(PRWEB) April 14, 2004
YouÂve seen him on ESPNÂs SportsCenter and read about him in USA Today. HeÂs won over 30 PBA titles and $2.5 million on tour. His talent and finesse on the lanes are only eclipsed by his explosive charisma and volatile personality. Love him or hate him, fans in Evansville will have a chance to meet the 61st U.S. Open presented by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service champion Pete Weber and fellow PBA star Brian Himmler at the PBA Wild Turkey Bourbon Central/Midwest Regions Bowlers Aid Pro Shops Open on August 6 Â 8 at AMF Arc Lanes in Evansville, Indiana. Mr. Weber and Mr. Himmler are scheduled to appear courtesy of Storm Products, Inc., manufacturer of quality Bowling Balls, Bags and Accessories, and the newest sponsor of EvansvilleÂs first PBA Regional Tour event.
As members of Team Storm, Pete Weber and Brian Himmler ÂstormedÂ through the competition at 3 of the PBAÂs 20 National Tour Stops during the 2003-2004 season, each earning a spot on next yearÂs coveted Exempt Tour. Brian ÂChiefÂ Himmler won his first PBA title in 1999, defeating PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss and 1998 PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Barnes in the televised finals of the Albuquerque Open. After his first win, Himmler qualified for two more telecasts in 1999, including the prestigious Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, where he finished fourth (his highest finish in a PBA "major" to date). Himmler won his second title this year at the PBA Miller High Life Open, defeating Mika Koivuniemi in the title match.
Winner of the 61st U.S. Open Presented by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Pete Weber was the 1980 PBA Rookie of the Year. He was the youngest player in the history of the PBA Tour (25) to reach the 10-title plateau. One year later, in 1988, Weber captured the BPAA U.S. Open and the following year added the PBA National Championship to give him all three jewels of the PBA Triple Crown at just 26 years of age. He is one of only four men to complete the Triple Crown (World Championship, Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open). Weber needs only the ABC Masters to complete the Grand and Super Slams. In 1989, he became the fastest to reach $1 million in career earnings (253 tournaments). In 1997, Weber became just the second to eclipse $2 million. Weber joined his father in the PBA Hall of Fame in 1998, becoming the only father-son inductees. With three wins on the Â01-Â02 PBA Tour, Weber tied then surpassed his legendary father, Dick, in career wins. After his 30th title in the PBA Medford Open, Weber moved into 4th place on the all-time wins list.
The PBA Wild Turkey Bourbon Central/Midwest Regions Bowlers Aid Pro Shops Open takes place August 6, 7 and 8, 2004 at AMF Arc Lanes in Evansville, Indiana. On August 6th, bowling fans will have an opportunity to Bowl with the Pros in 2 different Pro-Am squads. The 6 p.m. Family Pro-Am will be a fun filled event with door prizes and autographs, where kids, parents, and grandparents of all ages and skill levels can soak up the electric tournament atmosphere. The 8 p.m. Adult Pro-Am sports a bit of a competitive edge, but with the same fun and frenzy of any Pro-Am event. Costs per participant is $35 per Adult/$25 per Youth or Senior, and all participants may add a Storm Flash Force or Storm Depth Charge to their entry for only $100.
Storm Products, Inc. began as a manufacturer of bowling ball cleaning products in 1985, under the name High Score Products. Bill and Barb Chrisman launched their highly successful line of bowling balls in 1991, and officially became Storm in 1994. Today Storm Bowling Balls can be found in the hands of many prominent professional and amateur bowlers alike, and recent products, like the Triple X Factor, are among the best selling bowling balls in the world. StormÂs newest releases, the Flash Force and the Depth Charge, will be available to Pro-Am entrants at the PBA Wild Turkey Bourbon Central/Midwest Regions Bowlers Aid Pro Shops Open for only $100 each, a savings of over 30%.
With 10 locations in 4 states, Bowlers Aid Pro Shops provide bowlers of all ages and skill levels with unsurpassed selection, service and instruction. Each location proudly provides bowling products from such manufacturers as Storm, Brunswick, AMF and Turbo 2-N-1, and offers USA Bowling Certified Coaching expertise.
The Professional Bowlers Association Tour features the best bowlers in the world competing in 20 tournaments a season for a total prize fund of over $5 million. The PBA Regional Tour will consist of over 200 events this season, with a prize fund totaling nearly $4 million. The PBA has continued its remarkable growth that includes a record membership base of over 4,100 bowlers, and a 20% increase in tournament entries from the 2002-2003 season to the 2003-2004 campaign. PBA sponsors include Miller Brewing Company, Banquet Foods, Pepsi, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Dexter Footwear, Geico Direct, Odor-Eaters, Days Inn, Cambridge Credit Counseling, Baby Ruth, Storm, Wild Turkey Bourbon and Bayer. For more information on the PBA, log on to http://www.pba.com.