By the end of this year the PBA tour purse money will have topped $2.3 million. Petraglia's triumph boosted his earnings to $52,543, fourth best behind Jim Stefanich ($54,410), Larry Laub ($63,735) and Anthony, whose $7,500 consolation brought him to $96,160. Both Stefanich and Laub had started the year like Johnny Miller on the PGA tour. In the season's first event Stefanich picked up $21,000 by placing third and rolling a perfect game on national TV, a feat that brought him a $10,000 bonus and a new car. Then he lost his touch. Laub, meanwhile, was on TV almost as often as Lucille Ball reruns, appearing in a record eight TV finals during the 14-week winter tour and winning $49,000. Then he hit a streak of bad luck, the final blow coming several weeks ago when he lost nearly everything he owned in a fire that totaled the $22,000 motor home he used to travel the circuit.
All of which left the bulk of the year to Anthony, who took full advantage of it. And he still has a shot at the $100,000 mark. He could make it if he takes the $3,000 top money at the Hawaiian Invitational and then adds a final $1,000 by winning a regional tournament. Whether he does or not, $96,000 will buy a lot of groceries. Well, some groceries.