Tucson Open



$100,000 TUCSON OPEN
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, AZ, Feb 4-8, 1997

Weber Ends Drought In Tucson

Ever since Pete Weber burst onto the scene of the PBA Tour in 1980 at the age of 17, he has been considered one of the most talented players on tour. But lately, the 34-year-old from St. Ann, Mo., hadn't looked the part.

After winning two tiles in 1993, Weber had gone three years without winning a title, including a year in 1995 when he didn't even make a championship round appearance. At Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz., Weber exercised a few demons and walked away with his 22nd title by defeating Brian Himmler in the title match of the Tucson Open, 208-191, which was televised on ESPN.

"This title means everything to me," said Weber, who collected $16,000 for the victory. "It tells me I'm not a loser and that I can still win and that I will win more often."

Himmler, who had qualified fifth and made his second consecutive telecast and third of his career, had built a 26-pin lead through seven frames. The lead would have been more, but Weber made a clutch conversion of the 3-6-7-10 split in frame six. That conversion proved critical as a 2-4-8-10 split in the eighth frame by Himmler resulted in an open frame and gave Weber an opportunity.

After Himmler converted a spare in frame nine, Weber (finishing first) promptly threw a strike in the ninth, then stepped to lane 16, where he struck only once in the entire match, and struck out in the 10th. Himmler needed a double and six pins in frame 10 to claim the win.

"I wasn't nervous at all in the 10th frame," said Himmler. "I thought there was no doubt I was going to double."

There was no doubt he threw a good ball on his first ball, but a stubborn 7-pin would not fall and Himmler was lett with the second-place check of $8,500.

The win for Weber evened his career record as the top seed at 10-10.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO208 (1 game)$16,000
2Brian Himmler. Cincinnati867 (4 games)8,500
3Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY221 (1 game)6,000
4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis235 (1 game)4,500
5Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs. FL201 ( 1 game)3,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Himmler defeated Hoskins, 204-201; Himmler defeated Aulby, 245-235: Himmler defeated Shafer. 227221; and in the championship game, Weber defeated Himmler, 208-191.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Pete Weber, St. Ann. MO 9643 229.6 15-8-1 465 10108 
2Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9280 220.9 18-6-0 540 9820 
3Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9334 222.2 15-9-0 450 9784 
4Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9301 221.4 15-8-1 465 9766 
5Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9252 220.3 15-8-1 465 9717 
6Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 9403 223.9 10-14-0 300 9703 $2,600
7Rick Steelsmith, Wichita. KS 9282 221.0 14-10-0 420 9702 2,500
8Paul Koehler, Mechanicsburg, PA 9137 217.5 14-9-1 435 9572 2,400
9Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9098 216.4 15-9-0 450 9538 2,300
10Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9212 219.3 9-14-1 285 9497 2,200
11Brian Voss. Atlanta 9178 218.5 9-15-0 270 9448 2,100
12Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9040 215.2 13-10-1 405 9445 2,000
13Dave Arnold, Gilbert. AZ 8933 212.7 14-10-0 420 9353 1,900
14Mike Edwards. Oklahoma City 8993 214.1 11-13-0 330 9323 1,800
15Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 9012 214.6 10-14-0 300 9312 1,700
16Parker Bohn III, Jackson. NJ 9039 215.2 9-15-0 270 9309 1,650
17Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9010 214.5 9-15-0 270 9280 1,600
#18Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 8944 212.9 11-13-0 330 9274 1,550
19Bryan Goebel, Shawnee. KS 8901 211.9 11-13-0 330 9231 1,500
20Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 8829 210.2 12-11-1 375 9204 1,450
21Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 8945 212.9 8-15-1 255 9200 1,400
#22Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 8884 211.5 10-14-0 300 9184 1,350
23Don Moser, Murrieta, CA 8913 212.2 8-16-0 240 9153 1,300
24George Branham III, Indianapolis 8828 210.2 9-15-0 270 9098 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA$1,000
26W.R. William Jr., Stockton, CA970
*27John Bauerle, Indianapolis1,060
28Wayne Webb, Las Vegas920
29Bob Spaulding. Greenville, SC900
30Ron William,. Fort Worth. TX880
31Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY860
32Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY840
33Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA830
34Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica. NY820
35Paul Colwell, Tucson, AZ810
36Bob Belmont Dunedin, FL267
 Bob Benoit, Topeka. KS267
 Philip Ringener, Big Spring. TX267

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Parker Bohn III, 4105. 24th place-Ryan Shater, 3879. 36th place-Bob Belmont, Bob Benoit and Philip Ringener, 3830. #-Kelly Coffman and Norm Duke rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Wayne Webb, Mike Aulby, Butch Soper, Norm Duke, Rick Steelsmith and Bob Learn Jr. ($50 each)