Author Topic: Wayne Webb Tribute
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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 record.

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!