Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pappas Wins 23rd PBA Regional Title, Wins in Five Decades

PBA Hall of Famer George Pappas of Charlotte, NC, joined the elite group of 
members to win PBA titles in five different decades when he defeated Richard 
Bucey of Forest Hill, MD, 224-220, to win the PBA East Region Howell Lanes 
Senior Open at Howell Lanes in Howell, NJ, on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Pappas, 64, picked up his 13th senior regional title (23rd overall) and his 
first since 2009 on his way to the $1,500 top prize. He defeated fellow PBA Hall 
of Famer and “Five Decade Club” member Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, NJ, 
223-193, to advance to the title match. Bucey defeated Mike Tryniski of Fulton, 
NY, 213-179, in the semifinal round.

In the only other PBA regional conducted over the Sept. 10-11 weekend, Chris 
Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, defeated Jeff Roche of Dearborn, MI, 216-198, to 
win the PBA Central Region’s G.A. Wintzer & Son Classic at Astro Lanes in 
Wapakoneta, Ohio, on Sunday, Sept. 11, for his 10th career PBA Regional title. 
He also earned $3,000.

Roche defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, IN, 259-179, to advance to the 
championship match. McCune started the stepladder final by defeating PBA Senior 
Tour competitor Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, 247-204, and eliminating Brad 
Angelo of Lockport, NY, 239-228, in his second match.

Next weekend’s limited schedule of PBA Regional activity includes the joint PBA 
West/Northwest Red Bluff Open at Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff, CA.

Over the Sept. 23-25 weekend, the PBA East Region will visit Parkway Lanes in 
Elmwood Park, NJ; the PBA Central and Midwest Region senior players will 
converge on Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, for the Mel Westrich 
Senior Open, and the PBA Southwest Region visits Bowling World in Fort Smith, 
AK, for the Fort Smith Super Regional Open where a $5,000 first prize will be 
at stake.

For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, visit 
and click on “Regional Tour” under the “Schedules” drop-down tab.

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