Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Mar 11-15, 1969

Bluth's Frustration Ends

RAY BLUTH'S long PBA career prior to '69 season included a single victory and 12 second-place finishes, but he wasn't to be denied in the Buckeye Open at Toledo, Ohio. Bluth met the challenge of red-hot Teata Semiz with a 247-236 victory. Then, in the title match, he bombed Nelson Burton, Jr., in an all-St. Louis finale, 236-205.

The tourney registered two more 300 games . . . one by Semiz and the other by Jeff Smolenski, bowling as a local entry.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo.483 (2 games)$6,000
2Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.205 (1 game)3,500
3Teata Semiz, River Edge, N. J.693 (3 games)2,000
4Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif.203 (1 game)1,800
5Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif.180 (1 game)1,600

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Semiz defeated Meyers, 238-180; Semiz defeated Soutar, 219-203; Bluth defeated Semiz, 247-236; Bluth defeated Burton, 236-205, in championship game.


 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Nelson Burton, Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 9109 11-5-0 550 9659 
2Ray Bluth, St. Louis, Mo. 8945 12-4-0 600 9545 
3Dave Soutar, Gilroy, Calif. 9076 8-8-0 400 9476 
***4Teata Semiz, River Edge, N. J. 8820 10-6-0 500 9320 
5Norm Meyers, Los Angeles, Calif. 8889 8-8-0 400 9289 
*6Ernie Schlegel, New York, N. Y. 8885 8-8-0 400 9285 $1,450
7Jim St. John, San Jose, Calif. 8960 6-10-0 300 9260 1,300
8Bobb Knipple, Long Beach, Calif. 8764 9-7-0 450 9214 1,200
**9Ron Wheeler, Milwaukee, Wis. 8719 9-6-1 475 9194 1,100
10Dick Ritger, Hartford, Wis. 8773 8-8-0 400 9173 1,050
11Ralph Engan, Monsey, N. Y. 8812 7-9-0 350 9162 1,000
12Bob McGregor, Lubbock, Tex. 8794 7-9-0 350 9144 950
13Bill Tucker, Louisville, Ky 8597 7-9-0 350 8947 900
14Larry Nordstrom, Anaheim, Calif. 8601 6-10-0 300 8901 850
15Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 8509 6-10-0 300 8809 800
16Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 8494 5-10-1 275 8769 750


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
17Mike Limongello, N. Babylon, N. Y.5238$500
*18Don Johnson, Kokomo, Ind.5237540
19Junior Powell, Toledo, Ohio5231480
20Jack Connaughton, LaCrosse, Wis.5228470
21Billy Golembiewski, Detroit, Mich.5227460
22Ed Bourdase, Fresno, Calif.5220450
23Allie Clarke, Akron, Ohio5206440
24Butch Gearhart, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.5203430
25Pete Tountas, Tucson, Ariz.5198420
26Dick Weber, St, Louis, Mo.5196410
27Buzz Fazio, Delton, Mich.5193400
28Tim Harahan, Canoga Park, Calif.5188390
29Don Carter, Tarzana, Calif, Don Glover, Bakersfield, Calif.5186375
31Jim Bassett, Brooklyn, N. Y.5185365
32Vic Iwlew, Kalamazoo, Mich.5149360
33Glenn Allison, Los Angeles, Calif., Les Schissler, Denver, Colo.5137352.50
35Gary Brown, Santa Barbara, Calif.5127345
36Harry Smith, Fresno, Calif., Ken McBride, Muskegon, Mich.5116337.50
38Mike Durbin, Burbank, Calif, Bud Horn, Los Angeles, Calif.5115327.50
40Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W. Va.5102320
41Billy Hardwick, Louisville, Ky.5101315
42John Fonagy Jr., Buffalo, N. Y.5100310
43Joe Donato, Schenectady, N. Y.5089305
**44Tom Clark, Toledo, Ohio5086300
45Al Thompson, Cleveland, Ohio5082295
46Fred Lening, Yardley, Pa.5080290
47Alfonso Pujol, New York, N. Y.5079285
48Ed Lubanski, Detroit, Mich.5069280
49Jim Godman, Hayward, Calif.5042275
50Norm Grocke, Chicago, Ill.5040270
51Barry Asher, Costa Mesa, Calif.5036265
52Dick Peffer, Wampum, Pa.5033260
**53Jim Shaw, Columbus, Ohio5026255
54Eddy Patterson, Dallas, Tex.5011250
55Bill Allen, Fresno, Calif.4999245
56Craig Mueller, Union, N. J.4994240

Pro-Am Cashers ($50)-Larry Laub, Jim Bassett, Don Lemon, Dick Weber. Norm Meyers, Bill Allen, Don Johnson. 24-Game Qualifying, Leader-St. John. 5503. 16th Low-. *Alternates. **-Local Entries. ***-$100 for 300 games-Semiz and Jeff Smolenski.