As the 2010 PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open heads down the homestretch with the last eight-game match play round scheduled for this evening at Fountain Bowl, two of bowling’s greatest are poised to qualify for Sunday’s ESPN2 finals that will be aired live at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Right behind tournament leader Mike Fagan are Hall of Famers Pete Weber in second, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. in third.
Weber is hoping to win the tournament named after his Hall of Famer father who passed away in 2005. It would be his 35th title, which would put him in third place all alone on the all-time list.
He likes his chances in a long-format event such as this.
“In the long format tournaments I often feel stronger as I go especially when I get into match play,” Weber said. “In match play nobody has an advantage and harder for a bowler to get line up.
“Basically, you pick up where you left off in the previous match and make the necessary adjustments. Whoever does that the best is going to have the most success.”
Williams, the all-time leader in career Tour titles, will be looking to win his 47th title and second of the season after winning the season-opening Motor City Open.
“I don’t know if I get stronger as the tournament goes on,” Williams said, “but you kind of weather the storm and hope you get the breaks. I’m not throwing the ball great right now and I need to improve that in the last round.”
Fagan continues to lead the 24-player match play field with a 7,110 31-game pinfall. He’s looking to avenge his loss to defending champion Norm Duke in the championship match of last year’s Dick Weber Open to win his first individual Tour title.
Rounding out the top five going into the final round are Bill O’Neill, who won his first Tour title earlier this season in the Chameleon Championship, and last year’s fourth-place finisher and four-time titlist Ryan Shafer in fifth.
A member of the PBA and United States Bowling Congress Halls of Fame, Dick Weber amassed one of the greatest careers in the sport. He was ranked No. 3 on the PBA’s 50 Greatest list behind only Earl Anthony and Williams. Weber’s 30 PBA Tour titles ranks seventh all-time and he was the only bowler to win a PBA title in six different decades.
Standings After Fifth Round (31 games including bonus pins and match play records)
1, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 9-7-0, 7,110.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 10-5-1, 7,076.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 7-9-0, 7,033.
4, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 11-5-0, 7,010.
5, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 10-5-1, 6,982.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 9-7-0, 6,968.
7, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 8-8-0, 6,935.
8, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 8-8-0, 6,891.
9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 7-8-1, 6,822.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6-10-0, 6,812.
11, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 8-8-0, 6,795.
12, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 8-8-0, 6,793.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 8-8-0, 6,731.
14, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 7-9-0, 6,683.
15, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 8-7-1, 6,675.
16, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 6-10-0, 6,660.
17, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 7-8-1, 6,641.
18, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 8-8-0, 6,632.
19, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 10-6-0, 6,605.
20, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 8-8-0, 6,593.
21, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7-9-0, 6,583.
22, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 7-9-0, 6,571.
23, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 6-9-1, 6,564.
24, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5-9-2, 6,537.