Trying for his first PBA50 Tour win of the season, Pete Weber moved a step closer to that goal by taking the lead after second-round qualifying in the PBA50 Fort Wayne Classic at Pro Bowl West on Tuesday.
The 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year bowled games of 289, 222, 258, 238, 258, 257, 244 and 247 in Tuesday’s second round at Pro Bowl West to top the field with a 16-game overall pinfall of 3,982 (248.8 average).
It’s a higher scoring condition, so it’s a matter of finding the right ball and angle to the pocket, then it’s just going through the motions, Weber said.
The goal was to finish in the top eight to get the two byes for match play and from there it’s up to me to finish the job. There’ll be plenty of time to relax before match play, so I’ll have time to be as prepared as I can be.
The field has been cut to 32 players for match play, but Weber and the seven other finishers in the top eight receive two match play-round byes.
Weber, a 37-time winner on the PBA Tour, holds a 59-pin lead over Hall of Famer and PBA Tour telecast color commentator Randy Pedersen of Orlando, who finished the round in second with 3,923.
Rounding out the top eight were Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 3,826; Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,794; Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,784; Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Michigan, 3,772; Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Florida, 3,756, and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,748.
Missing the cut were Waterloo professional Mark Medler (tie 61st, 3,391), and Fort Wayne amateurs Gary Gatchell (73rd, 3,338) and Victor VanHentenryck (93rd, 3,085).
Today’s match play is at 10 a.m., with the championship rounds at 7 p.m.
Prep fall league begins Aug. 24
The second year of the Fort Wayne League location for the High School Fall Baseball League will begin Aug. 24, playing every Sunday until mid-October. The schedule includes a six-week regular season, a championship tournament and all-star exposure games. The league, with the Fort Wayne site in Leo-Cedarville, has added six new locations to increase the number to 16 from Chicago to Cleveland. The $225 early registration deadline is Aug. 3, but registrations are accepted through Aug. 17. To register, go to www.hsfbl.com.
Cavaliers close to signing Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with Cleveland.
Utah, Cleveland make trade
Cleveland sent guard Carrick Felix to Utah for three players with non-guaranteed contracts.
Around the league
Chicago signed Doug McDermott, its first-round draft pick. Golden State and swingman Brandon Rush completed the deal they agreed to last week.
Bowling Green player faces charge
One of the Bowling Green team’s leading scorers has been charged with attempted rape in northwestern Ohio. Nineteen-year-old William Houston of Dublin was arraigned Monday.
Around the rink
Veteran forward David Booth signed a one-year contract with Toronto. Versatile forward Antoine Roussel and Dallas agreed to terms on a four-year contract. Anaheim signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract coming off his rookie season.
Don Ayres loses second in a row
The Don Ayres Time Corners team lost in the final pool-play game of the Little League Softball Central Regional Tournament in Indianapolis, falling 7-2 to Melrose Park (Illinois). It was the second straight loss for Don Ayres Time Corners (2-2), which is representing Indiana. Don Ayres Time Corners took a 2-0 lead in the third inning before Illinois scored three times in the fourth and fifth and a single run in the sixth. The seeded play begins today.
No entries means no Women’s Open
For the first time since 1987, the women’s portion of the Fort Wayne City Tennis Tournament will not be held. The Women’s Open was canceled because a lack of entries. The Men’s Open will begin July 28 at the Swinney Tennis Center.