Spokane PBA Open
$21,400 SPOKANE PBA OPEN
Silver Lanes, Spokane, Washington, Jun 25-28, 1964
Bluth "Most" At Spokane
It was a long time coming, but Ray Bluth, the St. Louis veteran, finally won a Professional Bowlers Association tournament, the $21,400 Spokane Open, with a record-breaking finish.
After six years of finishing second nine times and third on 12 other occasions, Bluth hit the $3,000 jackpot when he wound up 266 pins ahead of runnerup Les Schissler of Denver. The Blooper fired 1983 over the last eight games of the finals to tack up a new PBA mark.
Bluth also had a hand in thrilling the customers with one of the two 300's rolled in the finals. Ray got his in the 11th game after Schissler had knocked one off in his fourth game.
Big chance in the money race for 1964 came when Bill Allen took over as the leading man with earnings of $20,623.
# - Ray Bluth and Les Schissler earned $100 each for a 300 game.