Birmingham Coca-Cola PBA Open
$25,000 BIRMINGHAM COCA-COLA PBA OPEN
Homewood Bowl, Birmingham, Alabama, Feb 25-29, 1964
Hardwick Handles Birmingham
Billy Hardwick, the 1963 money king from San Mateo, Calif., bagged his first PBA championship of the year when he defeated Carmen Salvino of Chicago, 196-187, in the televised title game of the $25,000 Birmingham Coca-Cola Open.
The 23-year-old Californian won 13 of his 16 games in the headto-head competition to total 9187 for the first 40 games. Salvino was No. 2 man with 9084, Don Carter had 8988 and Andy Marzich 8935.
Seeded into the championship match, Hardwick watched Salvino defeat Carter, 179-167; Marzich beat Carter, 255-212, and Salvino took care of Marzich, 210-199.
This was Hardwick's fifth PBA tournament victory in less than 12 months, and it moved him into seventh place in the 1964 money standings with earnings of $6,400. Bob Strampe continued to lead with $16,600, Tommy Tuttle had $9,230, Bill Allen $8,738, Carmen Salvino $7,245 and Dick Weber $6,990.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Hardwick defeated Salvino, 196-187. ROUND ROBIN: Marzich defeated Carter, 255-212; Salvino defeated Carter, 179-167; Salvino defeated Marzich, 210-199. 24 GAMES