PBA Bowling Tour: 1982 Season

This is a recap of the 1982 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 24th season, and consisted of 34 events. Despite turning 44 years old during the season, Earl Anthony continued to roll through PBA opponents, winning another three titles. He topped his own records by winning a fifth PBA National Championship title along with his fifth PBA Player of the Year award. When Anthony won the ARC Alameda Open early in the season, it gave him at least one PBA title for a 13th straight season, topping the old mark of 12 straight seasons with a title set by Don Johnson. At this same tournament, Anthony also became the first player in PBA history to top the $1 million mark in career PBA Tour earnings.[1]

PBA Bowling Tour: 1982 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 5 – November 20, 1982
PBA Tour
Season MVPEarl Anthony
PBA Tour seasons

Dave Husted joined a growing list of bowlers who captured their first career PBA title at the BPAA U.S. Open. Mike Durbin was victorious for a second time in the Firestone Tournament of Champions, ten years after he had first won this event.

Nineteen-year-old Pete Weber, son of 26-time PBA titlist Dick Weber, won two titles in 1982. This marked the first father-and-son combination ever to both earn titles on the PBA Tour.[2]

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
Miller High Life Classic Brunswick Wonderbowl Anaheim, California Jan 5–9 Guppy Troup (3)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 10–16 James Miller (1)
ARC Alameda Open Mel's Southshore Bowl Alameda, California Jan 19–23 Earl Anthony (37)
Quaker State Open Forum Bowling Lanes Grand Prairie, Texas Jan 26–30 Art Trask (1)
BPAA U.S. Open Big Texan Lanes Houston, Texas Jan 31 – Feb 6 Dave Husted (1)
Rolaids Open Dick Weber Lanes Florissant, Missouri Feb 9–13 Bill Straub (2)
True Value Open Landmark Plaza Recreation Center Peoria, Illinois Feb 16–20 Art Trask (2)
Toledo Trust PBA National Championship Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Feb 21–27 Earl Anthony (38)
Greater Miami Sunshine Open Don Carter's Kendall Lanes Miami, Florida Mar 2–6 Bob Handley (2)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Capital Plaza Washington, DC Mar 9–13 Mal Acosta (3)
Long Island Open Garden City Bowl Garden City, New York Mar 16–20 Steve Cook (5)
Miller High Life Open Red Carpet Celebrity Lanes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar 23–27 Earl Anthony (39)
King Louie Open King Louie West Lanes Overland Park, Kansas Mar 30 – Apr 3 Pete Couture (4)
Cleveland Open Buckeye Lanes North Olmsted, Ohio Apr 6–10 Art Trask (3)
Greater Hartford Open Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Apr 13–17 Pete Weber (1)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Akron, Ohio Apr 20–24 Mike Durbin (10)
AC-Delco Classic Gable House Bowl Torrance, California May 18–22 George Pappas (7)
Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona May 25–29 Mike Durbin (11)
Seattle Open Leilani Lanes Seattle, Washington Jun 1–5 Tommy Hudson (10)
City of Roses Open Timber Lanes Portland, Oregon Jun 8–12 Pete Weber (2)
Kessler Open Futurama Bowl San Jose, California Jun 17–21 Steve Cook (6)
Showboat Doubles Classic Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jun 22–26 Nelson Burton, Jr. (16),
Sam Zurich (1)
Buffalo Open Thruway Lanes Cheektowaga, New York Jul 16–20 Steve Martin (6)
Molson Bowling Challenge Rose Bowl Lanes Windsor, Ontario Jul 23–27 Guppy Troup (4)
Waukegan Open Bertrand Lanes Waukegan, Illinois Jul 30 – Aug 3 Wayne Webb (9)
Denver Open Celebrity Sports Center Denver, Colorado Aug 6–10 Randy Lightfoot (2)
Aqua Fest Mr. Gatti's Open Highland Lanes Austin, Texas Aug 13–17 Gary Skidmore (1)
Sarasota Open Galaxy Lanes Sarasota, Florida Aug 20–24 Dave Husted (2)
AMF Grand Prix Bowling de Paris Paris, France Sep 22–25 Tom Baker (5)
Northern Ohio Open Westgate Lanes Fairview Park, Ohio Oct 15–19 Guppy Troup (5)
Kessler Classic Woodland Bowl Indianapolis, Indiana Oct 22–26 Steve Fehr (1)
Columbia 300 Open Sunnybrook Lanes Sterling Heights, Michigan Oct 29 – Nov 2 Wayne Webb (10)
Syracuse Open Brunswick Holiday Bowl Syracuse, New York Nov 5–9 Dave Soutar (17)
Brunswick Memorial World Open Brunswick Northern Bowl Glendale Heights, Illinois Nov 14–20 Steve Fehr (2)


  1. ^ "1982 ARC Alameda Open". PBA.
  2. ^ "1982 Greater Hartford Open". PBA.

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