Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Apr 21-25, 1987

Pete Weber Notches Firestone Title That Eluded Dad

"The Weber family deserves this title!" So proclaimed 24-year-old Pete Weber, the PBA's youngest 10-time champion, upon clinching professional bowling's most prestigious title - the Firestone Tournament of Champions - via four championship round victories. Weber topped leading qualifier Jim Murtishaw, 222-190, to become the first player to advance from the fifth-seeded position and notch the Firestone.

Weber also achieved another personal landmark by surpassing his legendary father Dick Weber's career PBA earnings total - $733,331 to $731,003, in seven years compared to 28 for his famous father. Dick Weber was runnerup in the first two Firestone Tournament of Champions, so Pete intended to surprise his father with the gift of his Firestone winner's white jacket.

Weber began the ABC Sports finals before a packed house at Riviera Lanes by ousting Mike Aulby of Indianapolis, 231-205, and then defeated newly inducted PBA Hall of Famer and 32-time PBA champion Mark Roth, 217-187. Next up was Art Trask, Fresno, Calif., who had held the tournament lead through all rounds until the final eight games to match play. Weber sent Trask down a notch further with a decisive 258-203 victory.

In the championship game, both finalists started with strikes and Weber then opened in his second frame, while Murtishaw followed with three spares before failing to convert the 2-4-5-8 "bucket" in his fifth frame. Weber's second frame error was to be his only open frame in four games, and he then rallied to string five strikes and clinch the elusive 10th title. Murtishaw's closing triple was far too late, but he was consoled with the $28,000 runnerup check, largest of his PBA career.

Murtishaw said, "I think I threw the ball slower than I had all week at the start of the game. I guess I was a little tentative. I knew the crowd was behind him (Weber) and he deserved it - he's a great bowler."

Against Aulby, Weber threw seven strikes while Aulby left seven corner pins on his strike attempts, all of which he converted. Roth also had difficulty carrying pocket hits, notching a strike in his third frame only. Weber could have relinquished the lead, however, had he not converted the 5-7 split in his eighth frame against Roth. Trask simply couldn't keep pace with Weber's onslaught, being out-struck nine to five.

Weber credited a leg injury with helping him win the Firestone. "Usually I get in trouble when I bend my leg too much and tilt my upper body too far forward, Weber said. "But the injury would not let me do that. Yet I stayed aggressive through all four matches."


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.928 (4 games)$50,000
2Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif.190 (1 game)28,000
3Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.203 (1 game)20,000
4Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J.187 (1 game)15,000
5Mike Aulby, Indianapolis205 (1 game)10,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Weber defeated Aulby, 231-205; Weber defeated Roth, 217-187; Weber defeated Trask, 258-203; and in the championship game, Weber defeated Murtishaw, 222-190.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif. 10894 227.0 15-9-0 450 11344 
2Art Trask, Fresno, Calif. 10843 225.9 15-9-0 450 11293 
3Mark Roth, Spring Lake Heights, N.J. 10725 223.4 17-6-1 525 11250 
4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 10834 225.7 12-12-0 360 11194 
5Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 10772 224.4 12-11-1 375 11147 
6Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 10565 220.1 17-7-0 510 11075 $8,500
7Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 10736 223.7 10-14-0 300 11036 7,300
8Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 10619 221.2 13-11-0 390 11009 6,300
9Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 10512 219.0 15-8-1 465 10977 5,500
10Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill. 10479 218.3 16-8-0 480 10959 5,000
11Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 10610 221.0 11-12-1 345 10955 4,500
12David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 10564 220.1 13-11-0 390 10954 4,000
13Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 10575 220.3 12-12-0 360 10935 3,500
14Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 10584 220.5 11-13-0 330 10914 3,200
15Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 10505 218.9 11-12-1 345 10850 3,000
16Dale Eagle, Lake Havasu, Ariz. 10564 220.1 9-14-1 285 10849 2,800
17John Gant, Independence, Ky. 10458 217.9 12-10-2 390 10848 2,700
18Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Heights, Mich. 10480 218.3 11-11-2 360 10840 2,600
19Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 10450 217.7 12-12-0 360 10810 2,500
20Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash. 10569 220.2 6-18-0 180 10749 2,400
21Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 10316 214.9 9-15-0 270 10586 2,300
22Wayne Webb, Merritt Island, Fla. 10198 212.5 8-16-0 240 10438 2,200
*23Dennis Jacques, Merritt Island, Fla. 10093 210.3 10-14-0 300 10393 2,025
24Guppy Troup, Edmond, Okla. 10094 210.3 6-18-0 180 10274 2,100


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.$1,930
*26Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.2,025
27Mark Fahy, Chicago1,900
*David Traber, Cedarburg, Wis.2,020
29Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H.1,850
30Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif.1,850
31Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,850
#32Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio1,800
33Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash.1,800
34Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.1,800
35George Branham III, Arleta, Calif.1,800
36Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.1,800
37Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,750
38Harry Sullins, Roseville, Mich.1,750
39Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,750
40Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas1,750
41Mal Acosta, Manteca, Calif.1,700
42Steve J. Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.1,700
43Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla.1,700
44Mike Durbin, Fort Worth, Texas1,700
45Pete Couture, Windsor Locks, Conn.1,650
46Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, USA1,650
47Gary Dickinson, Burleson, Texas1,650
48Nelson Burton Jr., Troy, Mo.1,650
49Dick Weber, Florissant, Mo.1,600
50Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas1,600
51Glenn Allison, Whittier, Calif.1,600
52Mats Karlsson, Sweden1,600

# - Don Genalo rolled a 300 game ($600). 24-game qualifying leader - Art Trask, 5511. 23rd place Wayne Webb and Jeff Bellinger, 5164. 52nd place - Mats Karlsson, 4847. PRO-AM CASHERS - Steve Cook, Walter Ray Williams Jr., John Gant, Mark Roth, Pete Weber and Dave Husted ($50 each). SQUAD PRIZES - High Blocks: Art Trask-1866, Hugh Miller-1868, Bob Chamberlain-1950, Steve Cook-1911, Dave Ferraro-1906, Mark Roth-1876 ($500 each). High Games: Don Genalo-300, Joe Berardi-278, Dale Eagle-289, Pete Weber-279 ($250 each), Dave Ozio and Wayne Webb-289 ($125 each). * - Dennis Jacques replaced Dave Husted after qualifying and was penalized 26 pins, the difference between their qualifying totals. Dave Traber received $120 for acting as alternate.