$35,000 CHARLOTTE OPEN
Freedom Lanes Charlotte, N.C., Dec 9-13, 1965
Rhoda Romps At Charlotte
Gene Rhoda is a big guy (6-2, 225 pounds) and he likes to do things in a big way . . . like setting a world record for a six-game tournament block (1532) and winning the second tournament on the 1966 PBA tour by 61 pins.
Rhoda was at his ever-cracking best in the $35,000 Charlotte, N.C., Open when he led the 40-game qualifier by 190 pins. He still "had it" in the nationally televised finals when he bombed Norm Meyers, 269-208, in the payoff game.
Earlier in the finals Meyers and Dave Soutar wound up in a 190 tie and Meyers took the two-frame rolloff, 40-39, to move into the title clash.
Rhoda totalled 9014 for the first 40 games by counting 625 bonus pins while winning 12, losing three and tying one. Soutar was the No. 2 man at 8824.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Rhoda defeated Meyers, 269-208. ROUND ROBIN: Meyers defeated Fazio, 224-202; Soutar defeated Fazio, 230-213; Meyers and Soutar tied at 190 and Meyers won twoframe rolloff, 40-39. 40 GAMES 24 GAMES *Salvino substituted for Biondolillo, they split money for 13th place.
*Salvino substituted for Biondolillo, they split money for 13th place.