Riviera Lanes, Akron, Ohio, Apr 15-19, 1980

Webb Makes Good On Prophecy

Wayne Webb doesn't claim to be a prophet or a psychic but he left many people wondering just how he managed to predict victory for himself in the two highest paying tournaments of the year on the PBA Tour and proceed to make good on both counts.

Before the start of the 1980 season, Webb, a 5'5" dynamo, set his goal to win both the Showboat Invitational in Las Vegas and the Firestone Tournament of Champions, tournaments with a combined purse total of $285,000. Being a confident lad of 22 and already owning three PBA crowns, Webb did not feel such a goal was unreasonable. Lofty maybe. A dream certainly, but a possible dream.

So when Webb came away with the $21,000 first prize in the Showboat event in January, it was one down and one to go. Fifty-one other champions came to Riviera Lanes in Akron, Ohio, with the idea of claiming the prestigious Firestone white jacket but only Webb had a sure feeling that destiny was on his side.

While Mike Durbin and Gary Dickinson battled for the lead throughout qualifying and early in match play, Webb stayed quietly in the background. Then, on the final day before the TV finals the young right-hander made a surprising and soon to be considered brilliant move on the lanes when he adjusted to an inside line from the popular first arrow angle. Next thing you know, Webb had rushed into the finals in third place, sporting a 17-7 match play record.

In Las Vegas, Webb also had pulled a switch in angles, going contrary to the established pattern of play, and charged into the finals in third place enabling him to win with an overpowering 780 three game series on national TV.

"Are you nervous?" Webb was asked prior to the Firestone finals. "I feel great," he said.

And that's the way he bowled-great. After Bill Spigner defeated Durbin, 218-206, in the opening match with a come-from-behind 10th-frame double, Webb lashed out with a 264-210 win over Spigner. Palmer Fallgren offered little resistance to the Webb express, bowing out, 267-186.

When Webb opened the championship game with six strikes against top-seeded Dickinson it was all but over. Even though open frames in two of his last three frames held down his score for the championship match to 219 it was 25 pins higher than Dickinson's 194.

Additionally, Webb's three game series totaled 750. And that spelled a cool $30,000 for the little guy who said he could do some big things - and did.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass.750 (3 games)$30,000
2Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas194 (1 game)17,000
3Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif.186 (1 game)10,000
4Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn.428 (2 games)7,500
5Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio206 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Spigner defeated Durbin, 218-206; Webb defeated Spigner, 264-210; Webb defeated Fallgren, 267-186; and in the championship match, Webb defeated Dickinson, 219-194.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth 10585 220.5 13-10-1 405 10990 
2Palmer Fallgren, Sacramento, Calif. 10526 219.2 13-11-0 390 10916 
3Wayne Webb, Rehoboth, Mass. 10363 215.8 17-7-0 510 10873 
4Bill Spigner, Hamden, Conn. 10378 216.2 15-9-0 450 10828 
**5Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 10512 219.0 10-13-1 315 10827 
6Mike Berlin, Muscatine, Iowa 10358 215.7 13-10-1 405 10763 $4,050
7Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 10304 214.6 14-10-0 420 10724 3,500
8Henry Gonzalez, Denver, Colo. 10329 215.1 13-11-0 390 10719 3,200
9Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa. 10184 212.1 15-9-0 450 10634 3,000
10Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. - 10158 211.6 15-9-0 450 10608 2,900
11Tommy Hudson, Akron, Ohio 10208 212.6 13-11-0 390 10598 2,800
12Doug Myers, Laguna Hills, Calif. 10238 213.2 11-12-1 345 10583 2,700
13Ed Ressler, Allentown, Pa. 10200 212.5 12-11-1 375 10575 2,600
14Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo. 10130 211.0 13-11-0 390 10520 2,500
#15Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio 10154 211.5 10-14-0 300 10454 2,400
16Willie Willis, W. Haven, Conn. 10035 209.0 13-10-1 405 10440 2,300
17Louie Moore, Columbus, Ohio 10066 209.7 11-13-0 330 10396 2,200
18Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, Ind. 9971 207.7 12-10-2 390 10361 2,100
19Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio 9895 206.1 10-12-2 330 10225 2,000
20George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C. 9940 207.0 8-16-0 240 10180 1,900
21Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9888 206.0 9-15-0 270 10158 1,800
22Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif. 9831 204.8 9-15-0 270 10101 1,700
23Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 9808 204.3 6-18-0 180 9988 1,600
24Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash. 9731 202.7 7-15-2 240 9971 1,500


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.$1,425
26Joe Berardi, Valley Cottage, N.Y.1,350
27Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore.1,350
28Steve Neff, Sarasota, Fla.1,350
29Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo.1,300
30Warren Nelson, Downey, Calif.1,300
31Don Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.1,300
32Paul Colwell, Tuscon, Ariz.1,300
33Guppy Troup, Columbia, S.C.1,250
34Wayne Zahn, Tempe, Ariz.1,250
+35Jeff Mattingly, Tacoma, Wash.1,250
36Fred Jaskie, Greendale, Wis.1,225
37Alvin Lou, EI Cajon, Calif.1,225
38Bill Beach, Sharon, Pa.1,200
39Sam Flanagan, Parkersburg, W.Va.1,200
40Steve Jones, Kerrville, Texas1,200
41Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J.1,150
42Dave Davis, Tinton Falls, N.J.1,150
43Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.1,150
44Larry Laub, Santa Rosa, Calif.1,125
45Kyle Shedd, Downey, Calif.1,125
46Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Ill.1,100
47Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass.1,075
48Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.1,050
49Matt Surina, Seattle, Wash.1,050
50Emmett Shutes, State College, Pa.1,000
51Steve Martin, Kingsport, Tenn.1,000
52Mark Roth, N. Arlington, N.J.1,000

* - Denotes alternate. ** --- TV finals alternate. 24-game qualifying leader - Durbin, 5372. 24th place - Hudson, 5023. # Godman rolled a 300 game ($500). PRO-AM CASHERS ($50) --- Burton, Anthony, Jones, Pappas, Nelson and Durbin.
SQUAD PRIZES -- High Block ($500)-Durbin, Holman, Fallgren (2), Dickinson and Gonzalez. High Game ($250) -Troup, Godman (2), Willis, Ressler and Durbin.
+ - Mattingly replaced Dick Ritger in the field when an injury prevented Ritger from starting the tournament. Ritger received the first $1,000 that Mattingly earned by finishing 35th. Mattingly kept the remaining $250 plus the alternate's fee. He also received credit for the 35th place finish.