PBA Bowling Tour: 1991 Season

This is a recap of the 1991 season for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. It was the tour's 33rd season, and consisted of 36 events.

PBA Bowling Tour: 1991 Season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 8 – December 8, 1991
PBA Tour
Season MVPDavid Ozio
PBA Tour seasons

The 1991 season featured the infamous "Del Ballard, Jr. gutter ball." Needing two strikes and seven pins in the tenth frame to defeat Pete Weber for the title at the Fair Lanes Open, Ballard got the necessary first two strikes. But he then inexplicably tossed his fill ball into the channel, handing Weber the title.[1]

Ballard would rebound to win four titles in 1991, but it was another four-time winner, David Ozio, who claimed PBA Player of the Year honors. Among his four titles on the season, Ozio was victorious at the Firestone Tournament of Champions. The televised finals for this event were delayed 40 minutes due to a bomb threat, which turned out to be a prank call.[2]

Mike Miller won his first-ever PBA title at the PBA National Championship, while Pete Weber captured the second BPAA U.S. Open title of his career, and fourth major title overall. After winning that tournament, Pete held the trophy he won up high, only to have the attached features drop off the base and crash into many tiny pieces when it hit the floor—on live television (The trophy was replaced).

John Mazza made PBA TV history in a semi-final match at the Bud Light Classic, when he became just the second person ever to convert the 7-10 split on national television. (Mark Roth was the first.)[3] Jess Stayrook would become the third player to accomplish the same feat, later in the season at the Tucson Open.[4]

Tournament scheduleEdit

Event Bowling center City Dates Winner
AC-Delco Classic Gable House Bowl Torrance, California Jan 8–12 David Ozio (7)
Showboat Invitational Showboat Bowling Center Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 13–19 David Ozio (8)
ARC Pinole Open Pinole Valley Lanes Pinole, California Jan 22–26 Brian Voss (10)
Quaker State Open Forum Bowling Lanes Grand Prairie, Texas Jan 29 – Feb 2 Amleto Monacelli (10)
Florida Open Cypress Lanes Winter Haven, Florida Feb 5–9 John Mazza (1)
Bud Light Classic Don Carter's All-Star Lanes-Sawgrass Sunrise, Florida Feb 11–16 Bob Benoit (2)
Flagship City Open Eastway Lanes Erie, Pennsylvania Feb 19–23 Jess Stayrook (2)
Fair Lanes Open Fair Lanes Kings Point Randallstown, Maryland Feb 25 – Mar 2 Pete Weber (16)
Johnny Petraglia Open Carolier Lanes North Brunswick, New Jersey Mar 4–9 Pete Weber (17)
Leisure's Long Island Open Sayville Lanes Sayville, New York Mar 11–16 Del Ballard, Jr. (6)
Bud Light Open Yorktown Lanes Parma Heights, Ohio Mar 18–23 Norm Duke (2)
PBA National Championship Ducat's Imperial Lanes Toledo, Ohio Mar 24–30 Mike Miller (1)
True Value Open Landmark Recreation Center Peoria, Illinois Apr 1–6 Amleto Monacelli (11)
BPAA U.S. Open Woodland Bowl Indianapolis, Indiana Apr 7–13 Pete Weber (18)
Tums Classic Bradley Bowl Windsor Locks, Connecticut Apr 16–20 Billy Young, Jr. (2)
Firestone Tournament of Champions Riviera Lanes Fairlawn, Ohio Apr 23–27 David Ozio (9)
Fresno Open Cedar Lanes Fresno, California May 7–11 John Mazza (2)
Kessler Classic Town Square Lanes Riverside, California May 14–18 Bryan Goebel (2)
Celebrity Denver Open Celebrity Sports Center Denver, Colorado May 21–25 John Mazza (3)
Beaumont PBA Doubles Classic Crossroads Bowling Center Beaumont, Texas May 28 – Jun 1 Del Ballard, Jr. (7),
Bob Benoit (3)
Kessler Open Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Dublin, California Jun 11–15 Del Ballard, Jr. (8)
Seattle Open Skyway Park Bowl Seattle, Washington Jun 18–22 Danny Wiseman (3)
PBA Oregon Open Hollywood Bowl Portland, Oregon Jun 25–29 Tony Westlake (3)
El Paso Open Bowl El Paso El Paso, Texas Jul 2–6 Ray Edwards (1)
Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Arizona Jul 9–13 Norm Duke (3)
Wichita Open Northrock Lanes Wichita, Kansas Jul 16–20 Chris Warren (4)
Columbia 300 Open Highland Lanes Austin, Texas Jul 22–27 Brian Voss (11)
Choice Hotels International Summer Classic Boulevard Bowl Edmond, Oklahoma Jul 28 – Aug 3 Steve Jaros (1)
La Mode Classic Red Carpet Lanes Green Bay, Wisconsin Aug 4–8 Tony Westlake (4)
Senior/Touring Pro Doubles Thruway Lanes Buffalo, New York Aug 11–15 Teata Semiz,
Rick Steelsmith (1)
Toyota Classic Tropicana Lanes Richmond Heights, Missouri Sep 30 – Oct 5 Danny Wiseman (4)
Oronamin C Japan Cup Tokyo Port Bowl Tokyo, Japan Oct 10–13 Walter Ray Williams, Jr. (6)
Brunswick Memorial World Open Brunswick Deer Park Lanes Lake Zurich, Illinois Nov 10–16 Jess Stayrook (3)
Chevy Truck Classic Marcel's Olympic Bowl Rochester, New York Nov 18–23 David Ozio (10)
Bud Light Touring Players Championship Taylor Lanes Taylor, Michigan Nov 25–30 Dave Ferraro (7)
Cambridge Mixed Doubles Bally's Bowling Center Reno, Nevada Dec 6–8 Del Ballard, Jr. (9),
Nikki Gianulias


  1. ^ "1991 Fair Lanes Open". PBA.
  2. ^ "1991 Firestone Tournament of Champions". PBA.
  3. ^ "1991 Bud Light Classic". PBA.
  4. ^ "1991 Tucson Open". PBA.

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