Pete Weber Wins Second Straight PBA50 Tour Title

by Bob Johnson 0

Jerry Schneider
Professional Bowlers Association

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. 
(May 4, 2016) – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer, Pete Weber, won the PBA50 Tour’s Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life Wednesday night at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, notching back-to-back titles and his sixth career PBA50 title to tie his late father, Dick Weber, on the all-time “senior tour” titles list.

In winning the title, the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year spoiled Jack Jurek’s bid to defend his 2015 Mooresville title after the Lackawanna, N.Y., veteran won all six matches in the final match play round to run away with the top berth for the stepladder finals. Unconverted splits in the first two frames put Jurek in a hole, which he almost escaped, but back-to-back strikes by Weber in the ninth and 10th frames locked up his 212-198 victory.

“I had my first 500-over (a 200 average) round here two years ago and finished third,” Weber said. “Last year I was second, and now I’m first. This is now my favorite place to bowl.”

Weber, who ended the 2015 season battling chronic back and knee problems, has bowled virtually pain free in 2016, including his romp to victory in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages Open a week earlier.

“I’m feeling really good,” Weber said. “I’ve had no pain at all this spring, and now I’m looking forward to bowling in New York because I led there last year, too.”

Weber advanced to the title match with a 266-205 victory over 61-year-old Tom Baker of King, N.C., ending Baker’s bid for a 13th PBA50 Tour title. King started the stepladder finals with a 227-203 win over Robert Brown of Cody, Wyo., followed by a 279-257 slugfest with Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J., in match two.

A global audience watched the Mooresville finals on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service. The PBA50 Tour and Xtra Frame’s next event will be the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., starting Sunday.

PBA50 MOORESVILLE FORD OPEN

presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life

George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Wednesday

Final Standings

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $7,500.

2, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., $4,000.

3, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., $2,500.

4, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., $2,000.

5, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Baker def. Brown, 227-203.

Match Two – Baker def. Maccarone, 279-257.

Semifinal Match – Weber def. Baker, 266-206.

Championship – Weber def. Jurek, 212-198.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advanced to stepladder finals)

1, Jurek, 6-0, 1,742.
2, Weber, 4-2, 1,580, $100.
3, Maccarone, 4-1-1, 1,571.
4, Brown, 3-3, 1,515.
5, Baker, 4-2, 1,511.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-3, 1,488, $1,700.
7, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3-3, 1,476, $1,600.
8, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 4-2, 1,466, $1,600.
9, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3-3, 1,432, $1,400.
10, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1-4-1, 1,426, $1,400.
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,400, $1,400.
12, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1-5, 1,399, $1,400.
13, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1-5, 1,375, $1,400.
14, ss-George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 3-3, 1,368, $1,400.
15, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,343, $1,500.
16, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-4, 1,329, $1,400.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins)

17, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-2, 1,146, $1,250.
18, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2-3, 1,136, $1,250.
19, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 4-1, 1,132, $1,250.
20, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-2, 1,119, $1,250.
21, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2-3, 1,110, $1,250.
22, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 2-3, 1,096, $1,250.
23, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 2-3, 1,072, $1,250.
24, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3-2, 1,067, $1,250.
25, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1-4, 1,064, $1,150.
26, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-2, 1,059, $1,150.
27, ss-Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2-3, 1,053, $1,150.
28, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1-3-1, 1,049, $1,150.
29, Keith Lesko, Indian Land, S.C., 0-5, 1,025, $1,150.
30, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1-3-1, 1,020, $1,150.
31, Dave Han, Hoover, Ala., 1-4, 1,005, $1,150.
32, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 0-5, 1,002, $1,150.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

33,  ss-Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,121, $1,075.
34, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,112, $1,075.
35, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,111, $1,075.
36, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, 1,107, $1,075.
37, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,096, $1,075.
38, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,093, $1,075.
39, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,084, $1,075.
40, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,078, $1,075.
41 (tie), ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass.; Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, and ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,052, $1,000.
44, ss-Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,048, $1,000.
45, Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 1,037, $1,000.
46, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,036, $1,000.
47, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,015, $1,000.
48, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,011, $1,000.
49, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,001, $1,000.
50, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 992, $1,000.
51, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 983, $1,000.
52, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 981, $1,000.
53, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 980, $1,000.
54, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 979, $1,000.
55, Curt Guinn, Greenwood, S.C., 963, $1,000.
56, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 951, $1,000.
57, n-ss-Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 947, $1,000.
58, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 887, $1,000.

ss-denotes PBA60 player; n-denotes non-member

 

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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