Davis Rules 1965 National

Dave Davis has the wide-eyed look of a teenager headed for the junior prom. Don't let the look fool you. Davis is a free-wheeling lefthander and the Professional Bowlers Association National Champion.

Dave ascended his lofty perch by defeating Jerry McCoy of Ft. Worth, Tex., 681-502, in the three-game finals at Pat Luckino's spacious Continental Lanes in Detroit.

It was a "no contest" match. Davis won the first game, 212-193. The new champ really poured it on in the second game as he strung nine strikes after the first frame for a 279-160 decision. The last game was anti-climatic as Daviswon another, 190-149. Thus, Davis closed out a 64-game marathon which saw him near the top of the ladder throughout.

McCoy was unbeatable in the early going and finished 317 pins ahead of the second-place Davis in the 61-gamequalifier and match-play semifinals.

But, when they turned on the national television colored cameras (NBC), Davis took over, and how...

Some say Davis had the big advantage. . . a lovely wife named Pat. "Look at that girl pull for her husband," was one of the comments made during the hourlong show. Of course, Pat, like any young wife (she's 21 and Dave 23), certainly wasn't overlooking the $5,000 difference in the one-two spots. Dave received $10,000 for winning and McCoy got the five grand second-place check.

The 6-2, 150-pound lefty had made $13,140 going into the National Championship. He also won the PBA Salt Lake City Open earlier in the year.

"You know, this is the greatest thing that ever happened to me," Dave bubbled. "Every bowler in the world dreams of winning the PBA National Championship. I feel so fortunate to join the most select company in the game."

Davis was referring to the other five National Champions . . . Don Carter (1960), Dave Soutar (1961), Carmen Salvino (1962), Billy Hardwick (1963) and Bob Strampe (1964).

The 1965 PBA National had all the trimmings the stature of the tournament warrants. The $65,000 prize fund was the largest ever . . . It was the first time any bowling show ever had been televised live and in color. The National Broadcasting Co. was responsible . . . Sam Baca supplied a big thrill when he shot the only 300 game ever in the history of this test.

Baca also hung up the highest six-game block (1445) in National play.

Skee Foremsky of El Paso, Tex. was the big man with 7880 pins after the first 36 qualifying games. Davis was running second with 7854, Tommy Tuttle third at 7853 and McCoy had 7790.

In the match game semis, McCoy won 18 and lost seven while Davis was 15 and 10. Foremsky finished third and Tuttle was fourth.

Davis defeated McCoy, 681-502, in nationally televised three-game finals.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz. 13146 15-10-0 760 13896 $10,000
2Jerry McCoy, Ft. Worth, Tex. 13312 18-7-0 900 14212 5,000
3Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Tex. 13201 12-12-1 626 13826 3,050
4Tommy Tuttle, Rural Hall, N.C. 13041 14-11-0 700 13741 2,000
5Bob Collatos, Santa Monica, Calif. 12915 14-11-0 700 13616 1,800
6John Chapman, Kansas City, Mo. 12684 16-9-0 800 13484 1,600
7Bob Phillips, San Pablo, Calif. 12679 15-10-0 760 13429 1,500
8Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 12823 12-13-0 600 13423 1,400
9Al Thompson, Cleveland, Ohio 12721 14-11-0 700 13421 1,300
10Jim Robinette, Falls Church, Va. 12769 13-12-0 660 13409 1,250
11Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 12698 14-11-0 700 13398 1,200
12Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif. 12811 11-14--0 660 13361 1,150
13Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 12642 13-11-1 676 13317 1,100
14Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind. 12631 13-11-1 676 13306 1,050
15Don Ellis, Houston, Tex. 12624 12-12-1 626 13249 1,000
16Issy LaBrosse, New Orleans, La. 12616 14-11-0 700 13216 950
17Roy Lown, EI Paso, Tex. 12703 10-16-0 600 13203 900
18Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 12626 11-14-0 660 13176 850
19Johnny Meyer, Long Island, N.Y. 12619 11-14-0 660 13169 800
20Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 12656 12-13-0 600 13166 750
21Mike Lucas, Kansas City, Kan. 12590 11-14-0 660 13140 700
22Vern Downing, Rodeo, Calif. 12587 8-17-0 400 12987 650
23Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif. 12531 9-16-0 460 12981 625
24Ray Orf, St. Louis, Mo. 12490 6-19-0 300 12790 600


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich.7436$450
26Tom Hennessey, St. Louis, Mo.7433350
27Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga.7423350
28Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.7420350
29Don McCune, Calumet City, Ill.7411340
30Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich.7392340
*31Sam Baca, Hayward, Calif.7382440
32Dick Downey, Bloomfield, N.J.7378340
33Chet Dziedzina, Chicago, Ill.7373330
34Pat Stone, Detroit, Mich.7366330
36Dennis Chapis, St. Louis, Mo.7354330
 Gary Martineau, Nashville, Tenn.7354330
37Don Wray, Detroit, Mich.7353320
38Mike Praznovsky, Miami, Fla.7360320
39Andy Marzich, Torrance, Calif.7332320
40J. Wilbert Sims, Chicago, Ill.7332320
41Bobby Meadows, Dallas, Tex7331310
42Fred Johnson, Broadview, Ill.7319310
43Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.7318310
44Ron Hamlin, Lake Worth, Fla.7311310
45Bill Lillard, Dallas, Tex.7301300
46Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.7299300
47John Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.7296300
48Pete Tountas, Hammond, Ind.7288300

*$100 for a 300 game.