San Jose PBA Open
$30,000 SAN JOSE PBA OPEN
Saratoga Lanes, San Jose, California, Jun 11-14, 1964
Allen Tops At San Jose
Riding the jetstream of a 300 game, Lefthander Bill Allen of Orlando, Fla. was a wire-to-wire victor in the first tournament of the 1964 Professional Bowlers Association Summer tour, the $30,000 San Jose Open.
Of course, Allen didn't win it "going away." Don Carter was coming like Whirlaway at the finish and just lost the title by 35 pins. In fact, a one-pin defeat in the 16-game finals, 225-224, cost the big man of the bowling world the title.
Harry Smith, the Baltimore "Tiger", came in for his share of the glory when he knocked down 1485 pins during a six-game qualifying block. This was the highest set of the year and came within 40 pins of breaking Ray Bluth's all time mark.
Billy Hardwick finished fourth to take over the lead for the 1964 money winning honors with earnings of $20,010. Bob Strampe dropped to 'second with $18,900, Allen had $18,373, Zahn was fourth with $13,815 and Tommy Tuttle was next at $13,530.
Give Bill Allen $100 for 300 game.