3rd Annual Hawaiian Invitational
3RD ANNUAL HAWAIIAN INVITATIONAL
Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec 3-14, 1970
Season Finale To Weber
Dick Weber, to whom winning comes so naturally-and easily-nonetheless had to wait until the 1970 season finale to capture his only PBA championship. And, it was done against a backdrop of swaying palm trees and blue waters. The superb St. Louisan did it winning three straight games in the PBA's TV format in Hawaii.
Dick's victims were, in order, Mike McGrath (227-210), Johnny Petraglia (212-164) and then Nelson Burton, Jr. (238-212) in the championship game, in which Burton was seeking his fifth triumph of the long campaign. Burton's undoing, and Weber's road to his 20th title were paved by a split for the loser in the seventh and Weber's three strikes in a row from that point on.
Burton, leader in the match play segment of 45 games, won $1,500, to Weber's $2,000, but Burton did accomplish something else in defeat-nailing down of the George Young Award, which goes annually to the pro with the highest average.
The tournament, jointly sponsored by Smallcomb Enterprises and Bowling Promotions of Hawaii, saw eight stars of the PBA compete, along with one representative from Hawaii and one from Japan.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-McGrath defeated Foremsky, 244-167; Weber defeated McGrath, 227-210; Weber defeated Petraglia, 212-164, and in the championship game Weber defeated Burton, 238-212. 45-GAME TOTALS