PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter Friday to become the first player to win a U.S. Open title on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour.
The 50-year-old Duke, who is competing as a rookie on the PBA50 Tour this season, defeated fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber, 214-174, in the championship match at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. It was Duke’s first senior major and second PBA50 title of the season.
The stepladder finals began with a match between Brian Voss and two-time defending Senior U.S. Open champion Amleto Monacelli. Voss, who finished second in the 2009 Senior U.S. Open, defeated the 52-year-old Monacelli, who was trying to become the tournament’s first three-time winner, 263-194.
The 55-year-old Voss, who won 25 PBA Tour titles, advanced to the semifinal against Weber but lost his shot and the match, 193-158.
The 51-year-old Weber, also trying to become the first to win U.S. Opens on both tours, has won the PBA Tour’s U.S. Open a record five times, most recently in 2012 when he gained nationwide attention for his, “Who do you think you are? I am!” victory proclamation.
Bowlers Journal will have full coverage of the 2014 Senior U.S. Open in the July issue of the magazine.
The PBA50 Tour moves across town to Las Vegas’ South Point Bowling Center for the USBC Senior Masters, June 8-13.