The date was April 17, 1982 at Bradley
Bowl in Windsor Locks, CT for the Greater Hartford Open. Pete Weber, who made 5
prior TV shows in 1982 was knocking on the door for his first PBA title. Pete,
just 19 years old, qualified 3rd that day, and defeated Jeff Bellinger, and the
late Jeff Mattingly to meet #1 qualifier Pete McCordic. I remember the match as
if it were yesterday. Pete was rooted on by his first wife, DeeDee. The Weber /
McCordic match was another one that was tense, and went down to the final frame.
Weber prevailed for his first PBA title, the $13,000 first prize, and qualified
for the Firestone the very next week. 5 Years later, in '87, McCordic went on,
as you know to bowl the first perfect game on TV in 13 years. In the announce
booth was Dave Diles, who regularly filled in while Chris Schenkel was on
assignment. It's too bad Dick and Pete bowled on TV against one another. On a
personal note, I've followed Webers career from the beginning when he first
appeared on TV at Garden City, NY in 1980 through present day. Pete is one of my
favorites to watch. I hope you enjoy the all the action of the 1982
Greater Hartford Open.
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXeti_ctD88
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeM4WoqCnUE
$100,000 GREATER HARTFORD OPEN
Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn., Apr 13-17, 1982
Familiar Name, New Champion
The name Weber has appeared on top of PBA tournament final standings 26 times over the years, representing the number of titles owned by the legendary Dick Weber. Pete Weber made it one more in the $100,000 Greater Hartford Open as he and his dad became the first father-son combination to claim tour championships.
The 19-year-old Weber came from third place, rolling 674 for three matches including a 210-199 final-game win over Pete McCordic, who also was shooting for his first victory. Weber had fallen behind in the match after missing a 3-10 split in the seventh frame before rallying with four straight strikes. McCordic needed a 10th frame double to pull it out but left a 7-pin on his first attempt.
Pos. Name, City/State Total Amount
1 Pete Weber, St. Louis 674 (3 games) $13,000
2 Pete McCordic, Houston 199 (1 game) 7,500
3 Jeff Mattingly, Ukiah, Calif. 169 (1 game) 5,500
4 Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C. 383 (2 games) 4,500
5 Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 192 (1 game) 4,000
PLAYOFF RESULTS - Bellinger defeated Holman, 213-192; Weber defeated Bellinger, 226-170; Weber defeated Mattingly, 238-169; and in the championship match, Weber defeated McCordic, 210-199.