Bill Henson defeats Johnny Petraglia to win PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open

    08/17/15

    2015 PBA50 Tour #13

    Henson wins four consecutive matches in 2015 PBA50 Tour season-ending event to earn his first title

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    2015PBA50JohnPetraglia.jpgIn a back-and-forth championship match, Bill Henson (above right, with proprietor David Small) defeated PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia (pictured right), 244-233, to win the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer for his first career PBA50 Tour title.

    Henson, whose previous best finish was second in the 2009 PBA Senior Decatur Open, needed at least a strike and then nine-spare in the 10th frame, but was able to throw a double to seal the win at Pro Bowl West.

    Qualifying fourth for the finals, Henson, of Westerville, Ohio, had to win three consecutive matches to meet top qualifier Petraglia in the title match of the final tournament of the season.

    2009PBASDaleCsuhta.jpg2013PBA50KerryPainter.jpgIn the opening stepladder match, Henson defeated Dale Csuhta (left) of Wadsworth, Ohio, 247-214, and then went on to beat Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 256-225. In the semifinal match, Henson beat Kerry Painter (right) of Henderson, Nev., in another 256-225 match to advance to the title match.

    "That stepladder final was tall and steep," said the 63-year-old Henson. "There was a lot of great talent ahead of me. I had no choice but to take it one shot at a time."

    In the title match, Henson got off to a shaky start with an open in the second frame but then recovered with a string of strikes. Petraglia nearly left the door wide open in the ninth frame when he left the 1-3-7-9 washout, but he was able to make the spare to keep the match close.

    "I had all the confidence in the world in my equipment and the way I was throwing the ball," Henson said. "I just needed to keep my mental game together. When I stepped up in the 10th, I just kept telling myself I've done this before, I can do it again."

    The 68-year-old Petraglia, who has won 14 times on the PBA Tour and eight times on the PBA50 Tour, would have been the oldest player to win a PBA50 Tour title with a victory.

     


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    PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open - Stepladder Finals


    Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., United States (Aug. 14-16, 2015)

    Final Standings 1. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1003 (4 games), $7,500
    2. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 33 (1 game), $4,000
    3. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 225 (1 game), $2,500
    4. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 225 (1 game), $2,000
    5. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 214 (1 game), $1,750

    Championship Round:
    First Match: No. 4 Henson def. No. 5 Csuhta, 247-214
    Second Match: Henson def. No. 3 Henry, 256-225
    Semifinal Match: Henson def. No. 2 Painter, 256-225
    Championship Match: Henson def. No. 1 Petraglia, 244 -233

     


    PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open - Fourth Round Standings


    Players with position, hometown and 24-game total including match play record and bonus pins; top five advanced to stepladder finals; places 5-32 show earnings; a-denotes amateur

    1, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 9-3, 5,865
    2, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 8-4, 5,857
    3, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 10-2, 5,815
    4, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 7-5, 5,691
    5, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 8-4, 5,642

    Missed Cut:
    6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 7-5, 5,565, $1,600
    7, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 10-2, 5,529, $1,550
    8, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 8-4, 5,405, $1,500
    9, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-6, 5,397, $1,450
    10, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 5-6-1, 5,396, $1,425
    11, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-8-1, 5,361, $1,400
    12, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 5-7, 5,353, $1,375
    13, Willie Wells, Las Vegas, 8-4, 5,351, $1,350
    14, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 7-5, 5,346, $1,325
    15, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 6-5-1, 5,338, $1,300
    16, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 6-6, 5,297, $1,275
    17, a-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 7-5, 5,286, $1,250
    18, Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 7-5, 5,282, $1,240
    19, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 7-5, 5,279, $1,230
    20, Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 6-6, 5,278, $1,220
    21, a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 4-8, 5,275, $1,210
    22, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 6-6, 5,248, $1,200
    23, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 4-7-1, 5,236, $1,190
    24, Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 5-7, 5,227, $1,180
    25, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 2-10, 5,196, $1,170
    26, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 4-8, 5,170, $1,160
    27, Larry Zacharias, Naperville, Ill., 5-6-1, 5,159, $1,150
    28, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 4-8, 5,127, $1,140
    29, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 6-6, 5,102, $1,130
    30, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 5-5-1, 5,075, $1,120
    31, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 4-8, 4,979, $1,110
    32, Richard Nesbit, Pittsburgh, 0-12, 4,867, $1,100