All he had to do was win one game.
Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, a regular member of Racine bowling leagues and a PBA Midwest Region pro, won both of his match play matches Friday to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters at Las Vegas, Nev.
Boresch, a 2012 USBC Hall of Fame inductee, had only to beat PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in the stepladder final to earn the Senior Masters championship.
But Weber earned a measure of revenge for losing to Boresch in the match play quarterfinals.
Weber, 50, of St. Ann, Mo., beat Boresch 229-205 in the stepladder final. Weber struck on his first shot in the 10th frame for the victory.
“Even though it’s a senior tournament, it ranks right up there with all my other wins,” Weber said in press release from the USBC. “I don’t care if it’s a senior major or a regular major. All majors are what make you great.”
Boresch, 51, needed a double in the final frame, but left the 3-4-6-7-10 split. Boresch failed to convert the split, opening the door for Weber.
“I loved the shot off my hand,” Boresch said in the USBC press release. “I was ready to run it out. I must have gotten a little slow or something. I probably needed to be tighter and firmer on that shot because it just picked up and took off on me. Bummer.”
A USBC Masters victory was the missing piece in Weber’s bowling career. Even though the title came in the Senior Masters, Weber wasn’t complaining.
“You know what, this does have that Masters name behind it and that does mean a lot to me,” said Weber, who has 10 career major titles on the PBA Tour.
Boresch was the sixth seed for match play and rolled through his six matches at South Point Hotel and Casino, including a 705-670 victory over No. 3 seed Weber in the quarterfinals.
Earlier Friday, Boresch beat No. 5 seed David Axon of Bellevue, Neb. 665-626 in the semifinals, then beat Kerry Painter of nearby Henderson, Nev., 630-615 in the match play final to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals.
The victory was worth $16,000 for Weber, who beat Painter 204-182 in the stepladder semifinals.
In his first match of the day, Weber beat fellow Hall of Famer Wayne Webb of Grove City, Ohio, 247-229. Webb had opened the stepladder finals with a 212-193 victory over Axon.
Boresch earned $8,000 for his runner-up finish. Painter earned $6,000 for finishing third, Webb received $4,600 for finishing fourth and Axon earned $3,700 for finishing fifth.