By Kevin Bickel
There have been some unforgettable outcomes to PBA title matches in bowling’s televised history. This article features the 4 most unforeseen and shocking endings to televised title matches in PBA history.
4. Walter Ray Williams Jr. vs. Patrick Allen
2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship
Walter Ray steps up on the approach after a solid strike on his first ball of the tenth frame. One strike stands between him and his 46th career title. “One more just like that…”
3. Randy Pedersen vs. Ernie Schlegel
1995 Touring Players Championship
The definition of a Stone 8. “I don’t believe it!”
2. Norm Duke vs. Mika Koivuniemi
2011 US Open
“9 spares are how you win the US Open”. Lucky for ESPN, they don’t have to censor Finnish.
1. Del Ballard Jr. vs. Pete Weber
1991 Fair Lanes Open
You saw this one coming. The most famous gutterball in bowling history. Let’s not discount Pete Weber’s clutch turkey in the tenth though. Every shot counts!
Bonus: Tom Daugherty vs. Mika Koivuniemi
2011 PBA Tournament of Champions
This one wasn’t exactly a nail-biter but a $10,000 ten-pin is always shocking.