Record breakers In Sports.
BOWLING: Sport’s heavyweights eye history
Sunday, march 26, 2006
By Steve T. Gorches / Post-Tribune staff writer
What were the odds that the second Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tourney in Indiana this season would have three of the same bowlers in the ESPN televised final four as the first one?
If you would have bet on it in Las Vegas, you would have made some good money.
Back on Dec. 4, the last four bowlers standing in the BowlersParadise.com Open at Stardust Bowl I in Hammond were winner Pete Weber, Ryan Shafer, Brad Angelo and Tommy Jones.
The first three will make a repeat appearance in today’s finals of the PBA World Championship; many fans also were cheering for Jones to be there this week as well.
Instead of the probable player of the year, though, fans will get a PBA hall of famer in his place.
Walter Ray Williams Jr. will be making his third straight television appearance in his quest to tie the all-time career titles record of 41 by Earl Anthony. Williams has been stuck on 40 for two seasons.
He won’t be the only one going for history.
Weber, who captured his 32nd career title in Hammond, has seven career major titles. With a victory today, he will tie Anthony for most career majors. If you ask Tiger Woods in golf or Pete Sampras in tennis, they would say that’s a more important record to hold in an individual sport.
Joining the two hall of famers in the finals will be Angelo and Shafer, who not only finished second to Weber in Hammond, but finished second in the last PBA major, the U.S. Open.
Angelo is still looking for his first PBA title. After earning rookie of the year honors in 2003 and the point leader award in 2004, he will have to survive a final four where the other three have a combined 70 years of PBA experience and 76 tourney titles.
If the two hall of famers do meet in the final, Weber would need to forget the last time they met on television with Williams defeating Weber in the semifinals of the 2003 PBA World Championship.