Fresno Open



$35,000 FRESNO OPEN
Sunnyside Bowl, Fresno, Calif., Feb 15-19, 1966

Weber Adds 17th Title At Fresno

Dick Weber was up to his old tricks (winning PBA championships) in the $35,000 Fresno, Calif., Open. He captured his 17th crown by defeating Johnny Guenther, 225-203, in the televised finale.

Weber was seeded into the big match after leading the 40-game qualifier with a 9141 total. This included 550 bonus pins he received for winning 11 of his 16 semifinal games.

Guenther worked his way into the title tiff on total pins after he, Larry Laub and Mickey Higham had traded victories in the televised matches.

This was Weber's second PBA championship (he won the Denver test earlier) and third major tournament victory of the year. The 125-pound St. Louisan copped his fourth All Star in five years in January.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Dick Weber, St. Louis$6,000
2John Guenther, Seattle2,500
3Mickey Higham, Kansas City1,600
4Larry Laub, San Francisco1,460

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Weber defeated Guenther, 225-203. 'ROUND ROBIN: Laub defeated Higham, 190-182; Higham defeated Guenther, 202-193; Guenther defeated Laub, 223-192.

40 GAMES

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
5Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind. 8422 450 8872 $1,400
6Bill Tucker, Los Angeles, Calif. 8409 425 8834 1,300
7Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif. 8367 450 8817 1,260
8Al Thompson, Cleveland, Ohio 8365 450 8816 1,200
9Jim Dunston, Ft. Worth, Texas 8287 625 8812 1,150
10Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich. 8342 400 8742 1,100
11Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif. 8342 300 8642 1,050
12Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Minn. 8313 275 8588 1,000
13Tom Long, Anaheim, Calif. 8227 300 8627 950
14Joe Joseph, Lansing, Mich. 8319 200 8519 900
15Harry 0'Neale, Charleston, S.C. 8136 350 8486 850
16Pete Tountas, Hammond, Ind. 8193 260 8443 800

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
17Eddy Patterson, El Paso, Texas4954$490
18Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla.4950430
19Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.4949420
20Mike Limongello, Babylon, N.Y.4945406
20Les Barrett, San Mateo, Calif.4945405
22Johnny Chapman, Kansas City, Mo.4935390
23Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Texas4918380
24Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif.4901370