Showboat Invitational

Showboat Lanes, Las Vegas, NV, Jan 9-13, 1968

Allen Bounces Back

Bill Allen, the lefthander from Orlando, broke a three-year title drought when he led tile qualifying and match game play and then defeated another lefthander, Dave Davis, in the championship finale of the $55,000 Showboat Invitational.

Allen's $10,000 first-place check was his first winner since Buffalo in 1965.


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla.$10,000
2Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz5,000
3Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif.3,000
4Don Healing. St. Louis, Mo.2,000
5Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Tex.1,800

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Davis defeated Foremsky, 192-185; Davis defeated Helling, 22'x-205; Davis defeated St. John, 247-216, and Allen defeated Davis in championship game, 205-192.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 8663 10-5-1 525 9188 
2Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 8619 10-6-0 500 9119 
3Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo. 8568 11-5-0 550 9118 
4Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz. 8617 8-7-1 425 9042 
5Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Tex. 8663 7-8-1 375 9038 
*6Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga. 8399 11-4-1 575 8974 $1,650
7Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif. 8517 9-7-0 450 8967 1,500
8Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 8562 8-8-0 400 8962 1,400
9Larry Laub, San Francisco, Calif. 8453 8-8-0 400 8853 1,350
10Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Minn. 8550 6-10-0 300 8850 1,300
11Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 8487 7-9-0 350 8837 1,250
12Bobby Cooper, Fort Worth, Tex. 8409 8-7-1 425 8834 1,200
**13Vince Kadas, Chicago, Ill. 8375 8-8-0 400 8775 875
14Don McCune, Munster. Ind. 8355 6-10-0 300 8655 1,100
15Don Cruzen, St. Louis, Mo. 8260 5-10-1 275 8535 1,050
16Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif. 8288 3-13-0 150 8438 1,000


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
**17Bob Strampe, Detroit Mich.5061$875
*18Don Glover, Bakersfield, Calif.5054600
19Dick Battista, New York, N.Y.5043600
20Don Bickford, Sacramento, Calif.5034550
21Frank Northrop, Atwater, Calif.5008500
22Ralph Engan, Monsey, N.Y.4997500
23Paul Moser, Medford, Mass.4979450
24Ted Hoffman, Philadelphia, Pa.4977450
 Bill Tucker, Miami, Fla.4977450
26Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.4976450
27Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis.4970400
28Sam Baca, Hayward, Calif.4969400
29Gil Potempo, Los Angeles, Calif.4962400
 Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz.4962400
31J. B. Blaylock, Alamogordo, N.M.4961350
32Mike Durbin, Costa Mesa, Calif.4957350
33Terry Zabriskie, Salt Lake City, Utah4955350
34Herb Fitzpatrick, Salina, Kan.4954350
35Steve Bassin, Las Vegas, Nev.4949300
36Charlie Wilkinson, Salinas, Calif.4938300
37Jim Certain, Huntsville, Ala.4936300
38Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz.4927300
39Vern Downing, Rodeo, Calif.4921300
40Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.4920300
41Fred Feutz, Kansas City, Mo.4918300
42Harry Smith, Fresno, Calif.4906300
43Danny Freeman, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.4905300
44Bob McMillin, College Point, N.Y.4904300
45Bill Miller, Plainfield, N.J.4900300
46Arnold Johnson, Beaumont, Texas4892300
47Ken Ferguson, Kansas City, Mo.4872300
48Billy Welu, St. Louis Mo.4866300
 Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C.4866300

*Alternates. **Strampe withdrew and was replaced by Kadas. They split $1,750. Qualifying Leader-Foremsky, 5307. 16th Place Low-Don McCune, 5077.