Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Mar 28-Apr 1, 1967

Stefanich: King Of Champs

They'll be shouting about the shooting in the 1967 Professional Bowlers Association $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions for many a day. You just don't riffle the record book with 17 - new marks and roll four 300 games in one tourney without causing a commotion.

Jim Stefanich, of Joliet, Ill., took home the $25,000 first prize, popped one of the perfectos, his first ever, and inked his name beside an even dozen in THE book. Billy Welu got out of the starting blocks like a greyhound to knock off three records and his fourth 300.

Jack Biondolillo socked the biggest 300 in the history of the game. His came before the American Broadcasting Company's national colored television cameras for which he collected a cool ten thou ($10,000). Mike Limongello's 12 strikes were worth $8.33 apiece ($100), as were Welu's and Stefanich's.

But all this was just the forerunner to a finish which left the 25,000,000 TV fans and some 1,500 in attendance at Riviera Lanes hanging out the window.

The championship match simmered and then boiled before ending in a 227 tie when Don Johnson, the Kokomo (Ind.) Kid, struck on his last pitch. A two-frame playoff saw Johnson die when his nose hit produced a split. Stefanich shot him down with three in the one-three pocket.

As the leading qualifier through the first 48 games, Jim was seeded into the championship match. He watched in awe as Biondolillo stroked his 300 in defeating Les Schissler who had 216. But Biondolillo shot his wad in this one and had to struggle to gain a 188-181 decision over Mike Durbin. Johnson then encircled the Houston entry, 228-172, to set up the heroics in the title go.


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.$25,000
2Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.12,500
3Jack Biondolillo, Houston, Texas6,500
4Mike Durbin, Costa Mesa, Calif.3,500
5Les Schissler. Denver2,500

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Stefanich and Johnson tied at 227 and Stefanich won rolloff, 43-36. ROUND ROBIN: Biondolillo defeated Schissler, 300-216 ; Biondolillo defeated Durbin, 188-181 ; Johnson defeated Biondolillo, 228-172.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
6Bill Tucker, Los Angeles 10861 14-10-0 700 11561 $2,050
7Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz. 10764 15-9-0 750 11514 1,700
8Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 10845 13-11-0 650 11495 1,600
9Barry Asher, Santa Ana, Calif. 10742 14-8-2 750 11492 1,500
10Vern Downing, Rodeo, Calif. 10877 12-12-0 600 11477 1,450
11Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga. 10769 13-10-1 675 11444 1,400
12Glenn Allison, Los Angel, Calif. 10867 10-12-2 550 11417 1,375
13Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 10856 11-13-0 550 11406 1,350
14Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif. 10774 11-13-0 550 11324 1,325
15Sam Baca, Hayward, Calif. 10691 12-12-0 600 11291 1,300
16Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich. 10562 18-11-0 650 11202 1,275
17Ralph Engan, Monsey, N.Y. 10641 11-13-0 550 11191 1,250
18Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 10481 12-11-1 625 11106 1,225
19George Howard, Kalamazoo, Mich. 10388 ;2-11-1 625 11013 1,200
20Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 10562 $-15-0 450 11012 1,175
21Billy Welu, St. Louis, Mo. 10489 10-14-0 500 10989 1,150
22Gene Rhoda, Valparaiso, Ind. 10526 8-16-0 400 10926 1,125
23Bill Lillard, Dallas, Tex. 10556 6-17-1 325 10881 1,100
24Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif. 10628 6-18-0 300 10828 1,075


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
25Johnny Guenther, Seattle. Wash.5,273$1,075
26Buzz Fazio, Detroit, Mich.5,2661,000
27Don Carter, Tarzana, Calif.5,2001,000
28Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich.5,1971,000
29Tom Hennessey, St. Louis, Mo.5,1881,000
30Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wisc.5,1661,000
31Timmy Harahan, Encino, Calif.5,1681,000
32Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich.5,1571,000
33Fred Lening, Fairless Hills, Pa.5,1471,000
34Tom Harnisch, Buffalo, N.Y.5,1311,000
35Gary Martineau, Nashville, Tenn.5,0671,000
36Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.5,0621,000
37Mike Limongello, N. Babylon, N.Y.5,0581,000
38Earl Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.4,9411,000
39Joe Joseph, Lansing, Mich.4,9291,000
40Mike McGrath, El Cerrito, Calif.4,9161,000
41Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Calif.4,8391,000
42Jerry Hale, Richmond, Callif.4,8331,000
43Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz.4,8101,000
44John Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y.4,7551,000
45Harry Smith, Redwood City, Calif.4,6971,000
46Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla.4,6021,000
47Johnny Meyer, Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.4,3791,000
48Andy Marzich, Torrance, Calif.3,4071,000
 (18 games) (18 games) (withdrew) 

Welu, Stefanich, Biondolillo and Limongello won $100 Savings Bond for perfect game. Biondolillo won $10,000 for perfect game on national television.