Bowling News USA - March 31, 2013 A Victory for The Ages...Weber Slays The Tournament of Champions...
Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., wrote another chapter in bowling history Sunday when he defeated fellow Storm staffer Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, 224-179, to win the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions at Woodland Bowl.
The victory made Weber the first player to complete the PBA Triple Crown for a second time and tied bowling legend Earl Anthony for most major PBA titles with 10.
Weber used a Storm IQ™ Tour Pearl for the victory. Belmonte used a Roto Grip Wrecker™.
The win was the 83rd all-time PBA title and second major in a row for Storm Products. Last month, Belmonte won the 2013 USBC Masters.
Weber, who was considered one of the professional tour’s power players when he won his first PBA Tournament of Champions with his unique high back swing back in 1978, is now 50 – the oldest player ever to win the Tournament of Champions – and affectionately called “Gramps” by his younger opponents.
Two PBA Hall of Famers (Del Ballard Jr., and Randy Pedersen) believed that Weber's performance was one of the best of his 33 year PBA career.
"I bowled against Pete and saw almost every one of his wins," said Ballard, Storm's PBA Tour Representative. "He absolutely is throwing the ball as good as he ever has. The old Pete Weber is better than the young Pete Weber. He is the best bowler ever."
"Unbelievable," said Pedersen from the ESPN Booth. "His shotmaking is as good as it ever has been. His touch is as good as it ever has been. We witnessed greatness today."
Weber won his second TOC title to go along with five U.S. Open titles and two PBA World Championships to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown a second time, a feat no other bowler has accomplished. He also owns a PBA Touring Players Championship for his other major. His win Sunday was his 37th, tying him for third place on the PBA all-time titles list with Norm Duke, behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Anthony (43).
“I don’t know what it is,” Weber said. “I get up for the majors, but there’s one eluding me and the Weber family – the USBC Masters. I really want that one, and I’m not done yet. I’m not slowing down. I have no plans to retire.”
Weber won Sunday with three doubles, four spares and help from Belmonte, who left the 4-10 split three times – failing to convert it twice.
“I woke up today and said my dream would be to bowl Pete and win by a pin,” Belmonte said. “I got half of it right. I bowled Pete, but I lost by 60.
“Pete is the most talented bowler the world has ever seen, and may ever see,” Belmonte added. “To bowl him in the finals and see him break records like he has broken is really special. If I could achieve half of what he has done by the time my career is over, I’ll be ecstatic.”
Belmonte eliminated defending champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 229-171, in the semifinal match. Belmonte started with five strikes while Rash threw only one strike in his first six frames. When Belmonte left the 1-2-4-6-10 in the eighth frame and failed to convert, he gave Rash a glimmer of hope, but Rash was unable to close the gap.
In the second match, Rash followed a first-frame spare with five strikes to build a 34-pin lead over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., after Jones left and failed to convert the 3-4-6-7-10 split in his second frame. Despite striking on eight of his last nine shot, Jones was unable to overcome his early mistake against Rash’s error-free game.
Jones started the stepladder finals with a 217-189 victory over Finland’s two-handed star, Osku Palermaa. Jones had a double in the second and third frames which gave him the lead and Palermaa, unable to double the entire game, couldn’t catch up.
Palermaa used a Prodigy™ and Lucid™ on the telecast.
The PBA Tour’s winter season ends next Sunday (April 7) when the finals of the Elias Cup, the concluding event of the inaugural PBA League season, airs on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. The New York City WTT KingPins, owned by women’s sports legend Billie Jean King, is the top-qualifying team for the finals. Other finalists include the Motown Muscle, owned by former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jerome Bettis; the BROOKLYN STyLES, owned by Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, and the Dallas Strikers, owned by former NFL great Terrell Owens.
BARBASOL PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Sunday
1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $50,000 (IQ™ Tour Pearl)
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $25,000 (Roto Grip Wrecker™)
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $15,000.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $12,000.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, $10,000 (Prodigy™/Lucid™)
Match One: Jones def. Palermaa, 217-189.
Match Two: Rash def. Jones, 247-233.
Semifinal Match: Belmonte def. Rash, 229-171.
Championship: Weber def. Belmonte, 224-179.
- 3/31/2013: A Victory for The Ages...Weber Slays The Tournament of Champions...
- 3/31/2013: Doug Kent, Danny Wiseman Inducted Into PBA Hall of Fame...
- 3/30/2013: 2013 PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions Highlights...
- 3/29/2013: The Stage is Set in Indy...Weber Leads, Belmonte Second, Osku Fifth...
- 3/29/2013: The Fate and Destiny of Pete Weber by Louie Wemett
- 3/28/2013: Osku, Weber and Belmo Maintain in Indy...
- 3/28/2013: Storm Two-Handed Take Over in Indy...Osku, Belmo Rocket to Top of Leaderboard...
- 3/28/2013: Pete, George and Del From the 2013 PBA Barbasol T of C...
- 3/27/2013: Pete Weber Powers To Lead at PBA Tournament of Champions
- 3/27/2013: Storm's Pro Shop Perspective
- 3/27/2013: Weber, Osku Lead the Staffers After Round 1...Scoring Pace High at T of C...
- 3/27/2013: Wisconsin Bowler Perfect at Open Championships with IQ™ Tour...Coach Jasnau Strikes Again...
- 3/27/2013: 2013 PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions Update (Wednesday - 12: 30 PM)
- 3/26/2013: Storylines Are Many at the 2013 Barbasol Tournament of Champions...
- 3/26/2013: Storm Teams Up With Pinstar
- 3/25/2013: Tish Johnson, Janet Romig Roll to Golden Ladies Classic Titles...
- 3/25/2013: Storm InsideBowling.com Open Preview Show...
- 3/25/2013: Hall of Famer Bob Hart - Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award Winner
- 3/25/2013: Norton, Russell, Win on PBA Tour...
- 3/21/2013: Ballard, Roberts and Tish Johnson Will Star at WTBA World Senior Championships
- 3/21/2013: Storm Tips with Randy and Del
- 3/20/2013: Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Milestones...
- 3/19/2013: 2013 Storm Bowlers Journal Championships Leaderboard
- 3/19/2013: Excellence in Asia!
- 3/18/2013: Another Win For PDW...49th Career Regional Win, 85th PBA Title For Hall of Famer...
- 3/18/2013: 2013 USBC Open Championships Leaderboard
- 3/18/2013: Osku, Third in Kuwait
- 3/16/2013: Storm Tips with Randy and Del
- 3/15/2013: High Sports 2012 #1 International Storm Distributor Award
- 3/14/2013: Kloempken - Special Assignment Singapore
- 3/12/2013: PBA Inks Major Deal with CBS Sports...Summer Swing To Be Broadcast on Tuesday Nights
- 3/12/2013: Harn-Chieh Kwan 'SYNC's' 6th Mutze-Derby in Switzerland
- 3/11/2013: Pete Weber Wins 84th PBA Title in Council Bluffs...
- 3/11/2013: Attention Coaches!
- 3/10/2013: The Vision of John Davis...
- 3/09/2013: Professional Bowling's Classic Tournament, the PBA Tournament of Champions, Ready to Roll in Indy...
- 3/08/2013: The Storm Vector Layout System™
- 3/05/2013: Storm's Steve Kloempken Conquers Border War XIV
- 3/04/2013: 16th Jin Seung Amateur Bowling Festival
- 3/03/2013: In The Bag - 2013 PBA Don Carter Classic
- 3/02/2013: Walk-Ins Welcome at March's Senior High Roller
- 3/02/2013: Sterner Nearly Perfect at PBA's Don Carter Classic
- 3/02/2013: Open Championships Begin 125-Day Run in Reno!
- 3/01/2013: In The Bag - 2013 USBC Masters
- 3/01/2013: Storm's Jeff Richgels Gets The Scoop on The "Ice"
- 3/01/2013: Storm Tip of the Week