PBA Bowling Tour: 1980 Season

This is a recap of the 1980 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 22nd season, and consisted of 34 events. Wayne Webb broke the six-season Earl Anthony-Mark Roth stranglehold on PBA Player of the Year awards, as he achieved the honor on the strength of three titles, including the Firestone Tournament of Champions major. Webb was also the Tour's leading money winner on the season.

PBA Bowling Tour: 1980 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationDecember 31, 1979 – November 11, 1980
PBA Tour
Season MVPWayne Webb
PBA Tour seasons

Steve Martin won his second career PBA title and first major at the BPAA U.S. Open. The following week, Johnny Petraglia captured the title at the PBA National Championship to give him his third career major and all three jewels of the PBA's "triple crown." Only Billy Hardwick had achieved this same feat to date.[1]

Mark Roth made PBA Tour history in the finals of the season-opening event in Alameda, California, when he became the first player to convert the 7-10 split on national television.[2]

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
ARC Alameda Open Mel's Southshore Bowl Alameda, California Dec 31 – Jan 5 Warren Nelson (2)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 6–12 Wayne Webb (4)
Miller High Life Classic Brunswick Wonderbowl Anaheim, California Jan 15–19 Gary Dickinson (7)
Quaker State Open Forum Bowling Lanes Grand Prairie, Texas Jan 22–26 Hugh Miller (1)
Rolaids Open Dick Weber Lanes Florissant, Missouri Jan 29 – Feb 2 Alvin Lou (1)
Midas Open Brunswick Northwest Bowl Palatine, Illinois Feb 5–9 Mike Aulby (2)
AMF Magicscore Open Landmark Lanes Peoria, Illinois Feb 12–16 Joe Hutchinson (2)
Ford Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Feb 18–23 Kyle Shedd (1)
True Value Open Don Carter's Kendall Lanes Miami, Florida Feb 25 – Mar 1 Palmer Fallgren (2)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes University Adelphi, Maryland Mar 3–8 Nelson Burton, Jr. (15)
Long Island Open Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Mar 11–15 Earl Anthony (32)
BPAA U.S. Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Mar 16–22 Steve Martin (2)
PBA National Championship Sunnybrook Lanes Sterling Heights, Michigan Mar 24–29 Johnny Petraglia (14)
Miller High Life Open Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Apr 1–5 Alvin Lou (2)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Apr 8–12 Ernie Schlegel (1)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 15–19 Wayne Webb (5)
Showboat PBA Doubles Classic Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jun 2–6 Tommy Hudson (9),
Pete Couture (2)
Northern California Open Mowry Lanes Fremont, California Jun 13–17 Tom Baker (1)
City of Roses Open Timber Lanes Portland, Oregon Jun 20–24 Ernie Schlegel (2)
Seattle Open Leilani Lanes Seattle, Washington Jun 27 – Jul 1 Dave Beckmann (1)
U.S. Polychemical Open Cedar Lanes Fresno, California Jul 4–8 Steve Cook (2)
Southern California Open Gable House Bowl Torrance, California Jul 11–15 Steve Martin (3)
Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona Jul 18–22 Mike Aulby (3)
Amarillo Open Amarillo Bowl Amarillo, Texas Jul 25–29 Hugh Miller (2)
Quad Cities Open Plaza Bowl North Davenport, Iowa Aug 1–5 Jim Godman (10)
Waukegan Super Touch Open Bertrand Lanes Waukegan, Illinois Aug 8–12 Guppy Troup (2)
Buffalo Open Thruway Lanes Cheektowaga, New York Aug 15–19 Joe Berardi (3)
Canadian Open Hamilton Mountain Bowl Hamilton, Ontario Aug 22–26 Kevin Gillette (1)
Columbia 300 Open Galaxy Lanes Sarasota, Florida Aug 29 – Sep 2 Bill Coleman (2)
Brunswick PBA Regional Champions Classic Brunswick Olympic Bowl Rochester, New York Oct 10–14 Mark Roth (23)
Kessler Open Royal Scot Lanes Lansing, Michigan Oct 17–21 Joe Berardi (4)
Kessler Classic Astro Bowl Greenwood, Indiana Oct 24–28 Wayne Webb (6)
Northern Ohio Open Westgate Lanes Fairview Park, Ohio Nov 1–4 Mike Durbin (7)
Syracuse Open Brunswick Holiday Bowl Syracuse, New York Nov 7–11 Pete Couture (3)


  1. ^ "1980 PBA National Championship". PBA.
  2. ^ "Mark Roth's 1980 televised 7-10 Split spare". YouTube.

External linksEdit