Charlotte Open



$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 ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Gene Rhoda, Valparaiso, Ind.$5,000
2Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif.2,600
3Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich.1,600
4Buzz Fazio, Detroit, Mich.1,350

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

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
5Harry Smith, Redwood City, Calif. 8129 475 8604 $1,350
6Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 8078 400 8478 1,200
7Darylee Cox, Seattle, Wash. 8023 426 8443 1,160
8Bill Fite, Detroit, Mich. 7936 476 8411 1,100
9Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz 8009 350 8359 1,060
10Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo. 8041 300 8341 975
 Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif. 7991 360 8341 975
12Jim Robinette, Falls Church, Va. 7969 360 8319 900
*13Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 7887 425 8312 640
14Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 7901 250 8151 800
15J.C. Williamson, Cayce, S.C. 7884 260 8134 760
16Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 7883 250 8133 700

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*17Jack Biondolillo, Houston, Tex.4813$640
18Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.4812470
19Tommy Tuttle, Rural Hall, N.C.4809410
20Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich.4804400
21George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.4796390
22Bob Denison, Birmingham, Ala.4795375
 Dwane Martin, Wichita, Kan.4795375
24Tony Marine, Middle Village, N.Y.4793360
25Richard Lewis, Decatur, Ga.4787350
26Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.4784340
27Fred Lening, Fairless Hills, Pa.4781330
28Johnny King, Chicago, Ill.4765320

*Salvino substituted for Biondolillo, they split money for 13th place.