It was just a year ago that PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia became the first player in PBA history to win a PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour title in six decades by winning the PBA Senior Dayton Classic at Capri Lanes.
Petraglia, who won his eighth career PBA50 Tour title last May in the Dayton Classic, also ended a three-year drought without a win by defeating two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 220-204, in the title match.
He joined PBA legend Dick Weber who also won PBA titles in six decades, however, Weber’s longevity mark included 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 will be among a field of more than 100 players ages 50-years-and-older who will compete in the fifth stop of the 2013 season when the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip returns to Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio, May 13-16.
“I guess it shows how old I am,” Petraglia said jokingly after achieving the milestone, “but this is very special to me because it’s part of history and makes it all worth it.”
As the 2013 Dayton Classic approaches, Petraglia is reminded of the historic significance of the achievement.
“Since then I’ve gotten more media attention and feedback from people than anything else I’ve done in my career,” Petraglia said. “It really hit home when (fellow hall of famer) Carmen Salvino called me to congratulate me and tell me what a great achievement it was.”
The 66-year-old Petraglia is looking forward to returning Capri Lanes in the Dayton suburb of Kettering to defend his title, one of his favorite tournaments on the PBA50 Tour.
“I’m a year older but I’m still competitive,” Petraglia said. “I’ve been bowling well to start this season and it’s one of my favorite tournaments on Tour so I’m looking forward to returning to Capri Lanes. I’m sure it will bring back some nice memories of a year ago.”
Petraglia is among a group of PBA greats that will compete in a tournament that has become a PBA50 Tour tradition including PBA Hall of Famer and PBA Tour ESPN color analyst Randy Pedersen who will make his PBA50 Tour debut, but admits it will be somewhat of trial run.
“I’ve been slowly getting back into bowling shape but in reality this going to be a trial run,” said the 13-time Tour titlist who was voted the 35th greatest player in Tour history. “I was actually a little on the fence about bowling in Dayton but felt I’m probably as ready as I’m going to be. My goal will be to cash and hopefully make match play but after that I’m just going to play it by ear as to what the future holds.”
Also making his PBA50 Tour debut will be two-time PBA Tour winner Jack Jurek.
Admission is $3 per day of competition or $10 for an all-tournament pass. Additional admission and pro-am entry information may be obtained by contacting Capri Lanes at (937) 298-7411.
PBA50 DAYTON CLASSIC PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP SCHEDULE
Capri Lanes, Kettering, Ohio
(All times Eastern)
Monday, May 13
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Practice
Pro-am squads to follow
6 p.m. – Special pro-am squad benefiting Alzheimer Disease
Tuesday, May 14
9 a.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
Wednesday, May 15
9 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. – A Squad qualifying (8 games)
Top 32 Advance to match play
Thursday, May 16
Match play rounds begin at 9 a.m.
7 p.m. - Top four advance to stepladder finals