2008 Tour

2008 PBA Senior Tour #9

08/13/08

Brazeau ends wins 2008 PBA Senior Tour with victory in Decatur Open

Earns his first career PBA Senior Tour title

2008PBAS09BrianBrazeau_small.jpg Brian Brazeau overcame a 23 pin deficit to defeat Wayne Webb, 245-244, in Tuesday’s championship match to win the PBA Senior Decatur Open. Webb, built a quick lead after striking in four of his first five frames strained his calf muscle during his celebration of a strike in frame 6. Webb did his best to stay in the game, but the pain began to get to him and Brazeau began to take command. In the tenth, Brazeau needed to strike and get at least an 8-count spare, which is exactly what he did. Brazeau's first career PBA Senior Tour title was worth $8,000. The PBA Senior Decatur Open concludes the 2008 PBA Senior Tour season.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #8

08/08/08

Williams earns first career PBA Senior Tour title in Lake County Indiana Open

Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., United States (August 4-7, 2008)

2008PBAS08MarkWilliams_small.jpg Mark Williams is no stranger to winning. The PBA Hall of Famer won seven PBA Tour titles and is one of only 31 players to surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings on the PBA Tour. However, Williams added a new feat to his resume, by winning his first career PBA Senior Tour event on Thursday night. Williams of Beaumont, Texas, defeated Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis. in the championship match, 249-234, to claim the PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open title.  The 2008 PBA Senior Tour concludes next week with the PBA Senior Decatur Open in Decatur, Ill.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #7

07/04/08

Amateur Morgan wins his first PBA Senior title in Northern California Classic

Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood Calif., United States (June 29 - July 2, 2008)

2008PBAS07NickMorgan_small.jpg Nick Morgan, an amateur bowler from Sacramento, Calif., won his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour title at Harvest Park Bowl Wednesday when he defeated Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 247-227, in the championship match of the PBA Senior Northern California Classic. Realizing a dream that began in his junior bowling days, Morgan was thrilled with his victory. The University of California-Davis collegiate bowling coach has tasted success in the collegiate ranks and as a past winner in the High Roller 40-and-over division, but, “This one definitely tops them all by far.”

2008 PBA Senior Tour #6

06/28/08

Miller Fires 300 in Championship Match for First Senior Tour Title

The Epicenter Bowling Complex in Klamath Falls, Ore. United States (June 23-26, 2008)

2008PBAS06HughMiller_small.jpg Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash. won the title in the PBA Senior Epicenter Classic by rolling 12 strikes in the championship match against 1999 PBA Senior Player of the Year Dale Eagle, Tavares Fla.. In a high-scoring match, the 51-year-old southpaw, who had another perfecto in last game of qualifying, topped Eagle, 300-268, to secure the title. It was the first career PBA Senior title for Miller, a seven-time PBA champion. "My last win was in 2002, and that was a regular tour event. I haven't even won a regional since 2004." In the semis, top-seeded Ross Packard fell to Eagle, 258-203, while Miller ousted Sam Zurich, 289-235.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #5

06/22/08

Webb defeats Petraglia to win Senior U. S. Open

Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. United States (June 15-20, 2008)

2008PBAS05WayneWebb_small.jpg In a battle of Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famers, first-year Senior Tour player Wayne Webb defeated Johnny Petraglia to win the 2008 PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast Friday at the Suncoast Bowling Center. Webb, a 20-time Denny's PBA Tour titlist bowling in only his second Senior Tour event, defeated Petraglia 204-172 in the championship to win the $20,000 first prize. For Petraglia, it was a bitter disappointment after having dominated the entire tournament from the opening qualifying round to earn the No. 1 qualifying spot for the stepladder finals.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #5

06/20/08

Petraglia marches on in PBA Senior U.S. Open

Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. United States (June 15-20, 2008)

2008PBAS05JohnnyPetraglia_small.jpg Johnny Petraglia (left), who has led from the opening qualifying round, continues to pace the field in the 2008 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast at the Suncoast Bowling Center. After nine games in the final qualifying round and eight games of round-robin match play Thursday, the PBA Hall of Famer leads with an 8,368 pinfall total and a 6-1-1 match play record which awards 30 bonus pins for a match win and 15 for a tie. All 24 players will return Friday morning at 7 a.m. PST for the second of three straight eight-game round-robin match play blocks with the final block schedule for noon.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #5

06/19/08

Three of PBA's Greats gunning for U.S. Open Double

Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. United States (June 15-20, 2008)

2008PBAS05SteveCook_small.jpg 2008PBAS05JohnnyPetraglia3_small.jpg Three Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famers - Johnny Petraglia (l.), Mark Roth and Steve Cook (r.) - would like to add another milestone in bowling history by becoming the first to win a Denny's PBA Tour U.S. Open and a Senior U.S. Open title. All three bowlers found themselves making the first cut after third round qualifying Wednesday in the PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast at the Suncoast Bowling Center. The field has been cut to 80 players who will bowl another nine games of qualifying Thursday morning. The field will then be narrowed to 24 players for round-robin match play beginning Thursday afternoon.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #5

06/18/08

Petraglia in command after Round Two Qualifying in Senior U. S. Open

Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. United States (June 15-20, 2008)

2008PBAS05JohnnyPetraglia2_small.jpg PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia continued his hot pace in qualifying in the PBA U.S. Senior Open presented by Suncoast, retaining the lead after second round competition Tuesday at the Suncoast Bowling Center. The six-time Senior Tour and 14-time Denny's PBA Tour winner has a 2,948 12-game pinfall total after two days. He rolled 1,471 for his six games on Tuesday (245.1 average)
to lead the field by 100 pins. All 321 players will bowl another six-game qualifying block Wednesday before the field is cut to the top 25 percent of the field for a nine-game qualifying round Thursday morning.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #5

06/17/08

Petraglia leads PBA Senior U.S. Open first round qualifying

Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. United States (June 15-20, 2008)

2008PBAS05JohnnyPetraglia_small.jpg PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia averaged 246.1 to take the first round qualifying lead Monday in the PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast at the Suncoast Bowling Center. Petraglia, a six-time Senior Tour and 14-time Denny's PBA Tour winner, had a 1,477 six-game total on games of 203, 279, 269, 224, 222 and 280 to top a 321-player field made up of PBA Senior Tour professionals as well as amateurs. Qualifying continues with six-game blocks Tuesday and Wednesday. The field will then be cut to the top 25 percent. The Senior U.S. Open winner takes home a $20,000 first prize.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #5

06/16/08

Amateur Rick Minier set to defend PBA Senior U.S. Open title

Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. United States (June 15-20, 2008)

BWAARickMinier_small.jpg A year ago Rick Minier became the first amateur to win the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior U.S. Open presented by the Suncoast. In a battle between two Texans, Minier strung six strikes in the title match to defeat David Ozio, 240-223, and capture his first PBA Senior Tour title. Minier has now turned his focus toward defending his title against nearly 300 of the world's best professional and amateur bowlers when the 2008 PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by the Suncoast is conducted June 15-20 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The Senior U.S. Open begins with six qualifying games on three consecutive days (June 16, 17, 18).

2008 PBA Senior Tour #4

06/13/08

Baker undefeated in USBC Senior Masters match play

Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz. United States (June 8-13, 2008)

TomBaker_small.jpg In his quest to become the first three-time winner of the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Tom Baker won all four of his winners bracket matches Thursday at Golden Pin Lanes. From an original field of 260 entrants, the Senior Masters field is now down to 12 players, four in the winners bracket and eight in the losers bracket. Double-elimination match play continues on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. with the championship match scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The winner will earn a $16,000 first prize.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #4

06/12/08

Sam Zurich is USBC Senior Masters Top Qualifier

Top 63 join defending champion Tom Baker in Thursday’s match play round

2007PBAS03SamZurich2_small.jpg2008PBAS02TomBaker_small.jpgSam Zurich (l.), the 2007 Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour Rookie of the Year, and PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia retained their positions as tournament leaders after final round qualifying Wednesday in the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters at Golden Pin Lanes. The field is now cut to the top 63 bowlers who will join defending champion Tom Baker (r.) in three-game, double-elimination match play which begins Thursday morning at 9 a.m. 

2008 PBA Senior Tour #4

06/10/08

Californian amateur leads USBC senior masters first-round qualifying

Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz. United States (June 8-13, 2008)

USBCSeniorMastersLogo.jpg Despite having to deal with the affects of diabetes, 58-year-old amateur, Rod Tramp of Porterville, Calif., led first-round qualifying Monday in the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters at Golden Pin Lanes. Tramp rolled a 1,130 five-game total on games of 249, 185, 246, 236 and 214 to lead the 260-player field made up of Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour players as well as amateurs. Qualifying continues with five-game blocks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #4

06/03/08

Tom Baker ready to challenge for record third straight USBC Senior Masters title

Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz. United States (June 8-13, 2008)

2008PBAS04TomBaker_small.jpg When Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., competes in the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, he hopes to become the event's first three-time winner, not to mention being the first to win three years in a row. The 2008 Senior Masters will be conducted June 8-13 at Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz., and Baker will be one of nearly 300 of the world's best senior competitors ages 50 and older competing in the season's first senior major. As defending champion, Baker will not have to qualify and will be seeded directly into match play.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #3

05/14/08

Petraglia puts end to seven-year no-title drought in Jackson

Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich. (May 10-13, 2008)

2008PBAS03JohnnyPetraglia_small.jpg Some things just seem destined to be. After a rollercoaster Tuesday of bowling, a sixth Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour title was just in the cards for Johnny Petraglia. The 61-year-old PBA Hall of Famer, who was on the ropes in nearly all of his matches Tuesday, defeated Hugh Miller, 226-213, to win the 2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes for his first since PBA Senior Tour title since 2001. Petraglia earned $8,000 for his victory while Miller (Seattle) took home $4,500.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #3

05/13/08

Croucher earns No. 1 seed for match play in Jackson

Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich. (May 10-13, 2008)

2008PBAS03RohnMorton_small.jpg 2008PBAS03KevinCroucher_small.jpg The last time Kevin Croucher (l.) put himself in a position to earn two byes in match play, he parlayed that advantage to his first career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour title. Croucher will look to repeat the feat Tuesday as he earned the top seed for match play and byes through the Rounds of 32 and 24 by leading the field with a 3,727 18-game pinfall in the 2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes. Sunday's leader Rohn Morton (r.) finished second with 3,700. 

2008 PBA Senior Tour #3

05/12/08

Morton sets the pace after Day One in PBA Senior Jackson Open

Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich. (May 10-13, 2008)

2008PBAS03RohnMorton_small.jpg Rohn Morton averaged 236.50 over his eight games Sunday to take the lead after the first day of qualifying in the 2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes. Morton was the No. 3 ranked player in the 2007 PBA Senior Point Rankings but came up empty in his search for his second career PBA Senior Tour title. His first and only title came in the 2001 National/Senior Doubles event. Qualifying continues Monday with two squads bowling another eight-game block each. The top 32 will advance to single elimination match play on Tuesday. The final two bowlers will roll-off for the $8,000 top prize Tuesday evening.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #2

05/05/08

Johnson and Baker lead Ladies and Legends divisions to team up for match play

The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Ill. (May 3-5, 2008)

2008PBAS02TomBaker_small.jpg 2008PBAS02LizJohnson_small.jpg The pride of Buffalo and two of bowling's greats will look to team up to win the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Ladies and Legends on Monday at The Cherry Bowl. PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker and 11-time Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) champion Liz Johnson led their respective divisions in the 2008 Columbia 300 PBA Ladies and Legends presented by MGD 64 and will team up Tuesday for the round robin match play portion of the event.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #2

05/04/08

Defending champions on their way to team up again in

The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Ill. (May 3-5, 2008)

2007PBAS02JohnsonKossert_small.jpg Liz Johnson and Roger Kossert had so much success bowling in last year's Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Ladies and Legends together, they're trying their best to team up again. The defending champions (pictured after their victory in 2007) led their respective divisions in qualifying Saturday and look primed to team up for a shot at defending their title in the Columbia 300 PBA Ladies and Legends presented by MGD 64 at The Cherry Bowl. The Ladies and Legends features the top female bowlers and the top male bowlers 50 and older.

2008 PBA Senior Tour #1

04/30/08

Sharp wins PBA Senior Tour opener in Dayton

Capri Bowling Lanes in Dayton, Ohio (April 22-29, 2008)

2008PBAS01KeithSharp_small.jpg A summer ago, Keith Sharp (right) came up just short in his quest to win his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour title the same week he lost his father. This time, dealing with his mother's recent illness, Sharp was able to come through with a victory, defeating Sam Zurich in the title match of the 2008 PBA Senior Dayton Classic at Capri Bowling Lanes in the first event of the season. In an exciting finish which saw both bowlers finish with a 210 in the title match, Sharp won a one-ball roll-off, 10-8, for his first victory.

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