72-Year-Old Johnny Petraglia Rides 274 Game to Lead in PBA50 National Championship

by Jerry Schneider, Professional Bowlers Association 0

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (April 24, 2019) – PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia bowled a 1,491 six-game pinfall total in the second round to move into the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical lead Wednesday.

The 72-year-old Petraglia, who owns 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles, bowled a 274 in his final game of the second round to finish with a 2,853 12-game overall pinfall (237 average) to hold a six-pin lead over Mark Sullivan of Indianapolis in second with 2,847.

Petraglia, who won the Fort Smith (Arkansas) Open for his first PBA Tour title in 1966, is the only player to have won a national PBA title in six different decades.

Bowling a 15th-place 1,362 six-game pinfall after the first round, Petraglia bowled games of 216, 227, 259, 268 and 247 before his 274 in the second round. In the 274 game Petraglia opened in the first frame but then threw 10 strikes in a row to take the lead.

“Well, I’ll say it feels like a step back in time, at least for one block,” Petraglia said. “The one advantage of getting older is that you can’t throw the ball hard and with a slower ball speed and the good look I had on the lanes, it was just the right combination.

“I had the same look the first game that I had in the last game which allowed me to get comfortable from the start,” Petraglia added. “Even in the last game I felt I could get to the pocket every shot. It was a matter of getting all 10 pins down.”

Petraglia won the 2009 Sun Bowl In The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes and set the PBA50 Tour six-game block record of 1,557 in qualifying for the event.

“It’s been a good center for me,” said Petraglia, whose last PBA50 Tour title came in the 2012 Senior Dayton Classic. “But with that in mind I’m not even thinking past tomorrow’s qualifying round. I’ve been around long enough to know not to do that.  I’ll come in tomorrow and watch some of the lefties bowl and see how their (ball) reaction is and maybe use that as a baseline for any changes I might need to make, if any.”

Competition in the first PBA50 Tour major of the season continues Thursday with the final six-game qualifying round beginning at 9 a.m. ET. The top 32 players will advance to match play Friday morning at 9 a.m.  After the first match play round the top 16 players will advance to the second match play round which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals Friday at 7 p.m.

Sullivan, whose best previous PBA50 Tour finish is 10th, bowled games of 243, 194, 300, 258, 237 and 218 in his second round after bowling for 1,397 for six games in the first round to move from seventh to second.

First-round co-leader PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke dropped to third finishing with a 2,790 pinfall. Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. vaulted from 49th after the first round to fourth thanks to a 1,480 pinfall in the second round finishing with 2,782. Rounding out the top five was PBA Hall of Famer and PBA50 Tour rookie Danny Wiseman with 2,772.

PBA Hall of Famer and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner Tom Baker finished the day in sixth with 2,759 followed by defending champion Lennie Boresch Jr. in seventh with 2,753.

Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who shared the first-round lead with Duke, dropped to ninth after the second round finishing with a 2,746 pinfall. Williams won the season-opening Johnny Petraglia BVL Open for his 12th career PBA50 Tour title.

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Presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Wednesday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 12 games)

1, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,853.
2, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2,847.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,790.
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,782.
5, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,772.
6, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,759.
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,753.
8, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,748.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,746.
10, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2,738.
11, n,ss-Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., 2,732.
12, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,726.
13, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,709.
14, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,706.
15, (tie) Chris Collins, Myrlte Beach, S.C., and  ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,702.
17, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2,700.
18, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 2,691.
19, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,686.
20, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,682.
21, (tie) Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, and Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2,681.
23, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,680.
24, Chris Johnson, Nashville, N.C., 2,676.
25, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,670.
26, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 2,667.
27, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 2,663.
28, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 2,661.
29, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,658.
30, Joe Fulner, Belleview, Fla., 2,656.
31, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 2,655.
32, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 2,654.
33, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,652.
34, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,647.
35, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 2,643.
36, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2,642.
37, ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 2,641.
38, n-Richard Morgan, Grand Island, Fla., 2,640.
39, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 2,639.
40, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,633.
41, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2,632.
42, Rory Peterson, Sacramento, Calif., 2,629.
43, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,628.
44, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 2,625.
45, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., and Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 2,624.
47, (tie) James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, and Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,622.
49, ss-Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,618.
50, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 2,617.
51, (tie) Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,610.
53, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2,606.
54, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,605.
55, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,603.
56, (tie) ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill.,  David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,600.
59, n,ss-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2,596.
60, (tie) ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 2,593.
62, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 2,589.
63, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,584.
64, n-Douglas Nairn, Debary, FL, 2,580.
65, n,ss-Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,574.
66, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 2,568.
67, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 2,567.
68, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 2,565.
69, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 2,561.
70, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,557.
71, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,555.
72, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 2,552.
73, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,549.
74, (tie) Carlos Denot, Mexico, and ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,547.
76, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,546.
77, ss-George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 2,538.
78, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,535.
79, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,534.
80, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 2,531.
81, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 2,528.
82, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2,525.
83, (tie) ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,523.
85, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2,521.
86, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,520.
87, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,519.
88, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,513.
89, (tie) Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., and Michael Whittington, Matthews, N.C., 2,506.
91, (tie) Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio,  Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 2,505.
94, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 2,501.
95, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,498.
96, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2,496.
97, (tie) n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., and Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 2,493.
99, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 2,484.
100, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,483.
101, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2,482.
102, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,480.
103, (tie) n-Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., and Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 2,478.
105, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 2,477.
106, (tie) ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., and Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,474.
108, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2,464.
109, ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,463.
110, (tie) Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., and Roy Davis, Lumberton, N.C., 2,461.
112, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,457.
113, (tie) ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., and ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,456.
115, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 2,452.
116, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,450.
117, ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 2,441.
118, n-Lester See, The Villages, Fl., 2,439.
119, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,435.
120, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 2,432.
121, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,430.
122, ss-n-Warren Meyer Sr, Melbourne, Fla., 2,428.
123, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,418.
124, (tie) ss-Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,416.
126, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,414.
127, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,405.
128, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2,401.
129, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2,397.
130, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 2,396.
131, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 2,388.
132, n-Jerry O'Neil, Alexander City, Ala., 2,381.
133, Don Michaelsen, Plant City, Fla., 2,375.
134, n-ss-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 2,372.
135, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,371.
136, (tie) n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., and ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,370.
138, (tie) Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., and ss-Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 2,363.
140, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,362.
141, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 2,357.
142, (tie) n,ss-Andy Ippolito, The Villages, Fla., and ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,349.
144, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,343.
145, ss-n-Albert Stiriz, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,341.
146, ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 2,339.
147, n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 2,335.
148, ss-John Younger, The Villiages, Fla., 2,329.
149, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,324.
150, ss-Steven Grotowski, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, 2,314.
151, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,312.
152, Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 2,299.
153, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,282.
154, n-Rick Pittman, Fruitland Park, Fla., 2,276.
155, Alan Wilson, Martinsville, Ind., 2,272.
156, ss-David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., 2,269.
157, (tie) ss-Douglas Slier, Lenox, Mass., and ss-Mark Simpson, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,268.
159, Eddie Wu, New York, 2,257.
160, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,253.
161, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,248.
162, (tie) ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., and ss-Kerry Fulford, Ardmore, Okla., 2,246.
164, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 2,220.
165, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,213.
166, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 2,149.
167, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,141.
168, ss-Daniel Kelso, New Fairfield, Conn., 2,129.
169, ss-Dan Howsmon, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 2,103.
169, Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 2,103.
171, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,086.

300 games – Mark Sullivan


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