Alton PBA Open



$20,400 ALTON PBA OPEN
Bowl-Haven Lanes, Alton, Illinois, Jul 18-21, 1963

Downing Is Up In Alton

A former bank teller, Vern Downing, counted out $3,000 for his personal account after winning the $20,400 Alton, Ill., Open tournament.

Downing led the 24-game qualifier and continued to head the 16-man finals field up to the 14th game. At this point Ray Bluth took over but the slim Rodeo, Calif. star rebounded in the 15th round with a 277-196 victory to' move back into the lead to stay.

Downing went into the position match with a 128-pin lead over Bluth, and his loss to the St. Louisan, 205-193, wasn't important. Harry Smith of Baltimore moved into second with a 255-192 win over Andy Marzich of Redondo Beach, Calif. This was the second week in a row that Smith wound up second.

Marzich picked up another $1,000 to increase his front-running money earnings to $23,568 for the year. Dick Weber hung onto second place with $22,053 and Smith was a solid third at $20,302.

The Alton victory was Downing's second PBA triumph. In 1961 the slim Californian knocked off the Northern California Open.

40 GAMES

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
1Vern Downing, Rodeo, Calif. 8956 475 9431 3000.00
2Harry Smith, Baltimore, Md. 8783 600 9383 1500.00
3Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 8765 600 9365 1200.00
4Don Johnson, Kokomo, Indiana 8718 500 9218 1100.00
5Andy Marzich, Long Beach, Calif. 8827 350 9177 1000.00
6Tom Hennessey, St. Louis, Mo. 8674 500 9174 950.00
7Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga. 8670 450 9120 900.00
8Glenn Allison, St. Louis, Mo. 8678 400 9078 850.00
9Tom Harnisch, Detroit, Mich. 8676 400 9076 800.00
10Joe Morys, Union Lake, Mich. 8507 375 8882 750.00
11Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif. 8514 350 8864 700.00
12Bob Kwolek, Detroit, Mich. 8555 300 8855 650.00
13Ray Koehler, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8498 300 8798 600.00
14Bill Schlicker, Detroit, Mich. 8545 250 8795 550.00
15Dennis Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio 8501 250 8751 525.00
16Bill Schaufert, Cincinnati, Ohio 8317 300 8617 500.00

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
17Glen Blakesley5116$400.00
18Bob Strampe5108295.00
19Carmen Salvino5087290.00
20Jerry Hale5076285.00
21Tom Balistreri5043280.00
22Fred Riccilli5040280.00
23Bud Hodgson5037280.00
24Dick Weber5036275.00