Fort Smith PBA Open



$18,000 FT. SMITH PBA OPEN
Holiday Lanes, Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Jul 25-28, 1963

St. John "Holds" Fort Smith

It was "When the Saints Go Marching By" in the $18,000 Fort Smith, Ark. Open at Holiday Lanes.

For Chicago's Jim St. John must have seemed like more than one in racking up his second PBA tournament victory in three weeks.

There never was a question on the outcome as Little Jim took the lead at the crack of the gun and stayed there. At the end of the 24-qualifying games, St. John had built a 177-pin lead over Billy Welu with a score of 5193. In the finals, Jim won 13 of his 16 matches.

The Chicagoan's final tally read 9265 for the 40 games. This included the 650 bonus pins for winning the 13 games. Second-place Andy Marzich was 481 pins behind at the end.

Marzich still treaded the pack in the money-earning department with $24,818. Dick Weber was second with $22,053, Harry Smith had $21,052 and St. John was fourth at $20,875.

40 GAMES

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
1Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 8616 650 9266 2500.00
2Andy Marzich, Long Beach, Calif. 8334 450 8784 1250.00
3Ev Collins, San Mateo, Calif. 8243 500 8743 1100.00
4Johnny Meyer, Nesconset, N.Y. 8197 500 8697 1000.00
6Jack Biondolillo, Houston, Tex. 8160 450 8612 900.00
6Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 8163 450 8603 850.00
7Jim Schroeder, Buffalo, N.Y. 8047 500 8647 800.00
8Harry Smith, Baltimore, Md. 8241 300 8641 750.00
9Bob Chase, Kansas City, Kan. 7991 500 8491 700.00
10Billy Welu, St. Louis, Mo. 8113 300 8413 650.00
11Roger Helle, Detroit, Mich. 8047 350 8397 625.00
12Jack Rosencrance, Endicott, N.Y. 8027 350 8377 600.00
13Ray Orf, St. Louis, Mo. 7920 400 8320 575.00
14Don Ellis, Houston, Tex. 8004 200 8204 550.00
15Andy Rogoznica, Chicago, Ill. 7900 300 8200 525.00
16Bill Karach, Kenosha, Wis. 7832 200 8032 500.00

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
17Ray Koehler4786$350.00
18Bill Schlicker4783245.00
19Jerry Hale4761240.00
20Ray Vescovo4766235.00
21Jerry Schleich4753225.00
22Dennis Chapis4743215.00
 Vern Downing4743215.00
24Bud Horn4742100.00
 Ralph Brunt4742100.00