Ohio's Bill McCorkle Wins Inaugural PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic for First PBA50 Title
FORT WAYNE, Ind.
– Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio, won the biggest tournament of his professional career by defeating PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Johnny Petraglia in the championshipmatch of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm.
In the inaugural event for PBA50 Tour players ages 60 and over, McCorkle defeated the top-seeded Petraglia 244-173, at Pro Bowl West to record his first PBA50 Tour title. McCorkle got off to the early lead stringing the first five strikes while Petraglia struggle missing the 2-4-6-10 split in the first frame and the 1-3-6-7 washout in the fifth frame. “I’ve been bowling in PBA competition for 40 years and never won at the national level so I’m a little overwhelmed,” said the 61-year-old McCorkle whose best previous PBA50 Tour finish was fifth. “I was fortunate to get off to a good start but then I had to remind myself to stay loose and continue to throw good shots.
“Toward the end of the match I started to get a little emotional but then I looked over at the Dick Weber trophy and thought what would Dick do, and at that moment I was able to get the inspiration I needed.” McCorkle qualified second for the stepladder final thanks to a 11- 1 record in match play.
“My goal was to make the top five,” said McCorkle who has won six PBA regional titles. “I think I benefited from the tougher condition because it enabled me to throw harder which I like to do. The big games weren’t out there so there was a premium on making good shots.”
In the opening stepladder match one-time PBA50 Tour winner No. 4 seed Dave Patchen of Oregon, Ohio, defeated one-time PBA50 Tour winner No. 5 seed Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio 258-190, and then went on to beat Don Blatchford of Santa Monica, Calif., 207-202 in the second match to finish third. McCorkle defeated Patchen 212-195 in the semifinal to advance to the title match.PBA50 DICK WEBER SUPER SENIOR CLASSIC PRESENTED BY STORM
Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.Final Standings:
1, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, $7,500. 2, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J.,
$4,000. 3, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, $2,500 4, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif.,
$2,000. 5, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, $1,700.Playoff Results:
Match One Patchen def. Henry, 258-190. Match Two Patchen def. Blatchford
207-202. Semifinal McCorkle def. Patchen, 212-195. Championship match McCorkle
def. Petraglia, 244-173.>/br>FOURTH ROUND CASHERS
Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 8-4, 5,224, $1,500; Pete Gurskis, Orland Park, Ill., 10-2,
5,181, $1,475; Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 9-3, 5,098, $1,450; Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 6-
6, 5,084, $1,425; Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 8-4, 5,083, $1,400; Timothy Kauble, Marion,
Ohio, 7-5, 5,052, $1,375; Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 6-6, 5,047, $1,350; Kerry Painter, Henderson,
Nev., 5-7, 5,035, $1,325; Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 6-6, 5,012, $1,300; Dick Gran,
Hartville, Ohio, 8-4, 5,006, $1,275; Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 4-7-1, 4,965, $1,250; Bob
Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 6-6, 4,956, $1,225 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 7-5,
4,949, $1,200; Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 5-7, 4,907, $1,180; Tommy Kress, Rochester,
N.Y., 5-7, 4,900, $1,160; Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3-8-1, 4,898, $1,140; Norb Wetzel,
Fond du Lac, Wis., 6-6, 4,896, $1,120; Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 5-7, 4,874, $1,100; Jim
Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 6-6, 4,866, $1,090; Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 6-6, 4,816, $1,085;
Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3-9, 4,802, $1,080; Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 4-8, 4,793,
$1,075; Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 2-10, 4,763, $1,070; Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass.,
6-6, 4,742, $1,065 ;Mike Buchanan, Crystal River, Fla., 3-9, 4,673, $1,060; Don Lane, San
Francisco, 3-9, 4,643, $1,055; Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 0-12, 4,521, $1,050.Other Cashers
Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 2,341; Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 2,340; Bob Kelly,
Dayton, Ohio, 2,339; Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 2,337; John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village,
Ohio, 2,336; George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 2,331; Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 2,329;
Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 2,327; Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., 2,324; Robert Flaws,
Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,322Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling News Magazine.