Duke Averages 231 in Second Round to Retain Lead in Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

by Bob Johnson 0

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Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., averaged 231 for six games Tuesday to retain his lead after the second round of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

The PBA Hall of Famer and winner of the 2014 Senior U.S. Open bowled a 1,388 six-game pinfall total in the second round after bowling 1,488 in Monday’s first round for a 2,876 overall pinfall total (239.6 average). Duke had games of 237, 212, 289, 220, 224 and 206 in the second round.

“It was a solid round with all 200s,” said Duke, who ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 38 wins and also owns two PBA50 Tour titles. “You have to put everything in perspective because at this point in the tournament you don’t win it today.

“The scores were a little lower today but you have to remember everybody’s trying to make their tweaks and get a little better so there’s some experimenting going on out there,” the 52-year-old Duke added. “I take what I get and move on.”

Duke holds a 71-pin lead over non-member Mike Klosin of Windham, N.H., in second, who is bowling in his first Senior U.S. Open.

Adding to Duke’s confidence was his ability to play from all areas of the lane regardless of what the lane conditions happened to be.

“There were no surprises for me out there,” Duke said. “I could get something from playing all the arrows. I started outside on the fresh condition yesterday and steadily moved in. Today, I was playing a lot of fourth arrow so that just reinforces the fact that I can play the lanes a variety of ways.

“I just want to clarify that I’m feeling good physically, and just need to make a few more tweaks to get my game 100 percent.”

Rounding out the top five were three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,785; Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,719, and three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,691.

Two-time Senior U.S. Open winner Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela is in sixth with 2,689. Monacelli and fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., who was 21st after the second round with 2,608, are trying to become the first to win Senior U.S. Open three times.

Defending Senior U.S. Open champion Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, was in eighth place with 2,665.

Duke and Weber are the only players to win U.S. Open titles on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tours.

The 171-player field will bowl the final six-game qualifying round Wednesday after which the top 40 players will advance to modified round robin match play. After two six-game match play rounds Thursday, the top half of the field will bowl two more six-game match play rounds Friday, with the top four players after 42 games advancing to the stepladder finals at 7:15 ET (4:15 p.m. PT).

All rounds of the Senior U.S. Open are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming service. Live scoring also is available on PBA’s official website, pba.com.


Presented by 900 Global

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday


1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,876.
2, n-Mike Klosin, Windham, N.H., 2,805.
3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,785.
4, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,719.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,691.
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,689.
7, Christer Petersson, Sweden, 2,675.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,665.
9, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,664.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,662.
11, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 2,653.
12, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 2,644.
13, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 2,643.
14, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,641.
15, n-ss-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 2,639.
16, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 2,626.
17, (tie) Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., and ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,613.
19, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2,611.
20, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,610.
21, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,608.
22, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2,606.
23, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 2,591.
24, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,585.
25, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,581.
26, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,580.
27, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 2,578.
28, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,569.
29, (tie) ss-n-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 2,566.
32, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,563.
33, (tie) ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., and n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 2,557.
35, ss-Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 2,553.
36, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 2,552.
37, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,551.
38, n-Andrew Neuer, Lewisburg, Pa., 2,548.
39, ss-Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 2,547.
40, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 2,545.
41, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2,544.
42, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,538.
43, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 2,533.
44, (tie) ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,530.
46, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 2,525.
47, n-Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 2,524.
48, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,523.
49, n-Rick Benard, Clovis, N.M., 2,522.
50, n-David Cirigliano, Phoenix, Ariz., 2,520.
51, ss-Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 2,518.
52, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 2,509.
53, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,495.
54, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 2,494.
55, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2,492.
56, n-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 2,489.
57, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 2,486.
58, ss-n-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 2,485.
59, (tie) Derek Gregory, Chowchilla, Calif., and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,476.
61, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,474.
62, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,464.
63, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,462.
64, (tie) Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., and Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,454.
66, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 2,453.
67, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2,452.
68, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,450.
69, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 2,447.
70, ss-Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 2,445.
71, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,442.
72, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 2,440.
73, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,436.
74, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 2,435.
75, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,427.
76, n-Robert Yadao, Las Vegas, 2,425.
77, ss-n-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, 2,423.
78, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 2,407.
79, ss-n-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 2,405.
80, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,402.
81, ss-Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 2,401.
82, ss-n-John Riozzi Jr, Catskill, N.Y., 2,400.
83, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,397.
84, ss-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2,392.
85, n-Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 2,390.
86, ss-Sal Bongiorno, Las Vegas, 2,389.
87, (tie) ss-Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., and ss-Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,387.
89, Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 2,386.
90, (tie) ss-n-Russ Davies, Las Vegas, Nev., and ss-n-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 2,384.
92, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,383.
93, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 2,380.
94, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 2,378.
95, (tie) n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., and ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2,370.
97, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,360.
98, ss-Olle Svenson, Lerum, Sweden, 2,358.
99, n-Dean Hebner, Vancouver, Wash., 2,353.
100, (tie) Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 2,351.
102, ss-n-Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., 2,349.
103, n-Stephen Putnam, Warner Robins, Ga., 2,348.
104, David Allen, Las Vegas, 2,345.
105, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,344.
106, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,341.
107, (tie) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 2,334.
109, n-Pete Toth, Simi Valley, Calif., 2,332.
110, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 2,331.
111, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,326.
112, Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 2,319.
113, ss-Diz Francisco, Bakersfield, Calif., 2,318.
114, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 2,316.
115, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2,315.
116, (tie) Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., and Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, 2,312.
118, Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., 2,311.
119, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,306.
120, ss-Bengt-Ake Bengtsson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2,305.
121, (tie) Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and n-Clint Frazer, Reseda, Calif., 2,304.
123, ss-n-Joe Tusa, South Hackensack, N.J., 2,303.
124, ss-Joe Salvemini, Nevada City, Calif., 2,300.
125, ss-n-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 2,295.
126, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,285.
127, ss-Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 2,275.
128, ss-John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,273.
129, (tie) ss-Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., and ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,269.
131, n-Forrest Cole, Riverton, Wyo., 2,264.
132, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 2,260.
133, ss-n-David Graber, Las Vegas, 2,258.
134, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 2,256.
135, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 2,253.
136, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,252.
137, ss-Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 2,248.
138, (tie) Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., and ss-n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 2,243.
140, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,241.
141, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,224.
142, ss-n-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 2,216.
143, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,211.
144, ss-n-Howie Loosbroock, Henderson, Nev., 2,208.
145, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,199.
146, (tie) ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and ss-n-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 2,197.
148, Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 2,181.
149, ss-n-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 2,176.
150, n-Robert Godden, Las Vegas, 2,169.
151, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,168.
152, ss-John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 2,163.
153, n-Keith Yamakawa, Porter Ranch, Calif., 2,158.
154, n-Kevin Sweetman, Henderson, Colo., 2,150.
155, (tie) ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, and Eric Altenburg, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,148.
157, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,141.
158, n-Gabriel Luchetta, Golden, Colo., 2,134.
159, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 2,122.
160, (tie) n-John Smith, Lebanon, Va., and ss-Thomas Andres Sr., Highland, Calif., 2,110.
162, ss-David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 2,080.
163, ss-Mark Fennell, Seattle, 2,048.
164, ss-nMark Goldstein, Northridge, Calif., 2,031.
165, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,006.
166, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 1,961.
167, n-ss-Fred Edick III, Glendora, Calif., 1,947.
168, n-Dennis Ferguson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,942.
169, ss-Vincent Oliva, Orland Park, Ill., 1,848.
170, Roger Koplin Jr., Carson City, Nev., 1,955.
171, Robert Chinner, Adelaide, Australia, 983.

300 games (1) – Johnny Petraglia

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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.

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