Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Mar 12-18, 1989

Pete Weber Completes Triple Crown; Wins Trustcorp PBA National Championship

"This makes up for the last four years of frustration," Pete Weber said, after capturing the final jewel of professional bowling's "Triple Crown" with his 221-216 victory against Dave Ferraro in the $280,000 Trustcorp PBA National Championship at Ducat's Imperial Lanes. The $54,000 win also was Weber's 12th PBA title and made him just the third player in PBA history to complete the "Triple Crown," joining the prestigious company of Johnny Petraglia and Billy Hardwick.

Weber was the leading qualifier in this 30th renewal of the PBA National Championship by 322 pins entering the ABC Sports televised championship round and needed to prove himself in the final game after being thwarted this title the last three years. Weber, Florissant, Mo., opened with a strike, spare and three-bagger to lead Ferraro by 20 pins through five frames. Beginning in his fifth, Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., responded with a four-bagger and took the lead (by four pins) after eight frames. Weber was not to be denied on this day, however, and came right back with a double, nine-spare to finish. Ferraro could have clinched his fifth PBA title and third in the state of Ohio with a double and six pins. After collecting the first strike in his 10th, he left the 6-10 on his next shot and Weber bounded into the winner's circle.

Weber was outfitted with the traditional green National Championship blazer and three-diamond and gold PBA ring emblematic of his historic feat.

"Before the final I wasn't thinking about the Triple Crown, but after I won I sure did," Weber said. "I never root against my opponent and felt Dave deserved the double. The best bowlers always come to the top in our long format (56-game) tournaments and it pumped me up to have the crowd chanting my name," he said.

"I won the Firestone Tournament of Champions in 1987, Seagram's Coolers U.S. Open in '88 and at the start of this year I said, 'this is the year it will be the Trustcorp PBA National Championship.' " Weber shouted to the crowd immediately afterward, "We won this one too, dad," to PBA Hall of Famer and bowling legend Dick Weber, who was watching at home. "This is the second center dad and I both have won in (the other being Las Vegas' Showboat Center). If there's one admirer I've always had, it's been dad," Dick's 26-year-old son continued.

Weber's big payday also pushed him to within $958 of being the PBA's fourth player to earn $1 million in prize money, joining Mark Roth, Marshall Holman and Earl Anthony.

The championship round began with PBA Tour rookie Jim Johnson Jr. topping Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif., 182-171. Johnson, Wilmington, Del., then fell victim to Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli, 191-180. Monacelli was frustrated in the semi-final game against Ferraro when a solid pocket hit on his first 10th-frame shot left a solid 10-pin and he bowed, 203-200.

Ferraro said, "I thought I was going to get the second strike against Pete, but then, I also thought Amleto was going to strike against me. I'm not unhappy with my performance or my last shot. That's the way you like to have it - having to strike to win or lose," he said.

The 29-year-old Ferraro said he felt funny being "the old man" on the telecast, and was consoled with the $27,500 runnerup check. Monacelli, 27, earned $15,000 for third place, 28-year-old Johnson pocketed $10,000 and Baker, 27, banked $18,000 for fifth place.

Of his slightly oversize blazer worn during the trophy presentation Weber replied, when queried by a local newsman what size the coat he was wearing, "Extra large, for how big I feel right now."


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.221 (1 game)$54,000
2Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.419 (2 games)27,500
3Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela391 (2 games)15,000
4Jim Johnson Jr., Wilmington, Del.362 (2 games)10,000
5Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.171 (1 game)8,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Johnson defeated Baker, 182-171; Monacelli defeated Johnson, 191-180; Ferraro defeated Monacelli, 203-200; and in the championship game, Weber defeated Ferraro, 221-216.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 12267 219.1 18-5-1 555 12822 
#2Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 12138 216.8 12-12-0 360 12498 
3Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 12046 215.1 15-9-0 450 12496 
4Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 12147 216.9 11-12-1 345 12492 
5Jim Johnson Jr., Wilmington, Del. 12045 215.1 14-10-0 420 12465 
6Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 11874 212.0 14-10-0 420 12294 $7,000
7Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas 11921 212.9 11-13-0 330 12251 6,000
8Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 11853 211.7 12-12-0 360 12213 5,000
9Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 11793 210.6 13-10-1 405 12198 4,500
10Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 11777 210.3 13-10-1 405 12182 4,000
11Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif. 11761 210.0 13-11-0 390 12151 3,600
12Brian Voss, Seattle, Wash. 11696 208.9 15-9-0 450 12146 3,300
13Mike Taylor, San Diego, Calif. 11759 210.0 12-12-0 360 12119 3,100
14Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 11760 210.0 11-12-1 345 12105 3,000
15Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan. 11801 210.7 9-15-0 270 12071 2,900
16Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, Texas 11698 208.9 12-12-0 360 12058 2,800
#17Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 11757 209.9 10-14-0 300 12057 2,700
18Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo. 11570 206.6 15-9-0 450 12020 2,600
#19Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 11748 209.8 8-16-0 240 11988 2,500
20Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W. Va. 11717 209.2 9-15-0 270 11987 2,400
21Dennis Horan, Jr., Santa Clara, Calif. 11559 206.4 13-11-0 390 11949 2,300
22Jimmie Pritts Jr., Manchester, N.H. 11656 208.1 9-14-1 285 11941 2,200
23Alan Bishop, Louisville, Ky. 11541 206.1 11-13-0 330 11871 2,100
24Tim Smith, Xenia, Ohio 11115 198.5 5-19-0 150 11265 2,000


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.$1,775
26Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas1,740
*27Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.1,820
28John Broski, Mentor, Ohio1,680
29John Mazza, Mt. Clemens, Mich.1,660
30Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J.1,630
 Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.1,630
32Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich.1,600
33Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis.1,580
34Todd Thompson, Reno, Nov.1,570
35Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mi.1,560
36David Rosol, San Jose, Calif.1,550
37Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla.1,540
38Doug Johnson, Willard, Ohio1,530
39Butch Soper, Tustin, Calif.1,520
40Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis.1,510
41Charlie Tapp, Woodbury, Minn.1,495
 Michael Tryniski, Fulton, NY1,495
43Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash.1,475
 Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis1,475
45W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.1,460
46Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.1,450
47Mark Thayer, Lafayette, Ind.1,440
48Rod Pasteur, Miami, Fla.1,430
49Joe Merrill, Lancaster, Calif.1,415
 Charlie Standish, Mattawan, Mich.1,415
51Mark Fahy, Chicago1,400
52Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla.1,390
53Daniel Goepfert, Monroe, Wis.1,380
54Don Moser, Santa Clara, Calif.1,370
55George Branham III, San Diego, Calif.1,360
56Chuck Pierce, Dallas1,350
57Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich.1,335
 Scott Monteleone, New Orleans1,335
59Jim Gostovich, New Baltimore, Mich.1,320
60Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y.1,310
61Kipp Mayo, Kansas City, Kan.1,300
62Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio1,290
63David White, Okla. City, Okla.1,280
64Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, Neb.1,270
65Ted Thompson, Sarasota, Fla.1,260
66Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.1,250
67Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind.1,240
68Rick Brunori, Monroeville, Pa.1,230
69Pete McCordic, Houston1,220
70Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.1,210
71Rey Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio1,200
72Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla.1,190
73Joseph Firpo Lake Worth, Fla.1,180
74Y. H. Byun, Seoul, Korea1,170
75David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,160
76Craig Rourke, Santa Clara, Calif.1,150
77Andy Neuer, Selinsgrove, Pa.1,140
78Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.1,130
79Mark Bowers, Aberdeen, Md.1,120
#80Allen Johnson, Chandler, Ariz.1,110
81Matt Ballard, Phoenix, Ariz.1,100
#82Jim Ragnoni, Elyria, Ohio1,090
83Ron Williams, Cahokia, Ill.1,080
84Rodolfo Monacelli, Venezuela1,070
85Jerry L. Krupa, Richmond, Ind.1,060
86Tom Adcock, Maros, Ill.1,050
87Mike Faliero, Buffalo, N.Y.1,040
88Kevin Taber, Toledo, Ohio1,030
89Noel Liederbach, Northfield, Ohio1,020
90Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.1,010

*- Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader - Pete Weber, 6994. 24th place - Mark Williams, 6725. 90th place Ryan Shafer, 5748. # - Steve Cook, Dave Ferraro, Allen Johnson, Brian Mader, Jim Ragnoni and Mark Williams rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Dave Ferraro, Steve Jaros, Hugh Miller, Marshall Holman, Ron Williams, Mats Karlsson, Mark Fahy, Roger Bowker, David Waswo, Jim Johnson Jr., John Colossi, Steve Hoskins, Curtis Odom, Kent Wagner, Henry Gonzalez and Mark Baker ($50 each).