Archive for June, 2016
This tournament, the first national individual match-game event, was created by Louis Petersen in 1922. The purpose was to determine an official match-game champion. An invited field of 24 bowlers rolled 115 games on four specially-built lanes in the Chicago Coliseum. The tournament winner was decided on the basis of Petersen Points. But to be recognized as the match-game champion, the tournament winner would then have to defeat the 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-place finishers in separate 60 game matches. If he lost any of these matches, the title would remain vacant. After winning the Classic, Blouin later defeated Wolf, Lindsey, and Smith to gain recognition as the first official match-game champion.
The eighteenth ABC Masters was held at the Cincinnati Convention Center, April 20-24, 1968, with a field of 480 bowlers. The final showdown was billed “The Battle of the Ages,” pitting 60-year-old tournament leader Buzz Fazio against 29-year-old losers bracket survivor Pete Tountas. First Tountas defeated Fazio, 882-821, to force another match. Then, in the second match, Tountas won the championship in a final-frame thriller, 847-843.