Houston-Sertoma Open - Archived Standings
$38,000 HOUSTON-SERTOMA OPEN
Stadium Bowl, Houston, Texas, Jul 23-26, 1971
Petraglia Takes The Fifth
The Johnny Petraglia story continued as the $35,000 Houston-Sertoma Open played at Stadium Bowl. The young pro from Brooklyn, however, came within an eyelash of blowing his fifth championship of the year when a tall southpaw from Houston nearly took the title away.
Petraglia went into the position round game with a 103-pin margin over Bob Singleton, a local entry in the event which drew packed houses at all sessions. When Singleton took a 248-184 decision, it meant a 94-pin pickup, bonus points included, reducing Petraglia's margin of victory to a mere nine. The final count was 10,631 to 10,522. .
Singleton, trying to become the second local bowler to take a title, led the qualifier with an average of over 268, and for the 42 games in which he competed his average was 240-plus. In the final analysis, it was Petraglia's 19 wins in match play that spelled the difference, for Singleton managed to take five less.
*Alternate. **Local Entries. #Skee Foremsky and Don Johnson received $100 for 300 games. 18-Game Qualifying Leader-Singleton 4382. 24th Low-Dickinson 3866. PRO-AM CASHERS ($60)-Mike McGrath, Bill Johnson, Jimmy McHugh, Billy Hardwick, Jim Stefanich, Marty Piraino.