$35,000 DENVER OPEN
Broadway Bowl, Denver, Colo., Jan 11-15, 1966
Weber Nails 16th PBA Pennant
Dick Weber celebrated his being named "Bowler of the Year" for the third time by capturing his 16th PBA tournament title in the $35,000 Denver Open.
Weber defeated his "roomy" Ray Bluth, 247-206, in the match for the $5,000 first prize. Bluth had worked his way into the finale by eliminating Ed Bourdase, 225-160, after a 266-228 win over Dave Soutar.
Weber was in the driver's seat most of the way through the first 40 games. He finished the preliminaries with a 9370 total. This included 600 bonus pins he collected for winning 12 of his 16 matches in the semifinals. Bourdase was second with 9293 going into the four-game televised set.
The Denver tourney had the highest number of amateur entries in the history of the PBA when 402 turned out for the pro-am.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Weber defeated Bluth, 247-206. ROUND ROBIN: Bluth defeated Soutar, 266-228; Soutar defeated Bourdase, 247-224; Bluth defeated Bourdase, 226-160. 40 GAMES 24 GAMES