Minor Adjustment Helps Scroggins Take PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Qualifying Lead

by Jerry Schneider May 4, 2015 11:31

 Trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season, Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, averaged 242 to lead qualifying after Monday’s second round in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes.

Scroggins, who won the recent UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages in his PBA50 Tour debut after a nearly year-long layoff from competition because of a foot ailment, completed qualifying with a 3,878 16-game pinfall total. He had games of 269, 193, 258, 236, 259, 269, 238 and 246 in Monday’s second round.

“Overall, this is probably the best I’ve felt in two years,” said Scroggins who is an eight-time PBA Tour titlist including two majors, the 2005 USBC Masters and 2009 U.S. Open. “It’s just a great feeling to bowl with no pain.”

Even though Scroggins qualified second after Sunday’s first round, he still wasn’t entirely comfortable with his game, but made a slight adjustment in his delivery to fix the problem.

“It was so simple that you couldn’t believe it would make that much difference,” said Scroggins. “As it turned out my first step in my delivery was too long and it was causing me to be off balance by the time I got to the line. I just shortened my first step by a few inches and that did the trick.”

Rounding out the top five after qualifying were amateur John Kirker Jr. of Taftville, Conn., 3,810; Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,765; and Hall of Famers Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., who tied for fourth with 3,736.

The field has been cut to the top 16 players who advance directly into Tuesday’s match play and 15 players (positions 17-31 and eight PBA60 players) who will advance to Tuesday morning’s five-game cashers round that will determine eight additional match play spots. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow PBA action through the entire PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame including the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN PRESENTED BY BRUNSWICK

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday

Second Round Standings

(after 16 games; top 16 advance to match play; 17th-31st places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,878.
2, a-John Kirker Jr., Taftville, Conn., 3,810.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,765.
4, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,736.
6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,722.
7, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 3,715.
8, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,688.
9, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 3,656.
10, a-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 3,642.
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,638.
12, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,621.
13, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,607.
14, Dave Mutch, Oakland, N.J., 3,599.
15, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,582.
16, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,581.
17, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,563.
18, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,551.
19, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 3,518.
20, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,517.
21, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,516.
22, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,513.
23, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,508.
24, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,496.
25, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,481.
26, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,476.
27, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,474.
28, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,470.
29, Glenn Smith, New York, 3,464.
30, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,459.
31, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,458.
32, (tie )Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,454.
34, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,445.
35, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,442.
36, a-Jose Zambrano, Jackson Heights, N.Y., 3,439.
37, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,437.
38, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 3,431.
39, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 3,427.
40, a-Johnathan Francis, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., 3,422.
41, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,412.
42, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,407.
43, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,399.
44, a-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 3,396.
45, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 3,386.
45, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,386.
47, ss-Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 3,380.
48, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,373.
49, (tie) ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,370.
51, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,349.
52, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,344.
53, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 3,325.
54, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,323.
55, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,308.
56, (tie) Tom Yadanza, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and a-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 3,305.
58, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,303.
59, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 3,287.
60, a-Russell Michaud, Hudson, N.H., 3,280.
61, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,273.
62, Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 3,268.
63, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,242.
64, Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 3,239.
65, a-Jim Ruccione, Ozone Park, N.Y., 3,226.
66, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,216.
67, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 3,204.
68, Stephen Nowicki, Rochester, N.Y., 3,190.
69, Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 3,189.
70, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,188.
71, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 3,170.
72, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,162.
73, a-Joseph Natoli, West Babylon, N.Y., 3,154.
74, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,153.
75, a-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 3,151.
76, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,139.
77, a-Greg Eskow, Syosset, N.Y., 3,134.
78, Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 3,129.
79, (tie) Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,123.
81, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,116.
82, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,098.
83, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 3,067.
84, a-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., 3,064.
85, Jeffrey Koenig, Melville, N.Y., 3,045.
86, Salvatore Mattera, Nesconset, N.Y., 3,044.
87, Eddie Wu, New York, 3,013.
88, Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 2,990.
89, Gary Elferis, Flushing, N.Y., 2,984.
90, Walter Davis Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,972.
91, a-Scott Salem, Oradell, N.J., 2,912.
92, a-Sal Palmeri, Middle Village, N.Y., 2,623.
93, a-Richard Carosella, North Merrick, N.Y., 2,585.
94, Michael Brower, Amsterdam, N.Y., 519.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over advancing to Tuesday’s cashers round

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John Conroy Averages 240.3 to Lead Qualifying After First Round in PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

by Jerry Schneider May 3, 2015 11:57

In his third season bowling on the PBA50 Tour, decorated paramedic John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., averaged 240.3 Sunday to lead qualifying after the first round in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale, Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Conroy, who owns one PBA50 regional title, bowled a 1,923 eight-game pinfall total that included games of 217, 299, 215, 286, 206, 216, 236 and 248.

“I just tried to stay in the moment and keep focused on bowling the (lane) condition and not the other bowlers,” said Conroy, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was 13th in the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters. “I had some problems picking up my spares today but I was able to overcome that by hanging in there and making the right adjustments at the right time.”

Conroy, a 52-year-old New York City native and 2013 East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, earned the American Ambulance Association Star of Life Award and Emergency Medical Services Award in 2014 for his work in the emergency medical field for 31 years, including 28 as a paramedic. He worked most of his career in New York City where he was among the first responders not only for the 9-11 attack but also the 1993 bomb attack on the World Trade Center’s north tower.

Conroy topped PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages winner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who finished the first round in second with a 1,910 pinfall.

“It’s a funny game,” said Scroggins, an eight-time winner on the PBA Tour who won the Sun Bowl In The Villages in his PBA50 debut. “When I won the Sun Bowl In The Villages everything just fell into place, last week I felt like I bowled pretty well but didn’t make the cut and now after the first round in this tournament I don’t feel comfortable at all but I’m near the top.”

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Hall of Famer and Pasco County Florida Open winner Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,904; Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,889, and Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., 1,888.

After feeling ill on Saturday, PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., was able to bounce back to bowl a 300 game in the first game of the first round and eventually finished 16th with an 1,825 pinfall total.

The 94-player field returns Monday for another eight-game qualifying round which will determine the top 24 players who will advance to match play and 15 players (positions 25-31 and eight PBA60 players) who will advance to Tuesday morning’s five-game cashers round that will determine eight additional match play spots. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow PBA action through the entire PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame including the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN PRESENTED BY BRUNSWICK

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday

First round after 8 games

1, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,923.
2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,910.
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,904.
4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,889.
5, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,888.
6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,867.
7, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,866.
8, a-John Kirker Jr., Taftville, Conn., 1,857.
9, a-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 1,855.
10, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,852.
11, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,848.
12, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,842.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,837.
14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,836.
15, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,827.
16, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,825.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,817.
18, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,812.
19, Dave Mutch, Oakland, N.J., 1,805.
20, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,803.
21, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,784.
22, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,778.
23, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,776.
24, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,770.
25, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,768.
26, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,756.
27, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,749.
28, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 1,748.
29, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,746.
30, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,742.
31, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,740.
32, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,736.
33, a-Jose Zambrano, Jackson Heights, N.Y., 1,735.
34, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,732.
35, Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 1,731.
36, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,726.
37, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,710.
38, (tie) Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., and ss-a-Jim Ruccione, Ozone Park, N.Y., 1,700.
40, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,695.
41, (tie) John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., and ss-Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,689.
43, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,683.
44, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,682.
45, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,679.
46, a-Russell Michaud, Hudson, N.H., 1,676.
47, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,674.
48, a-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 1,672.
49, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,671.
50, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,670.
51, (tie) a-Johnathan Francis, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,660.
53, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,659.
54, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 1,657.
55, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,650.
56, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,647.
57, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,637.
58, ss-Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,634.
59, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,632.
60, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,631.
61, ss-a-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 1,623.
62, Jeffrey Koenig, Melville, N.Y., 1,620.
63, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,618.
64, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,617.
65, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,616.
66, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,615.
67, Tom Yadanza, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1,611.
68, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,606.
69, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,605.
70, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,603.
71, ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,594.
72, ss-Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,592.
73, ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,590.
74, ss-Salvatore Mattera, Nesconset, N.Y., 1,574.
75, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,572.
76, a-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 1,568.
77, ss-Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,565.
78, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,554.
79, ss-Stephen Nowicki, Rochester, N.Y., 1,552.
80, (tie) a-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., and ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,548.
82, a-Joseph Natoli, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,532.
83, ss-a-Scott Salem, Oradell, N.J., 1,530.
84, ss-Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,526.
85, Eddie Wu, New York, 1,516.
86, a-Greg Eskow, Syosset, N.Y., 1,514.
87, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,512.
88, ss-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 1,509.
89, ss-Walter Davis Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,485.
90, Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,472.
91, Gary Elferis, Flushing, N.Y., 1,436.
92, a-Richard Carosella, North Merrick, N.Y., 1,341.
93, a-Sal Palmeri, Middle Village, N.Y., 1,317.
94, ss-Michael Brower, Amsterdam, N.Y., 519.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over

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Monacelli Outlasts Bohn, Weber and Williams to Win Clash of the Legends: Next Up on Xtra Frame, PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

by Jerry Schneider May 2, 2015 11:59

Four of PBA’s all-time greats, with a combined total of 137 PBA Tour and 17 PBA50 Tour wins, battled it out in the Clash of the Legends presented by BVL at Farmingdale Lanes Saturday.

After three rounds and a roll-off, it was 19-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, Amleto Monacelli who survived to win the one-ball elimination event seen on pba.com’s Xtra Frame online video service.

As a prelude to the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick which starts Sunday, Monacelli outscored 47-time Tour and nine-time PBA50 Tour winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. in a roll-off, 10-9, after both players rolled nine-counts in the third round. Williams left a 10-pin on the final shot handing the win to Monacelli.

34-time PBA Tour winner and two-time PBA50 Tour titlist Parker Bohn III was eliminated in the first round leaving a solid nine-pin, while Monacelli, Williams and 37-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, Pete Weber all threw strikes.

In the second round Williams struck to advance, but Weber and Monacelli both left nine counts forcing a roll-off. Monacelli won the roll-off with a nine-count to Weber’s 4-6-7-10 split.

Next up on Xtra Frame will be first-round qualifying for the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open which begins Sunday morning at 8 a.m. ET. Action continues Monday and Tuesday, culminating with the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Clash of the Legends, PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Highlight Big Weekend on Xtra Frame

by Jerry Schneider May 1, 2015 02:44

 

A big weekend is on tap on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning with the “Clash of the Legends” special event Saturday (May 2) held in conjunction with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick (May 3-5) at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

The special competition which will be covered live on Xtra Frame beginning at 6:45 p.m. ET Saturday will pit PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr., and Amleto Monacelli, with 137 PBA Tour and 16 PBA50 Tour titles between them, in a unique shootout contest that also invites sports fans to pick the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Clash of the Legends and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao championship boxing match.

The Clash of Legends, presented by BVL and emceed by tournament namesake Johnny Petraglia, will air live on Xtra Frame in the window between the Kentucky Derby (6:24 p.m. ET) and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (10 p.m. ET). The Clash will involve each player throwing one ball with the lowest count eliminated in each round. In case of ties, the tied players will have a head-to-head roll-off to determine who is eliminated in that round. The remaining players will bowl the next round on the other lane, repeating the format until one man remains to claim the winner-take-all cash prize.

The fan contest associated with the Clash of Legends will invite PBA fans to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Clash of the PBA Legends and Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on PBA’s Facebook page. Picks must be posted in the following format between noon and 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 2 (Derby: horse’s name. Clash: player’s name: Fight: winning boxer’s name).

Entrants must get all three correct in order to win. If multiple people pick all three winners, up to 10 PBA Fan Packs full of prizes will be awarded.

Xtra Frame subscribers can then tune into the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open which begins at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday with first-round qualifying. Action continues Monday and Tuesday, culminating with the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

A field of approximately 100 PBA players ages 50 and over will compete in the fourth stop of the 2015 season. Parker Bohn III, Mike Scroggins and Jack Jurek are the winners of the first three events.

To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription click on http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/

PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Presented by Brunswick Schedule

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y. (All times Eastern)

Saturday, May 2
9 a.m. – noon - A & B Squads Practice Session
1, 4, 7 p.m. - Pro-Am Squads

7 p.m. - PBA Clash of the Legends (live on pba.com’s Xtra Frame)

Sunday, May 3
8 a.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)
2:30 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, May 4
8 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
2:30 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)

Tuesday, May 5
10 a.m. - Cashers Round
1 p.m. – Modified Match Play Round One
4 p.m. – Modified Match Play Round Two

7 p.m. - Stepladder finals

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For Bowling Legend Johnny Petraglia, PBA50 Tournament Named in His Honor Will Have Special Meaning

by Jerry Schneider April 30, 2015 03:33

On May 17, 2012, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia set a record that may never be broken.

The legendary lefthander became the first player in PBA history to win a national tour or senior tour title in six different decades when he won the PBA Senior Dayton Classic at Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio, at the age of 65. He defeated then-reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr 220-204, in the title match in for his eighth career PBA50 Tour title.

Petraglia, who remains competitive on the PBA50 Tour in his 50th season of PBA competition, will compete in a tournament named in his honor when the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick makes its first visit to Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., May 2-5.

“I guess it shows how old I am,” said the Brooklyn native jokingly after achieving the titles-in-six-decades milestone. “But it’s very special to me because it’s part of history and makes it all worth it.

“I was wondering if it was going to happen,” he said. “There are so many great Senior Tour players and there are more great bowlers from the regular tour who are becoming eligible, so it doesn’t get any easier. Another thing that makes it special is that there are some guys who might be able to tie that record in the coming years and decades, but they’ll probably not break it.”

Overall, Petraglia and fellow PBA legend, the late Dick Weber, both have won PBA titles in six decades, however, Weber’s longevity mark includes a PBA regional title. Petraglia also owns 14 PBA Tour titles, winning his first at a national tour stop in Ft. Smith, Ark., in 1966 at the age of 19.

Petraglia, who would like to become the oldest to win a PBA50 Tour tournament at 68, will be a force to contend with in the tournament bearing his name. The Petraglia BVL Open will feature approximately 100 players ages 50 and over and against that same group of players, Petraglia finished fifth in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages two weeks ago.

“I’m really looking forward to bowling in Farmingdale both as a participant and because of what it means to our veterans,” Petraglia said. “My physical game is very good but it’s going to be a busy week with all that will be happening. Really, the overall success of the tournament is what’s important and if I can do well, that will just be icing on the cake.

“And of course, raising a lot of money for the veterans is the main thing.”

In addition to his sterling record as a competitor, Petraglia has been active for decades off the lanes in BVL and other charitable programs in support of United States military veterans. Petraglia served a tour of duty with the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War.

BVL, which is funded exclusively by the bowling industry, provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services for America’s active duty and veteran service men and women.

Petraglia, one of six players ever to win the PBA Triple Crown, is a member of the PBA (1982) and United States Bowling Congress (2003) Halls of Fame. He also was the recipient of the 2010 BPAA Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award, and missed this season’s PBA50 Tour opening event in New Port Richey, Fla., to attend the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America’s annual meeting in Hilton Head, S.C., where he was awarded the BBIA Industry Service Award.

In addition to Petraglia, other PBA Hall of Famers who will compete in the Johnny Petraglia  BVL Open include:

● Walter Ray Williams Jr., all-time PBA Tour win leader with 47 PBA Tour titles and nine PBA50 Tour wins

● Pete Weber, 37-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner

Parker Bohn III, 34-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner

Tom Baker, 10-time PBA Tour and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner

● Amleto Monacelli, 19-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner

● Dale Eagle, three-time PBA Tour and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner

Four of those hall of famers will also participate in a unique “Clash of the Legends” which will help kick off the tournament Saturday at Farmingdale Lanes. Petraglia will host a special competition involving Bohn, Williams, Weber and Monacelli which will be video-streamed around the world on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, at 7 p.m. ET. Xtra Frame will then provide live start-to-finish coverage of the entire tournament, Sunday through Tuesday. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

For fans attending the event, general admission is $10 for practice session and pro-am squads, $20 for match play rounds, $30 for the stepladder finals, $50 for an “All Access Pass” for the entire event. Contact James Simone at (718) 591-0600 for more admission and pro-am information.

PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Presented by Brunswick Schedule

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y. (All times Eastern)

Saturday, May 2
9 a.m. – noon - A & B Squads Practice Session
1, 4, 7 p.m. - Pro-Am Squads

7 p.m. - PBA Clash of the Legends (live on pba.com’s Xtra Frame)

Sunday, May 3
8 a.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)
2:30 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, May 4
8 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
2:30 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)

Tuesday, May 5
10 a.m. - Cashers Round
1 p.m. – Modified Match Play Round One
4 p.m. – Modified Match Play Round Two

7 p.m. - Stepladder finals

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