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-Hall Of Famer Dick Weber Always Thrilled To Bowl At ABC Championships

03/12/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      American Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Dick Weber has walked down the center aisle 55 times to bowl the team event at the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament. Fifty-five times he tingled with goose bumps of excitement.

      His 55th appearance came March 9 during the 2002 ABC Tournament at MetraPark Expo Center in Billings, Mont.

      "I always get butterflies when I walk down the aisle," said Weber, who was inducted into the ABC Hall in 1970. "It's always a thrill to see the people, be with the bowlers. It's always exciting and you always look forward to it."

      Weber's appearance at the Expo Center was a thrill for many Billings bowling fans as they packed the section of stands near where the St. Peters, Mo., resident bowled.

      The fans saw a good show. Weber bowled 627 in the team event, 644 in doubles and 615 in singles for 1,886 overall. His low game was 201 and his high was a pair of 224s.

      Weber said he was very satisfied the way he bowled."Naturally, I wish I could bowl better. But, I have to consider a lot of things. I'm happy the way I bowled today. I can't complain at all. I made a few mistakes, but got by with some too.

      "I loved the lanes and the way the ball reacted. Last night (Saturday in Regular Team) was a fooler. We got the ball outside in the first game and then all of a sudden everything disappeared and we had to move into fourth arrow. But adjusting is the name of the game today."

      Weber, who is 72, said he has lost some speed and his swing has changed a little.

      "That comes with age I guess. I'm just happy I get the ball down the lanes and I'm still living. I try to keep my timing. I get so excited at times and I get too fast. Then, I remember the basics and go from there."

      Weber's AMF Team grabbed third place in Regular Team with a 3,244 total. Chad Kolman was high with a 734. Tom Patton shot 669, Don Fowler 625 and John Weber 589.

      The 2003 Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., will be especially poignant for Weber. Joining him to bowl the team event will be his sons Rich and John and grandsons Nick Weber and Troy Goettel.




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