Fourth Annual National Championship



$60,000 FOURTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
GARDEN CITY BOWL, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, Nov 12-17, 1963

Hardwick Climaxes Great Year

The Fourth Annual National Championship event of the PBA was its biggest and most successful in many ways. The event was sponsored by the Nassau Bowling Proprietors Association at Long Island, N.Y., and that organization ran eliminations which produced 368 amateurs for the big Pro-Am event which was held on opening night.

The tournament itself was won by youthful Billy Hardwick of San Mateo, Calif.; almost in a walk-away. It was BillyHardwick the first time the PBA's successful new format had received its trial over a long-haul tournament and itworked to near-perfection. Pins were carried forward as the field was narrowed to 96, then to 48, and then to the 24finalists who engaged each other in head-to-head competition, with a bonus 50 pins for each game won.

By the time the finals were getting underway, Hardwick, moving up steadily, had become the crowd favorite. Hardwick, only 22, had previously won three PBA titles in 1963, and he was not unnerved by the television coverage of the finals. Going into the last game against unheralded Don Johnson of Kokomo, Ind., Hardwick was 287 pins ahead. He had earlier nipped Johnson in a thriller, 269267. In the next to the last game, the Indiana youth beat Hardwick 192-187.

But in the final game, Hardwick won, 203-177, and at the same time on the adjoining lane, Ray Bluth was defeating Fred Lening, 213-208, and jumped into second place. Hardwick's 61-game average was 207 and he won 18 of his 25 final round games. His check for $7,500 also made him leading money-winner of the PBA for the year. Bluth's runnerup finish was his 10th such position in PBA history.

FINALS (61 GAMES)

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
1Billy Hardwick, San Mateo, Calif. 12641 900 13541 $7,500
2Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 12563 725 13288 3,800
3Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich. 12486 750 13236 2,200
4Don Johnson, Kokomo. Ind. 12532 700 18232 2,000
5Andy Rogoznica, Chicago, Ill. 12465 700 18165 1,850
6Fred Lening, Fairless Hills, Pa. 12497 650 13147 1,750
7George Howard, Detroit, Mich. 12437 700 13137 1,650
8Jack Biondolillo, Houston. Tex. 12376 750 13126 1,550
9Ron Winger, Van Nuys. Calif. 12371 725 13096 1,450
10Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif. 12391 700 13091 1,350
11Dennis Chapis, St. Louis, Mo. 12481 600 13081 1,250
12J. B. Blaylock, El Paso, Texas 12421 600 13021 1,150
13Ev Collins, San Mateo, Calif. 12404 600 13004 1,100
14Bill Lillard, Dallas, Tex. 12196 775 12971 1,050
15Monroe Moore, Utica, Mich. 12354 600 12954 1,000
16Vito Caloia, Rochester, N.Y. 12296 650 12946 950
17Mike Samardzija, Pontiac. Mich. 12282 650 12932 900
18Andy Marzich, Long Beach, Calif. 12350 500 12850 850
19Charlie Wilkinson, Salinas, Calif. 12381 325 12706 800
20Glen Blakesley, Kansas City, Mo. 12139 550 12689 750
21Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich. 12128 550 12678 725
22Johnny King, Chicago, Ill. 12284 850 12634 700
23John Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 12158 450 12608 675
24Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 11608 500 12108 650

SEMI-FINALISTS (36 GAMES)

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Bill Pace7274$440
26Ralph Brunt7270290
27Bert Goodman7251290
28Harry Smith7248290
29Dave Tomberg7246280
30Jim St. John7239280
31Robbie Robinson7227280
32Tom Harnisch7214280
33Vince Lucci7204270
34Dick Weber7196270
85Bob Chase7185270
36Dick Downey7178270
37J. B. Solomon7168260
38Ray Koehler7154260
39Lindy Faragalli7137260
40Jack Henry7135260
41Darylee Cox7133250
42Warren Matthias7123250
43Don Carter7112250
44Billy Welu7099250
25Dick Hoover7077250
46Don Ellis7074250
47Itay Orf7066250
48Johnny Meyer7034250