As the No. 2 seed for Sunday’s stepladder finals in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., likes his chances of winning his 36th career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title.
With 35 titles, the 48-year-old Weber who is the son of another bowling legend, the late Dick Weber, currently ranks third on the all-time win list behind fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., with 47 titles and the late bowling legend Earl Anthony with 41. Weber’s last win came in the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open last April but he’s gotten off to a slow start this season with a best finish of 17th in both the Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship and GEICO Shark Championship.
“It may be hard to believe but I feel I’m bowling well but just not scoring well,” Weber said. “A lot of times it comes down to the breaks you get. You can throw it good but not get the breaks, but when you do get the breaks you need to take advantage of them and I was able to do that this week.
“I have to give the fans a lot of credit because they were behind me and kept me pumped up.”
The tournament’s No. 1 seed is 24-year-old Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who is looking for his first Tour title. Ciminelli earned the top seed with an 11-6-1 overall match play record and 32-game 7,688 overall pinfall total after Friday’s final match play round, topping Weber who had an 11-7 match play record and 7,572 overall pinfall.
Ciminelli’s previous best Tour finishes were second in the 2009 PBA Cheetah and Viper Championships and third in the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters.
“It’s been a roller coaster season to this point but I’m feeling really comfortable now,” Ciminelli said. “Last season was a break out year for me last season and I want to prove it wasn’t a fluke. A win would mean everything to me because it would be something I’ve wanted since I was four years old.”
Weber took note that throughout his career a lot of bowlers have won their first title against him.
“More guys have one their first title against me than you think,” Weber said. “He (Ryan) may get his first title against me but one thing’s for sure, he’s going to have to earn it.”
Surviving a nail-biting position round for the final two TV spots, competing in the opening stepladder match that will be televised Sunday on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) will be No. 3 seed Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., against No. 4 seed Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C. Both players will be trying for a 14th Tour title. Ironically, both of their latest wins came in the DyDo Japan Cup—Jones in 2010 and Allen in 2009.
Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial
Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif.
Round of 16 results
(after 32 games, pinfall totals include match play bonus pins; top four advance to Sunday’s ESPN2 television finals)
1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11-6-1, 7,688.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-7, 7,572.
3, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 13-4-1, 7,535.
4, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 11-7, 7,534.
5, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 14-4, 7,533, $4,000.
6, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 10-8, 7,517, $3,600.
7, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 11-6-1, 7,436, $3,400.
8, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 12-6, 7,416, $3,200.
9, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 9-8-1, 7,356, $3,100.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 12-6, 7,239, $3,000.
11, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8-10, 7,221, $2,900.
12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 9-9, 7,218, $2,800.
13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 6-12, 7,209, $2,700.
14, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 10-8, 7,125, $2,700.
15, Stuart Williams, England, 7-11, 7,117, $2,500.
16, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 8-10, 7,094, $2,400.