Pete Weber, a member of the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame, rolled a 300 in the final game of second-round qualifying Tuesday to take the lead in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open at Suncoast Bowling Center.
Weber, the 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year, bowled games of 245, 228, 192, 203, 214 and 300 in the second round to bring his overall 12-game qualifying pinfall total to 2,753 (229.4 average). He has a 28-pin lead over Amleto Monacelli, the first-round leader and two-time defending champion. Monacelli is trying to become the tournament’s first three-time winner.
Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas is 10th (2,645), and Eric Forkel of Las Vegas is 20th (2,586).
The 51-year-old Weber, a 37-time PBA Tour winner with a record-tying 10 majors, is seeking his third PBA50 Tour title. He won two titles in his PBA50 Tour rookie season, including the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters for his first major. He has finishes of second, third and seventh in the first three tournaments this season.
The field will bowl another six-game qualifying round Wednesday, then will be cut to the top 53 players for an eight-game qualifying round Thursday morning. The top 24 players then will advance to match-play rounds Thursday afternoon and Friday to determine the top four for the stepladder finals at 4 p.m. Friday.