was Dave Kappel, and he received $50 for the final two rounds.