His match with Davis demonstrated that even the finest bowlers have flaws. Limongello "rears" at the line, raising up slightly just as he releases. Davis' ball always rolls—pocketa, pocketa, pocketa—over the thumbhole, which is supposed to be a professional's no-no. In the ninth frame of their duel, Limongello needed a strike to stay with Davis, but he left the seven pin and had to settle for a spare. All Davis had to do now was get a spare in the 10th to win. To the victor go the spares.
Last year Davis lost the PBA National Championship when he got the identical four-seven-10 split in the seventh frame of the final match. The chance of that catastrophe repeating itself had not entered his mind Saturday afternoon, but repeat it did. And if the $7,000 second-place money (bringing his 1971 earnings to $31,845) was scant balm for his final-frame debacle, he promised, nevertheless, to be on hand for the next stop of the PBA tour, the Lincoln Open in Lincoln, Neb. Where he finished second in 1970.