Starlanes, Tokyo, Japan, Oct 1-17, 1968

Johnson Japanese King

Don Johnson, Jim Stefanich and Billy Hardwick stole the show as the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) staged its first tournament in Tokyo, the Japan Gold Cup Invitational.

Johnson picked up the marbles in the form of a huge 'Gold Cup and $2,000. But Stefanich rolled a pair of 300s and Hardwick knocked off three perfectos as the pro boys shot the eyes out of pins in the 80-game tournament.

Stefanich started strong with a 300 on opening night and another on the third evening. Hardwick saved two of his for the last day of qualifying when he hit on back-to-back perfectos while popping a world record eight-game series of 2,165.

Dave Soutar defeated Dave Davis in the opener, 226-204. Hardwick then roped Soutar, 257-247, Carmen Salvino, 290-259, and Johnny Guenther, 300-246. Johnson handled Hardwick, 248-238, and then humbled Stefanich, 248-181, to wrap it up.

Probably the most thrilled fan at Hardwick's heroics was Prince Mikasa, who, with his family, attended the next-to-last night's show.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.496 (2 games)$2,000
2Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.181 (championship game)1,200
3Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.1085 (4 games)1,050
4John Guenther, Seattle, Wash.246 (1 game)950
5Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.259 (1 game)850
6Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif.731 (3 games)750
7Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz.204 (1 game)650
8Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz.213 (1 game)550

PLAYOFF RESULTS: Soutar defeated Tountas, 258-213; Soutar defeated Davis, 226-204; Hardwick defeated Soutar, 257-247; Hardwick defeated Salvino, 290-259; Hardwick defeated Guenther, 300-246; Johnson defeated Hardwick, 248-238; Johnson defeated Stefanich in championship game, 248-181.
*Positions for finals determined by points earned in competition and not on total pinfall.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 16560 43-29-0 2150 18710 
2Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind. 15897 40-30-2 2050 17947 
3Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky. 16071 34-38-0 1700 17771 
4John Guenther, Seattle, Wash. 15831 37-35-0 1850 17681 
5Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 15667 38-33-1 1925 17592 
6Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz. 15363 35-36-1 1775 17138 
7Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif. 15567 31-41-0 1550 17117 
8Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz. 15184 28-44-0 1400 16584