Weber Remains Unbeaten on TV in New Format

by PBA Editor February 9, 2002 19:00
Photo: Weber reacts to his winning conversion in the 10th.
Weber, St. Ann, Mo., cleaned up the 3-4-6-7-10 split in the 10th frame against Roger Bowker and picked up his third win of the 2001-2002 season, 218-214, along with the $40,000 top prize. “I said to myself, ‘you make it – you win, you don’t – you lose.’ It was as simple as that,” said Weber. “Roger (Bowker) was on his good lane. I knew he would double in the 10th. “I leave that a lot,” Weber said of the split. “So I get a lot of chances to shoot it. I had missed five-in-a-row. That never happens. For some reason, I just knew I was going to make it.” Weber is now tied with Parker Bohn III for fourth place on the all-time win list. He is now 7-0 in three TV finals appearances this season (Grand Rapids, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.). Bowker, a five-time PBA champion, pocketed $20,000. After opening the match with an open frame, Bowker reeled off three straight strikes and a 4-pin spare. He led by 14 pins entering the sixth frame after Weber began with two strikes, an open in the third (7-10) followed by a spare and a strike. Then in the sixth, Bowker chopped the 6-pin off a 6-10 spare attempt. “That was the heartbreaker,” he said. “I never got it off my thumb cleanly. But the bad part was, I had to turn right around and make a great shot on the lane I wasn’t sure of (left lane).” On that lane, on the very next shot he left a solid 8-10 split and suffered consecutive open frames. Weber smelled blood. “I was a shark after some raw meat,” said Weber about his seventh and eighth frames. “I knew if I doubled there, that would put a lot of pressure on him.” He threw the strikes and converted a 10-pin in the ninth frame. Bowker finished the match with five straight strikes. In the semifinals, Weber beat Jason Couch, 245-182, while Bowker knocked off Wayne Webb, 257-228. Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Webb, Las Vegas, tied for third place with $10,000. In the wild card match Bowker defeated Jason Hurd, 243-177. Hurd, Titusville, Fla., picked up $9,000 in fifth place. The PBA Tour travels to Latham, N.Y., for the PBA Empire State Open, Feb. 12-17, at Bowlers Club. ESPN will televise the finals live on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 12:30-2 p.m. (ET).
PBA TOUR PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open Country Club Lanes West Burlington, N.C. Sunday, Feb. 10 PBA TOUR PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open At Country Club Lanes West, Burlington, N.C. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002 Pos. Name/Hometown Total/Games Money 1. Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 463 (2 games) $40,000 2. Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 714 (3 games) $20,000 3. Wayne Webb, N. Las Vegas, NV 228 (1 game) $10,000 (T) Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 182 (1 game) $10,000 5. Jason Hurd, Titusville, FL 177 (1 game) $ 9,000 PLAYOFF RESULTS – In the wild card match, Bowker def. Hurd, 243-177; in the semifinals, Weber def. Couch, 245-182 and Bowker def. Webb, 257-228; and in the final match, Weber def. Bowker, 218-214.
TOURNAMENT ARCHIVE ROUND OF 8 ROUND OF 16 ROUND OF 32 ROUND TWO QUALIFIER ROUND ONE QUALIFIER
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Vote the Battle at Little Creek Ballot

by PBA Editor February 9, 2002 19:00
The GEICO Direct Battle Ballot lets you decide who is the 32nd contestant in this year's Battle At Little Creek. The voting will take place over a four week period starting February 3rd and will consist of four separate ballots to narrow down the selections and choose the winner. Each ballot will last one week and the first three ballots will have five players in each. The final ballot (voting to take place the week of Feb 24) will contain the winners of the first three ballots.
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Vote the Battle at Little Creek Ballot

by PBA Editor February 9, 2002 19:00
The GEICO Direct Battle Ballot lets you decide who is the 32nd contestant in this year's Battle At Little Creek. The voting will take place over a four week period starting February 3rd and will consist of four separate ballots to narrow down the selections and choose the winner. Each ballot will last one week and the first three ballots will have five players in each. The final ballot (voting to take place the week of Feb 24) will contain the winners of the first three ballots.
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Weber Remains Unbeaten on TV in New Format

by PBA Editor February 9, 2002 19:00
Pete Weber needed a clutch split conversion to win his 28th career title Sunday in the PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open at Country Club Lanes West. Weber, St. Ann, Mo., cleaned up the 3-4-6-7-10 split in the 10th frame against Roger Bowker and picked up his third win of the 2001-2002 season, 218-214, along with the $40,000 top prize. “I said to myself, ‘you make it – you win, you don’t – you lose.’ It was as simple as that,” said Weber. “Roger (Bowker) was on his good lane. I knew he would double in the 10th. “I leave that a lot,” Weber said of the split. “So I get a lot of chances to shoot it. I had missed five-in-a-row. That never happens. For some reason, I just knew I was going to make it.” Weber is now tied with Parker Bohn III for fourth place on the all-time win list. He is now 7-0 in three TV finals appearances this season (Grand Rapids, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.). Bowker, a five-time PBA champion, pocketed $20,000. After opening the match with an open frame, Bowker reeled off three straight strikes and a 4-pin spare. He led by 14 pins entering the sixth frame after Weber began with two strikes, an open in the third (7-10) followed by a spare and a strike. Then in the sixth, Bowker chopped the 6-pin off a 6-10 spare attempt. “That was the heartbreaker,” he said. “I never got it off my thumb cleanly. But the bad part was, I had to turn right around and make a great shot on the lane I wasn’t sure of (left lane).” On that lane, on the very next shot he left a solid 8-10 split and suffered consecutive open frames. Weber smelled blood. “I was a shark after some raw meat,” said Weber about his seventh and eighth frames. “I knew if I doubled there, that would put a lot of pressure on him.” He threw the strikes and converted a 10-pin in the ninth frame. Bowker finished the match with five straight strikes. In the semifinals, Weber beat Jason Couch, 245-182, while Bowker knocked off Wayne Webb, 257-228. Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Webb, Las Vegas, tied for third place with $10,000. In the wild card match Bowker defeated Jason Hurd, 243-177. Hurd, Titusville, Fla., picked up $9,000 in fifth place. The PBA Tour travels to Latham, N.Y., for the PBA Empire State Open, Feb. 12-17, at Bowlers Club. ESPN will televise the finals live on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 12:30-2 p.m. (ET).
PBA TOUR PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open Country Club Lanes West Burlington, N.C. Sunday, Feb. 10 PBA TOUR PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open At Country Club Lanes West, Burlington, N.C. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002 Pos. Name/Hometown Total/Games Money 1. Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 463 (2 games) $40,000 2. Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 714 (3 games) $20,000 3. Wayne Webb, N. Las Vegas, NV 228 (1 game) $10,000 (T) Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 182 (1 game) $10,000 5. Jason Hurd, Titusville, FL 177 (1 game) $ 9,000 PLAYOFF RESULTS – In the wild card match, Bowker def. Hurd, 243-177; in the semifinals, Weber def. Couch, 245-182 and Bowker def. Webb, 257-228; and in the final match, Weber def. Bowker, 218-214.
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Live Today on ESPN, 12:30 ET

by PBA Editor February 8, 2002 19:00
Weber, St. Ann, Mo., knocked off David Traber, 3-1, Saturday night in the round of eight and picked up his fourth championship round appearance of 2001-2002. In the PBA’s new bracket-style, single-elimination match play format, the 27-time champion is undefeated on TV (5-0) including games of 299 and 289. Weber will face Jason Couch in the semifinals. The two bowlers have never faced each other in a televised match. Couch, Clermont, Fla., made the finals cut for the second time in three tournaments. The nine-time champion defeated Rudy Kasimakis, 3-1, for his eighth championship round appearance this season. He finished third two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Here last year, Couch was the tournament leader but finished second to Ricky Ward. Wayne Webb, Las Vegas, slid past Jason Hurd, 3-2, and advanced to his first finals since he finished seventh in Dallas (2000). The PBA Hall of Famer last tasted victory in 1997 when he won title No. 20 in Lake Grove, N.Y. This marks his first finals berth in the new tournament format. Webb advances to the semifinals and will await the winner of the wild card match. Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., earned his second finals berth of the season after surviving a five-game match with Parker Bohn III (3-2). Bowker, a five-time champion, finished second to Dave Arnold earlier this season (PBA Miller High Life Open, Indianapolis). His last victory was in 1998 (Austin, Texas). Bowker will challenge wild card qualifier Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., in the opening match. Hurd (8-5) advanced based on having more wins than fellow losers Kasimakis and Traber (7-5). All three bowlers tied with the least amount of losses. Hurd won his lone PBA title in 1999 at the National Bowling Stadium National/Senior Doubles with partner Johnny Petraglia (Reno, Nev.). The remaining four plus the wild card qualifier advance to tomorrow’s finals to vie for the title and $40,000 top prize. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 12:30–2 p.m. (ET).
PBA TOUR THE COLUMBIA 300 TAR HEEL OPEN At Country Club Lanes, Burlington, NC Saturday, February 9, 2002 Round of 8 Single-Elimination Best of Five Games Matches (Losers* eliminated, earn $5,000) *Loser with the least overall losses advances as the wild card qualifier.
#15 Pete Weber (6-1) vs. #10 David Traber (6-2) GAME 1: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 235-228 GAME 2: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 217-197 GAME 3: David Traber def. Pete Weber, 248-229 GAME 4: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 265-256 Pete Weber defeated David Traber, 3-1, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals against Jason Couch #22 Jason Couch (6-1) vs. #19 Rudy Kasimakis (6-2) GAME 1: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 221-205 GAME 2: Rudy Kasimakis def. Jason Couch, 188-181 GAME 3: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 234-197 GAME 4: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 202-201 Jason Couch defeated Rudy Kasimakis, 3-1, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals against Pete Weber
#1 Parker Bohn III (6-3) vs. #9 Roger Bowker (6-2) GAME 1: Parker Bohn III def. Roger Bowker, 199-198 GAME 2: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 277-226 GAME 3: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 212-182 GAME 4: Parker Bohn III def. Roger Bowker, 225-195 GAME 5: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 218-185 Roger Bowker defeated Parker Bohn III, 3-2, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN wild card match against Jason Hurd #21 Wayne Webb (6-0) vs. #29 Jason Hurd (6-2) GAME 1: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 225-201 GAME 2: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 203-202 GAME 3: Jason Hurd def. Wayne Webb, 221-212 GAME 4: Jason Hurd def. Wayne Webb, 241-195 GAME 5: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 218-185 Wayne Webb defeated *Jason Hurd, 3-2, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals. Webb will await the winner of the wild card match in semifinal No. 2. *Hurd (8-5) advances as the wild card qualifier based on having more wins than Kasimakis and Traber (7-5). All three bowlers tied with the least amount of losses. Hurd will face Bowker in the wild card match.
TOURNAMENT ARCHIVE ROUND OF 16 ROUND OF 32 ROUND TWO QUALIFIER ROUND ONE QUALIFIER
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