$15,000 EBONITE INVITATIONAL
Ellisville Bowl, St. Louis, MO, Apr 3-6, 1968
Glover Grabs First
While the 48 champions were throwing their "ball" in Akron, the PBA champions not eligible for the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions and all touring pros were having their own affair at Pat Patterson's Ellisville Bowl on the outskirts of St. Louis.
Don Glover, a bright young lefthander from Bakersfield, Calif., was the winner and thus became eligible for the 1969 T. of C. Glover totalled 9,137 for 40 games. This included 500 bonus pins he collected for winning 10 of his 16 match games in the finals.
Bobby Cooper of Ft. Worth was second with 9,021, Curt Schmidt of Ft. Wayne finished third with 8,989, Bill Johnson of New Orleans, collected fourth with 8,961 and Ed Bourdase of Fresno, Calif., was fifth man at 8,909.
Although the final results show a 116-pin margin for Glover, it was much closer. In fact, it took a 299 game on Glover's part in the 15th game of the finals to lock it up.