Bowlero, Milwaukee, Wis., Mar 5-9, 1968

Guenther Miller Champ

When Joe Joseph of Lansing left the 6-10 pins standing on his last ball of the tournament, the 200-199 victory went to Seattle's Johnny Guenther who won $10,000 for first place in the $60,000 Miller High Life Open in Milwaukee.

Guenther had won 13 of his 16 games of match play to be seeded No. 1 and Joseph had moved up from fourth place to challenge him for the title.


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
1Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash.$10,000
2Joe Joseph, Lansing, Mich.5,000
3Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.3,000
4Don Carter, Tarzana, Calif.2,000
5Fred Lening, Yardley, Pa.1,800

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Joseph defeated Lening, 224-208; Joseph defeated Carter, 254-231; Joseph defeated Stefanich, 235-191, and Guenther defeated Joseph, 200-199, in title go.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 8601 13-3-0 650 9251 
2Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 8475 12-4-0 600 9075 
3Don Carter, Tarzana, Calif. 8431 9-5-2 500 8931 
4Joe Joseph, Lansing, Mich. 8465 8-7-1 425 8890 
5Fred Lening, Yardley, Pa. 8326 9-6-1 475 8801 
*6Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif. 8308 6-8-2 350 8658 $1,650
**7Mark Kuglitsch, Milwaukee, Wis. 8174 9-6-1 475 8649 1,500
**8Ron Wheeler, Milwaukee, Wis. 8200 7-9-0 350 8550 1,400
9Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich. 8201 6-9-1 325 8526 1,350
10Don Glover, Bakersfield, Calif. 8162 7-9-0 350 8512 1,300
11Dave Soutar, Detroit, Mich. 8086 8-7-1 425 8511 1,250
12Charley Wilkinson, Salinas, Calif. 8083 7-8-1 375 8458 1,200
13Bill Tucker, Los Angeles, Calif. 8084 6-9-1 325 8409 1,150
14Mike Durbin, Costa Mesa, Calif. 8089 6-10-0 300 8389 1,100
15Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz. 8035 5-11-0 250 8285 1,050
16Chet Dziedzina, Chicago, Ill. 8013 4-11-1 225 8238 1,000


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*17Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.4906$650
18Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.4901600
19Dennis Swayda, Phoenix, Ariz.4900550
20Curt Schmidt, Ft. Wayne, Ind.4894550
21Larry Festa, Astoria, N.Y.4882500
 Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif.4882500
23Joe Donato, Schenectady, N.Y.4867450
24Eddy Patterson, Dallas, Tex.4866450
25Glenn Allison, Los Angeles, Calif.4865450
26Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.4845450
27Wally Wagner, Santa Ana, Calif.4840400
28Ed Lubanski, Detroit, Mich.4832400
29Marv Lowry, Birmingham, Ala.4831400
30Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo.4823400
31Keith Wiltse, Vicksburg, Mich.4821350
32Ralph Engan, Monsey, N.Y.4817350
33Gil Potempo, Los Angeles, Calif.4815350
34Teata Semiz, River Edge, N. J.4811325
**John Doolan, Milwaukee, Wis.4811325
36Bill Lillard, Dallas, Tex.4802300
37Don Rassbach, Arcata, Calif.4796300
38Joe Mintzer, Santa Ana, Calif.4792300
 Tom Hennessey, St. Louis, Mo.4792300
40Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif.4789300
**41Hal Kaminski, Milwaukee, Wis.4787300
42Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.4784300
43Tom Harnisch, Buffalo, N.Y.4783300
44Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla.4782300
45Vern Downing, Rodeo, Calif.4781300
46Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va.4767300
47Fred Ringrose, Detroit, Mich.4763300
 Al Markle, Chicago, Ill.4763300

*Alternate. **Local Entries. 24-Game Qualifying Leader-John Guenther, 5071. 16th Low-Bill Tucker, 4907. Ernie Schlegel receved $100 for perfect game. Pro-Am Cashers-$100-Don Carter. $50-Billy Hardwick, Wally Wagner, Pete Tountas, Carmen Salvino, Mike Durbin, Ray Bluth, Harry Smith, Gil Potempo, Jerry Zabriskie, Bob Strampe, Don Glover, Eddy Patterson, Mike Limongello, Jim Godman, Bobby Knipple, Nelson Burton, Jr., Buzz Fazio, Tim Harahan.