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Don Sylvia Wins PBA60 Dick Weber Championship


FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Three-time PBA50
Tour winner Don Sylvia of Daytona, Beach, Fla., considered retiring from professional competition earlier this season, but entered the PBA 60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer to give it one more shot. It turned out to be the right decision as he beat two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 236-196, in the title match at Pro Bowl
West for his first PBA60 title. "Up until five weeks ago I thought about
retiring," said a tearful Sylvia after winning. "It was an unbelievable tournament for me and it was a dream come true. It's amazing to win a tournament with Dick Weber's name on it.
"I'm still undecided on what I should do, but I don't think you can ever really give up this game entirely," he continued. "I spent the last month or so getting in shape and changing all of my equipment to get ready specifically for this tournament. The hard work paid off."

The tournament, named in honor of the late PBA legend, is for players who are ages 60 and over. "It's just an honor to be able to bowl with these guys and to bowl in a final with a hall of famer like Johnny Petraglia and a future hall of famer like Ron Mohr, that's what really makes it special," the 63-year-old Sylvia added.

In the opening stepladder match the 69- year-old Petraglia, who had finished second in the tournament the past two seasons, beat Ron Boroff of Mansfield, Texas, 242-223. Sylvia, who was the No. 3 seed, then beat Petraglia 224-194, before defeating Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha, Wis., in the semifinal match 211-209 to advance to the title match against No. 1 seed Mohr who is a native of Fort Wayne.
Knoblauch bow led a 300 game in the position round match to vault into the No. 2 seed for the finals.

Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine.

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