New Madison Square Garden Center, New York City, NY, Dec 1-6, 1968

Zahn Cops 1968 National

"Wayne Zahn has the National Championship wrapped up, I don't see what everyone's so excited about."

So spoke Harry Johnson, one of the pros who was ousted earlier. And, he said it at the time Dave Davis had just taken over the lead after winning eight straight games in the first session of the head-to-head competition.

Johnson's prognosis of the Madison Square Garden extravaganza proved unerring. Zahn, after being out of the lead for one game, came back like a lion to wrap up the $80,000 tournament going away.

Asked later why he predicted as he did, Johnson replied: "Wayne was throwing 'easy-like' all through the tournament. The rest of the guys were straining. It was that simple."

"Easy-like" did it for the 6-foot, 175-pound blond. At the finish of the 60- game grind he was 441 pins ahead of runner-up Nelson Burton, Jr. And, he was just as "easy-like" in the press room following his $10,000 win.

"Worried? Certainly, nobody goes into a tournament like this not worried," he replied to press questions. ' "When did I feel I had it wrapped up? When I threw that 265 in the 59th game of the tournament.

"It was a great personal victory for me. Although I had won two other titles this year, I wanted the big one again. It was a great feeling knowing I could do it twice in three years."

Zahn was referring to the victory he scored in the PBA National Championship in 1966. And, the two wins in 1968 at Houston and Edison, N.J.

Actually, this was the 27-year-old pro's easiest victory. After Steve Wallace shot to the front on the strength of a 300 game in the opening six-game set, and Bob Strampe moved to the fore in the second session, Zahn shot two 1,400 blocks . . . 1,412 and 1,449 . . . to take over the lead he didn't relinquish for the rest of the way, except for the one game when Davis took over.

When the race went into the second eight-game block of the match game play, the race was for second place, and it was a dandy. Davis and Dick Weber gave it the big try before settling for seventh and sixth, respectively. Nelson Burton, Jr., Jim Godman, Bobby Cooper and Dick Ritger came strong at the end to fill the gap from second through fifth.

The $10,000 first raised Zahn's earnings for the year to $38,607 and fifth place in the 1968 race. Jim Stefanich, who earned a record $67,375, was followed by Davis ($46,350), Bill Allen ($42,125) and Don Johnson with $38,990. Stefanich and Johnson failed to cash in the National while Davis received $1,800 for seventh and Allen reaped $1,250 for 15th place.

The tournament was tagged a whopping success by Joe Acquafreda, director of Bowling at Madison Square Garden Center.



 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Wayne Zahn, Atlanta, Ga. 13432 15-9-0 750 14182 $10,000
2Nelson, Burton, Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 12991 15-9-0 750 13741 6,000
3Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif. 12957 15-8-1 775 13732 4,000
4Bobby Cooper, Houston, Tex. 13002 13-10-1 675 13677 3,000
**5Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 12747 18-6-0 900 13647 2,500
6Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo. 13020 12-12-0 600 13620 2,000
7Dave Davis, Phoenix, Ariz. 12886 13-11-0 650 13536 1,800
8Les Zikes, Chicago, Ill. 12761 15-9-0 750 13511 1,700
9Bob Strampe, Detroit, Mich. 12803 14-10-0 700 13503 1,600
10George McDonald, Denver, Colo. 12802 14-10-0 700 13502 1,500
11Don McCune, Munster, Ind. 12745 15-9-0 750 13495 1,450
12Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif. 12837 10-14-0 500 13337 1,400
13Skee Foremsky, El Paso, Tex. 12677 12-12-0 600 13277 1,350
14Johnny Petraglia, Brooklyn, N.Y. 12623 13-11-0 650 13273 1,300
15Bill Allen, Orlando, Fla. 12755 9-15-0 450 13205 1,250
16Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif. 12473 1311-0 650 13123 1,200
17Fred Lening, YardIey, Pa. 12655 9-15-0 450 13105 1,150
18Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa. 12550 11-13-0 550 13100 1,100
19Wally Wagner, Santa Ana, Calif. 12438 10-14-0 500 12938 1,050
20Jimmy Mack, Dover, N.J. 12576 7-17-0 350 12926 1,000
21Morrie Oppenheim, Chicago, Ill. 12436 8-14-2 450 12886 950
22Vern Downing, San Francisco, Calif. 12329 10-14-0 500 12829 900
**23Steve Wallace, Houston, Tex. 12347 7-15-2 400 12747 850
24Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 12381 7-17-0 350 12731 800


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
*25Gene Rhoda, Valparaiso, Ind.7,501$617.50
 Earl Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn.7,501517.50
27Jim Certain, Huntsville, Ala.7,484480.00
28Glenn Allison, Los Angeles, Calif.7,483460.00
29Pete Mylenki, River Vale, N.J.7,481440.00
30Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz.7,479420.00
31Larry Festa, Astoria, N.Y.7,477400.00
32Butch Gearhart, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.7,475380.00
33Francis Lynch, Philadelphia, Pa.7,473360.00
34Ralph Engan, Monsey, N.Y.7,471350.00
35Jack Connaughton, LaCrosse, Wis.7,468345.00
36Bill Scales, Lubbock, Tex7,384270.00
37Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif.7,453335.00
38Ernie Schlegel, New York City, N.Y.7,446330.00
39Don Glover, Bakersfield, Calif.7,444325.00
40Don Lemon, Rochester, N.Y.7,435317.50
 Mike Durbin, Burbank, Calif.7,435317.50
42Jim Pennington, Rossville, Ga.7,431310.00
43Johnny Guenther, Seattle, Wash.7,426305.00
44Don Helling, St. Louis, Mo.7,417300.00
45Joe Joseph, Lansing, Mich.7,402295.00
46Eddie Cook, Florence, S.C.7,393290.00
47Frank Northrop, Atwater, Calif.7,389285.00
48Bill Tucker, Louisville, Ky.7,387277.50
 Tommy Tuttle, King, N.C.7,387277.50
50Bob McGregor, New York City, N.Y.7,459340.00
51Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo.7,377265.00
52Lou Frantz, Louisville, Ky.7,373260.00

36--Game Qualifying Leader-Zahn, 8072. 24th Low-Oppenheim, 7506.
Pro Am Cashers--$50-Dick Battista, Bob Strampe, Paul Zevgolis, Don Helling, Dale Seavoy, Vic Iwlew, Paul Moser, Ed Lubanski, Dave Soutar, Dave Davis, Earl Johnson.
*Alternate (Rhoda defeated Earl Johnson in one-game rolloff for alternate spot).
**Received $100 for 300 games.