Duke Downs Weber for Senior U.S. Open Title

by Bob Johnson 0

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.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.