KETTERING, Ohio (AP) -- Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia became the first player in Professional Bowlers Association history to win a national or senior tour title in six decades, beating Ron Mohr 220-204 on Thursday night in the PBA Senior Dayton Classic.
The 65-year-old Petraglia, from Jackson, N.J., ended a three-year victory drought with his eighth career senior tour title. He won the first of his 14 PBA national tour titles in 1966 in Fort Smith, Ark., at the age of 19. Dick Weber also has won PBA titles in six decades, but his mark includes a PBA regional title.
"I guess it shows how old I am," Petraglia said. "But this is very special to me because it's part of history and makes it all worth it. You know at my age, I was wondering if it was going to happen.
"There are so many great Senior Tour players and there are more great bowlers from the regular Tour who are becoming eligible so it doesn't get any easier. Another thing that makes it special is that there are some guys that might be able to tie this record in the coming years but probably not going to break it."