A win in the 2010 PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open this Sunday at Fountain Bowl would have special meaning for Pete Weber.
Pete, who finished third in last season’s Dick Weber Open and qualified third for Sunday’s live ESPN2 telecast at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific), will be looking for his 35th Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, which would put him third alone on the all-time list. He is currently tied for third with another bowling great, Mark Roth, with 34 titles.
The Dick Weber Open is named after Pete’s legendary father who passed away in 2005. Dick is also in the PBA and United States Bowling Congress Halls of Fame, and for Pete, winning this tournament would be as significant as any major title.
“If I couldn’t win this tournament in St. Louis (the Weber’s hometown), this is where I would want to win it,” Pete said about competing in Southern California and Fountain Bowl.
Dick was ranked No. 3 on the PBA’s 50 Greatest list behind only Earl Anthony and Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete is ranked No. 4. Dick’s 30 PBA Tour titles ranks seventh all-time and he was the only bowler to win a PBA title in six different decades.
Pete will have his work cut out for him, however, as Sunday’s finals will include Williams, the Tour’s all-time win leader with 46 titles who qualified second. The top qualifier is Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., who is seeking his first individual Tour title.
Opening up the Sunday’s stepladder final will be No. 4 qualifier and four-time Tour titlist Ryan Shafer and No. 5 qualifier Bill O’Neill, who won his first Tour title earlier this season.
In last Sunday’s ESPN-televised finals of the PBA Tournament of Champions, Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., made sports history by becoming the first woman to win a PBA Tour event.