Duke, Williams Continue Battling Atop PBA50 National Championship Field

by Jerry Schneider, Professional Bowlers Association 0

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (April 25, 2019) – PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke and Walter Ray Williams Jr. continued their battle for the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical lead, but after Thursday’s final round of qualifying, it was Duke who earned top qualifier honors with a 4,264 pinfall total (237 average) for 18 games to lead 32 players who advanced to Friday’s first round of match play.

Duke, a five-time PBA50 Tour winner including two majors, bowled 1,474 for six games with games of 242, 225, 267, 235, 238 and 267 in the third round which was enough to give him a 23-pin lead over Williams who finished qualifying in second with 4,214. Both players tied for the lead after the first round.

“Obviously, you’re always trying to do your best, but when you see guys like Walter Ray and the other great bowlers I’ve bowled with during my PBA Tour career who are out here now on the PBA50 Tour, it’s definitely a motivating factor,” said Duke. “You still want to let them know you’re there.

“In today’s game, there are so many ways to play the lanes you have to find a way to strike or you won’t keep up,” Duke added. “Any adjustments and decisions you make with your equipment, or the way you play the lanes, have to be based on your ability to strike and not just being able to get to the pocket.”

Williams, who won the season-opening Johnny Petraglia BVL Open for his 12th career PBA50 Tour title last week, is trying for his third PBA50 major title having won USBC Senior Masters titles in 2014 and 2017.

Finishing the day in third was defending champion Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wisconsin with a 4,166 pinfall total for 18 games. Boresch, a four-time PBA50 Tour winner, is trying to make it three wins in a row at Spanish Springs Lanes having also won the Sun Bowl In the Villages in 2017.

“The crowds are great and it’s just one of those centers where I match up real well with the lanes,” Boresch said of his success at Spanish Springs Lanes. “Other than that, I can’t put my finger on exactly why I do so well here. It’s going to be tough in match play, but I have the confidence I can do it again.”

Second-round leader hall of famer Johnny Petraglia finished qualifying in fourth with 4,160. The 72-year-old eight-time PBA50 Tour winner bowled a 1,307 six-game pinfall in the third round.

Rounding out the top five was one-time PBA50 Tour winner Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Oregon, bowling a 1,442 pinfall in the third round to jump from 14th after the second round to finish qualifying with a 4,148 pinfall.

After Friday’s first match play round at 9 a.m. ET, the field will be cut to the top 16 players for the second match play round at 2 p.m. that will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

Fans can catch all the final day action of the season’s first PBA50 Tour major live via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 

Presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Thursday

 

THIRD ROUND RESULTS (after 18 games. Top 32 players advance to Friday’s first match play round)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,264.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,241.
3, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4,166.
4, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 4,160.
5, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,148.
6, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 4,137.
7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4,106.
8, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 4,103.
9, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4,097.
10, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4,090.
11, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 4,078.
12, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 4,071.
13, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4,055.
14, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 4,054.
15, Chris Collins, Myrlte Beach, S.C., 4,040.
16, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 4,038.
17, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 4,035.
18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,030.
19, (tie) Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., and Rory Peterson, Jacksonville, Fla., 4,026.
21, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4,024.
22, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 4,018.
23, George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 4,013.
23, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 4,013.
25, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4,012.
26, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4,005.
27, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 4,004.
28, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,003.
29, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,981.
30, (tie) Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, and n,Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., 3,974.
32, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,971.

Did not advance:
33, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,952, $1,175.
34, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,948, $1,175.
35, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,943, $1,175.
36, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,937, $1,175.
37, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,925, $1,175.
38, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,921, $1,175.
39, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,919, $1,175.
40, (tie) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,916, and Chris Johnson, Nashville, N.C., 3,916, $1,175.
42, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,915, $1,175.
43, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,909, $1,175.
44, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,901, $1,175.
45, (tie) Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 3,895, and Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,895, $1,163.
47, (tie) Mike Mineman, St Louis, 3,893, and David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,893, $1,150.
49, (tie) Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,892, and Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 3,892, $1,150.
51, (tie) James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 3,891, and n-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,891, $1,150.
53, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,890, $1,150.
54, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 3,889, $1,150.
55, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,882, $1,150.
56, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,881, $1,150.
57, (tie) Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,874, and n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 3,874, $575.
59, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 3,873.
60, n-Douglas Nairn, Debary, FL, 3,867.
61, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,864.
62, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 3,862.
63, n-Richard Morgan, Grand Island, Fla., 3,861.
64, (tie) Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., and Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 3,854.
66, (tie) Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., and John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 3,853.
69, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,850.
70, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,843.
71, (tie) Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., and n-Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,834.
73, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,829.
74, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,826.
75, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,825.
76, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,823.
77, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,820.
78, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,819.
79, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,813.
80, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,812.
81, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 3,811.
82, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,808.
83, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,803.
84, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,792.
85, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 3,780.
86, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 3,777.
87, Michael Whittington, Matthews, N.C., 3,774.
88, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,772.
89, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,769.
90, (tie) Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., and Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,764.
92, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, SC, 3,761.
93, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,758.
94, n-Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,754.
95, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,735.
96, (tie) n-Warren Meyer, Melbourne, Fla., and Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 3,733.
98, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 3,730.
99, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,725.
100, n-Lester See, The Villages, Fl., 3,715.
101, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,714.
102, (tie) Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., and n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 3,713.
104, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 3,703.
105, (tie) Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and Roy Davis, Lumberton, N.C., 3,701.
107, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,700.
108, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,697.
109, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 3,690.
110, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,685.
111, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 3,680.
112, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,678.
112, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,678.
114, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 3,677.
116, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,675.
117, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,670.
118, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,668.
119, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,665.
120, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,659.
121, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,651.
122, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,645.
123, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,643.
124, (tie) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 3,637.
126, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 3,617.
127, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 3,616.
128, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,603.
129, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,595.
130, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,594.
131, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 3,585.
132, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 3,575.
133, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,570.
134, n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,567.
135, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 3,560.
136, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,557.
137, Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 3,553.
138, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,551.
139, Eddie Wu, New York, 3,544.
140, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,531.
141, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 3,530.
142, (tie) n-Andy Ippolito, The Villages, Fla., and Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,529.
144, John Younger, The Villiages, Fla., 3,527.
145, Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 3,525.
146, David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., 3,524.
147, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 3,516.
148, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 3,514.
149, n-Rick Pittman, Fruitland Park, Fla., 3,506.
150, Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 3,502.
151, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 3,501.
152, Alan Wilson, Martinsville, Ind., 3,498.
153, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,455.
154, Kerry Fulford, Ardmore, Okla., 3,452.
155, n-Jerry O'Neil, Alexander City, AL, 3,445.
156, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,433.
157, (tie) Douglas Slier, Lenox, Mass., and Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 3,430.
159, n-Albert Stiriz Jr., Cape Coral, Fl., 3,428.
160, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 3,412.
161, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,380.
162, Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 3,354.
163, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 3,344.
164, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,338.
165, Mark Simpson, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,324.
166, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,302.
167, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 3,218.
168, Dan Howsmon, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 3,125.
169, Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 3,114.
170, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,563.

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