Pete Weber defeats Eric Forkel to win first Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open title


    2015 PBA50 Tour #5

    Five-time U.S. Open winner beats Forkel 224-212 in title match to join Norm Duke as only players to win U.S. Open titles on both PBA and PBA50 Tours



    Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured with the Eagle trophy) of St. Ann, Mo., won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm Friday to join fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., as the only players to win U.S. Open titles on both the PBA and PBA50 Tours.

    2013PBA50EricForkel.jpgWeber, who has won a record five U.S. Open titles on the PBA Tour, defeated local favorite and No. 1 qualifier Eric Forkel (right) of Henderson, Nev., 224-212, in the title match at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas to join Duke in the elite club.

    "A major title is a major title no matter where it comes from," said Weber, who owns 37 PBA Tour titles including a record tying 10 majors.

    "That's why they have them, because they're above the rest of the tournaments. I don't care if it's a senior major or super senior major, they mean the same to me because of what it takes to win them."

    In the title match, Forkel, a five-time PBA Tour titlist, held an eight-pin lead over Weber in the seventh frame with both players throwing a double in the eighth and ninth frames. Forkel, who finished third in the 2013 Senior U.S. Open, left a seven pin on the first ball of the 10th frame which left an opening for Weber. Weber got the first two strikes in the 10th frame that sealed the win.

    "I couldn't really complain today because 90 percent of the shots I made I felt real good about," said the 53-year-old Weber. "You expect to have a bad break somewhere but I didn't really have one worth mentioning. When I didn't strike I had a nine-count most of the time and when that's the worst you do you're going to be in good shape."

    2014PBANormDuke2.jpg201112PBAChrisWarren.jpgIn the semifinal match, Weber defeated Norm Duke (left), who won the 2014 Senior U.S. Open on his way to earning PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year honors, 247-190, to advance to the title match. Duke defeated Weber in last year's title match, 214-174, to win the Senior U.S. Open.

    As the No. 4 qualifier, Weber opened the stepladder final by defeating six-time PBA Tour winner and No. 3 qualifier Chris Warren (right) of Grants Pass, Ore., 224-202, to advance to the semifinal match against Duke.

    "I just used the same philosophy for the finals I used for the whole tournament," said Weber, who did not have an open frame in his three matches. "Just stay patient and make the spares."

    2014PBAWSOBJohnBurkett.jpgFor Weber it was his first PBA50 Tour title of the season and fourth of his career. He now has won both PBA50 Tour majors having captured the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters title in 2013.

    Former major league all-star pitcher and PBA50 Tour rookie John Burkett (left) of Southlake, Texas, bowling in his first PBA50 Tour major, finished 15th.

    The Senior U.S. Open is considered the most demanding test for players because of its grueling format. Like the U.S. Open on the PBA Tour, the Senior U.S. Open demands patience, quality shot-making and a strong mental game over 50 games of qualifying and match play to make the finals.

    The PBA50 Tour moves to Fountain Valley, Calif. for the Fountain Valley Open presented by Track June 7-10. The sixth stop of the 2015 PBA50 Tour season can be seen on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.


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    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open - Stepladder Finals

    Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (May 31 - June 5, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1, Pete Weber, St. Ann., Mo., 695 (3 games), $12,000
    2, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 212 (1 game), $7,000
    3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 190 (1 game), $5,000
    4, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 202 (1 game), $4,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Weber def. No. 3 Warren, 224-202
    Semifinal Match: Weber def. No. 2 Duke, 247-190 Championship Match: Weber def. No. 1 Forkel, 224-212.


    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open - Match Play Round Four (seventh round overall)

    Players with position, hometown, won-lost-tied record and 50-game total including bonus pins. Top 4 advance to the stepladder final. Places 5-24 show earnings. a-denotes amateur.

    1, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 26-6, 11,437
    2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 22-9-1, 11,369
    3, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 20-11-1, 11,306
    4, Pete Weber, St. Ann., Mo., 20-12, 11,276

    Missed Cut:
    5, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 19-13, 11,166 $3,500
    6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 19-13, 11,005, $3,000
    7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 21-11, 10,983, $2,800
    8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 17-15, 10,891, $2,600
    9, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 16-16, 10,879, $2,500
    10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 16-14-2, 10,800, $2,400
    11, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 15-16-1, 10,751, $2,300
    12, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 16-15-1, 10,732, $2,200
    13, a-Skip Wolfe, Dixon, Ill., 16-15-1, 10,709, $2,100
    14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 15-17, 10,684, $2,050
    15, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 16-15-1, 10,624, $2,000
    16, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 16-16, 10,614, $1,950
    17, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 17-15, 10,565, $1,900
    18, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 16-15-1, 10,562, $1,850
    19, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Fla., 13-19, 10,515, $1,800
    20, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 13-18-1, 10,475, $1,750
    21, *Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 13-11, 10,464, $1,602
    22, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 16-16, 10,440, $1,700
    23, Robert Spaulding, MicKinney, Texas, 16-16, 10,368, $1,675
    24, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 13-18-1, 10,336, $1,650
    25, * Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., $1,562
    *Roger Kossert replaced Mike Edwards, who withdrew due to injury. Edwards credited with 25th and earned $1,562.