PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Pete Weber claimed the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters title in dramatic fashion Friday in Las Vegas.
Weber delivered a clutch finish after fellow USBC Hall of Famer and Kenosha’s Lennie Boresch gave him an opening in the final frame.
Weber struck on his first shot in the 10th frame to lock up the win, 229-205, at the South Point Bowling Center.
“Even though it’s a senior tournament, it ranks right up there with all my other wins,” said Weber, who turned 50 in August and became eligible for the PBA50 Tour. “I don’t care if it’s a senior major or a regular major. All majors are what make you great.”
Weber was given a chance to take the title after Boresch stepped up in the final frame needing a double to lock up the win but left the 3-4-6-7-10 split. Boresch failed to convert the split, giving Weber the golden opportunity to win.
“I loved the shot off my hand,” said Boresch, who made it through match play unbeaten before the stepladder loss.
“I was ready to run it out. I must have gotten it a little slow or something. I probably needed to be tighter and firmer on that shot because it just picked up and took off on me. Bummer.”
Sitting on the bench, Weber said he didn’t expect to see Boresch make a mistake like that in the closing frame.
“I expected Lennie to throw two strikes and win,” Weber said in a USBC release.
“I let out a big sigh of relief, though, and just got up there, was aggressive and threw a strike.”
With his second-place finish Boresch, who earned $8,000, moved into second in the 2013 PBA50 Player of the Year race with 29 points, 11 points behind leader Amleto Monacelli with 40 points.