Buckeye Open



$45,000 BUCKEYE OPEN
Imperial Lanes, Toledo, OH, Feb 27-Mar 2, 1968

Another Win For Stef

Make it two in a row for Jim Stefanich. He was top-seeded in the $45,000 Buckeye Open at Toledo and held off unheralded Keith Wiltse of Vicksburg, Mich., in a spine-tingling 235-231 finish to win the title.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.$6,000
#2Keith Wiltse, Vicksburg, Mich.3,000
3Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.2,000
4Don Carter, Tarzana, Calif.1,800
5Les Schissler, Denver, Colo.1,600

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Carter defeated Schissler, 238-234; Wilste defeated Carter, 257-207; Wiltse defeated Johnson, 221-182, and in championship game, Stefanich defeated Wiltse, 235-231.

40-GAME TOTALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 8924 12-4-0 600 9524 
2Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind. 9021 10-6-0 500 9521 
3Keith Wiltse, Vicksburg, Mich. 8891 11-5-0 550 9441 
4Don Carter, Tarzana, Calif. 8906 10-6-0 500 9406 
5Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 8918 9-7-0 450 9368 
*6Teata Semiz, River Edge, N. J. 8909 9-7-0 450 9359 $1,450
**7Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif. 8790 10-6-0 500 9290 1,300
8Nelson Burton, Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 8856 7-9-0 350 9206 1,200
9Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 8793 7-8-1 375 9168 1,150
10Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 8785 7-8-1 375 9160 1,100
11Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif. 8802 7-9-0 350 9152 1,050
12Allie Clarke, Ravenna, Ohio 8730 7-8-1 375 9105 1,000
13Norm Meyers, Whittier, Calif. 8795 6-10-0 300 9095 950
14Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 8622 6-9-1 325 8947 900
15Gene Rhoda, Valparaiso, Ind. 8523 5-11-0 250 8773 850
16Dan Johnson, Ft. Wayne, Ind. 8459 3-13-0 150 8609 800

24-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*17Jim St. John, San Jose5169$600
18Buzz Fazio, Delton5162550
19Bud Horn, Los Angeles5160500
20Billy Golembiewski, Detroit5153500
21Dick Ritger, Hartford5142450
22Ray Bluth, St. Louis5136450
23Ralph Engan, Monsey5134400
24Dave Soutar, Detroit5128400
25Skee Foremsky, El Paso5123350
@26Okey Curnell, Toledo5144350
27Pete Tountas, Tucson511350
28Roger Fink, Lodi5102350
29Wally Wagner, Santa Ana5101350
30Jim Certain, Huntsville5099350
31Mike Durbin, Costa Mesa5089300
32Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.5087300
33Fred Lening, Yardley5080300
34Glenn Allison, Los Angeles5081300
35Mike Waikem, Canton5076300
36Johnny Meyer, Lake Ronkonkoma5070300
 Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.5070300
38Joe Mintzer, Fountain Valley5069300
39Ed DiTolla, Glen Rock5065300
40Tom Tuttle, King5055300
41Charlie Wilkinson, Salinas5049300
42Butch Gearhart, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.5018300
43Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga.5012300
44Walt Pych, Youngstown, Ohio5009300
45Chet Dziedzina, Chicago, IL5008300
46Mickey Higham, Kansas City, KS5007300
@47Jack Horner, Parkersburg, W.Va.5001300
48Dick Hoover, Akron, Ohio5000300
49Fred Simon, Carol City4996300
50Bill Bunetta, Fresno, Calif.4992300
51Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Cailf.4991300
52Bobby McMillin, College Point4989300
53Ed Lubanski, Detroit, Mich.4987300

#-Received $100 for perfect game. *-Alternates. **-Won one game roll-off with Jim St. John for 16th position, 280-215. @-Local Entry. 24-Game Qualifying Leader-Don Johnson, 5429; 16th Low-Bourdase-St. John, 5169. ProAm Cashers-$50-Buzz Fazio, Ray DiSanto, Gene Rhoda, Ed Thomas, Curt Schmidt, Don Carter.