Bill McCorkle wins inaugural PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic for first PBA50 title


    2014 PBA50 Tour #8

    61-year-old PBA veteran defeats PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia 244-173 in title match

    2014PBA5008BillMcCorkle.jpg Bill McCorkle (pictured with Pro Bowl West proprietor Dave Small, left) of Westerville, Ohio, won the biggest tournament of his professional career Sunday by defeating PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Johnny Petraglia in the championship match of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm.

    2014PBA50JohnnyPetraglia.jpgIn the inaugural event for PBA50 Tour players ages 60 and over, McCorkle defeated the top-seeded Petraglia (right), 244-173, at Pro Bowl West to record his first PBA50 Tour title.

    McCorkle got off to the early lead stringing the first five strikes while Petraglia struggled missing the 2-4-6-10 split in the first frame and the 1-3-6-7 washout in the fifth frame.

    "I've been bowling in PBA competition for 40 years and never won at the national level so I'm a little overwhelmed," said the 61-year-old McCorkle whose best previous PBA50 Tour finish was fifth. "I was fortunate to get off to a good start but then I had to remind myself to stay loose and continue to throw good shots.

    "Toward the end of the match I started to get a little emotional but then I looked over at the Dick Weber trophy and thought what would Dick do, and at that moment I was able to get the inspiration I needed."

    McCorkle qualified second for the stepladder final thanks to a 11-1 record in match play.

    2013PBA50DonBlatchford.jpg 2010PBASDavePatchen.jpg"My goal was to make the top five," said McCorkle who has won six PBA regional titles. "I think I benefited from the tougher condition because it enabled me to throw harder which I like to do. The big games weren't out there so there was a premium on making good shots."

    In the opening stepladder match one-time PBA50 Tour winner No. 4 seed Dave Patchen (left) of Oregon, Ohio, defeated one-time PBA50 Tour winner No. 5 seed Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio 258-190, and then went on to beat Don Blatchford (right) of Santa Monica, Calif., 207-202 in the second match to finish third. McCorkle defeated Patchen 212-195 in the semifinal to advance to the title match.

    PBA50 Tour action continues Monday with the start of the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite at Pro Bowl West featuring PBA50 Tour players ages 50 and over. The first qualifying round will get underway at 10 a.m. ET.

    The Fort Wayne Classic can be seen on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.


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    PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic - Stepladder Finals

    Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., United States (July 18-20, 2014)

    Championship Round:
    1, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 456 (2 game), $7,500
    2, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 173 (1 game), $4,000
    3, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 660 (3 games), $2,500
    4, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 202 (1 game), $2,000
    5, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 190 (1 game), $1,700

    Playoff Results:
    Match One: No. 4 Patchen def. No. 5 Henry, 258-190
    Match Two: Patchen def. No. 3 Blatchford, 207-202
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 McCorkle def. Patchen, 212-195
    Championship Match: McCorkle def. No. 1 Petraglia, 244-173.


    PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic - Match Play Round Two (fourth round overall)

    Players with position, hometown, match play record, 24-game pinfall totals with bonus pins and money earned. Top five advanced to stepladder. a-denotes amateur

    1, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 8-4, 5,318
    2, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 11-1, 5,298
    3, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 9-3, 5,295
    4, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 9-3, 5,263
    5, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 7-5, 5,230

    Missed Cut:
    6, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 8-4, 5,224, $1,500
    7, Pete Gurskis, Orland Park, Ill., 10-2, 5,181, $1,475
    8, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 9-3, 5,098, $1,450
    9, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 6-6, 5,084, $1,425
    10, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 8-4, 5,083, $1,400
    11, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 7-5, 5,052, $1,375
    12, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 6-6, 5,047, $1,350
    13, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 5-7, 5,035, $1,325
    14, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 6-6, 5,012, $1,300
    15, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 8-4, 5,006, $1,275
    16, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 4-7-1, 4,965, $1,250
    17, a-Bob Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 6-6, 4,956, $1,225
    18, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 7-5, 4,949, $1,200
    19, a-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 5-7, 4,907, $1,180
    20, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 5-7, 4,900, $1,160
    21, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3-8-1, 4,898, $1,140
    22, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 6-6, 4,896, $1,120
    23, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 5-7, 4,874, $1,100
    24, a-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 6-6, 4,866, $1,090
    25, a-Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 6-6, 4,816, $1,085
    26, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3-9, 4,802, $1,080
    27, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 4-8, 4,793, $1,075
    28, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 2-10, 4,763, $1,070
    29, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 6-6, 4,742, $1,065
    30, a-Mike Buchanan, Crystal River, Fla., 3-9, 4,673, $1,060
    31, Don Lane, San Francisco, 3-9, 4,643, $1,055
    32, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 0-12, 4,521, $1,050