Comfort Inn Classic



$320,000 COMFORT INN CLASSIC
Crown Lanes, Tampa, FL, Apr 15-19, 1997

Weber Feels Comfort In Win At Tampa; Comes Up Short Of $1 Million

Pete Weber had quite a day. Not only did he earn $50,000 for winning the Comfort Inn Classic, but Weber collected an additional $25,000 for capturing the "Winning Never Gets Old" challenge.

To add to the excitement, Weber brought an enthusiastic crowd at the Tampa Convention Center to its feet as he made a run at a $1 million perfect game bonus in the title match, starting with the first seven strikes before leaving a 10-pin in frame eight.

Weber defeated tournament leader Parker Bohn III in the title match of the Comfort Inn Classic, 257-208, to earn his second title of the year and the 23rd of his storied career.

"I've been pumped up all week long;" said Weber. "This is a big win for me, especially coming against Parker who is bowling as well or better than anyone right now."

Weber's title match actually started Friday night at Crown Lanes before the ABC-TV telecast. After watching Johnny Petraglia defeat Mike Aulby 235-225, Weber disposed of Petraglia 222-178, to advance to the telecast on Saturday.

After defeating No. 2 seed Brian Voss in the semifinal match, 249-225, Weber, St. Ann, Mo., put a charge into the arena crowd during the title match as he went after the $1 million perfect game bonus offered by Strike and Spare Fun Centers. Crown Lanes is part of the Strike and Spare chain.

Weber took advantage of an open frame by Bohn in the first frame and built a 46-pin lead through seven frames, striking all the way. However, the enthusiastic crowd may have hurt Weber as someone yelled out "Come on Pete" during his approach in the eighth frame. Weber left a 10-pin and his bid for $1 million ended.

"I started thinking about the million dollars after frame six or seven," admitted Weber.

Another open frame by Bohn in the ninth following a 3-7-9 split ensured victory for Weber. Bohn, Jackson, N.J. remained winless without a title in nine arena appearances.

The first match of the ABC-telecast was a roll-off between senior champions Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle. Dickinson and Eagle had survived 16 games of match play against 14 other senior qualifiers far the right to bowl in the arena. Eagle won the elimination match, 215-782, and advanced to the "Winning Never Gets Old" challenge match where he was bettered by Weber, 256-246.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO728 (3 games)$50,000
2Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ208 (1 game)26,000
3Brian Voss, Atlanta225 (1 game)14,000
4Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ413 (2 games)10,000
5Mike Aulby, Indianapolis225 (1 game)8,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Petraglia defeated Aulby, 235-225; Weber defeated Petraglia, 222-178; Weber defeated Voss,249-225; and in the championship game, Weber defeated Bohn, 257-208. WINNING NEVER GETS OLDCHALLENGE MATCH-Weber defeated Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX, 256-246, for $25,000.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 10047 239.2 16-7-1 495 10542 
2Brian Voss, Atlanta 9911 235.9 16-8-0 480 10391 
3Pete Was,er, St. Ann, MO 9851 234.5 17-7-0 510 10361 
#4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9794 233.2 18-6-0 540 10334 
5Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ 9669 230.2 15-9-0 450 10119 
6Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 9660 230.0 14-9-1 435 10095 $7,000
7Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 9593 228.4 14-10-0 420 10013 6,000
8Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX 9620 229.0 12-12-0 360 9980 5,500
9Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9526 226.8 12-12-0 360 9886 5,000
10Rill Oakes, Lawton, OK 9527 226.8 10-14-0 300 9827 4,700
11Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 9454 225.1 12-12-0 360 9814 4,400
12Jimmy Davis, Houston 9455 225.1 11-13-0 330 9785 4,200
13Andy Neuer, Milton, PA 9537 227.1 8-16-0 240 9777 4,000
14Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9378 223.3 13-11-0 390 9768 3,800
15Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9337 222.3 14-10-0 420 9757 3,600
16Bob Belmont, Dunedin, FL 9354 222.7 12-12-0 360 9714 3,500
17Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9375 223.2 10-14-0 300 9675 3,400
18Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9275 220.8 10-14-0 300 9575 3,300
19Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 9292 221.2 9-15-0 270 9562 3,200
20Pete Couture, Titusville, FL 9227 219.7 10-14-0 300 9527 3,100
21Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9227 215.7 7-16-1 225 9452 3,000
22C.K. Moore, Chehalis, WA 9167 218.3 9-15-0 270 9437 2,900
23Brian LeClair, Hudson, NV 9141 217.6 9-14-1 285 9426 2,800
24Dave ArnoldGilbert, AZ 9158 218.0 8-16-0 240 9398 2,700

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ$2,570
26Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX2,350
27Randy Pederson, Hollywood, FL2,300
28Dennis Horan, San Diego2,250
29John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC2,200
30Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH2,150
#31Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA2,120
32Brian Himmler, Cincinnati2,100
33Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY2,080
34Sam Zurich, Melbourne, FL2,070
35Jason Couch Clermont, FL2,060
36Jim Johnson jr., Tampa, FL2,050
37Danny Wiseman, Baltimore2,040
38Wayne Webb, Las Vegas2,030
39Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA2,020
#40James Campbell, Clearwater, FL2,010

*-Match play alternate. 18 game qualifying leader-Parker Bohn III, 4329. 24th place-Jimmy Davis, 4019. 40th place-James Campbell, 3949. PRO-AM CASHERS-Don Moser, Pete Couture, Steve Wilson, Steve Hoskins, Pete Weber and Ron Williams ($50 each). #-Mike Aulby, Paker Bohn III, Mitch Beasley, James Campbell, Dale Eagle, Bob Learn Jr. and Walter Ray Williams Jr. rolled 300 games ($200 each).