Western Open



$30,000 WESTERN OPEN
Saratoga Lanes, San Jose, Calif., Jan 4-8, 1966

Godman Proves Point At San Jose

Jim Godman was named "Rookie of the Year" for 1965 by his fellow pros. And, the 21-year-old Californian rewarded his "backers" by winning his first PBA tournament in the $30,000 Western Open at Frank Thatcher's Saratoga Lanes at San Jose, Calif.

Godman came up through the "ranks" in the nationally televised finals to win this one. After finishing second to Les Schissler in the 40-game qualifier. Godman knocked off Bill Allen, 255-207, and Earl Johnson, 197-151.

This gave the youngster the shot he wanted and he came through with flying colors, 208-191, over Schissler.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif.$6,000
2Les Schissler, Denver, Colo.2,600
3Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Mo.1,500
4Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla.1,360

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Godman defeated Schissler, 208-191. ROUND ROBIN: Johnson defeated Allen, 206-183 ; Godman defeated Allen, 265-207 ; Godman defeated Johnson, 197-161.

40 GAMES

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
5Bill Tucker, Los Angeles, Calif. 8416 450 8866 $1,300
6Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Calif. 8428 400 8828 1,200
7Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 8474 326 8799 1,150
8Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 8414 376 8789 1,100
9Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind. 8361 400 8761 1,050
10Sam Baca, Hayward, Calif. 8374 376 8749 1,000
11Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich. 23329 400 8729 960
12Larry Turner, Portland, Ore. 8273 350 8623 900
13Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 8244 350 8694 850
14Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich. 8245 300 8546 800
15Vern Downing. Rodeo, Calif. 8194 350 8644 750
16Mickey Higham, Kansas City, Mo. 8127 350 8477 700

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
17Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash.4970$470
18Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif.4959410
19Dave Davis, Phoenix. Ariz.4958400
20Jack Biondolillo, Houston, Tex.4949390
21Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif.4948380
22Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.4938370
23Tom Long, Anaheim, Calif.4936360
24Harry O'Neale, Charleston, S.C.4922360