Fifth Annual National Championship
$60,000 FIFTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
GARDEN CITY BOWL, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, Nov 3-8, 1964
Strampe Coasts To '64 Title
Bob Strampe was the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) 1964 national champion. He also was the PBA's leading money winner for 1964 with earnings of $33,592. He got that way by 'overwhelming a field of 192 of the world's greatest keglers last November in the PBA National Championship to win by a 258-pin margin over second-place Ray Bluth.
Strampe played it cozy for a while: He finished 13th in the 36-game qualifying test by shooting 7549. Throughthe first 16 games of the' 25-game finals Bob played along, alternating between third and eighth places. But, in thoselast nine games, you couldn't have beat him with a club.
In the 20th game Strampe fired a 279 and from there on in it was "Katie, bar the door!" The new PBA king took a 145-pin lead 'into the position round and then proceeded to wrap up Jim Robinette, 206-204 and 234-221, to gain his first PBA crown. With it went a check for $7,500.
At this point in the campaign, lefthander Bill Allen of Orlando, Fla. was the leading money winner on the tour. Strampe took care of this little item by finishing fifth in the PBA Columbus (O.) tournament to take over the lead by $654. Strampe's total read: $29,842 to Allen's $29,188.
But Bob wasn't finished. He came back in the World Invitational with a second to add another $3,750 to his bank account and ran off with the money race. Strampe's $33,592 total for the year was far and away the top figure for the pro tourists. Allen wound up in second place with $29,188.
Unlike Harry Smith, Mel Henderlite and Allen who bowled in all 31 tournaments on the PBA tour during 1964, Strampe made only 13. That makes a pretty fair pay day any way you break it down.
So, Strampe joined some select company in capturing the 1964 PBA National Championship. Don Carter won the first one in 1960, Dave Soutar ruled in 1961, Carmen Salvino was boss in 1962 and Billy Hardwick took it all in 1963.
SCORES OF FINALISTS (61 GAMES)
36 GAME TOTALS25. Andy Marzich 7390 $45026. Bud Horn 7386 35027. Dave Tomberg 7281 35028. Robbie Robinson 7366 35029. Tom Hennessey 7366 34030. Billy Hardwick 7337 34031. Dennis Taylor 7334 34032. Dave Soutar 7323 335Mike Limongello 7323 33534. Henry Goggans 7320 33035. Bob Hitt 7316 33036. Johnny King 7815 33037. George King 7308 83038. Ed Thomas 7307 32039. Eddy Patterson 7306 32040. Buss Stewart 7297 32041. Ed Bourdase 7296 31042. Ted Hoffman 7284 31043. Glenn Allison 7276 31044. Steve Nowicki 7266 31045. Ray Koehler 7246 30046. Bill Tucker 7221 30047. Ed Lubanski 7216 30048. Gene Rhoda 7187 300