I watched the PWBA (Professional Women’s Bowling Association) tournament this past weekend and found that they were using a new scoring method. John Petraglia, one of the PBA’s greatest 50 listed this year, introduced a simplified scoring method.
Basically you bowl until all of the bowling pins are knocked down. In a sense, the scoring is like golf. The lower your score, the better. A strike is one(1) point. A normal spare is two(2) points. There were a few frames where the women scored three(3) points because of splits (like the dreaded 7-10) and just chopped spares. A perfect game would be 10, almost accomplished on TV by Carolyn Dorin-Ballard.
This isn’t a new concept, but the PBA put a name to it (Petraglia) to give it a little more appeal. Johnny Petraglia is a great person, and I am happy that they used his name for this scoring method.
It will be interesting to see if the Johnny Petraglia scoring method catches on and becomes more widely used.