Fresno Open



$27,500 FRESNO OPEN
Cedar Lanes, Fresno, Calif., Jun 22-25, 1967

Ritger Moves At Fresno

Dick Ritger, of Hartford, Wis., accomplished that rarest of all feats in PBA competition as he moved from 16th position to first to win the $27,600 Fresno Open.

Ritger won seven of his eight games in the afternoon block on Sunday; then after losing his opening game at night, he won the final seven for 14 victories and the championship.

For a time it appeared that Les Schissler of Denver would successfully defend the Fresno title he won in 1966. He led the qualifying by more than 200 pins, averaging 221 enroute; but he could win only eight of his 16 match play games and finished second.

Jim Stefanich, of Joliet, Ill., set one new "record" for the PBA. He lost all 16 of his match games in the finals. From Fresno it was on to El Paso.

40 GAMES

 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
1Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 8661 700 9361 $3,000
2Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 8797 400 9197 1,600
3Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 8448 600 9048 1,200
4Butch Gearhart, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 8476 600 8976 1,160
6Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich. 8663 400 8963 1,100
6Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga. 8600 400 8900 1,060
7Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif. 8467 400 8867 1,000
8Harry Smith, Redwood City, Calif. 8370 460 8820 960
9Billy Welu, St. Louis, Mo. 8413 400 8813 900
10Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif. 8360 460 8800 860
11Les Barrett, San Mateo, Calif. 8367 400 8767 800
12Ron Winger, Van Nuys. Calif. 8340 360 8690 760
13Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif. 8387 260 8637 700
14Bobby Cooper, Ft. Worth. Tex. 8306 300 8606 660
16Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif. 8136 400 8636 626
16Jim Stefanich, Joliet, ILl. 8089 000 8089 600

24 GAMES

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
17Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.4939$460
18Bill Bunetta, Fresno, Calif.4930390
19Glenn Allison, Los Angeles, Calif.4929380
20Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.4928370
21Vern Downing, Rodeo, Calif.4926360
22Andy Marzich, San Pedro, Calif.4923360
23George Sabin, Hollister, Calif.4917340
24Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.4913330
26John Fabbro, Columbus, Ohio4909320
26Bill Johnson, New Orleans, La.4907310
27Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.4897306
28Jim Certain, Huntsville, Ala.4896300