PBA Bowling Tour: 1977 Season

This is a recap of the 1977 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 19th season, and consisted of 36 events. Earl Anthony's string of three consecutive PBA Player of the Year awards was snapped by Mark Roth. Roth won four titles on the season and made numerous other top-five finishes to lead the Tour in earnings (over $105,000).

PBA Bowling Tour: 1977 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 4 – December 10, 1977
PBA Tour
Season MVPMark Roth
PBA Tour seasons

Johnny Petraglia captured his second career major championship, winning the BPAA U.S. Open. Additional major titles for 1977 went to Mike Berlin (Firestone Tournament of Champions) and Tommy Hudson (Columbia PBA National Championship). Don Johnson collected his 26th career title, only to be caught and tied by Dick Weber the following week when Weber won his 26th. But both were now in Earl Anthony's rearview mirror, as the legendary lefthander earned his 27th and 28th titles during the season. For Johnson, his victory in Gretna, Louisiana in February gave him at least one title every season for the last 12 seasons – at the time, a PBA record.

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
Miller Lite Classic Gable House Bowl Torrance, California Jan 4–8 Earl Anthony (27)
Ford Open Mel's Southshore Bowl Alameda, California Jan 11–15 Steve Jones (1)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Hotel Lanes Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 16–22 Mark Roth (5)
Quaker State Open Forum Bowl Grand Prairie, Texas Jan 25–29 Henry Gonzalez (1)
Rolaids Open Dick Weber Lanes Florissant, Missouri Feb 1–5 Steve Neff (3)
Midas Open Expressway Lanes Gretna, Louisiana Feb 8–12 Don Johnson (26)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Feb 15–19 Dick Weber (26)
Miller High Life Open Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Feb 22–26 Ed Ressler (3)
Monro-Matic Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Mar 1–5 Tommy Hudson (4)
AMF Pro Classic Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Mar 8–12 Dick Ritger (18)
Muriel Cigar Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Mar 15–19 Roy Buckley (5)
BPAA U.S. Open Brunswick Friendly Lanes Greensboro, North Carolina Mar 20–26 Johnny Petraglia (10)
Burger King Open Don Carter's Kendall Lanes Miami, Florida Mar 28 – Apr 3 Teata Semiz (3)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Springfield, Virginia Apr 6–9 Tommy Hudson (5)[1]
Toledo Open Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Apr 12–16 John Denton (1)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 18–23 Mike Berlin (2)
Portland Open Valley Lanes Beaverton, Oregon Jun 4–7 Dennis Lane (1)
Columbia PBA National Championship Leilani Lanes Seattle, Washington Jun 12–19 Tommy Hudson (6)
PBA Doubles Classic Saratoga Lanes San Jose, California Jun 24–27 Mark Roth (6),
Marshall Holman (4)
Fresno Open Cedar Lanes Fresno, California Jul 1–4 Mark Roth (7)
Southern California Open Keystone Lanes Norwalk, California Jul 8–11 Mark Roth (8)
Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona Jul 15–18 George Pappas (5)
Houston Open Stadium Bowl Houston, Texas Jul 22–25 Carmen Salvino (15)
Quad Cities Open Plaza Bowl North Davenport, Iowa Jul 29 – Aug 1 Mike Berlin (3)
Waukegan Open Bertrand Lanes Waukegan, Illinois Aug 4–7 Earl Anthony (28)
Buffalo Open Thruway Lanes Cheektowaga, New York Aug 12–15 Tom Wright (1)
Great Adventure Open Curtis Suburban Lanes Trenton, New Jersey Aug 19–22 Steve Westberg (1)
New England Open Lang's Bowlarama Cranston, Rhode Island Aug 26–29 Bill Spigner (1)
Sarasota Open Galaxy Lanes Sarasota, Florida Sep 2–5 Steve Westberg (2)
AMF Regional Champions Classic Berks Lanes Reading, Pennsylvania Oct 14–17 Dave Davis (16)
Buzz Fazio Open Ken Nottke's Bowl Battle Creek, Michigan Oct 21–24 Mike Berlin (4)
Northern Ohio Open Westgate Lanes Fairview Park, Ohio Oct 28–31 Joe Hutchinson (1)
Syracuse Open Strike 'n Spare Lanes Syracuse, New York Nov 4–7 Paul Moser (2)
Brunswick World Open Brunswick Northern Bowl Glendale Heights, Illinois Nov 13–19 Marshall Holman (5)
Hawaiian Invitational (Multiple Centers) Honolulu, Hawaii Nov 25 – Dec 4 Tommy Hudson (7)
AMF Grand Prix of Bowling Thunderbowl Allen Park, Michigan Dec 6–10 Jay Robinson (3)


  1. ^ "1977 Fair Lanes Open". PBA.

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