Johnny Petraglia, an eight-time winner on the PBA50 Tour, leads a field of 32 players after Saturday’s first match-play round of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic at Fort Wayne’s Pro Bowl West.
Petraglia, who is a PBA Hall of Famer from Jackson, New Jersey, has a 5-1 match-play record and a 4,032 18-game overall pinfall total (30 bonus pins for each match win) in the event on the PBA’s senior circuit.
Petraglia has a 69-pin lead over Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio, who finished the round with a 6-0 match-play record and 3,963 pinfall.
Games of 183, 258, 222, 215, 233 and 223 were bowled by Petraglia.
“The scores are lower than normal so it’s kind of a grind out there,” the 14-time PBA Tour winner said. “It’s more of a mindset where you want to stay out of trouble, which I’ve been successful at doing to this point. For tomorrow’s match play round I just need to keep in that stay-in-charge mode and hopefully I’ll be in good shape to make the finals.”
In 2012, the 67-year-old Petraglia won the PBA Senior Dayton Classic to become the first player in PBA history to win a PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour tournament in six different decades.
Rounding out the top five after the first match-play round in the inaugural tournament for players 60 and over were: Michael Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, at 3,958; Pete Gurskis of Orland Park, Illinois, at 3,900; and Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, at 3,856.
Fort Wayne’s Bob Shank is in 21st at 3,628.
The 32-player field will compete in today’s second match-play round at 8:30 a.m. That will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals, scheduled to start at noon. The Super Senior Classic will be followed by the Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic, which is open to PBA50 Tour players 50 and over. Qualifying begins at 10 a.m. Monday.
Both tournaments can be seen on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information, go to pba.com.