- Home Town: St. Ann, Missouri
- Birth Date: 8/21/1962
- Throws: Right
- Ball Weight: 15 lbs.
- 300 Games: 69
- Career National Titles: 37
- Career Earnings: $3,709,542
- Positive Axis Point: 6" straight across
- Favorite Layout: 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 US 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 grandchildren.
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 38 PBA National Titles on his resume, the latest being the 2013 PBA Barbasol Tournament of Champions. Peter David Weber… Resides in St. Ann, Mo., with wife Tracy and three children… Nickname is "PDW"… Superstitions include sitting in the same spot the same way when bowling well, not having Tracy wear red on TV and folding his towel the same way…Near-scratch player in golf…Likes to follow all the St. Louis sports teams… Is a huge WWE fan.
2015 Finished third in USBC Masters losing to eventual winner Jason Belmonte in semifinal match, 232-210.
Career: In 2013 won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions to become the first player to complete the PBA Triple Crown for a second time and tied bowling legend Earl Anthony for most major PBA titles with 10. His 224-179 win in championship match over Jason Belmonte also put him in a tie for third in career titles with Norm Duke at 37 titles. At age 50, became the oldest to win the Tournament of Champions surpassing the previous record of 44 set by Joe Joseph who won the first TOC in 1962...Finished third in U.S. Open losing to eventual winner Wes Malott in semifinal match 279-182...Was member of New York City WTT KingPins team, owned by tennis legend Billie Jean King which won inaugural PBA League Elias Cup...Finished third in Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open...Finished third in WSOB V PBA World Championship losing to Sean Rash 279-249 in semifinal match...Finished third in WSOB V Cheetah Championship losing to eventual winner Wes Malott 288-242 in semifinal match... Won 2012 U.S. Open for record fifth time, eclipsing his dad Dick Weber and Don Carter who won the event four times. Needing a strike on the final ball of the 10th frame, defeated Mike Fagan in title match 215-214 for his 36th career Tour win and to become the oldest to win the event at age 49... With 2013 TOC win, ranks tied for third all-time with Norm Duke with 37 career PBA Tour titles...Second player in PBA history to surpass $3 million in career earnings (ranks second all-time behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. with $3.4 million) with his win in the 2006 Etonic Championship… Became the second bowler to eclipse the $2 million mark in 1997…One of only six bowlers to complete the PBA's career Triple Crown (World Championship, Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open) which he has done twice…Also has won the Touring Players Championship…Needs a win in the USBC Masters to become the second "Super Slam" winner of five different majors, accomplished only by Mike Aulby…Owns a PBA record 48 regular PBA Regional titles and three PBA50 regional titles...Won 2013 USBC Senior Masters for first PBA50 Tour win by defeating by beating Lennie Boresch Jr. in title match 246-237...Won PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open on his birthday for second career PBA50 Tour title...Won 2014 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic for third career PBA50 Tour title by defeating Randy Pedersen in championship match 259-297...In 2014 had best Tour finishes of third in Badger Open and fifth in Barbasol Tournament of Champions...Finished second in 2014 Suncoast PBA50 Senior U.S. Open losing to Norm Duke 214-174 in championship match...Won 2015 Suncoast Senior U.S. Open defeating Eric Forkel in title match 224-212 to join Norm Duke as only players to win U.S. Open on PBA and PBA50 Tours.
Career Standard Titles (27): 1982 - Windsor Locks, Conn.; Portland, Ore.; 1984 - Austin, Texas; Windsor, Ontario, Canada; 1985 - Las Vegas, Nev.; Miami, Fla.; Detroit, Mich.; 1986 - St. Louis, Mo.; Tokyo, Japan; Dublin, Ohio; 1990 - Green Bay, Wis.; St. Louis, Mo.; 1991 - Baltimore, Md.; N. Brunswick, N.J.; 1993 -Toronto, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; 1997 - Tucson, Ariz.; Tampa, Fla.; 2000 - Latham, N.Y.; 2001-02 - Grand Rapids, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; Burlington, N.C.; 2002-03 - Burlington, N.C.; 2003-04 - Medford, Ore.; 2005-06 - Hammond, Ind.; 2006-07 - Cheektowaga, N.Y.; 2009-10 – Baltimore.
Career Major Titles (10): 1987 Tournament of Champions, Akron, Ohio; 1988 BPAA U.S. Open, Atlantic City, N.J.; 1989 PBA National Championship, Toledo, Ohio; 1991 BPAA U.S. Open, Indianapolis, Ind.; 1992 Touring Players Championship, Indianapolis, Ind.; 1998 PBA National Championship, Toledo, Ohio; 2003-04 - 61st U.S. Open, Fountain Valley, Calif.; 2006-07-64th U.S. Open, North Brunswick, N.J.; 2011-12 - 69th U.S. Open, North Brunswick, N.J.; 2012-13 - Tournament of Champions, Indianapolis.
PBA50 Tour major titles (2): 2013 - USBC Senior Masters; 2015 Suncoast Senior U.S. Open.
PBA50 Tour standard titles (2): 2013 - Welch, Minn.; 2014 - Fort Wayne, Ind.
Awards: PBA Rookie of the Year (1980)… George Young High Average Award (1989)… PBA Hall of Fame (1998)… USBC Hall of Fame (2002)...2002, 2004, 2013 and 2014 Bowling ESPY Award winner.
Pete has 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 and 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.
4/29/2014: Weber Leads PBA50 Miller High Life Classic
4/15/2014: Duke Nipped at The Wire in PBA50 Opener
1/26/2014: Belmo Conquers Tournament of Champions