$130,000 KESSLER OPEN
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jun 17-21, 1989
Pete Weber Gets Lucky 13th
Pete Weber was halfway toward his famous father's 26 national tour titles following his 13th championship collected at the $130,000 Kessler Open at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl. Weber downed Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., 210-182, for the $20,000 top prize and his second victory of the year.
Baker opened the championship game by falling to convert the 2-10 split and Weber struck, spared and strung a four-bagger to mount a 27-pin lead through five frames. Baker narrowed the gap to 15 pins by the eighth frame after Weber opened with the 4-6-7-9-10 "Greek Church" in his seventh. However, Baker could muster no more strikes to apply pressure and opened in his 10th frame to claim the $10,500 runnerup check.
Perhaps even more impressive are Weber's accomplishments when reminded the Florissant, Mo., pro is but 28 years old. At comparable stages of their careers, dad Dick still was four years away from winning his first PBA crown! Already Pete has topped $1 million in career earnings and is one of just three players in PBA history to have won professional bowling's "Triple Crown" tournaments.
In the first game of the ESPN televised championship round, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, edged fellow Texan Norm Duke, Fort Worth, 215-210, after converting the 2-10 split and then striking out in the 10th frame to advance. Next up for Williams was Baker and matters proved no easier, with Baker advancing in a 39-38 two-frame rolloff after they had tied in regulation with 193.
Baker came from behind in the semifinal game to squeak past Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore, 236-223, when Holman shockingly left a pocket 7-10 split on his first shot of the 10th frame. This paved the way for Baker to vie for his eighth PBA championship and first since winning close to home at Rochester, N.Y., in 1986.
PLAYOFF RESULTS - Williams defeated Duke, 215-210; Baker defeated Williams, 39-38, in a roll-off after tying at 193; Baker defeated Holman, 236-223; and in the championship game, Weber defeated Baker, 210-182. 42-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS *- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Marshall Holman, 3942. 24th place - Bob Benoit, 3776. 53rd place - Chris Goddard, 3691. # - Steve Cook and Steve Hardy rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS David Ozio, Hugh Miller, Pete Weber, Jimmy Keeth, Mark Baker and Dan Goepfert ($50 each).
*- Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Marshall Holman, 3942. 24th place - Bob Benoit, 3776. 53rd place - Chris Goddard, 3691. # - Steve Cook and Steve Hardy rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS David Ozio, Hugh Miller, Pete Weber, Jimmy Keeth, Mark Baker and Dan Goepfert ($50 each).