Steve Ferraro wins PBA Senior Miller Lite Decatur Open


    2009 PBA Senior Tour #9

    Younger brother of PBA Hall of Famer Dave Ferraro wins first PBA Senior Tour title

    Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., captured his first Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour title Tuesday, defeating Bill Henson of Westerville, Ohio, 207-183, to win the PBA Senior Miller Lite Decatur Open at Spare Time Lanes.

    "It feels fantastic to finally win one," Ferraro said. "It's a great feeling." Ferraro, the older brother of PBA Hall of Famer Dave Ferraro, said it's nice to finally experience the kind of success his younger brother enjoyed on the national tour.

    "I bowled a few national tour events, but then I went home to work (at the Ferraro family's bowling center). When I turned 50, I decided to try the Senior Tour. Now it's Dave's turn to stay home and work while I'm bowling."

    Ferraro advanced to the championship match by defeating Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, 233-163, in the semifinal round, ending Williams' bid for back-to-back titles. Henson defeated three-time PBA Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., 238-229, in the other semifinal round match.

    Ferraro won $8,000 along with his title. Henson collected $4,500 as runner-up.

    The PBA Senior Tour's next stop is the PBA Senior Miller Lite Knockout Classic, presented by the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association, Aug. 15-18, at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill.


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    PBA Senior Decatur Open

    Spare Time Lanes in Decatur, Ill. (August 8-11, 2009)

    Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. ($8,000) def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio ($4,500), 207-183

    Semifinal Round (losers earned $3,000)
    Henson def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 238-229
    Ferraro def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 233-163

    Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
    Henson def. Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2-1
    Baker def. Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2-0
    Williams def. Curt Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 2-0
    Ferraro def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2-0

    Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
    Kelly def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-2
    Harvey def. Jack Wallisch, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 3-2
    Henson def. Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3-1
    Baker def. Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3-2
    Williams def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3-2
    Aemisegger def. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-1
    Brazeau def. Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3-1
    Ferraro def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1

    Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
    Kelly def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-0
    Hunt def. Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 3-2
    Harvey def. Mike Hastings, Georgetown, Del., 3-0
    Baker def. Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3-0
    Profitt def. Wayne Webb, Sacramento, 3-0
    Aemisegger def. Bennie Holman, Decatur, 3-1
    Brazeau def. Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 3-0
    Henry def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3-2

    Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
    Kelly def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, In., 3-1
    Hunt def. Dave Fleming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3-1
    Hastings def. Jimmy Johnson, Bellevue, Neb., 3-0
    Freeman def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3-2
    Webb def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-2
    Aemisegger def. Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla, 3-1
    Brazeau def. Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3-1
    Henry def. Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3-1