John Conroy leads qualifying after first round in PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open


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    2015PBA5004JohnConroy.jpg In his third season bowling on the PBA50 Tour, decorated paramedic John Conroy (pictured left) of Mahopac, N.Y., averaged 240.3 Sunday to lead qualifying after the first round in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale, Lanes.

    Conroy, who owns one PBA50 regional title, bowled a 1,923 eight-game pinfall total that included games of 217, 299, 215, 286, 206, 216, 236 and 248.

    "I just tried to stay in the moment and keep focused on bowling the (lane) condition and not the other bowlers," said Conroy, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was 13th in the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.

    "I had some problems picking up my spares today but I was able to overcome that by hanging in there and making the right adjustments at the right time."

    Conroy, a New York City native and 2013 East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, earned the American Ambulance Association Star of Life Award and Emergency Medical Services Award in 2014 for his work in the emergency medical field for 31 years, including 28 as a paramedic.

    2014PBAMikeScroggins2.jpg2014PBAParkerBohn.jpgHe worked most of his career in New York City where he was among the first responders not only for the 9-11 attack but also the 1993 bomb attack on the World Trade Center's north tower.

    Conroy topped PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages winner Mike Scroggins (left) of Amarillo, Texas, who finished the first round in second with a 1,910 pinfall.

    "It's a funny game," said Scroggins, an eight-time winner on the PBA Tour who won the Sun Bowl In The Villages in his PBA50 debut.

    "When I won the Sun Bowl In The Villages everything just fell into place, last week I felt like I bowled pretty well but didn't make the cut, and now after the first round in this tournament I don't feel comfortable at all but I'm near the top."

    2014PBAWSOBBrianLeClair.jpg2015USBCGoldCoachMikeDias.jpgRounding out the top five after the first round were Hall of Famer and PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open winner Parker Bohn III (above right), Jackson, N.J., 1,904; Brian LeClair (left), Delmar, N.Y., 1,889, and Mike Dias (right) of Lafayette, Colo., 1,888.

    After feeling ill on Saturday, PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., was able to bounce back to bowl a 300 game in the first game of the first round and eventually finished 16th with an 1,825 pinfall total.

    The 94-player field returns Monday for another eight-game qualifying round which will determine the top 16 players who will advance to match play and 23 players (positions 17-31 and eight PBA60 players) who will advance to Tuesday morning's five-game cashers round that will determine eight additional match play spots. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.

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    PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open - First Round Qualifying

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total. a-denotes amateur, ss-denotes PBA60 players (age 60 and over).

    1, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,923
    2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,910
    3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,904
    4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,889
    5, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,888
    6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,867
    7, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,866
    8, a-John Kirker Jr., Taftville, Conn., 1,857
    9, a-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 1,855
    10, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,852
    11, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,848
    12, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,842
    13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,837
    14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,836
    15, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,827
    16, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,825

    17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,817
    18, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,812
    19, Dave Mutch, Oakland, N.J., 1,805
    20, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,803
    21, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,784
    22, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,778
    23, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,776
    24, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,770
    25, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,768
    26, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,756
    27, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,749
    28, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 1,748
    29, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,746
    30, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,742
    31, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,740

    32, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,736
    33, a-Jose Zambrano, Jackson Heights, N.Y., 1,735
    34, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,732
    35, Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 1,731
    36, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,726
    37, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,710
    38, (tie) Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., and ss-a-Jim Ruccione, Ozone Park, N.Y., 1,700
    40, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,695
    41, (tie) John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., and ss-Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,689
    43, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,683
    44, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,682
    45, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,679
    46, a-Russell Michaud, Hudson, N.H., 1,676
    47, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,674
    48, a-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 1,672
    49, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,671
    50, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,670
    51, (tie) a-Johnathan Francis, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,660
    53, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,659
    54, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 1,657
    55, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,650
    56, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,647
    57, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,637
    58, ss-Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,634
    59, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,632
    60, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,631
    61, ss-a-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 1,623
    62, Jeffrey Koenig, Melville, N.Y., 1,620
    63, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,618
    64, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,617
    65, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,616
    66, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,615
    67, Tom Yadanza, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1,611
    68, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,606
    69, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,605
    70, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,603
    71, ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,594
    72, ss-Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,592
    73, ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,590
    74, ss-Salvatore Mattera, Nesconset, N.Y., 1,574
    75, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,572
    76, a-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 1,568
    77, ss-Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,565
    78, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,554
    79, ss-Stephen Nowicki, Rochester, N.Y., 1,552
    80, (tie) a-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., and ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,548
    82, a-Joseph Natoli, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,532
    83, ss-a-Scott Salem, Oradell, N.J., 1,530
    84, ss-Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,526
    85, Eddie Wu, New York, 1,516
    86, a-Greg Eskow, Syosset, N.Y., 1,514
    87, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,512
    88, ss-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 1,509
    89, ss-Walter Davis Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,485
    90, Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,472
    91, Gary Elferis, Flushing, N.Y., 1,436
    92, a-Richard Carosella, North Merrick, N.Y., 1,341
    93, a-Sal Palmeri, Middle Village, N.Y., 1,317
    94, ss-Michael Brower, Amsterdam, N.Y., 519