PBA Bowling Tour: 1968 Season

This is a recap of the 1968 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's tenth season, and consisted of 34 events. Jim Stefanich won five titles on the season and was the Tour's leading money winner, earning him Sporting News PBA Player of the Year honors.[1] Wayne Zahn won the PBA National Championship,[2] while Dave Davis captured the title at the Firestone Tournament of Champions.[3]

PBA Bowling Tour: 1968 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 2 – December 6, 1968
PBA Tour
Season MVPJim Stefanich
PBA Tour seasons

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
North Phoenix Open Squaw Peak Lanes Phoenix, Arizona Jan 2–6 Dick Ritger (4)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Lanes Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 9–13 Bill Allen (10)
San Jose Open Saratoga Lanes San Jose, California Jan 16–20 Bill Allen (11)
Denver Open Broadway Bowl Denver, Colorado Jan 23–27 Dave Soutar (4)
Cougar Open King Louie West Kansas City, Missouri Jan 30 – Feb 3 Mike Limongello (3)
Tampa Bay-Sertoma Open East Gate Lanes Tampa, Florida Feb 20–24 Jim Stefanich (5)
Buckeye Open Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Feb 27 – Mar 2 Jim Stefanich (6)
Miller High Life Open Bowlero Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar 5–9 Johnny Guenther (3)
Buffalo Open Fairlanes Buffalo, New York Mar 12–16 Bob Strampe (4)
Ebonite Gold Cup Echo Lanes Mountainside, New Jersey Mar 19–23 Teata Semiz (1)
New Orleans Lions Open Pelican Lanes New Orleans, Louisiana Mar 26–30 Dick Ritger (5)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 1–6 Dave Davis (9)
Ebonite Invitational Ellisville Bowl St. Louis, Missouri Apr 3–6 Don Glover (1)
Mobile-Sertoma Open Florida Bowl Mobile, Alabama Apr 9–13 Jim Stefanich (7)
Seattle Open Ballinger Bowl Seattle, Washington Jun 6–9 Billy Hardwick (10)
Portland Open Valley Lanes Portland, Oregon Jun 13–16 Jim Stefanich (8)
Fresno Open Cedar Lanes Fresno, California Jun 20–23 Jim Stefanich (9)
Tucson Open Cactus Bowl Tucson, Arizona Jun 27–30 Tim Harahan (2)
El Paso Open Bowlero Lanes El Paso, Texas Jul 4–7 Mike Durbin (3)
Fort Worth Open Meadowbrook Lanes Fort Worth, Texas Jul 11–14 Don McCune (1)
Houston-Sertoma Open Stadium Bowl Houston, Texas Jul 18–21 Wayne Zahn (8)
Coast Guard Open Starlite Lanes Grand Haven, Michigan Aug 8–11 Bill Allen (12)
Waukegan Open Bertrand Bowl Waukegan, Illinois Aug 15–18 Bob Strampe (5)
Canadian Open Laurentian Lanes Montreal, Quebec Aug 22–25 Skee Foremsky (3)
Rochester Open Clover Lanes Rochester, New York Aug 30 – Sep 2 Tim Harahan (3)
Portsmouth-Norfolk Open Miracle Lanes Portsmouth, Virginia Sep 5–8 Don Johnson (5)
Altoona Open Holiday Bowl Altoona, Pennsylvania Sep 12–15 Jim Godman (3)
Newark Open Valley Bowl Lanes Newark, Ohio Sep 19–22 Bill Allen (13)
Mercury Open Edison Lanes Edison, New Jersey Sep 22–29 Wayne Zahn (9)
Japan Gold Cup Starlanes Tokyo, Japan Oct 1–17 Don Johnson (6)
Green Bay Open Western Lanes Green Bay, Wisconsin Oct 30 – Nov 2 Mike McGrath (2)
Joliet Open Town & Country Lanes Joliet, Illinois Nov 7–10 Don Glover (2)
Durham Open Village Bowl Durham, North Carolina Nov 14–17 Dave Davis (10)
Ninth Annual PBA National Championship Madison Square Garden Center New York, New York Dec 1–6 Wayne Zahn (10)


  1. ^ "Jim Stefanich profile". oocities.org.
  2. ^ "PBA World Championship History". About.com.
  3. ^ "PBA ToC winners". About.com.

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