Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., won his second Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour title Tuesday by defeating Hall of Famer Wayne Webb 213-210 in the championship match of the PBA Senior Dayton Classic at Capri Lanes.
Ferraro, in his third full season on the Senior Tour, was somewhat surprised that his win came in the opening event of the 30th PBA Senior Tour season.
“As I was preparing for the season I really wasn’t bowling well,” said the 56-year-old Ferraro. “I’m capable of winning out here but thought it would take me a few more tournaments. I did surprisingly well for the first tournament.”
Ferraro’s first Senior Tour win came in last season’s Decatur Senior Open.
In Tuesday’s semi-final round Ferraro defeated Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., 222-202, and Webb defeated two-time Senior Tour titlist Henry Gonzalez of Colorado Springs, Colo., 190-186, to advance to the championship match.
In the title match Webb, the winner of the last two Senior U.S. Opens and is a 20-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, rolled three strikes in the 10th frame to force Ferraro to mark. Ferraro made a spare and threw a 9-count in the 10th to lock up the win.
“I was fortunate to still be in the match because I was down 25 pins early,” Ferraro said. “I was able to put four strikes together in the middle of the match and kept the momentum going.”
It was a disappointing loss for Webb who recently moved to Columbus, Ohio from Sacramento, Calif., to become a bowling center proprietor.
“It was just one of those things where I didn’t bowl well enough to win and really couldn’t adjust to the lanes,” Webb said.
PBA SENIOR DAYTON CLASSIC
Capri Lanes, Dayton, Ohio, April 20
Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. ($8,000) def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio ($4,500), 213-210
Semifinal Round (losers earn $3,000)
Webb, def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 190-186
Ferraro def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 222-202
Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Gonzalez def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 2-1
Webb def. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2-1
Dias def. Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2-1
Ferraro def. Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 2-1