Mercury Open



$40,000 MERCURY OPEN
Dick Weber Lanes, St. Louis, Mo., Oct 22-25, 1969

Godman's A Jim-Dandy

JIM GODMAN registered his first victory since the $100,000 Tournament of Champions in April when he beat out 127 other pro bowlers in the Mercury Open at Dick Weber Lanes in St. Louis. The triumph was most gratifying for the 23-year-old for the Godmans only recently had moved from Hayward, Calif., to Elkhart, Ind.

The slender Godman turned the tournament into a virtual rout in the match game phase, after leading the qualifying test easily. He started off by whipping Pat Patterson, 267-212, and then went on to take seven of his first nine games. His average over that span was 227. In that same block, Dave Davis went from ninth to second and was the only one with a chance at catching Godman when the evening's action began. In the position round, however, Davis bowed to Bluth while Patterson was edging Godman.

40-GAME FINALS

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Jim Godman, Elkhart, Ind. 9009 9-7-0 450 9459 $4,000
2Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 8757 9-7-0 450 9207 2,200
3Pat Patterson, St. Louis, Mo. 8695 9-6-1 475 9170 1,500
4Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz. 8588 11-5-0 550 9138 1,400
5Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind. 8521 11-5-0 550 9071 1,300
6Glenn Allison, Los Angeles, Calif. 8547 10-6-0 500 9047 1,200
7Larry Lichstein, Bloomfield, Conn. 8514 9-7-0 450 8964 1,100
8Ken Vincek, Chicago, Ill. 8497 8-8-0 400 8897 1,000
9Jim Vrenick, Granite City, Ill. 8497 7-8-1 375 8872 950
10Mike Limongello, Babylon, N. Y. 8344 10-6-0 500 8844 900
**11Vern Kurz, St. Louis, Mo. 3390 8-8-0 400 8790 850
12Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif. 8518 5-11-0 250 8768 800
13Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif. 8554 4-12-0 200 8754 750
14Mike Orlovsky, Endicott, N. Y. 8449 5-11-0 250 8699 700
15Butch Gearhart, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 8330 7-9-0 350 8680 650
16Dick Battista, New York, N. Y. 8377 5-11-0 250 8627 600

24-GAME TOTALS

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*17Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wisc.5037$510
18Ralph Croy, Lansing, Ill.5033440
19Terry Booth, Mountain View, Calif.5032420
**20Dave Harrell, St. Louis, Mo.5026405
 Ralph Hartmann, New Hyde Park, N. Y.5026405
22Tommy Tuttle, King, N. C.5025390
23Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.5011380
24Don Glover, Bakerfield, Calif.5004370
25Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Tex.5002360
26Paul Colwell, Tucson, Ariz.5000350
27Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio4999335
 John Guenther, Seattle, Wash.4999335
29Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif.4997320
30Pete Tountas, Calumet City, Ill.4988310
31Buzz Fazio, Delton, Mich.4975300
32Harry Smith, Fresno, Calif.4973295
33Tom Delutz, Queens, N. Y.4968290
34Keith Wiltse, Vicksburg, Mich.4965285
35Jim Pennington, Rossville, Ga.4952280
36Jim Chestney, Denver, Colo.4947275
37Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio4943270
38Sam Baca, Hayward, Calif.4949265
39Tim Brosnan, Ft. Worth, Tex,4938260
40Ernie Schlegel, Newburgh, N. Y.4929255
41Jimmy Mack, Dover, N. J.4926250
42LeRoy Buske, Jefferson City, Mo.4923245

*Alternate. **Local Entries. 24-Game Qualifying Leader-Jim Godman, 5374. 16th Low-Kurz. 5047. Pro-Am Cashers ($50)-Ralph Engan, Tim Harahan, Dick Battista, Jerry McCoy, Glenn Allison. Dave Davis.