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Bowling: Pete Weber wins TOC for record-tying 10th PBA major title

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Updated: May 2, 2013 6:33AM



INDIANAPOLIS — Four of the five stepladder finalists in the Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions were among the “young guns” on tour with some of the highest “rev rates” to get their balls to hook from one end of the lane to the other.

But the top seed was the old guy — Pete Weber — who’s affectionately called “gramps” by those younger players, but was one of those young guns 30 years ago when he won his first major title.

On Sunday at the age of 50, Weber won his 10th major, defeating Jason Belmonte 223-179 in the championship match.

The victory ties Weber with Earl Anthony for the most major titles all-time and moves him into a tie for third on the all-time titles list with 37. He’s also the first bowler to win the Triple Crown (TOC, U.S. Open and World Championship) twice.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be in a category with Earl,” Weber said. “I get up for the major tournaments for some reason, but there’s one major I still haven’t won.”

That would be the United States Bowling Congress Masters, which has eluded the Weber family — Pete and his legendary father Dick — during their long careers.

“I may be 50, but I’m not done,” Weber told the crowd at a center in which he has great memories. “Long live Woodland Bowl.”

Sunday’s win was the third time Weber has won a major title at Woodland (1991 U.S. Open and 1992 Touring Players Championship), as well as three regional titles.

“As of right now I have no plans of retiring from the regular tour,” he said. “Until I feel I can’t win, I’ll still be out here. I have all the confidence in the world. I’m not afraid of anybody — bring it on.”

His opponent who hails from Australia won’t argue with that sentiment.

“I woke up this morning and said the dream would be to bowl Pete and win by a pin. Unfortunately I only got half that right — I bowled Pete and lost by (40),” Belmonte said. “Pete is the most talented bowler the world has ever seen, and may ever see. To bowl against him at any point of your career, you should feel very fortunate. To bowl against him in a major final is even more special to me, even though I lost.”

Belmonte defeated Sean Rash 229-171 in the semifinal match after Rash edged Tommy Jones 247-233. In the first stepladder match of the ESPN-televised finals, Jones defeated Osku Palermaa 217-189.



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