Storm's Pete Weber, the winner of the PBA Tournament of Champions on the PBA Tour and the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters on the PBA50 Tour this season, averaged 232.5 to take the qualifying lead after the first round of the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 Tuesday at Olympia Lanes.
The Hall of Famer bowled a 1,860 eight-game pinfall total with games of 247, 246, 206, 225, 204, 239, 269 and 224 to lead a field of 109 players in the ninth of 11 PBA50 Tour events this season. He holds a 23-pin lead over Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas in second finishing the round with 1,837. Williams is trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title and third at Olympia Lanes.
“Once I got lined up it was a matter of just finding the right ball and reading the transition after the third or fourth game,” said Weber. ”I’m able to take advantage of being able play deep inside on the lane where the other guys are playing quite a bit farther right than I am.”
Weber used the Storm Hy-Road™ Pearl and Lights Out during the block.
The 50-year-old Weber, bowling as a PBA50 Tour rookie, also has fourth and ninth-place finishes in his two other PBA50 tournament appearances. He remains in contention for PBA50 Player of the Year and a berth in the PBA50 Finals which will be telecast by ESPN at the World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in November.
“I didn’t know what to expect and how much I would bowl when I first came out here,” said the 37-time PBA Tour winner. “I had a couple of good finishes before winning the Senior Masters, so now I feel I have some momentum going into the last three tournaments (of the PBA50 season) to go for Player of the Year and the PBA50 finals in Las Vegas.”
Before the start of B Squad Joe Scarborough, who in April bowled the first 900 series in PBA History, was awarded his Storm 900 Series Ring. Scarborough used a Storm IQ™ Tour Pearl for the feat.
"This is really special and my 15 minutes of fame has turned into about six months," said Scarborough, who was presented the 900 ring by Storm's Randy Pedersen.
In April, Weber won his second PBA Tournament of Champions title to tie Earl Anthony for a tour-record 10th major title. He also became the oldest player to win PBA’s signature tournament and the first to complete bowling’s triple crown twice.
Rounding out the top five are 29-time PBA regional titlist Jeff Richgels of Madison, Wis., in third with 1,823 followed by Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., and Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla., tied for fourth with 1,781.
Scarborough made history earlier this season at the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages by bowling the first 900 series in PBA history. Pedersen, the PBA Tour’s television color commentator, is trying for his second title of the season.
PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.
First Round Qualifying (after 8 games)
1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,860.
2, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,837.
3, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,823.
4, (tie) Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., and Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 1,781.
6, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,763.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,762.
8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,740.
9, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,738.
10, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,730.
11, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 1,729.
12, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,712.
13, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,710.
14, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,703.
15, (tie) Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, and Tom Patton Jr., Olathe, Kan., 1,696.
17, (tie) Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., and a-Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 1,695.
19, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,694.
20, (tie) Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., and John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,693.
22, Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 1,692.
23, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,681.
24, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,680.
25, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,677.
26, Jerome Penxa, Romeo, Mich., 1,676.
27, (tie) Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., and Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 1,674.
29, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,660.
31, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,647.
32, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,645.
33, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,641.
34, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,637.
35, Jimmy Johnson, Bellevue, Neb., 1,634.
36, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,627.
37, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,624.
38, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,623.
39, (tie) Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and a-Rick Hara, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,622.
41, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,620.
42, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,616.
43, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,609.
44, Scott Smith, North Aurora, Ill., 1,605.
45, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,603.
46, John Chapman, Canada, 1,601.
47, Conn Casey, Canada, 1,600.
48, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,599.
49, Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, Fla., 1,596.
50, Kevin Vostry, Plainfield, Ill., 1,595.
51, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,592.
52, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,591.
53, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,588.
54, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,585.
55, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,583.
56, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,581.
57, (tie) Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,580.
59, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,579.
60, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 1,577.
61, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,575.
62, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,570.
63, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and a-David White, Collierville, Tenn., 1,568.
65, Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 1,565.
66, Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,561.
67, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,552.
68, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,550.
69, Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., 1,549.
70, (tie) Kim Kirkpatrick, Rockford, Ill., and Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,542.
72, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,539.
73, Roger Painter, Woodbridge, Va., 1,538.
74, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,535.
75, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 1,527.
76, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,522.
77, (tie) Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y. and Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,520.
79, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., and Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,517.
82, (tie) a- Norm Ginsberg, Kissimmee, Fla., Jake Greene, Chicago, Ill., and Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,512.
85, Eric Deaton, Concord, N.C., 1,505.
86, Don Holmes, Itasca, Ill., 1,504.
87, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,503.
88, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,501.
89, Dave Dunphy, Canada, 1,489.
90, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,487.
91, Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 1,474.
92, Tom Ferry, Green Bay, Wis., 1,467.
93, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,462.
95, Ed Cutter, Manassas Park, Va., 1,453.
96, Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 1,446.
97, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,443.
98, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,423.
99, Phil Switalski, Oak Forest, Ill., 1,422.
100, Keith Hennricks, Green Bay, Wis., 1,405.
101, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,404.
102, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 1,401.
103, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 1,395.
104, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,381.
105, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,372.
106, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,325.
107, Jim Sanford, Mayfield Village, Ohio, 1,322.
108, Frank Miceli, Elk Grove Vlg, Ill, 1,319.
109, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 528 (withdrew).