The 2017 PBA50 schedule features 14 tournaments, including three PBA60 tournaments exclusively for players 60 years of age and older.
As part of a dominant season in 2016 in which he earned his second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown, defending champion Pete Weber beat Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., 223-204, in the title match of the 2016 PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open for a record-tying third consecutive PBA50 Tour title. He went on to win a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title three weeks later in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.
L-R Johnny Petraglia, 2016 winner Pete Weber and proprietors John and Joe LaSpina.
After finishes of 21st and ninth in his first two tournaments this season, Weber will have another goal in mind when he defends his title in Farmingdale, and that will be to win his 100th career tournament in PBA competition which includes titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 regional events.
The Johnny Petraglia BVL Open is named after the PBA legend and Vietnam veteran who has won 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles. The 70-year-old Hall of Famer will also be competing in this year’s event, which also is a significant fundraising event for BVL.
In two previous years, the event has raised more than $100,000 of the BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) Fund which provides veterans and active duty personnel with recreational and therapeutic programs and services to improve their quality of life.
The tournament will kick off with a special “Clash of Legends” event Saturday night at 6 p.m. EDT that will feature Petraglia and Weber in addition to fellow Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli.
Fromn left to right: Amleto Monacelli, Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Each Hall of Famer will compete on one of five teams that will represent each military branch (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard).
Competition begins with eight games of qualifying on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 8 a.m. which will be followed by another eight-game round on Monday, May 8. A final casher’s round of qualifying takes place Tuesday morning, May 9 and will be followed by two rounds of match play which will determine the top five players who will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.
The practice session will be held from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 and pro-am squads are scheduled for noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Spectator admission is $10 for practice session and pro-am squads, $20 for qualifying and match play rounds, $30 for stepladder finals and $50 for an “all-access pass” for the entire event.
Pro-am entry fee for youth bowlers is $49.99 (basic) or $174.99 which includes a Johnny Petraglia Brunswick Bowling ball. Adult pro-am entry fee is $69.99 (basic) or 194.99 with Johnny Petraglia ball. For additional admission and pro-am entry information contact Farmingdale Lanes at (631) 249-4300.
Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., United States (May 6-9, 2017)
(All times Eastern)
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8 – 11 a.m. – Practice session
Pro-Am squads: Noon, 3:30, 7:30 p.m.
6 p.m. – Clash of Legends
Sunday, May 7, 2017
8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
2:30 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)
Monday, May 8, 2017
8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)
2:30 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:30 a.m. – Cashers Round
Noon – Match play round 1
3 p.m. – Match play round 2
Top 5 bowlers advance to a stepladder finals
7 p.m. Stepladder final
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