PBA Bowling Tour: 1976 Season

This is a recap of the 1976 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 18th season, and consisted of 35 events. Earl Anthony added another "first" to his résumé, becoming the first player to win three PBA Player of the Year awards. Anthony again dominated the tour with six victories and topped the $100,000 season earnings mark for the second straight year (topping his previous record by cashing $110,808).[1][2]

PBA Bowling Tour: 1976 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationDecember 31, 1975 – December 16, 1976
PBA Tour
Season MVPEarl Anthony
PBA Tour seasons

Anthony, however, did not win a major title in 1976. Those titles went to Paul Moser (BPAA U.S. Open), Marshall Holman (Firestone Tournament of Champions) and Paul Colwell (Brunswick PBA National Championship). Holman (21) became the youngest Tournament of Champions winner ever with his victory.

The lead for career PBA titles changed hands a few times during the season. Dick Weber collected his 25th career title in February to hold the lead until July, when Don Johnson also won his 25th. By the end of the season, Earl Anthony had reached 26 titles to pass both. (Weber, however, had also won four BPAA All-Star events earlier in his career. These were not counted as PBA titles at the time, but were added as titles in 2008 when the PBA amended its rules.)

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
Ford Open Bowling Square Arcadia, California Dec 31 – Jan 3 Johnny Guenther (11)
ARC Alameda Open Mel's Southshore Bowl Alameda, California Jan 6–10 Roy Buckley (4)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Hotel Lanes Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 11–17 Wayne Zahn (14)
Denver Open Colorado Bowl Denver, Colorado Jan 20–24 Jim Stefanich (13)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Jan 27–31 George Pappas (4)
Cleveland Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Feb 3–7 Tommy Hudson (3)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Towson, Maryland Feb 10–14 Curt Schmidt (3)
AMF Pro Classic Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Feb 17–21 Dick Weber (25)
Midas Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Feb 24–28 Earl Anthony (21)
AMF Dick Weber Five-Star Open Don Carter's Tamarac Lanes Tamarac, Florida Mar 2–6 Earl Anthony (22)
New Orleans Lions Open Pelican Lanes Metarie, Louisiana Mar 9–13 Louie Moore (2)
BPAA U.S. Open Forum Bowl Grand Prairie, Texas Mar 14–20 Paul Moser (1)
Rolaids Open Dick Weber Lanes Florissant, Missouri Mar 23–27 Mark Roth (2)
Miller High Life Open Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar 30 – Apr 3 Dave Soutar (15)
Monro-Matic Open Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Apr 6–10 Billy Hardwick (17)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 13–17 Marshall Holman (3)
Fresno HBO Open Cedar Lanes Fresno, California Jun 6–10 Earl Anthony (23)
Brunswick PBA National Championship Leilani Lanes Seattle, Washington Jun 13–20 Paul Colwell (7)
Portland HBO Open Valley Lanes Beaverton, Oregon Jun 26–30 Larry Laub (8)
PBA Doubles Classic Saratoga Lanes San Jose, California Jul 7–11 Paul Colwell (8),
Don Johnson (25)
Tucson HBO Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona Jul 16–20 Barry Asher (10)
Showboat Best-Ball Doubles Showboat Hotel Lanes Las Vegas, Nevada Jul 21–25 Bill Straub (1),
Tom Warren (1)
Quad Cities Open Suburban Lanes Davenport, Iowa Jul 30 – Aug 3 Carmen Salvino (14)
Buffalo Open Thruway Lanes Cheektowaga, New York Aug 6–10 Dave Frame (1)
New England Open Lang's Bowlarama Cranston, Rhode Island Aug 13–17 Jim Frazier (1)
Great Adventure Open Curtis Suburban Lanes Trenton, New Jersey Aug 20–24 Jay Robinson (2)
Waukegan Open Bertrand Lanes Waukegan, Illinois Aug 26–30 Earl Anthony (24)
Columbia 300 Open N. Versailles Bowl Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sep 3–7 Mark Roth (3)
AMF Regional Champions Classic North Hill Bowl Minot, North Dakota Oct 12–16 Mike Berlin (1)
Buzz Fazio Open Ken Nottke's Bowl Battle Creek, Michigan Oct 22–25 Earl Anthony (25)
Northern Ohio Open Westgate Lanes Fairview Park, Ohio Oct 29 – Nov 1 Mark Roth (4)
Syracuse Open Strike 'n Spare Lanes Syracuse, New York Nov 5–8 Louie Moore (3)
Brunswick World Open Brunswick Northern Bowl Glendale Heights, Illinois Nov 14–20 Gary Dickinson (5)
AMF Grand Prix of Bowling Thunderbowl Allen Park, Michigan Nov 30 – Dec 4 Earl Anthony (26)
Hawaiian Invitational (Multiple Centers) Honolulu, Hawaii Dec 6–16 Larry Laub (9)


  1. ^ "1976 AMF Grand Prix of Bowling". PBA.
  2. ^ "1976 Hawaiian Invitational". PBA.

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