Defending PBA Tournament of Champions champ Pete Weber has won 10 major titles. (Jesse Grant / Getty Images)
Last season, Pete Weber became the oldest PBA Tournament of Champions winner at 50.
Now, he’ll look to make it back-to-back titles at this year’s event at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park.
The event is being held in Metro Detroit for the first time in its 49-year history.
Qualifying began Monday, with the top 24 advancing to round-robin match play beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, followed by another eight games of match play at 6 p.m.
The top five advance to the ESPN stepladder finals at noon Sunday.
Weber’s title last season was his 10th major championship, tying him with the late Earl Anthony for No. 1 on the career majors list.
Weber is tied for third in career victories with 37, behind only Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Anthony (43).
Jason Belmonte leads Dom Barrett by 249 pins after the first round of match play. Belmonte, the reigning PBA player of the year, has a 33-game pinfall of 8,239.
Weber is seventh (7,759) and Hartland’s Miko Koivuniemi is 15th (7,636). Saginaw’s Tom Smallwood was 10th (7,685) but he withdrew because of injury.
The PBA League will be showcased following Sunday’s finals when the Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Dallas Strikers, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits and Philadelphia Hitmen bowl.
PBA League bowlers practice at 3 p.m. Thursday with Pro-Am squads competing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. League quarterfinals are at 5 and 8 p.m.
News staff contributed