Duke Drops Weber to Second in Senior U.S. Open; Stepladder Today at 4 p.m. Pacific

by Bob Johnson 0

As the second round of match play began this morning in the Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Pete Weber held a 110-pin lead over Norm Duke.

Once eight more games were in the books, Duke not only had closed the gap, he had surpassed Weber and built a 135-pin advantage over his fellow Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame member. With bonus pins included, Duke picked up an average of 30-plus pins per game on Weber.

The other two bowlers who began the round “inside the cut” stayed there, but reversed positions. Walter Ray Williams Jr. is now in third place, while Brian Voss is in fourth.

A final eight-game match play round is scheduled to begin at 12 noon Pacific, after which the field will be cut to the top four for the stepladder finals at 4 p.m. Pacific.

Currently on the outside looking in, but still within striking distance, are the only two-time winners of the Senior U.S. Open — two-time defending champion Amleto Monacelli in fifth place, and Tom Baker in sixth. Full standings are available on pba.com

All of the action is being webcast on the PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, with Mike Jakubowski and Jason Thomas calling the action. Bowlers Journal International will have a special feature on the tournament in the July issue of the magazine.

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.