Petraglia Back in Winner's Circle

by PBA Editor May 12, 2008 19:00
Some things just seem destined to be. After a rollercoaster Tuesday of bowling, a sixth PBA Senior Tour title was just in the cards for Johnny Petraglia.

Petraglia defeated Hugh Miller, 226-213, to win the 2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes for his first since PBA Senior Tour title since 2001.

The 61-year-old PBA Hall of Famer was on the ropes in nearly all of his matches Tuesday, nearly squandering a 2-0 lead to Gary Hiday in the best-of-five Round of 24 and falling behind 1-0 in the best-of-three Round of 8 to Dale Traber. Things looked the most bleak in the title match against Miller, however, as Petraglia trailed by 40 pins in the sixth frame.

Miller, looking for his first career PBA Senior Tour title, struck in six of the first seven frames to open up a big lead, but he left the 4-6 split and opened in the eighth to open the door for Petraglia. The Manalapan, N.J., native responded with four consecutive strikes in the seventh through 10th frames to pull close.

A fifth consecutive strike would have forced Miller to double in the 10th, but Petraglia left a solid 8-pin, meaning Miller only needed a strike to win. Instead, Miller left the 3-6-7 split giving Petraglia the win.

“What an interesting win. I lost three different times today,” Petraglia said. “Traber had me dead and I ended up winning. Hiday let me back in the match. And the last game I’m going on a 190 pace in the seventh frame and Hugh’s bowling a 239. Then he leaves the 4-9. I had to get up and throw some big strikes there, but when something like that happens, you just have that feeling. You just feel like you’re going to do it.”

Petraglia indeed threw the big shots when he needed them, not only late in the match against Miller but throughout the day, showing why he won 14 times on the Denny’s PBA Tour and was victorious five times in his first four years on the PBA Senior Tour.

“I’ve had a bunch of seconds since then so it’s nice to win again,” Petraglia said of the seven years since his last victory, which came in 2001 in Klamath Falls, Ore. “I lost in the title match twice last year, and last week in the Ladies and Legends with Shannon (O’Keefe) I thought we had a good shot to win and we finished third. It looked like the same thing was going to happen here so it’s nice to have it turn around.”

While he got some breaks along the way, Petraglia did his part to put himself in position to win.

“I bowled well all day and shot good scores,” Petraglia said. “I bowled 13 games today and chopped one spare. All my other games were clean so it was a very good day.”

Petraglia earned $8,000 for his victory while Miller (Seattle) took home $4,500. Keith Sharp (Orlando, Fla.) who fell to Miller in the semifinals, 237-200, to fall just shy of his second win in three events, and Kenny Parks (East Chicago, Ind.), who fell to Petraglia, 202-180, took home $3,000 each.

The PBA Senior Tour takes a three-week break before returning with the United State Bowling Congress (USBC) Senior Masters, June 8-13, at Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz. The USBC Senior Masters is one of two Majors on the PBA Senior Tour.

PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Jackson Open
Airport Lanes
Jackson, Mich.
Tuesday, May 13


(Single-game match. Winner earns $8,000. Loser earns $4,500.)

#15 Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., def. #16 Hugh Miller, Seattle, 226-213.

(Single-game matches. Losers eliminated, earn $3,000.)

Miller Advances

Petraglia Advances

(Single elimination, best-of-three games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,700.)

#16 HUGH MILLER257211
#8 BOB BRADY208187
Miller Advances

#5 KEITH SHARP233234245
#4 HENRY GONZALEZ258214184
Sharp Advances

#14 DALE TRABER235239222
Petraglia Advances

#11 KENNY PARKS189229246
#3 BRIAN BRAZEAU246226212
Parks Advances

(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,300)

#16 HUGH MILLER226228243269
#1 KEVIN CROUCHER244203185162
Miller Advances

#9 DOUG SPICER199226239221
#8 BOB BRADY255279194244
Brady Advances

#5 KEITH SHARP214244212255
#12 RICK VITTONE220201209202
Sharp Advances

#4 HENRY GONZALEZ203277236258252
#13 DENNIS PSAROPOULOS231214248222244
Gonzalez Advances

#2 ROHN MORTON202145191
Petraglia Advances

#10 DALE TRABER258246205238
#7 JOHN BENNETT245192247214
Traber Advances

#6 RON PROFITT245255214191236
#11 KENNY PARKS228229226231280
Parks Advances

#3 BRIAN BRAZEAU236221256
#30 BOB CHAMBERLAIN212204254
Brazeau Advances

(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,150)

#32 DON BLATCHFORD236222223213
#16 HUGH MILLER235254229217
Miller Advances

#24 NORB WETZEL232180177204
#9 DOUG SPICER162181230247
Spicer Advances

#12 RICK VITTONE238223243229236
#21 MARK WELLER187225255197177
Vittone Advances

#13 DENNIS PSAROPOULOS216224215204183
#29 ROBERT FLAWS208261201238178
Psaropoulos Advances

#18 GARY HIDAY201214265257234
#15 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA235249227227247
Petraglia Advances

#23 SAM ZURICH278246257256189
#10 DALE TRABER226277203258203
Traber Advances

#11 KENNY PARKS202225274217256
#22 VINCE HONEYCUTT214231218198247
Parks Advances

#14 DALE EAGLE223224231261195
#30 BOB CHAMBERLAIN225258198220213
Chamberlain Advances


(Single elimination, best-of-five-games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,050)

#17 MEL WOLF193193248190188
#32 DON BLATCHFORD190258204211256
Blatchford Advances

#25 MARK ROTH278236245207
#24 NORB WETZEL203238259227
Wetzel Advances

#21 MARK WELLER183232168258
#28 TOM BAKER177223211218
Weller Advances

#29 ROBERT FLAWS244229267213238
#20 DAVE SOUTAR255169191228235

#18 GARY HIDAY255214190
Hiday Advances

#26 JOHN SHREVE SR.238259207206
#23 SAM ZURICH246236276237
Zurich Advances

#22 VINCE HONEYCUTT253247226
#27 DAVE PATCHEN205209179
Honeycutt Advances

#30 BOB CHAMBERLAIN289227205
#19 KARL WOLF247217198
Chamberlain Advances
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