Pete Weber Dominates Statistical Categories on His Way to a Milestone PBA50 Player of the Year Season

by Jerry Schneider August 20, 2015 07:31

It hardly seems possible that Pete Weber, in his 35 years of PBA competition, had never won PBA Player of the Year recognition despite a Hall of Fame career that included 37 PBA Tour titles, a record-tying 10 majors including a record five U.S. Open titles, and nearly $4 million in career earnings, among his most notable accomplishments.

But during the 2015 PBA50 Tour campaign, at age 52 and in his third campaign with the 50-and-older generation, Weber finally had the breakthrough season he had pursued ever since earning PBA Rookie of the Year honors as an 18-year-old in 1980.

Thanks in part to his win in the 2015 Suncoast Senior U.S. Open, along with a runner-up finish in the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, Weber dominated the PBA50 earnings, average and competition points standings to earn the 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year crown, the first PBA Player of the Year honor of his illustrious career.

“Marshall Holman wasn’t here to take it away from me,” Weber said kiddingly when referring to the 1987 Tour season when he finished second to Holman in PBA Player of the Year voting, the closest he had ever come to that goal.

In 1987, Holman earned the award based largely on seven championship round appearances including three runner-up finishes and leading in average and tournament points, but he didn’t win a title, while Weber won his first Tournament of Champions title and led in Tour earnings.

“It took me 35 years to do it, but I’ve got a Player of the Year title. PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour, I don’t care. I’ll take it,” said Weber, who will turn 53 on Friday (Aug. 21). “I didn’t have a lot of wins this season, but I had a lot of top finishes and I did well in the (PBA50) majors, which was good enough to achieve another goal in my career.”

Weber’s Senior U.S. Open title win was the fourth PBA50 title of his career and his second major to go along with his USBC Senior Masters in 2013. With his Senior U.S. Open win he joined fellow Hall of Famer and 2014 Senior U.S. Open winner Norm Duke as the only players to win U.S. Open titles on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. During the 2015 season, Weber also finished second in the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, and third in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic. His seventh-place finish in the season-ending DeHayes Insurance Group Championship gave him enough competition points to secure PBA50 Player of the Year.

Weber led the season-long points list with 239,964 points. Second was 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins with 207,108. Scroggins was the season’s only three-time winner, winning the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship, Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages.

Weber also led the PBA50 Tour in average (227.82 for 327 games bowled), edging fellow Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III who ranked second bowling at a 227.54 scoring pace. Bohn was a two-time winner, capturing the season-opening Pasco County Open and the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open.

Weber, who won the earnings title with $36,875 over runner-up Amleto Monacelli’s $33,675, tied with Scroggins with most championship round appearances (five) and tied with five other players with most match play appearances with nine.

Another player who had a hallmark season was Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., who earned his first PBA60 Player of the Year award for players 60 and over. Baker had five top-10 finishes including a third-place finish in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages and a fourth in the Miller High Life Classic.

The top eight players in competition points earned paid entries into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Reno, Nev., in December along with berths in the PBA50 Challenge Finals qualifier which is part of WSOB VII. The eight-game head-to-head match play qualifier will determine two finalists who will compete in the PBA50 title match which will be televised by ESPN on Jan. 24, 2016. The qualifiers are Weber, Scroggins, Bohn, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Monacelli, Brian LeClair, Jack Jurek and Bob Learn Jr.

The winner of the PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award, selected by PBA50 Tour players, will be announced later.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Players to Compete for 10 Invitations for 2016 DHC PBA Japan Invitational

by Bill Vint August 19, 2015 06:26

PBA members will compete for 10 automatic invitations to bowl in the 2016 DHC PBA Japan Invitational during qualifying rounds in the BowlmorAMF U.S. Open and the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger has announced.

In addition, one additional invitation will be extended to a PWBA member based on similar qualifying.

For PBA members, the 10 automatic invitations will be based on total pinfall for 16 qualifying games in the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, Oct. 20-22, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas plus 24 qualifying games during the BowlmorAMF U.S. Open Nov. 2-8 at AMF Garland Lanes in Garland, Texas. The one automatic PWBA invitation will be based on qualifying pinfall during the XF South Point Las Vegas Open plus qualifying pinfall from the BowlmorAMF Women’s U.S. Open Aug. 31-Sept. 6 at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick. N.J.

PBA star Chris Barnes is invited as the defending champion. First prize in 2015 was roughly US$43,000 (Barnes won an additional US$43,000 for bowling a 300 game during the stepladder finals, which aired live, world-wide on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel). Additional details about the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, scheduled for January in Tokyo, will be announced later.

The PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open is a part of the new PBA Fall Classic, a multi-event program that will take place Oct. 19-26 at South Point’s new Bowling Plaza. Included will be the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, PBA Team Challenge (a new five-player team event) and PBA West/Northwest Region Challenge and PBA50 events. Players can enter each event individually. For complete entry information, visit and click on the “schedules” tab:  (


USBC has announced the 2016 USBC Masters will be held at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis Feb. 7-14 while the 2016 USBC Senior Masters will return to Las Vegas June 19-25, hosted by Sam’s Town Bowling Center.
The Masters, first was contested in 1951, made it’s only previous appearance in Indianapolis in 1974 when it was held at the Indiana Convention Center alongside the USBC Open Championships. Australia’s Jason Belmonte will return in 2016 to try for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Masters title.
The Senior Masters made its debut in 1993 as a showcase for bowlers ages 50 and older. PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli is the defending champion.


Next up on Xtra Frame will be the Xtra Frame PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Eastern Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., Aug. 22-23, with a PBA Tour title and a $15,000 first prize on the line. Also on the weekend Xtra Frame schedule is live coverage of the PWBA Minnesota Open from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Friday and Saturday.

Wrapping up the August schedule will be the PWBA Detroit Open from Super Bowl in Canton, Mich., Aug. 28-29.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day (72-hour) basis for only $3.99. Fans can lock in the entire August package with a full month Xtra Frame subscription for only $7.99. But PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.


Three-time PBA Tour titlist Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., describing himself as a plus “4-ish” handicap golfer – the “other side” of zero, is going to give the Professional Golf Association’s Q School a shot this fall in an attempt to earn the right to play on PGA’s Tour.

“It’s something I’ve thought about doing for a long time, and I’ve improved a great deal over the past couple of years, so I decided to give it a try,” Russell said during the PBA-PBA50 South Shore Doubles event in Hammond, Ind., recently. “It’s a complicated and difficult qualifying process, but I’m hoping to make it out of the first group and maybe earn the right to play in a couple of events. It won’t interfere with my bowling at all unless I make it to the final round, which conflicts with the (PBA) World Series (of Bowling VII), but I’ll worry about that if I make it that far.”

Russell, an outstanding all-around athlete during his high school days, was asked if his recent success in PBA competition has translated to confidence in golf. “No question about that,” he said.

Russell plays a lot of golf with fellow Indiana PBA star EJ Tackett, who lives about 20 miles away and who also plays at a very high level, Russell said. While Tackett – who ranks himself as a “plus-2 handicap” player – thinks Russell has what it takes, Tackett doesn’t plan to take the same route at this point.

“When Ronnie’s game is sharp, he has as good a chance as anyone,” Tackett said. “It’s a matter of doing it at the right time. He’s as good as a lot of PGA players, but you have to perform well at the right time to make it.

“I’ve thought about it, too, but I’m not going to do it this year,” Tackett added. “To do what I’d need to do in golf, I’d have to give up bowling, and that’s not something I want or am willing to do.”


The 7th annual Rhino Page and Friends “Lace Up” to Strike Out Crohn’s & Colitis Fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 26, from 7 until 10 p.m. at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y. The fundraising event, organized after Page befriended young Tyler Cacioppo during a 2009 pro-am event, has raised more than $160,000 to combat the disease. For information on how to participate in the event, visit

The 4th annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament will be held Sunday, Oct. 11, at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore, and is already sold out with a capacity field of 152 youth bowlers signed up. Bowlers who would like to sign up on the waiting list must fill out an online entry form and hope for a vacancy:

PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. and PWBA Tour champion wife Carolyn Dorin-Ballard will host their annual Ballard Vs. The Big “C” fundraiser to benefit the Baylor Cancer Care Center on Saturday, Sept. 9, at AMF Euless Lanes. For more information about the four-player team event, call Tina or Terry Taylor at 817-996-4544 or look for Ballard Vs. The Big “C” on Facebook.


Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., posted an 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,796 pins Sunday to win his 43rd PBA Regional title in the PBA Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by MOTIV at Husted’s Milwaukee Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore., to take over sole possession of third place on the all-time PBA Regional titles list.

Warren, who earned $2,000, defeated Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., by 127 pins to win the 36th annual PBA Regional hosted by the Husted family at Milwaukie Bowl.

With his 43rd PBA Regional title, Warren now trails only all-time leader Pete Weber (52) and Dale Traber (51) on the overall titles list. Warren’s 43 titles is second only to Weber’s 48 on the list of standard PBA Regional titles. Weber also has four PBA50 Regional titles while Traber has 40 standard and 11 PBA50 titles. Warren previously was tied for third on the overall titles list with Guppy Troup, Ross Packard and Steve Jaros, all with a combined 42 titles.

PBA Hall of Famer and top qualifier Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. defeated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 184-165, to win the eighth annual PBA Lefeld Implement Central/Midwest Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Sunday for his 23rd career PBA Regional title and a $4,000 first prize.

Dombrowski defeated amateur Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 224-201, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Dombrowski edged Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., 189-185.

Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., continued his winning ways, capturing the 27th annual PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open title Sunday at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hills, Fla., by defeating former PBA member Paul Koehler of Stuart, Fla., 255-204.

Sterner, the top qualifier going into the stepladder finals with an 8-4 match play record and 4,888 total pins, received $2,400 for the win. In the first stepladder match, Koehler, the No. 3 qualifier, disposed of Chris Spoo from Boynton Beach, Fla., 222-181, and he then defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 256-192, to advance to the championship match.

Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., defeated Gary Bondarchuk of Langhorne, Pa., 236-162, to win the PBA East Region’s PBA50 Craig Mueller Memorial presented by Ebonite at Jersey Lanes in Linden, N.J., Sunday, earning his 17th career PBA Regional title.

Bower, a PBA Tour champion in 1985, was competing in his second event of the year after returning from elbow and wrist surgery that sidelined him most of the 2014 season. Bondarchuk, the winner of 11 regional titles, recently reinstated his membership in order to compete in upcoming PBA50 events in the PBA’s East Region. Bower earned $1,500 for the win while Bondarchuk received $850 as the runner-up.

● PBA50 Central and Midwest players will visit Bowling Green, Ohio, Aug. 17-19, for the PBA50 Progressive/German Insurance/Al Smith Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes followed by the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Arlington Heights, Ill., Aug. 21-23, which will help celebrate Beverly Lanes’ 60th anniversary. Also on the Aug. 21-23 schedule are the Greenville Southwest Open presented by DV8 at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas, and the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., where a projected $15,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake (Xtra Frame will cover the Gene Carter Pro Shop event live from start to finish).

● Closing out the August schedule over the Aug. 28-30 weekend will be the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Invitation at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.; the LaFayette Lanes Fayetteville (N.C.) South Open presented by 900 Global, and the Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open at I.V. Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.


● Sean Rash’s day with Make-A-Wish kid Solomon Wohrer of Lancaster, Ohio, was captured on video by PBA Xtra Frame Video Production Manager Jef Goodger during the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles in Hammond, Ind. To view the activities of the day, visit PBA’s YouTube page:

● Congratulations to PBA Tour veteran Dino Castillo who married Stacy Rohr Strive Saturday in Texas. The newlyweds will reside in Highland Village, Texas.

● Long-time Dallas Times Herald bowling writer and former Dallas Bowling News editor Jim Woodruff died on Aug. 13 at a Dallas area assisted living center. He was 89.

● Reminder: Book a room through’s link on and you’ll automatically become eligible to win a $200 lodging certificate in the monthly sweepstakes sponsored by PBA’s official hotel booking partner. And subscribe to Xtra Frame (monthly plan at $7.99 or XF Season Ticket for $64.99) to automatically enter both the MOTIV and DV8 monthly sweepstakes for a chance to win a new high-performance MOTIV or DV8 bowling ball.

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PBA’s 36th Season of Coverage on ESPN Begins Live in Prime Time on December 17

by Bill Vint August 19, 2015 04:37

CHICAGO – On the heels of a break-out viewership season, the Professional Bowlers Association returns to ESPN for the 36th consecutive year with a live prime-time telecast on Thursday, Dec. 17, as part of a 17-event schedule that includes four major championship live telecasts.

The 2015-16 schedule, released today by the PBA and ESPN, begins with two hours of live coverage of the PBA World Championship from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 17, and concludes with the PBA League Elias Cup finals on Sunday, May 8, from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

In between, the schedule includes three consecutive Sunday telecasts in February featuring live coverage of major championships: the PBA FireLake Tournament of Champions originating from Shawnee, Okla., live on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7) at 2 p.m. ET; the United States Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. from Indianapolis and the PBA Players Championship on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. from Columbus, Ohio.

The February schedule concludes at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, with Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational which in 2015 garnered the highest PBA TV viewership (averaging more than 1.1 million viewers) for any event since 2012.

Across the schedule, ESPN will provide PBA fans with 30 hours of world-class bowling coverage. The complete schedule is listed below.

“The PBA is looking forward to building on our exciting 2014-15 season which saw our audience increase by 23 percent, the largest year-over-year viewership increase in decades,” PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said. “It’s a credit to our great partners at ESPN, our business partners and host proprietors, the PBA players who consistently deliver thrilling sports entertainment, and the wide-spread awareness we have developed through our multi-media PBA Network.”

Brian Kweder, ESPN Senior Director, Programming and Acquisitions, also had praise of the network’s long-standing relationship with the PBA.

“The PBA has been a staple of ESPN’s schedule for the past 36 years and following the success of last year’s rating, we’re excited to kick things off with a live prime time event on December 17,” Kweder said. “We are looking to continue the ratings upswing this season with an appealing and consistent schedule.”

As part of the comprehensive ESPN schedule, the PBA will provide coverage of five PBA Tour titled events that are part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, season four of PBA League competition, and five additional events that have become part of the PBA’s traditional schedule: the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, the PBA Challenge Finals (featuring top players from the PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional program, PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional program and the Teen Masters Grand Championship); the DHC PBA Japan Invitational finals from Tokyo (airing on ESPN2), and the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA which will feature three men and three women who have qualified in world-wide World Bowling-PBA International Tour competition.

Australia’s Jason Belmonte is the two-time defending PBA Player of the Year, and is on an unprecedented run in major championships, winning the past three USBC Masters and past two PBA Tournaments of Champions. His revolutionary two-hand bowling style has inspired legions of young bowlers.

Belmonte heads a group of players in the prime of their careers, while legends of the game such as Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III, Norm Duke and Walter Ray Williams Jr. continue to compete for titles with them and an exuberant crop of rising stars.

The PBA’s schedule of ESPN-televised tournaments will be supported by the entire PBA Network, including extensive live preliminary-round coverage on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online video-streaming channel; mainstream news media,, social media outlets including the PBA’s YouTube Channel and more. For a video recap of the 2014-15 PBA Tour season, click here:

2015-16 PBA-ESPN TELECAST SCHEDULE (all times are Eastern)

Thursday, Dec. 17 – PBA World Championship (live), 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20 – WSOB VII PBA Cheetah Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 27 – WSOB VII PBA Viper Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 3 – WSOB VII PBA Chameleon Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 10 – WSOB VII PBA Scorpion Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17 – Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 24 – WSOB VII PBA Challenge Finals (PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional, PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Finals plus Teen Masters Grand Championship), 3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31 (ESPN2) – DHC PBA Japan Invitational from Tokyo, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 7 – PBA FireLake Tournament of Champions (live), 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14 – United States Bowling Congress Masters (live), 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 21 – PBA Players Championship (live), 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 21 – World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA, 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 28 – Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 17 – PBA League Quarterfinals, 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 24 – PBA League Quarterfinals, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 1 – PBA League Semifinals, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 8 – PBA League Elias Cup Finals, 1 p.m.

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Future Stars Set to Challenge PBA’s Best in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic

by Bill Vint August 17, 2015 03:27

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Several of the Professional Bowlers Association’s most talented future stars will take on an all-star roster of PBA Tour champions when Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment hosts the PBA Tour Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23.

The entire tournament will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Xtra Frame is a subscription-based video-streaming service, available on a three-day plan for only $3.99, month-long plan for $7.99 and full year XF Season Ticket plan for $64.99. Visit and click on the Xtra Frame link for details.

At stake in the PBA East Region’s largest and most prestigious tournament of the year will be a $15,000 first prize and, for PBA members, a PBA Tour title.

Veteran PBA Tour champions among the capacity-field of 180 entries are Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y.; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; defending champion Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla.; Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.; Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y.; two-hander Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.. and Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio.

Challenging the established PBA stars will be next-generation stars 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; 2014 Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year contender AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., along with the four most recent PBA East Region Rookies of the Year: Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y. (2014); Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y. (2013); Tommy Dakouvanos, Belford, N.J. (2012) and Adam Chase, Seaford, N.Y. (2011-12).

The tournament also is a PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional points event, and will include a handful of women including newly-crowned PWBA Tour champions Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pa., and Liz Kuhlkin of Rotterdam, N.Y.

The Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic gets underway on Friday, Aug. 21, with a practice session for tournament players from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., followed by pro-am squads at 3, 5:15 and 8 p.m. when grassroots league bowlers – men, women, kids, seniors – can bowl with PBA stars for their own prizes.

Competition begins with three seven-game qualifying squads on Saturday at 8 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m., with the top 24 players advancing to the modified 16-game round-robin match play finals on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Based upon combined 23-game pinfall totals (including 30 bonus pins for matches won), the top four will compete in a stepladder finale at the conclusion of match play.

For pro-am information, call Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment at (302) 378-0677.


Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 21-23 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 21
11 a.m. - Practice Session

3 p.m. – A/B Sports Junior Scholarship pro-am
5:15, 8 p.m. – Williams Family Auto Mall adult pro-am squads

Saturday, Aug. 22
8 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games

1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 7 qualifying games

Top 24 after 7 games advance to match play

Sunday, Aug. 23

9 a.m. - Top 24, 16 games modified round robin match play

Top four based on 23-game composite pinfall advance to a stepladder finals

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Henson Defeats Petraglia to Win PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open For First PBA50 Tour title

by Jerry Schneider August 16, 2015 06:47

In a back-and-forth championship match, Bill Henson defeated PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, 244-233, to win the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer for his first career PBA50 Tour title.

Henson, whose previous best finish was second in the 2009 PBA Senior Decatur Open, needed at least a strike and then nine-spare in the 10th frame, but was able to throw a double to seal the win at Pro Bowl West.

Qualifying fourth for the finals, Henson, of Westerville, Ohio, had to win three consecutive matches to meet top qualifier Petraglia in the title match of the final tournament of the PBA50 Tour season.

In the opening stepladder match, Henson defeated Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, 247-214, and then went on to beat Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 256-225. In the semifinal match, he beat Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nev., in another 256-225 match to advance to the title match.

“That stepladder final was tall and steep,” said the 63-year-old Henson. “There was a lot of great talent ahead of me. I had no choice but to take it one shot at a time.”

In the title match, Henson got off to a shaky start with an open in the second frame but then recovered with a string of strikes. Petraglia nearly left the door wide open in the ninth frame when he left the 1-3-7-9 washout, but he was able to make the spare to keep the match close.

“I had all the confidence in the world in my equipment and the way I was throwing the ball,” Henson said. “I just needed to keep my mental game together. When I stepped up in the 10th, I just kept telling myself I’ve done this before, I can do it again.”

The 68-year-old Petraglia, who has won 14 times on the PBA Tour and eight times on the PBA50 Tour, and is the only player to win a national PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour in six different decades, would have been the oldest player to win a PBA50 Tour title with a victory.


Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Sunday

Final Standings

1, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, $7,500.
2, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., $4,000.
3, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., $2,500.
4, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, $2,000.
5, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Henson def. Csuhta, 247-214.
Match Two – Henson def. Henry, 256-225.

Semifinal Match – Henson def. Painter, 256-225.
Championship – Henson def. Petraglia, 244 -233.

Fourth Round Results (after 24 games, including match play record and bonus pins. Top five advanced to stepladder finals)

1, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 9-3, 5,865.
2, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 8-4, 5,857.
3, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 10-2, 5,815.
4, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 7-5, 5,691.
5, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 8-4, 5,642.
6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 7-5, 5,565, $1,600.
7, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 10-2, 5,529, $1,550.
8, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 8-4, 5,405, $1,500.
9, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-6, 5,397, $1,450.
10, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 5-6-1, 5,396, $1,425.
11, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-8-1, 5,361, $1,400.
12, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 5-7, 5,353, $1,375.
13, Willie Wells, Las Vegas, 8-4, 5,351, $1,350.
14, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 7-5, 5,346, $1,325.
15, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 6-5-1, 5,338, $1,300.
16, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 6-6, 5,297, $1,275.
17, a-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 7-5, 5,286, $1,250.
18, Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 7-5, 5,282, $1,240.
19, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 7-5, 5,279, $1,230.
20, Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 6-6, 5,278, $1,220.
21, a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 4-8, 5,275, $1,210.
22, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 6-6, 5,248, $1,200.
23, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 4-7-1, 5,236, $1,190.
24, Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 5-7, 5,227, $1,180.
25, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 2-10, 5,196, $1,170.
26, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 4-8, 5,170, $1,160.
27, Larry Zacharias, Naperville, Ill., 5-6-1, 5,159, $1,150.
28, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 4-8, 5,127, $1,140.
29, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 6-6, 5,102, $1,130.
30, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 5-5-1, 5,075, $1,120.
31, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 4-8, 4,979, $1,110.
32, Richard Nesbit, Pittsburgh, 0-12, 4,867, $1,100.

a-denotes amateur

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