PBA Bowling Tour: 1969 Season

This is a recap of the 1969 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 11th season, and consisted of 35 events. Billy Hardwick won six titles on the 1969 Tour (also adding a seventh in the BPAA All-Star, which was not part of the Tour at the time), and won the Sporting News PBA Player of the Year award.[1] Mike McGrath won the PBA National Championship,[2] while Jim Godman took the title in the Firestone Tournament of Champions.[3]

PBA Bowling Tour: 1969 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 7 – December 18, 1969
PBA Tour
Season MVPBilly Hardwick
PBA Tour seasons

Johnny Guenther rolled the PBA's second-ever televised 300 game in a semi-final match at the San Jose Open on February 1, 1969, before going on to win the tournament.[4]

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
West Valley Open West Valley Lanes Canoga Park, California Jan 7–11 Wayne Zahn (11)
Valley of the Sun Open Tempe Bowl Tempe, Arizona Jan 14–18 Don Glover (3)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Lanes Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 21–25 Skee Foremsky (4)
San Jose Open Saratoga Lanes San Jose, California Jan 28 – Feb 1 Johnny Guenther (4)
Denver Open Broadway Bowl Denver, Colorado Feb 4–8 Billy Hardwick (11)
Ebonite Open King Louie West Kansas City, Missouri Feb 11–15 Don Glover (4)
Cougar Open Paramus Bowl Paramus, New Jersey Feb 18–22 Ralph Engan (2)
Greater Buffalo Open Fairlanes Buffalo, New York Feb 25 – Mar 1 Dick Ritger (6)
Miller High Life Open Bowlero Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar 4–8 Billy Hardwick (12)
Buckeye Open Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Mar 11–15 Ray Bluth (2)
Portsmouth Open Portsmouth Bowl Portsmouth, Virginia Mar 18–22 Tommy Tuttle (2)
New Orleans Lions Open Pelican Lanes New Orleans, Louisiana Mar 25–29 Dick Weber (18)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 1–5 Jim Godman (4)
National Pro-Am Bowling Classic Florida Bowl Mobile, Alabama Apr 12–13 Don Helling (2)
Smallcomb Enterprises Classic Redwood City Bowl Redwood City, California Jun 3–8 Billy Hardwick (13)
Seattle Open Ballinger Bowl Seattle, Washington Jun 12–15 Don Johnson (7)
Portland Open Valley Lanes Portland, Oregon Jun 19–22 Allie Clarke (1)
Tucson Open Cactus Bowl Tucson, Arizona Jul 3–6 Terry Booth (1)
Fort Worth Open Meadowbrook Lanes Fort Worth, Texas Jul 10–13 Billy Hardwick (14)
Houston-Sertoma Open Stadium Bowl Houston, Texas Jul 17–20 Marty Piraino (2)
Huntsville Open Pin Palace Lanes Hunstville, Alabama Jul 24–27 Joe Dignam (1)
Five-Star Open Cranston Bowl Cranston, Rhode Island Aug 7–10 Nelson Burton, Jr. (3)
Grand Rapids Open Westgate Bowl Grand Rapids, Michigan Aug 14–17 Billy Hardwick (15)
Waukegan Open Bertrand Bowl Waukegan, Illinois Aug 21–24 Les Zikes (1)
Canadian Open Laurentian Lanes Montreal, Quebec Aug 28 – Sep 1 Dave Davis (11)
Altoona Jaycee Open Holiday Bowl Altoona, Pennsylvania Sep 4–7 Dick Weber (19)
Newark Kiwanis Open Valley Bowl Lanes Newark, Ohio Sep 11–14 Butch Gearhart (3)
Japan Gold Cup Starlanes Tokyo, Japan Sep 20 – Oct 5 Dick Ritger (7)
Mercury Open Dick Weber Lanes St. Louis, Missouri Oct 22–25 Jim Godman (5)
American Airlines Open Hartfield Lanes Detroit, Michigan Oct 30 – Nov 2 Dave Soutar (5)
Joliet Open Town & Country Lanes Joliet, Illinois Nov 6–9 Billy Hardwick (16)
Lincoln Open Hollywood Bowl Lincoln, Nebraska Nov 13–16 Don Johnson (8)
Bellows-Valvair Open Clover Lanes Rochester, New York Nov 20–23 Dick Ritger (8)
Tenth Annual PBA National Championship Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Nov 30 – Dec 6 Mike McGrath (3)
Hawaiian Invitational Honolulu Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii Dec 10–18 Don Johnson (9)


  1. ^ "Dr. Jake's Bowling History Blog".
  2. ^ "Mike McGrath". mcubed.net.
  3. ^ "Jim Godman". mcubed.net.
  4. ^ "San Jose Open - Archived Standings". PBA. January 17, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2012.

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