Bowling: Pete Weber looking to tie Earl Anthony for most PBA wins at TOC
By Steve T. Gorches email@example.com March 30, 2013 11:08PM
Pro bowler Pete Weber at the Beat the Champions target match at Lakewood Bowl in Richton Park, Dec.11, 2012. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: May 1, 2013 4:09PM
Four of the five stepladder finalists in Sunday’s Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions (TOC) televised final (1:30 p.m. on ESPN) have six career major titles, including a pair of TOC wins.
That’s still three short of the career majors won by top seed Pete Weber. The 50-year-old PBA Hall of Famer will be looking for his 10th career major at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, a center at which he’s had plenty of national and regional success. A victory would tie him for most all-time with Earl Anthony and give Weber an unprecedented second Triple Crown (winning the U.S. Open, World Championship and TOC).
In fact, a win would also be an Indianapolis triple crown since he won two previous major titles at Woodland Bowl — the 1991 U.S. Open and 1992 Touring Players Championship.
Weber had to defeat Australian Jason Belmonte in the position round match on Friday night to move into the top spot, meaning he will only need to win one match on Sunday to claim the historic title.
“When we’re done Sunday, I’ll talk about those things,” Weber said Friday night about what he possibly could accomplish. “I thought I was pulling away from everyone, but all of a sudden, here comes Belmo. I would have been content with second, but I’m happy I only have to bowl one game Sunday.”
Weber won his fifth U.S. Open last season for his 36th overall title — one of them came at Stardust Bowl in Hammond in 2005 — after struggling for a couple years. He struggled again at the start of this season before his brother, Rich, helped him out.
“(Rich) watches me bowl a lot and he never says anything if I’m bowling well,” Weber said. “He hasn’t said anything to me in a couple of months, so I must be doing things right.”
No. 2 seed Belmonte won his sixth career title and first major title in the United States Bowling Congress Masters in February. Third seed Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is the defending TOC champ and reigning PBA player of the year. Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., is seeded fourth after starting Friday in 12th place. Jones will face Finland’s Osku Palermaa, who won his first major title last season at the World Championship. First prize for Sunday’s winner is $50,000.