Denver Open



$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 ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Dick Weber, St. Louis$5,000
2Ray Bluth, St. Louis2,500
3Dave Soutar, Detroit1,500
4Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif.1,360

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

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
5Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz. 8716 460 9166 $1,300
6John Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 8681 475 9056 1,200
7Bob Collatos, Santa Monica, Calif. 8502 460 8952 1,150
8Jim Chestney, Denver, Colo. 8461 400 8861 1,100
9Gary Martineau, Nashville, Tenn. 8443 400 8843 1,050
10Bill Lillard, Dallas, Tex. 8487 360 8837 1,000
11Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 8550 275 8826 950
12Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif. 8407 400 8807 900
13Bill Hoppe, Lincoln, Nebr. 8425 350 8775 860
14Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 8428 325 8753 800
15Tom Long, Anaheim, Calif. 8395 300 8695 750
16Jerry McCoy, Ft. Worth, Tex. 8491 200 8691 700

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*17Sam Baca, Hayward, Calif.5030$465
 Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.5030415
19Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.5028400
20Duane Cahill, Denver, Colo.6027390
21Bill Tucker, Los Angeles, Calif.6026380
22Ted Hoffman, Philadelphia, Pa.5022370
23Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Tex.5013360
24Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.6012360
*Won roll-off* Won roll-off with Hardwick foraltern,ate