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The date was April 19, 1980
at the $150,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions bowled at
Riviera Lanes. Wayne Webb qualified 3rd ahead of Mike Durbin and
Bill Spigner. Webb was 22 years old, and the owner of 3 PBA titles
at the time. He was definately a future star of the PBA.
While Mike Durbin and Gary Dickinson battled for the lead
throughout qualifying and early in match play, Webb stayed quietly
in the background. Then, on the final day before the TV finals the
young right-hander made a surprising and soon to be considered
brilliant move on the lanes when he adjusted to an inside line
from the popular first arrow angle. Next thing you know, Webb had
rushed into the finals in third place, sporting a 17-7 match play
The finals belonged to Webb, who shot 264 against Spigner, and 267
against Palmer Falgren. Against top seeded Gary Dickenson, Webb
came out of the gate with a 6 bagger. By that time, the match was
all but over, and Webb ended up with 219 vs. Dickenson's 194. For
his efforts, Webb was awarded the top prize of $30,000 and the
prestige of winnings bowlings top event.
In my opinion, Webb had one of the best releases in the game. Hope
you enjoy the clip!