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After considering retirement, Sylvia wins PBA60 Dick Weber Championship


2016PBA5008RonMohr3Three-time PBA50 Tour winner Don Sylvia of Daytona, Beach, Fla., considered retiring from professional competition earlier this season, but entered the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer to give it one more shot.

It turned out to be the right decision as he beat two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist Ron Mohr (pictured right) of Las Vegas, 236-196, in the title match at Pro Bowl West Saturday for his first PBA60 title.

From left, Brian Cave, VP of Operations for Fun Time Centers Corp.; champion Don Sylvia; and Dave Small, President of Fun Time Centers Corp., hosted centers at Championship in Anderson and Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne.

“Up until five weeks ago I thought about retiring,” said a tearful Sylvia after winning. “It was an unbelievable tournament for me and it was a dream come true. It’s amazing to win a tournament with Dick Weber’s name on it.

“I’m still undecided on what I should do, but I don’t think you can ever really give up this game entirely,” he continued. “I spent the last month or so getting in shape and changing all of my equipment to get ready specifically for this tournament. The hard work paid off.”

The tournament, named in honor of the late PBA legend, is for players who are ages 60 and over.

“It’s just an honor to be able to bowl with these guys and to bowl in a final with a hall of famer like Johnny Petraglia and a future hall of famer like Ron Mohr, that’s what really makes it special,” the 63-year-old Sylvia added.

2016PBA5009JohnPetraglia22014PBA50JimKnoblauchIn the opening stepladder match the 69-year-old Petraglia (left), who had finished second in the tournament the past two seasons, beat Ron Boroff of Mansfield, Texas, 242-223. Sylvia, who was the No. 3 seed, then beat Petraglia 224-194, before defeating Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha, Wis., in the semifinal match 211-209 to advance to the title match against No. 1 seed Mohr who is a native of Fort Wayne.

Knoblauch (right) bowled a 300 game in the position round match to vault into the No. 2 seed for the finals.

The 2016 PBA50 Tour season wraps up with the PBA50 National Championship presented by Riley Hospital for Children Aug. 14-17 at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

Fans can catch all the action for the final tournament and major of the season live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Click here for subscription and schedule information.

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PBA60 Dick Weber Championship – Stepladder Results

Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., USA (Aug. 11-13, 2016)

Championship Round:
1, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 671 (3 games), $7,500
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 196 (1 game), $4,000
3, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 209 (1 game), $2,500
4, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J. 436 (2 games), $2,000
5, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 223 (1 game), $1,750

Championship Round:
First Match: No. 4 Petraglia def. No. 5 Boroff, 242-223
Second Match: No. 3 Sylvia def. Petraglia, 224-194
Semifinal Match: Sylvia def. No. 2 Knoblauch, 211-209
Championship: Sylvia def. No. 1 Mohr, 236-196.

PBA60 Dick Weber Championship – Modified Match Play Round 2

Players with position, hometown and 12-game total, including match play bonus pins; top five advance to stepladder finals; positions 6-32 show earnings; n-denotes non-member

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 8-4, 5,712
2, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 8-4, 5,669
3, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 7-5, 5,667
4, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 7-4-1, 5,574
5, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 7-5, 5,547

Missed Cut:
6, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 7-5, 5,544, $1,600
7, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 7-5, 5,519, $1,550
8, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 8-4, 5,511, $1,500
9, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 6-6, 5,509, $1,450
10, n-Bob Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 8-4, 5,473, $1,425
11, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 7-5- 5,466, $1,400
12, n-George Hall, Genoa, Ill., 8-4, 5,441, $1,375
13, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 5-7, 5,420, $1,338
13, n-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 5-7, 5,420, $1,338
15, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 7-5, 5,400, $1,300
16, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 5-7, 5,376, $1,275
17, n-Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 6-5-1, 5,366, $1,250
18, (tie) n-John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 8-4, 5,362, and Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 5-7, 5,362, $1,235
20, n-Frank Cascio, Tonawanda, N.Y., 6-6, 5,340, $1,220
21, n-Gary Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 8-4, 5,318, $1,210
22, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 5-7, 5,290, $1,200
23, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3-9, 5,286, $1,190
24, (tie) Larry Zacharias, Naperville, Ill., 7-5, 5,268, and Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., 6-6, 5,268, $1,175
26, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 4-8, 5,235, $1,160
27, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 4-8, 5,218, $1,150
28, n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 4-8, 5,171, $1,140
29, n-David Clark, Clinton, Okla., 4-8, 5,157, $1,130
30, George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 4-8, 5,146, $1,120
31, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 4-8, 5,138, $1,110
32, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3-9, 4,919, $1,100

300 game – Jim Knoblauch

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