ARLINGTON, Texas - John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., has been named the May 2012 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America.
Petraglia became the first bowler to win a PBA National Tour or Senior Tour title in six different decades by winning the PBA Senior Dayton Classic. He defeated the reigning PBA Senior Tour Player of the Year, Ron Mohr, Eagle River Alaska, 220-204 in the title match.
The four-man stepladder finals began with Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio prevailing over PBA Senior Tour Rookie of the Year candidate Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Michigan, 243-217. Mohr then defeated Profitt in a close semifinal, 238-222, setting up the fateful final match.
The 65 year-old PBA and USBC Hall of Famer first won as a 19 year-old in the 1966 PBA Fort Smith Open. Petraglia's eighth career PBA Senior Tour win ended a three-year winless streak.
Bowling icon Dick Weber was the first to win PBA titles in six different decades. His final title was a 2002 PBA Senior Midwest Regional crown.
In close voting this month, others receiving votes were Liz Johnson, winner of three gold medals at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Champion of Champions tournament, Bob Learn Jr., winner of the PBA Senior Mooresville Classic, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., winner of the PBA Senior Don Carter Open, presented by Ebonite.