Weber Joins Father In ABC Hall
12/11/2001 - Bowling Newsline
Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., have been elected to the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame for superior performance, ABC Hall of Fame Executive Director Steve James announced today.
Weber, the son of ABC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Dick Weber, received 110 of 130 votes cast by ABC's Hall of Fame panel while Duke received 103 votes. Both easily surpassed the 70 percent majority required for election.
Weber, a 39-year-old right-hander, is one of three bowlers who have earned $2 million during their professional careers (Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Mike Aulby are the others). He won his 26th and 27th PBA titles earlier in 2001 to move past his father's total of 26 career titles.
Weber is now tied for fourth place on the all-time PBA titles list with Aulby and Parker Bohn III. Only the late Earl Anthony (41), Mark Roth (34) and Williams (34) have won more.
Weber, a 10-time member of the Bowling Magazine All-America team, has finished runner-up in the ABC Masters twice (1983 and 2000) and has finished among the top 24 in the double-elimination match play event eight times.
He is the youngest player ever to complete the PBA's "Triple Crown" (U.S. Open, PBA National Championship and PBA Tournament of Champions). He also is one of two people to bowl a 300 game in his first game as an ABC member, a feat he accomplished at age 15 in St. Louis in 1978.
Pete Weber joins his father as only the second father-and-son team elected to the ABC Hall of Fame in the performance category. The late Nelson Burton Sr. (1964) and Nelson Burton Jr. (1981), also from St. Louis, were the first father-son tandem inducted. Dick Weber was inducted in 1970.
Duke, another PBA superstar, is a 19-time PBA champion, a six-time Bowling Magazine All-American and two-time Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Year (1994 and 2000). A member of the PBA career "Millionaire Club," Duke has three "major" titles including the 1993 ABC Masters, 1994 Tournament of Champions and 2000 PBA National Championship. In 1983, he became the youngest player in history to win a PBA title when he won the Cleveland Open at age 18.
Weber and Duke will be inducted into the ABC Hall of Fame during ceremonies on the ABC Tournament lanes at the MetraPark Convention Center in Billings, Mont., March 14. They will be joined by: Fred Borden of Akron, Ohio (meritorious service); Max Skelton, Stonewall, Okla. (meritorious service), and Mark Jensen, Wichita, Kan. (veterans).
None of the candidates on the nonpro ballot received a 70 percent majority of the 125 ballots cast.
Other candidates on the regular ballot, with votes received, were: John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas (42); Gene Stus, Allen Park, Mich. (41); Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. (23); Mickey Higham, Battle Creek, Mich. (9); John Hricsina, Franklin Park, Pa. (8); Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich. (4); and Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas (2).
Nonpro candidates were: Mark Lewis, Wichita, Kan. (65); Gordon Vadakin, Wichita (52); Ron Pollard, Versailles, Ind. (40), and his brother Rick Pollard, Versailles (24); John Eiss, Orono, Minn. (18); Butch Luther, Racine, Wis. (15); Dave Callery, Cincinnati, Ohio (14); and Mitch Jabczenski, Novi, Mich. (12).
The ABC Hall of Fame, founded in 1941, is the third-oldest sports hall of fame in the United States after baseball (1936) and golf (1940). It is permanently housed in the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in St. Louis.
PWBA Star Kim Terrell Named Women's Collegiate Bowling Spokesperson
12/11/2001 - Bowling Newsline
College Bowling USA has announced an agreement with Professional Women's Bowling Association star Kim Terrell to serve as the spokesperson for women's collegiate bowling. Terrell, a 13-year veteran on the PWBA tour, was a collegiate All-American at San Jose State before beginning her pro career.
She added to her list of accomplishments by winning the 2001 Women's U.S. Open Dec. 9 in Laughlin, Nev. Terrell took home a first place check of $55,000 - the largest in a women's professional bowling event.
"College Bowling USA is extremely pleased to have Kim Terrell serving as the Women's Collegiate Bowling Spokesperson," CBUSA Director of Collegiate Bowling Brian Graham said. "Kim is a true professional both on and off the lanes. With her experience as an eight-time PWBA title holder and past collegiate bowler, Kim has the perfect background for speaking about women's collegiate bowling opportunities."
As part of the agreement, Terrell will make appearances and speak at a variety of conferences, conventions, institutions and tournaments on behalf of College Bowling USA. In addition, she will become familiar with and speak on behalf of bowling's efforts to achieve National Collegiate Athletic Association championship sport status for women's collegiate bowling.
Terrell, Daly City, Calif., is a three-time Robby Professionalism Award winner. She was named the 1989 PWBA Rookie of the Year, is a two-time Bowlers Journal All-America selection and was a member of TEAM USA in 1987 and 1988.
Pete Weber Selected November BWAA Bowler Of The Month
12/11/2001 - Bowling Newsline
Pete Weber was selected Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for November by a select panel of the organization. Weber, the 39-year-old right-hander from St. Ann, Mo., last month captured his 27th Professional Bowlers Association championship at the Greater Louisville (Ky.) Open. The win put the PBA Hall of Famer one title ahead of his legendary father, Dick Weber, and it tied the younger Weber for fourth on the all-time victory list with Mike Aulby and Parker Bohn III. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, who won her seventh Professional Women's Bowling Association title of 2001 at the Brunswick Women's World Open in Las Vegas, was runner-up in the balloting.
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