Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Mar 29-Apr 2, 1966

Zahn Cashes Firestone Chips

Wayne Zahn "came back from the dead" to capture the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions at Riviera Lanes in Akron, Ohio.

Hopelessly out of it during the third match of the televised (color) finals, the Atlanta belter was about ready to offer congratulations to one of the other three in the finals . . . Dick Weber, Tom Harnisch or Dave Davis.

But, "lightning struck" when Harnisch popped a 6-7 split against Davis. This resulted in a tie between Zahn and Davis and a two-frame rolloff was in order.

Davis threw a washout (1-2-4-10) and got nine. Zahn split for a nine count before striking and sparing for a score of 29. Davis dittoed and another two-framer was necessary.

Zahn started with a strike, Davis threw two, got seven on his next ball and spared for 47. Zahn pumped two strikes for 50 and gained the right to meet the 48-game leader, Dick Weber, for the $25,000 and championship trophy.

For the second straight year Weber had led through the first 48 and was seeded into the title go. But the 130-pound St. Louis great didn't have it in the big one and Zahn rolled to a 203-170 victory.

A nationwide TV audience of some 20,000,000 made this the biggest bowling show in history. Some 50 sports writers from all over the country and a bulging Riviera Lanes crowd lived the experience with the 53 champions who started the five-day showdown.


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga.$25,000
2Dick Weber St. Louis, Mo.12,600
3Dave Davis. Phoenix, Ariz.6,260
4Tom Harnisch, Buffalo, N.Y.3,126

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Zahn defeated Weber, 203-170. ROUND ROBIN, Harnisch defeated Zahn, 193-190; Zahn defeated Davis, 202-197; Davis defeated Harnisch, 196-191. Zahn won the second rolloff with Davis, 60-47, to "thrill" his way into the title match against Weber.


 Name, City/StatePins+TotAmt
5Dick Hoover, Akron, Ohio 9771 850 10621 $2,660
6Mike McGrath, EI Cerrito, Calif. 9907 660 10567 2,000
7Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C. 9803 700 10603 1,600
8Harry Smith, Redwood City, Calif. 9890 600 10490 1,460
9Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich. 9826 660 10476 1,426
10Buzz Fazio, Detroit, Mich. 9782 676 10467 1,400
11Bill Bunetta, Fresno, Calif. 9834 600 10434 1,376
12Gene Rhoda, Valparaiso, Ind. 9810 600 10410 1,360
13Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 9639 700 10339 1,325
14Bill Tucker, Los Angeles, Calif. 9730 600 10330 1,300
15Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 9776 560 10325 1,276
16Les Schissler, Denver, Colo. 9742 526 10267 1,260
17Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 9714 626 10239 1,226
18Roy Lown, El Paso, Texas 9706 626 10230 1,200
19Dennis Chapis, St. Louis, Mo. 9746 476 10221 1,176
20Vern Downing, Rodeo, Calif. 9721 426 10146 1,150
21Glenn Allison, Los Angeles, Calif. 9605 600 10106 1,125
22Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Texas 9618 360 9968 1,100
23Billy Welu, St. Louis, Mo. 9491 450 9941 1,075
24Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif. 9614 460 9939 1,060


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Bobby Jacks, New Orleans, La.4831$1,050
26Andy Marzich, Torrance, Calif.48171,000
27Bob Collatos, Santa Monica, Calif.48121,000
28Jack Biondolillo, Houston, Texas48091,000
29Darylee Cox, Seattle, Wash.48061,000
30Jerry Hale, Richmond, Calif.48061,000
31Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.47991,000
32Johnny King, Chicago, Ill.47981,000
33Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.47971,000
34Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash.47931,000
35Don Carter, St. Louis, Mo.47841,000
36Joe Joseph, Lansing, Mich.47771,000
37Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich.47761,000
38Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.47621,000
39Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz.47391,000
40Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.47231,000
41Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich.47101,000
42Ed Lubanski, Detroit, Mich.46971,000
43Tom Hennessey, St. Louis, Mo.46901,000
44Bill Lillard, Dallas, Texas46791,000
45Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.46661,000
46Gary Martineau, Nashville, Tenn.46691,000
47Sam Baca, Hayward, Calif.46631,000
48Johnny Meyer, Lake Ronkonkoma. N.Y.46311,000
49Fred Lening, Fairless Hills, Pa.46091,000
50George Howard, Detroit, Mich.45911,000
51Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif.45881,000
52Jerry McCoy, Ft. Worth, Texas45341,000
53Mike Limongello, N. Babylon, N.Y.44611,000