- Home Town: St. Ann, MO
- Birth Date: 8/21/1962
- Throws: Right
- 300 Games: 63
- Career National Titles: 36
- Career Earnings: $3,429,257
- Favorite Layout: PAP: 6" straight across - Pin above bridge, cg kicked 1-1/2" right with an extra hole on my axis. This gives me the most reaction down lane.
As most of you know, I grew up following in my legendary Father's footsteps and shadow; and I wouldn't have it any other way. My brothers, sister, and I spent much of our time growing up at Dick Weber Lanes in Florissant, Missouri. Bowling was always our choice and never forced upon us as children. Actually, all sports had my interest and while I was growing up, baseball held my interest as much as bowling did. But as time passed, bowling eventually edged out baseball.
Back in the 1970s, Dick Weber Lanes was the host of many PBA events. I remember when I was about the age of 12 and the professional bowlers would come into town for the event. My Dad would set up "pot" games between me and some of the pros. If I beat the pro, they would have to buy me a soda. If they beat me, Dad would pay them $50. I think it all started there! At 14 years old, I advanced to the adult leagues with the approval of my Father. My very first game in an adult league at Crest Bowl in Florissant, MO was 300! From there I bowled many PBA Regional tournaments as a non-member and won my first regional by the age of 16. In November 1979, I joined the PBA at the age of 17 and I never looked back.
And after 37 PBA national titles (10 of them majors and 5 of those being U.S Opens) and 49 PBA Regional titles, I'm still going strong. I will be bowling professionally and competitively as long as I believe I can win. And I do believe I can still win. The only thing I might have changed is that I wish I had done better in school.
When I'm not bowling, I'm golfing and when I'm not doing either of those things, I'm spending time with my family and my 3 grand children.
My favorite food is Korean bar-b-que. My wife and I enjoy seeking out new Korean restaurants here at home and on the road.
My favorite music is classic rock.
I keep my sports teams close to home. I love my St. Louis Cardinals!!! However, my favorite golfer is Fred Couples.
Pete has 37 PBA national titles, the latest being the 2013 PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions. It ranks Pete tied for third all time (Norm Duke) for PBA wins. Weber has 49 regional titles. He was voted the 1980 PBA Rookie of the Year. Pete has nine PBA major titles, making him first all time. He was the second player in history to surpass the three million in career earnings. He is only one of five bowlers to complete the PBA Triple Crown (World Championship title, Tournament of Champions title, and US Open title). Pete became the first player to complete the Triple Crown twice. He is second all time in TV appearances. He is one of three bowlers to own five U.S Open titles. He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1998 and the USBC Hall of Fame in 2002. Pete is 4th among the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History. He is also a member of the St. Louis Hall of Fame.
Pete has also had 9 hole in ones in golf!
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My typical routine to prepare for an event or tournament is to start practicing everyday about 2 weeks prior to the event. My brother, Rich, is my coach at home. He will meet me at St. Charles Lanes usually around 11 AM or so. I rarely practice more than an hour a day. Anything more than an hour can lead me into bad habits. Rich will ensure that my posture is good and everything else looks fluid. When I practice, score is not involved. I practice for "feel" and nothing else. I relay anything that Rich and I have worked on to tour rep, Chris Schlemer & Del Ballard so that he can keep an eye on me during competition.
I do enjoy bowling league with my wife when I'm not on tour.
1. You have bowled all over the world. What is the best country you have ever bowled in excluding the US? Japan because they are very knowledgeable and their lanes are always in very good condition. And I love the food!
2. Do you have any interesting superstitions or routines you go through before, during, or after bowling? What is the most interesting superstition/routine you have seen from another bowler on tour? When I’m bowling well, I like to sit in the same spot, fold my towel the same way, and I don’t like to wear red on TV. As far as the other bowlers, Ryan Shafer is the most superstitious, but I’m not sure what his routines consist of.
3. What is the best advice you have for a teenage bowler looking to make a career out of bowling? When you practice, practice to feel the same thing over and over. Don’t practice for strikes, practice spares. Spares are a very important part of your game.
4. When do you know when you need to change bowling balls? If I throw three shots that I consider to be pretty good and they don't strike, then I weigh my options and usually change balls.
5. If you had one piece of advice for bowlers trying to elevate their game to a higher level, what would it be? Look for a good coach. When I’m home, I see my oldest brother, Rich. He’s been my coach for as long as I can remember. Also, bowl leagues that give you competition and enter local weekend tournaments.
6. How do you block out distractions around you during tournament play? I try to stay focused on what I need to do. I have found over the years that worrying about other bowlers and their lucky breaks only stresses me out. So I try not to watch my opponent when they bowl. I find a seat and then I look the other way.
7. What is one valuable life lesson that you learned while on the PBA Tour that you believe would benefit the most people? Always stay in touch with your family. They love you and miss you.
8. Are there any particular songs or bands that you listen to before you bowl to help you get pumped up? Classic rock gets me going like AC/DC, Led Zepplin, and countless other great bands.
9. If you got to choose a superhero ability, what would it be? LOL - this is a good question. The ability to fly so that I don't have to take anymore planes!
10. What or who got you started in the sport of bowling? With my father being the legendary Dick Weber and him owning a bowling center when I was growing up, I would have to say my dad got me started in bowling. But he always let me make the choice. It was never forced on me to become a bowler.
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