Pete Weber wins record-tying third straight PBA50 tour title


    2016 PBA50 Tour #4

    Brian LeClair's bid for victory ends with pocket 7-10 split in 10th frame



    2015PBAPeteWeber.jpg 2015PBAWSOBBrianLeClair.jpg Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber continued his torrid 2016 PBA50 Tour campaign Tuesday night, winning the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., for a record-tying third consecutive PBA50 Tour title.

    Weber (left) again dominated the field of 50-and-older players to earn the top berth in the stepladder finals, but he narrowly escaped with a 223-204 victory over Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., when LeClair (right) left a pocket 7-10 split on his first shot in the 10th frame.

    L-R Johnny Petraglia, Pete Weber and proprietors John and Joe LaSpina.

    With his win, Weber tied the PBA50 Tour record for consecutive titles set by Tom Baker of King, N.C., in 2006. With his seventh career PBA50 Tour title, Weber also broke a personal tie with his late father, who won six PBA50 titles.

    Weber also noted he won the first Johnny Petraglia Open, held on the PBA Tour at Brunswick Zone Carolier in N. Brunswick, N.J., 25 years ago.

    Thus far in 2016, Weber – the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year – has a fourth-place finish in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open followed by consecutive titles in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages in Florida and the Mooresville Ford Open in North Carolina.

    Weber will try for his fourth consecutive title in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, May 30-June 3, where Weber also is defending champion.

    "I've won a couple titles in a row, maybe made a show the next week, but I've never won three in a row, so it's kinda cool," Weber said. Unlike many PBA players, Weber was watching when LeClair threw his ill-fated shot in the 10th frame.

    "I always watch," he said. "When Brian let it go, I thought, I just lost. But Dad always said I'd rather be lucky than good. I'd rather be both, but tonight I got lucky."

    And Weber said his confidence will be soaring when he goes for a fourth consecutive title in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. "You know me and the majors. I love the majors," he said. "Having 17 days off before we bowl in Vegas is a big advantage to me. I'll be relaxed and ready to win again."

    2015PBA50TomBaker.jpg 2015PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpg LeClair, in his second year of PBA50 competition, dominated the early matches, tripping PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker (left) of King, N.C., 258-247, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 221-205, in the first two matches. LeClair then won a battle of New Yorkers in the semifinal contest, eliminating Ray Edwards of Middle Island, 238-184.

    The second Petraglia BVL Open, like its predecessor, raised nearly $50,000 in support of the nation's military veterans. "If we can keep raising that kind of money for the people who are protecting us every day, that's what it's all about," Petraglia said.

    The entire tournament was video-streamed live on PBA's Xtra Frame online bowling channel. The PBA50 Tour's next Xtra Frame's event will be the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open from Las Vegas, May 30-June 3.


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    PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open - Stepladder Results

    Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., USA (May 7-10, 2016)

    Championship Round:
    1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 223 (1 game), $7,500
    2, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 921 (4 game), $4,000
    3, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 184 (1 game), $2,500
    4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 205 (1 game), $2,000
    5, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 247 (1 game), $1,750

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 LeClair def. No. 5 Baker, 258-247
    Second Match: LeClair def. No. 3 Williams, 221-205
    Semifinal Match: LeClair def. No. 2 Edwards, 238-184
    Championship: No. 1 Weber def. LeClair, 223-204


    PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open - Modified Match Play Round 2

    Players with position, hometown and 6-game total, including match play bonus pins; top five advanced to stepladder finals; places 6-16 show earnings

    1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6-0, 1,643
    2, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 5-1, 1,537
    3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 1,505
    4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 4-2, 1,481
    5, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4-2, 1,450
    6, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3-3, 1,401, $1,500
    7, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 4-2, 1,400, $1,500
    8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,398, $1,500
    9 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3-3, 1,376, $1,300
    (tie) James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2-4, 1,376, $1,300
    11, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-3, 1,340, $1,300
    12, n-Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 1-5, 1,321, $1,300
    13, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-4, 1,302, $1,300
    14, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 2-4, 1,293, $1,300
    15, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1-5, 1,252, $1,300
    16, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 2-4, 1,234, $1,300

    PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open - Modified Match Play Round 1

    Players with position, hometown and 5-game total, including match play bonus pins; top 16 advance to second round; places 17-32 show earnings

    17, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3-2, 1,150, $1,150
    18, George Tignor, Winchendon, Mass., 3-2, 1,141, $1,150
    19, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 2-3, 1,091, $1,150
    20, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-2-1, 1,086, $1,150
    21, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3-1-1, 1,073, $1,150
    22, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1-4, 1,062, $1,150
    23, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1-4, 1,040, $1,150
    24, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 2-3, 1,034, $1,150
    25, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2-3, 1,013, $1,050
    26, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-3, 1,002, $1,050
    27, n-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 1-3-1, 972, $1,050
    28, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2-3, 946, $1,050
    29, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1-4, 941, $1,050
    30, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 0-4-1, 935, $1,050
    31, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 0-5, 891, $1,050
    32, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1-4, 889, $1,050


    PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open - Other Cashers

    Players with position, hometown after five-game cashers' round; ss-denotes PBA60 player; n-denotes non-member

    33, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 970, $1,000
    34, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 959, $1,000
    35, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 953, $1,000
    36, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 951, $1,000
    37, n-ss-Jim Zimmerman, Oakland, N.J., 933, $1,000
    38, ss-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 930, $1,000
    39, n-ss-Dave Abate, Cranston, R.I., 914, $1,000
    40, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 816, $1,000