Denver PBA Open



$25,000 DENVER PBA OPEN
Celebrity Lanes, Denver, Colorado, Mar 31-Apr 4, 1964

Don Johnson "High" In Denver

Don Johnson, of Kokomo, Ind. "cornered" the $25,000 Denver Open by defeating hometowner George McDonald, 254-225, in the nationally televised finals.

After the first six-game block in the qualifier, Johnson moved over to the extreme right corner and threw the ball along the first board. It paid off as the Kokomoer stroked such gems as 277, 278 and 279 on his 'way to lead the 40-game preliminaries.

In the finals, Johnson watched the round robin as McDonald rapped Sam Baca, 206-177, and Jerry McCoy 202-194. McCoy had the latter match all wrapped up when a split in the ninth frame buried his chances.

The $4,000 first-place check he collected in the mile-high city moved Johnson into the leading money list at 11th place with earnings of $7,582. Bob Strampe was still the leader with $18,850. He was followed by Bill Allen at $13,437, Tommy Tuttle with $13,250, Billy Hardwick had $12,360 and Buzz Fazio $9,932.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.$4,000
2George McDonald, Denver, Colo.2,000
3Jerry McCoy, Ft. Worth, Texas1,600
4Sam Baca, Hayward, Calif.1,300

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Johnson defeated McDonald, 254-226. ROUND ROBIN: McCoy defeated Baca, 216-181: McDonald defeated Baca, 206-177: McDonald defeated McCoy, 202-194.

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
5Dick Downey, Bloomfield, N.J. 8226 426 8670 $1,250
6Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 8210 426 8635 1,100
7Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich. 8179 450 8629 1,050
8John Guenther. Seattle, Wash. 8213 375 8688 1,000
9Harry Smith, Baltimore, Md. 8199 360 8649 950
10Bill Bunetta, Fresno. Calif. 8071 460 8521 900
11Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 8095 400 8495 850
12Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 8106 326 8431 800
13George Howard, Detroit, Mich. 8079 326 8404 750
14Bill Lillard, Dallas, Texas 8011 376 8386 700
15Harry O'Neale, Charleston, S.C. 8035 276 8310 650
16Darylee Cox, Bellingham 7932 150 8082 600

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
17Andy Marzich4872$370.00
*18Bill Miller4851410.00
19Bob Kwolek4827350.00
20Tom Parrish4820340.00
21Al Thompson4811330.00
22Ray Bluth4806320.00
**23Bill Eckhart4804310.00
24Vern Downing4794300.00

*Alternate.