Sixth Annual National Championship
$65,000 SIXTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
CONTINENTAL LANES, DETROIT, MICH., Nov 21-27, 1965
Davis Rules 1965 National
Dave Davis has the wide-eyed look of a teenager headed for the junior prom. Don't let the look fool you. Davis is a free-wheeling lefthander and the Professional Bowlers Association National Champion.
Dave ascended his lofty perch by defeating Jerry McCoy of Ft. Worth, Tex., 681-502, in the three-game finals at Pat Luckino's spacious Continental Lanes in Detroit.
It was a "no contest" match. Davis won the first game, 212-193. The new champ really poured it on in the second game as he strung nine strikes after the first frame for a 279-160 decision. The last game was anti-climatic as Daviswon another, 190-149. Thus, Davis closed out a 64-game marathon which saw him near the top of the ladder throughout.
McCoy was unbeatable in the early going and finished 317 pins ahead of the second-place Davis in the 61-gamequalifier and match-play semifinals.
But, when they turned on the national television colored cameras (NBC), Davis took over, and how...
Some say Davis had the big advantage. . . a lovely wife named Pat. "Look at that girl pull for her husband," was one of the comments made during the hourlong show. Of course, Pat, like any young wife (she's 21 and Dave 23), certainly wasn't overlooking the $5,000 difference in the one-two spots. Dave received $10,000 for winning and McCoy got the five grand second-place check.
The 6-2, 150-pound lefty had made $13,140 going into the National Championship. He also won the PBA Salt Lake City Open earlier in the year.
"You know, this is the greatest thing that ever happened to me," Dave bubbled. "Every bowler in the world dreams of winning the PBA National Championship. I feel so fortunate to join the most select company in the game."
Davis was referring to the other five National Champions . . . Don Carter (1960), Dave Soutar (1961), Carmen Salvino (1962), Billy Hardwick (1963) and Bob Strampe (1964).
The 1965 PBA National had all the trimmings the stature of the tournament warrants. The $65,000 prize fund was the largest ever . . . It was the first time any bowling show ever had been televised live and in color. The National Broadcasting Co. was responsible . . . Sam Baca supplied a big thrill when he shot the only 300 game ever in the history of this test.
Baca also hung up the highest six-game block (1445) in National play.
Skee Foremsky of El Paso, Tex. was the big man with 7880 pins after the first 36 qualifying games. Davis was running second with 7854, Tommy Tuttle third at 7853 and McCoy had 7790.
In the match game semis, McCoy won 18 and lost seven while Davis was 15 and 10. Foremsky finished third and Tuttle was fourth.
Davis defeated McCoy, 681-502, in nationally televised three-game finals.
*$100 for a 300 game.