Mike Scroggins defeats Pete Weber to win PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open


    2015 PBA50 Tour #4

    Scroggins wins his second career PBA50 Tour title and becomes season's first multiple winner



    2014PBAMikeScroggins2.jpg2014PBA50PeteWeber.jpgMike Scroggins (left) of Amarillo, Texas, won four consecutive stepladder matches to win the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick Tuesday and become the season's first two-time winner.

    Scroggins defeated PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (right) of St. Ann, Mo., in the championship match, 247-195, at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., to win his second PBA50 Tour title in three tournaments with his first win coming in the recent UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages in his PBA50 Tour debut.

    Pictured above from left to right: Johnny Petraglia, Joe Laspina, champion Mike Scroggins and John Laspina.

    "It's hard to believe being here after what I've been through the past year," said Scroggins, who is coming back from a nearly year-long layoff from competition because of a foot ailment. "It's been a long road back but I can honestly say this is the best I've felt in about two years.

    2014PBAWSOBBrianLeClair.jpg2015USBCGoldCoachMikeDias.jpg"If anyone would have told me a year ago I'd be standing here with two titles, I'd say no way," the eight-time PBA Tour winner added. "It's fun to be on top again."

    Just as he did in his Sun Bowl In The Villages win, Scroggins, who qualified fifth for the finals, won three consecutive matches to get to the championship match. Scroggins first beat Brian LeClair (left) of Delmar, N.Y., in a tight first match, 245-244, then went on to beat Mike Dias (right) of Lafayette, Colo., in the second match, 245-206, and Ron Mohr (below left) of Las Vegas in the semifinal match, 228-179.

    2012PBASRonMohr.jpg"I'm not sure why exactly but I thought Brian would be my toughest opponent and if I could get by him I thought I'd have a good chance to get to the championship match," Scroggins said.

    "I had bowled on that pair of lanes a few times during the tournament and had a pretty good read on those lanes. I threw mostly good shots but got a few breaks on some shots I didn't throw that well."

    Sandwiched in between Scroggins' wins was a 49th place finish in last week's Miller High Life Classic in Mooresville, N.C.

    2014PBA50JohnnyPetraglia2.jpgWeber, who was trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title, has been battling back from a sluggish start to the season with 24th and 44th place finishes in the first two tournaments, but has bounced back with a third place last week and his second-place finish in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open.

    The tournament was named after PBA legend Johnny Petraglia (right) who is a 14-time PBA Tour and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner. Petraglia, a Vietnam War veteran who finished 18th in the tournament, is the only player in history to win national PBA titles in six different decades.

    The tournament raised approximately $50,000 to benefit the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL), an organization which is funded exclusively by the bowling industry that provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services for America's active duty and veteran service men and women.

    The PBA50 Tour takes a break until the season's first major, the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, which gets underway May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.


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    PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open - Final Standings

    Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., United States (May 2-5, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $7,500
    2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $4,000
    3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $2,500
    4, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., $2,000
    5, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., $1,750

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: Scroggins def. LeClair, 245-244
    Second Match: Scroggins def. Dias, 245-206
    Semifinal Match: Scroggins def. Mohr, 228-179
    Championship Match: Scroggins def. Weber, 247-195.

    Modified Match Play Round 2
    (after six games, including match play bonus pins.; top five advanced to stepladder finals; a-denotes amateur, ss-denotes PBA60 player)
    1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6-0, 1,664
    2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,537
    3, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-2, 1,489
    4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-2-1, 1,450
    5, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-2, 1,437

    Missed Cut:
    6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-3, 1,434, $1,500
    7, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3-1-2, 1,431, $1,500
    8, a-John Kirker Jr., Taftville, Conn., 3-3, 1,409, $1,500
    9, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 4-2, 1,401, $1,300
    10, Dave Mutch, Oakland, N.J., 2-4, 1,395, $1,300
    11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-4, 1,339, $1,300
    12, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 2-4, 1,334, $1,300
    13, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2-3-1, 1,331, $1,300
    14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2-4, 1,291, $1,300
    15, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-4, 1,234, $1,300
    16, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 0-6, 1,229, $1,300

    Modified Match Play Round 1
    (after five games, including match play bonus pins)
    17, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2-2-1, 1,143, $1,150
    18, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-3, 1,130, $1,150
    19, a-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 2-3, 1,118, $1,150
    20, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 2-3, 1,109, $1,150
    21, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2-3, 1,071, $1,150
    22, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1-3-1, 1,066, $1,150
    23, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 2-3, 1,049, $1,150
    24, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 2-3, 1,040, $1,150

    Other Cashers
    (after five-game cashers' round)
    25, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,081, $1,050
    26, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,079, $1,050
    27, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,070, $1,050
    28, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,062, $1,050
    29, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,053, $1,050
    30, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,045, $1,050
    31, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,028, $1,050
    32, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,026, $1,000
    33, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,016, $1,000
    34, ss-Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,015, $1,000
    35, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,013, $1,000
    36, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,007, $1,000
    37, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,004, $1,000
    38, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,003, $1,000
    39, Glenn Smith, New York, 917, $1,000

    300 Games (2) - Johnny Petraglia, Tim Regan