Sunnybrook Lanes, Sterling Heights, Mich., Mar 24-29, 1980

Sterling Performance By Petraglia

Johnny Petraglia decided not to waste an opportunity to control his own destiny and fired four tension packed strikes to defeat Gary Dickinson, 235-223, for the PBA National Championship to reach yet another milestone in his remarkable pro career.

The winner of the Firestone Tournament of Champions in 1971 and the BPAA U.S. Open in 1977, Petraglia claimed the mythical Triple Crown of pro bowling with the victory, the only player other than Billy Hardwick to achieve such.

The Nationals, shifted to the Winter Tour for the first time in its 21-year history, was led in the early going by 1961 champion Carmen Salvino who set a 16-game national tour record when he totaled 4,015--a 251 average--through the first two rounds.

When Salvino slipped out of the lead in match play, Petraglia was there to take over, averaging 231 over 56 games while Jay Robinson, John Denton, Sam Zurich and Dickinson occupied positions two through five.

Petraglia waited to bowl the championship match aware that more than one of his most sought after performance goals was on the line. The 33-year-old lefthander wanted to win title No. 14, wanted to win a tournament in the 1980s and most of all wanted to complete the circuit of major championships.

It all came down to 10 frames of action that dramatized all the skill, talent and experience that put the top-seeded Staten Island, N.Y., pro in position to once again nail down one of the most prestigious titles the sport offers.

Dickinson, looking for his second title of the year, slipped past Zurich in the first match, 186-185, and then handled fellow-Texan Denton, 220-216. Denton had set a PBA record of his own during the event, rolling 56 straight games of better than 200 after opening the tournament with a score of 191.

Dickinson proceeded to trounce Robinson, 242-214 in the semi-final match. After opening in the first frame of the title game the lanky right-hander gave chase right to the end when the gritty Petraglia closed him out with four finishing strikes.

The victory was worth $15,000 to Petraglia at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, where the Motor City throngs turned out in overflow numbers to watch, cheer and appreciate the greatest bowlers in the world.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y.235 (1 game)$15,000
2Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth. Tex.871 (4 games)8,000
3Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif.214 (1 game)6,000
4John Denton, Midland, Tex.216 (1 game)5,000
5Sam Zurich, Centerport, N.Y.185 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS--Dickinson defeated Zurich, 186-185; Dickinson defeated Denton, 220-216; Dickinson defeated Robinson, 242-214, and in the championship game, Petraglia defeated Dickinson, 235-223.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Johnny Petraglia, Staten Island, N.Y. 12954 231.3 16-7-1 495 13449 
2Jay Robinson, Van Nuys, Calif. 12893 230.2 16-7-1 495 13388 
3John Denton, Midland, Tex. 12806 228.6 19-5-0 570 13376 
#4Sam Zurich, Centerport, N.Y. 12910 230.5 14-10-0 420 13330 
5Gary Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Tex. 12801 228.5 15-9-0 450 13251 
**6Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 12793 228.4 15-9-0 450 13243 $3,450
#7Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, Ind. 12741 227.5 13-11-0 390 13131 3,000
#8Dale Glenn, Alta Loma, Calif. 12627 225.4 14-10-0 420 13047 2,600
9Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 12595 224.9 15-9-0 450 13045 2,400
#10Mal Acosta, Fremont, Calif. 12656 226.0 12-12-0 360 13016 2,200
#11Charlie Tapp, So. St. Paul, Minn. 12630 225.5 12-12-0 360 12990 2,100
12Teata Semiz, River Edge, N.J. 12515 223.4 13-11-0 390 12905 2,000
13Les Shirwindt, Long Beach, N.Y. 12512 223.4 13-11-0 390 12902 1,900
14Denny Campbell, Alsip, Ill. 12434 222.0 14-10-0 420 12854 1,800
15Dave Frame, Baldwin Park, Calif. 12542 223.9 9-14-1 285 12827 1,700
16Carmen Salvino, Chicago, Ill. 12577 224.5 7-16-1 225 12802 1,600
17Earl Anthony, Dublin, Calif. 12510 223.3 9-14-1 285 12795 1,500
18Paul Moser, Somerset, Mass. 12456 222.4 10-14-0 300 12756 1,400
19Tom Laskow, Commack, N.Y. 12381 221.0 11-12-1 345 12726 1,300
20Bill Coleman, Springfield, Ore. 12298 219.6 12-12-0 360 12658 1,200
21Frank Ellenburg, Mesa, Ariz. 12342 220.3 9-15-0 270 12612 1,150
22Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash. 12117 216.3 8-16-0 240 12357 1,100
#23Art Trask, Miami, Fla. 12165 217.2 6-18-0 180 12345 1,050
24Jim Lipsitz, St. Louis, Mo. 12176 217.4 3-21-0 90 12266 1,000


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Ralph Hartmann, New Hyde Park, N. Y.$990
26Jim Plessinger, State College, Pa.875
27Dick Weber, St. Louis, Mo.840
28John Weltzien, Huntley, Ill.820
29Ron Lisher, Santa Rosa, Calif.810
30Guppy Troup, Jacksonville, Fla.800
31Tom Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla.780
 George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C.780
 Dave Soutar, Kansas City, Mo.780
34Kent Wagner, Allentown, Pa.760
35Butch Soper, Whittier, Calif.750
36Bus Oswalt, Muncie, Ind.740
37John Voso Jr., Euclid, Ohio730
38Louie Moore, Columbus, Ohio720
39Gil Sliker, Washington, N.J.710
40Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, Pa.700
41Joe Berardi, Pearl River, N.Y690
42Bob Strampe, Warren, Mich.680
43Joe Staton, Anaheim, Calif.670
44Matt Surina, Longview, Wash.660
45Cliff McNealy, San Lorenzo, Calif.645
 Ron Young, Youngstown, Ohio645
47Dave Beckmann, Bellevue, Wash.630
48David Jones, South Boston, Va.620
49Ray Shackelford, Hartwood, Pa.610
50Jeffrey Bellinger, Columbia, S.C.600
51Arnie Goldman, Chicago, Ill.590
52Mike Babb, Glen Burnie, N.D.580
53Roy Buckley, Columbus, Ohio570
54Tom Hinz, Joliet, Ill.560
55Don Johnson, Las Vegas550
56Boysie Huber, St. Louis, Mo.540
57Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif.530
58Al Stonum, San Francisco, Calif.520
59Steve Tripp, Wethersfield, Conn.510
60Mike Samardzija, Southfield, Mich.500
61Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.490
62Alvin Lou, EI Cajon, Calif.480
63Joseph Greco, Jacksonville, Fla.470
64Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.460
65Mike Durbin, Chagrin Falls, Ohio450
66Ralph Fricke, Jacksonville, Fla.440
67Mark Roth, North Arlington, N.J.430
68Jack Calhoun, Cincinnati, Ohio420
69Dave H Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.410
70Tom Eder, N. Vernon, Ind.400
71Jim Godman, Lorain, Ohio400
72Eddie Worth, Sterling Heights, Mich.400
73Danny Morton, Jacksonville, Fla.400
74Paul Vorisek, Bedford, Ohio400
75Jimmy Certain, Peoria, Ill.400

* - Denotes alternate. ** - TV finals alternate. 32-game qualifying leader -- Salvino, 7478. 24th place--Semiz, 7070. # - Trask, Zurich (2), Tapp, Tom Kress, Aulby, Worth. Acosta and Glenn rolled 300 games. PRO-AM CASHERS -- Art Trask, Arnie Goldman, Dave Frame, Jeff Morin, Mike Durbin, Fred Jaskie, Teata Semiz, Bill George, Warren Nelson, Paul Vorisek, Pete McCordic, Leon Redmon, Ron Everingham, Don McCune, John Wilcox, Tim Cornelio, Tony Torrice, Alvin Lou, Gil Sliker, Dave Ferraro, Jim Plessinger, Butch Soper, Bus Oswalt, Mike Hahn, Mike Aulby and Tom Hinz.