Second Annual National Championship



$44,000 SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
EASTGATE COLISEUM, CLEVELAND, OHIO, Nov 9-13, 1961

Soutar Sinks Nation's Best

Dave Soutar of Detroit emerged from the second annual Professional Bowlers Association National Championship as the youngest man ever to win that title. It was only the second annual National title and Soutar's 21 years of age at winning was duplicated two years later in New York.

An excellent bowler in the Motor City, Soutar's dramatic triumph over Chicago's Morrie Oppenheim in the finals was no fluke. In fact, Soutar was among the leaders from the first day of the firing, which was held in Cleveland's fabulous Eastgate Coliseum. He first led the 30-game qualifying round and moved into the head-to-head competition against 23 rivals.

Arrayed against Soutar were the nation's greatest bowlers, but he remained calm and concentrated while piling up 19 victories against eight losses in the final rounds. In the first position round of the final competition, Soutar was being pressed closely by Oppenheim. But in the sixth frame he converted a difficult 4-7-9-10 splt, and one frame later Oppenheim missed the same split. That proved to be the clincher for Soutar, who collected a $6,000 check for his effort.

Don Carter, the defending PBA National Champion from St. Louis, finished 17th in this one but he had an excuse. In the middle of the finals, he chartered a plane out of Cleveland to New York where he became the first to "Make That Spare" on the nationally televised American Broadcasting Company show. And, he did fairly well for the weekend, collecting $17,000 for the TV effort and another $650 for his 17th-place finish. One week later he was to return to New York and again convert the spare for another $5,000 payoff.

Soutar, a gangly youth at 6-3 and 190 pounds, was at his modest best when presented the $6,000 first prize. "Naturally, this is the biggest thrill in my life," he said. "This is a prestige tournament and I hope I can carry on in the manner that all national champions should."

SCORES OF FINALISTS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLTAvgAmount
1Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich. 5792 19-8-0 212.02 $6,000
2Morrie Oppenheim, Chicago, Ill. 5719 18-9-0 208.19 3,500
3Don Ellis. Houston, Tex. 5690 18-9-0 207.20 2,000
4Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 5667 18-9-0 206.27 1,750
5Billy Welu, St. Louis, Mo. 6603 16-11-0 202.23 1,500
6Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 5632 15-12-0 202.22 1,250
7Robbie Robinson, Wilmington, Del. 6556 17-9-1 202.20 1,000
8Harry Smith, Baltimore, Md. 6564 17-10-0 202.14 950
9Don Scott, Cleveland, Ohio 5619 15-12-0 202.09 900
10Pat Patterson, St. Louis. Mo. 5620 15-12-0 199.00 850
11John Till, Philadelphia. Pa. 5489 15-11-1 198.14 800
12Joe Ostroski, Philadelphia, Pa. 6492 13-14-0 196.02 775
13John Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 5430 15-12-0 196.00 750
14Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 5427 13-13-1 194.12 725
15Glenn Allison, St. Louis, Mo. 5490 11-16-0 194.00 700
16Joe Donato, Schenectady, N.Y. 5413 12-15-0 192.13 675
17Don Carter, St. Louis, Mo. 5386 12-15-0 191.16 650
18Dick Hoover, Akron, Ohio 5382 10-17-0 189.12 625
19George King, St. Louis, Mo. 5278 11-15-1 187.13 600
20Stan Gifford, Abilene, Tex. 5229 10-17-0 184.09 550
21Joe Milazzo, Lansing, Ill. 5195 11-16-0 184.05 525
22Bill Flynn, Cleveland, Ohio 5246 9-18-0 188.26 500
23Bill Landowski, Fortuna, Calif. 5240 6-21-0 180.20 475
24Pic Wucherpfennig, Minneapolis, Minn. 5047 5-22-0 178.07 450

SEMI-FINALISTS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Wayne Zahn, Milwaukee, Wis.$295
26George Hack, Cleveland, Ohio295
27Ray Orf, St. Louis, Mo.295
28Ron Gaudern, St. Louis, Mo.295
29Phil Audi, Canton, Ohio285
30Frank Kolb, Jackson, N.J.285
31Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn.285
32Bob Thiel, Gary, Ind.285
33Ralph Engan, New York, N.Y.275
34Andy Rogoznica, Chicago, Ill.275
35Bill Tucker, Hollywood, Calif.275
36Fred Cieslik, Cleveland, Oiho275
37Fred Lening, Fairless Hills, Pa.265
38Charles Wilkinson, Salinas Calif.265
39Frank Carter, Memphis, Tenn.265
40Stan Cramer, Lindenwood, N.J.265
41Gerry Credendino, Elmsford, N.Y.255
42Tom Conty, Toledo, Ohio255
43Roy Lown, EI Paso, Texas255
44Dale Whisler, Dayton, Ohio255
45Bill Koehler, Lincoln, Neb.250
46Bill Schaufert, Cincinnati, Ohio250
47Don McClaren, St. Louis, Mo.250
48Tom Hennessey, St. Louis, Mo.250