Jacksonville PBA Open
$26,000 JACKSONVILLE PBA OPEN
Colt Lanes, Jacksonville, Florida, Dec 12-16, 1963
Salvino Jacksonville King
Carmen Salvino, the big guy from Chicago, started the 1964 campaign with a bang by capturing the $26,000 Jacksonville Open.
After leading the 40-game stretch by 141 pins, Salvino bumped Dick Downey, 226-180, in the nationally televised finals to walk off with the $4,000 first prize. Salvino's triumph came in the first test of the PBA's new television format in which the leader after 40 games is seeded into the championship match.
After the first 40 games, the order of finish for the TV action was Salvino, Downey, Billy Welu and Billy Hardwick. Downey downed Welu, 224-211, and Hardwick, 192-179. Welu rapped Hardwick 234-179, in the other match preceding the title test.
Welu led the 24-game qualifier, knocking down 5372 pins to runner-up Salvino's 5255. In the match-game play, Salvino won 10 and tied one of his 16 games.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Salvino defeated Downey, 226-180. ROUND ROBIN: Welu defeated Hardwick, 234-179; Downey defeated Welu, 224-211; Downey defeated Hardwick, 192-179. 24 GAMES