BPAA U.S. Open



$225,000 BPAA U.S. OPEN
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Apr 7-13, 1991

Pete Weber Captures 2nd BPAA U.S. Open

Pete Weber began his march toward completing a second "Triple Crown" with his third victory of 1991 in the $225,000 BPAA U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl. Weber, Florissant, Mo., won four games, including a near-perfect 289-184 championship game decision against leading qualifier Mark Thayer to earn the $40,000 top prize.

Ironically, Weber never planned to be a part of the championship round. In fact, he had checked out of his hotel on Wednesday, anticipating he would fall short of the projected cut to the top 60 - he qualified 58th. His next fateful turn occurred when he grabbed the 24th and final berth for match play, thus equaling a record shared by just nine other players (including himself) in PBA history to advance to the title from 24th place.

Weber opened the championship match with a spare and then unleashed 10 consecutive strikes, book-ending that with a 10-pin leave for his 289. Thayer, Lafayette, Ind., was the crowd's overwhelming favorite, but was frustrated for the second time this year as runner-up (he also fell as the top-seeded player to Brian Voss in the ARC Pinole Open in January), but expressed no disappointment in his $22,000 payday.

In the first game of the ABC Sports finals, Weber stopped Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 227-215. He then defeated left-handers John Mazza, Mount Clemens, Mich., 204-179, and Richard Wolfe, Arlington, Va., 236-202.

Of the 240-man field, 144 entries came from PBA's point list and 96 BPAA players earned their berths through league qualifiers. Norm Duke and Jon Juneau collected $500 as the leading pro qualifier and high BPAA qualifier, respectively, after 32 games.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.956 (4 games)$40,000
2Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind.184 (1 game)22,000
3Richard Wolfe, Arlington, Va.202 (1 game)12,000
4John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich.179 (1 game)8,000
5Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.215 (1 game)6,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Weber defeated Ferraro, 227-215; Weber defeated Mazza, 204-179; Weber defeated Wolfe, 236-202; and in the championship game, Weber defeated Thayer, 289-184.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind. 12344 220.4 19-5-0 570 12914 
2Richard Wolfe, Arlington, Va. 12259 218.9 19-5-0 570 12829 
&3Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 12334 220.3 15-9-0 450 12784 
&John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich. 12334 220.3 15-9-0 450 12784 
5Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 12332 220.2 15-9-0 450 12782 
6Norm Duke, Albuquerque, N.M. 12351 220.6 11-13-0 330 12681 $5,500
7Bryan Goebel, Merriam, Kan. 12175 217.4 15-8-1 465 12640 5,000
#8Rod Pasteur, Green Bay, Wis. 12167 217.3 14-10-0 420 12587 4,500
9Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md. 12186 217.6 13-11-0 390 12576 4,000
10Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 12177 217.5 13-11-0 390 12567 3,600
11Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan, 12074 215.6 15-8-1 465 12539 3,400
12Chris Warren, Dallas 12109 216.2 11-10-3 375 12484 3,200
13Earl Anthony, Cornelius, Ore. 12034 214.9 12-12-0 360 12394 3,000
14Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 12074 215.6 9-15-0 270 12344 2,800
15Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 12018 214.6 10-13-1 315 12333 2,600
16Steve Wunderlich, St. Charles. Mo. 11990 214.1 10-14-0 300 12290 2,400
17Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, Fla. 11974 213.8 10-14-0 300 12274 2,300
18Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J. 11855 211.7 10-14-0 300 12155 2,200
19Tony Figuiera, Torrance, Calif. 11845 211.5 10-14-0 300 12145 2,100
20Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 11791 210.6 10-14-0 300 12091 2,000
21Tony Marrese, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 11776 210.3 8-15-1 255 12031 1,900
#22Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 11759 210.0 9-15-0 270 12029 1,850
23Harry Sullins, Detroit 11550 206.3 9-14-1 285 11835 1,800
24Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 11523 205.8 2-22-0 60 11583 1,750

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash.$1,625
26Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.1,430
27Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.1,420
28Justin Hromek, Andover, Kan.1,410
29Scott Devers, Richmond, Ind.1,395
 David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,395
#31Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,380
32Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind..1,365
 Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas1,365
34Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa.1,350
@35Jon Juneau, Baton Rouge, La.1,340
36Bruce Hamilton, Seattle, Wash.1,330
37Doug Kent, Canandaigua, N.Y.1,320
38Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,310
39Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas1,300
40Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.1,285
 Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif.1,285
42Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio1,270
43Danny Broadway, Houston1,255
 Marc McDonnell, Madison, Wis.1,255
45Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas1,240
@46Jay Burgess, Houston1,230
47David Guindon, West Seneca, N.Y.1,220
48Don Genalo, Perrysburg Ohio1,210
49Tim Weisbrod, Cincinnati, Ohio1,200
@50Riga Kalfas, Louisville, Ky.1,190
51Brian LeClair, Chatham, N.Y.1,180
52Andrew Neuer, Milton, Pa.1,170
@53Jeff Harding, Fredrick, Md.1,160
54Dave Bolles, Lodi, Calif.1,150
55Ken Johnson, Garland, Texas1,140
56Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb.1,130
57Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill.1,120
58George Pappas, Charlotte. N.C.1,110
59Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla.1,100
60Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan.1,090

*-Match play alternate. @-BPAA entries. 32-game qualifying leader-Norm Duke, 7333. 24th place-Pete Weber, 6935. 60th place -Kelly Coffman, 6492. &-Mazza defeated Ferraro, 276-212, to earn the third-seeded position. #-Steve Cook, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Rod Pasteur and @Ray Lynch rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Scott Devers, @Pete Couture, Alan Bishop, Steve Jaros, Danny Wiseman, @Gary Hiday, Mark Williams, Dave Arnold, Hugh Miller, Leroy Bornhop Roger Bowker, Randy Pedersen, Doug Kent, Ernie Schlegel, Justin Hromek, Pete Weber, Del Ballard Jr., Bob Handley, @Dale Strike and @Bob Belmont ($50 each).