Steve Ferraro wins senior title

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., won his second PBA Senior Tour title by defeating Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, 213-210, in the championship match of the PBA Senior Dayton Classic at Capri Lanes.

Ferraro, in his third full season on the Senior Tour, was somewhat surprised that his win came in the opening event of the 30th PBA Senior Tour season.

“As I was preparing for the season, I really wasn’t bowling well,” said the 56-year-old Ferraro. “I’m capable of winning out here, but thought it would take me a few more tournaments. I did surprisingly well for the first tournament.”

Ferraro’s first Senior Tour win came in last year's Decatur (Ill.) Senior Open.

In the semifinal round, Ferraro defeated Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., 222-202, while Webb defeated two-time Senior Tour titlist Henry Gonzalez of Colorado Springs, Colo., 190-186, to advance to the championship match.

In the title game, Webb, the winner of the 2008 and 2009 Senior U.S. Opens and a 20-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, rolled three strikes in the 10th frame to force Ferraro to mark. Ferraro picked up a spare and threw a nine-count on his fill ball to lock up the win.

“I was fortunate to still be in the match because I was down 25 pins early,” Ferraro said. “I was able to put four strikes together in the middle of the match and kept the momentum going.”

It was a disappointing loss for Webb, who recently moved to Columbus, Ohio, from Sacramento, Calif., to become a bowling center proprietor. (See the Business section on the homepage.)

“It was just one of those things where I didn’t bowl well enough to win and really couldn’t adjust to the lanes,” Webb added.

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