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.
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 OTHER CASHERS *-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).
*-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).