Wednesday, August 12, 2009

PBA Senior Miller Lite/Decatur Open

Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., captured his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour title Tuesday, defeating Bill Henson of Westerville, Ohio, 207-183, to win the PBA Senior Miller Lite Decatur Open at Spare Time Lanes, Decatur, IL.

“It feels fantastic to finally win one,” Ferraro said. “It’s a great feeling.”

Ferraro, the older brother of PBA Hall of Famer Dave Ferraro, said it’s nice to
finally experience the kind of success his younger brother enjoyed on the
national tour. “I bowled a few national tour events, but then I went home to
work (at the Ferraro family’s bowling center). When I turned 50, I decided to
try the Senior Tour. Now it’s Dave’s turn to stay home and work while I’m

Ferraro advanced to the championship match by defeating Mark Williams of
Beaumont, TX, 233-163, in the semifinal round, ending Williams’ bid for
back-to-back titles. Henson defeated three-time PBA Senior Player of the Year
Tom Baker of King, NC, 238-229, in the other semifinal round match.

Ferraro won $8,000 along with his title. Henson collected $4,500 as runner-up.

The PBA Senior Tour’s next stop is the PBA Senior Miller Lite Knockout Classic, presented by the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association, Aug. 15-18, at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill. For more information, visit

Spare Time Lanes, Decatur, Ill., Aug. 11

Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. ($8,000) def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio ($4,500), 207-183

Semifinal Round (losers earned $3,000)
Henson def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 238-229
Ferraro def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 233-163

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Henson def. Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2-1
Baker def. Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2-0
Williams def. Curt Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 2-0
Ferraro def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2-0

Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
Kelly def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-2
Harvey def. Jack Wallisch, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 3-2
Henson def. Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3-1
Baker def. Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3-2
Williams def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3-2
Aemisegger def. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-1
Brazeau def. Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3-1
Ferraro def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1

Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
Kelly def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-0
Hunt def. Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 3-2
Harvey def. Mike Hastings, Georgetown, Del., 3-0
Baker def. Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3-0
Profitt def. Wayne Webb, Sacramento, 3-0
Aemisegger def. Bennie Holman, Decatur, 3-1
Brazeau def. Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 3-0
Henry def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3-2

Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Kelly def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, In., 3-1
Hunt def. Dave Fleming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3-1
Hastings def. Jimmy Johnson, Bellevue, Neb., 3-0
Freeman def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3-2
Webb def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-2
Aemisegger def. Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla, 3-1
Brazeau def. Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3-1
Henry def. Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3-1

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