ERRATA: In BJI’s April Almanac list of the all-time PBA tournament winners at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, we inadvertently omitted Pete Weber’s victory in the 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions. That made him a three-time “major” winner at Woodland, to go along with his team championship in the inaugural season of the PBA League. With the 2013 TOC win, Weber became the first player to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown twice. We regret the omission, and have posted a corrected version of the list here…
WHEN THE time came to select a host center for a tournament commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Professional Bowlers Association, there really was only one choice: Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.
After all, Woodland is the only center to have hosted every PBA major tournament: the Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open, World (formerly National) Championship, Touring Players Championship and Masters — 11 in all, representing one-third of all PBA tournaments conducted at Woodland since 1981.
Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. are the only three-time winners at Woodland.
All of Weber’s singles victories there came in majors, the first two in 1991 and 1992, and the third more than two decades later. He also was part of the winning New York City WTT KingPins team when the inaugural season of the PBA League was conducted at Woodland.
Likewise, Williams’s record at Woodland serves as a microcosm of his career: excellence over an extended period of time. He won his first title there in 1994, and his third 22 years later. Two of the three titles are majors.
Ron Palombi and Norm Duke are the other multi-title champions at Woodland, each winning twice, each including a major.
The center has hosted other “non-standard” events in addition to the five majors, including the Dick Weber Playoffs, which utilized a format based on the NCAA’s “March Madness” basketball playoffs, and the Marathon Open, a 54-game event in which six lane patterns were used.
— Bob Johnson (with thanks to Janay Haggerty and Bill Vint)
1981/Kessler Classic/Steve Cook
1982/Kessler Classic /Steve Fehr
1983/Kessler Classic /George Pappas
1984/Indianapolis Open/Mike Aulby
1985/True Value Open/Darryl Bower
1986/True Value Open/Harry Sullins
1987/True Value Open/Ron Palombi
1988/True Value Open/Joe Berardi
1990/BPAA U.S. Open/Ron Palombi
1991/BPAA U.S. Open/Pete Weber
1992/Touring Players Championship/Pete Weber
1993/Touring Players Championship/Jason Couch
1994/Touring Players Championship/Walter Ray Williams Jr.
1995/Indianapolis Open/Jason Couch
1996/BPAA U.S. Open/Dave Husted
1997/Ebonite Challenge/John Mazza
1998/National Finance Challenge/Walter Ray Williams Jr.
1999/Indianapolis Open/Randy Pedersen
2000/Indianapolis Open/Doug Kent
2001/Miller High Life Open/Dave Arnold
2004/Uniroyal Tire Classic/Steve Jaros
2005/Baby Ruth Real Deal Classic/Mika Koivuniemi
2006/Denny’s World Championship/Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2007/Pepsi Championship/Norm Duke
2008/Denny’s World Championship/Norm Duke
2009/Etonic Marathon Open/Wes Malott
2010/Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open/Bill O’Neill
2011/Dick Weber Playoffs/Dick Allen
2012/Hammer Dick Weber Playoffs/Norm Duke
2013/PBA League Elias Cup FinalsTommy Jones-Jack Jurek-John Szczerbinski-Scott Norton-Pete Weber-Kelly Kulick
2013/PBA Tournament of Champions/Pete Weber
2015/Barbasol Tournament of Champions/Jason Belmonte
2016/USBC Masters/Anthony Simonsen
2018/Go Bowling! 60th Anniversary Classic/Jakob Butturff