Duke Overcomes Bump in the Road to Earn Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Top Qualifier Honors

by Bob Johnson 0


After cruising through the first 15 games of qualifying as the tournament leader, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., survived his lowest game of the tournament Wednesday to handily earn top qualifier honors for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

Duke, who led qualifying after the first two rounds, bowled a 178 game in Wednesday’s third six-game round after bowling games of 246, 237 and 258, but then rebounded with 215 and 254 to finish with a 4,264 overall 18-game qualifying pinfall (236.9 average).

“It’s a good thing it’s only a 10-frame game or it could have been worse,” said Duke of his 178 game. “Actually, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. You’re in an environment where there’s a lot of change from day to day and lane to lane.

“If you keep it in perspective, it won’t hurt you mentally,” the 2014 Senior U.S. Open champion added. “You just learn from it and move on. I’m still making tweaks to my game and will continue do so until the end.”

Duke, who felt comfortable playing a variety of shots and angles on the ever-changing Senior U.S. Open conditions over three days of qualifying, led 40 players who advanced to Thursday’s match play rounds.

Defending champion, Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, moved into fourth with 4,069 thanks to a 1,404 six-game pinfall in the final qualifying round on games of 256, 249, 235, 194, 246 and 224.

“This was my best round but really I felt the same as I did the other two rounds,” Weber said. “In qualifying you’re just grinding it out and trying to knock down as many pins as possible. In match play the focus is on winning the match because of the bonus pins, so it’s going to get a little more intense from here on out.”

Duke, who finished third in the 2015 Senior U.S. Open, holds an 87-pin lead over three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., in second with 4,177, and non-member Mike Klosin of Windham, N.H., bowling in his first Senior U.S. Open, in third with 4,126.

Duke and Weber are the only players to win U.S. Open titles on the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. Weber has won the U.S. Open on the regular tour a record five times while Duke has won the PBA Tour’s U.S. Open twice.

Trying to become the first Senior U.S. Open three-time winner, Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Tom Baker of King, N.C., both qualified in the top 20. Monacelli, who won in 2012 and 2013, finished tied for 13th in qualifying with a 3,938 pinfall and Baker, who won back-to-back in 2005 and 2006, finished qualifying in 17th with a 3,909 pinfall.

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, Wednesday

THIRD ROUND STANDINGS (after 18 games. Top 40 players advance to match play)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,264.
2, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4,177.
3, n-Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 4,126.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,069.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4,002.
6, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,989.
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,956.
8, (tie) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., and Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,951.
10, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,941.
11, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,940.
12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,939.
13, (tie) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,938.
15, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,920.
16, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,913.
17, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,909.
18, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 3,908.
19, n-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 3,899.
20, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3,896.
21, n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla., 3,892.
22, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,884.
23, Christer Petersson, Sweden, 3,883.
24, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,877.
25, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,866.
26, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 3,858.
27, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,850.
28, n-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., 3,846.
29, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,843.
30, n-Andrew Neuer, Lewisburg, Penn., 3,841.
31, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 3,834.
32, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 3,832.
33, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,829.
34, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,827.
35, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,821.
36, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,820.
37, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,812.
38, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,811.
39, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 3,806.
40, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,804.

Did not advance:
41, (tie)Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., and Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,801, $1,000.
43, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 3,789, $1,000.
44, n-Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 3,786.
45, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,780.
46, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,779.
48, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,761, $1,000.
49, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3,756.
50, ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,753, $1,000.
51, (tie) Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas,and ss-Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 3,746, $1,000.
53, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,745.
54, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 3,741.
55, (tie) n-Rick Benard, Clovis, N.M., and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,740.
57, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,735.
58, (tie) ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., $1,000, and ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,729, $1,000.
60, ss-Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 3,723, $1,000.
61, n-David Cirigliano, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,720.
62, Derek Gregory, Chowchilla, Calif., 3,712.
63, ss-Sal Bongiorno, Las Vegas, 3,706, $1,000.
64, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,680.
65, ss-Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 3,677, $1,000.
66, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,672.
67, n-Robert Yadao, Las Vegas, 3,665.
68, (tie) ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,663, $1,000, and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,663.
70, Olle Svenson, Sweden, 3,661, $1,000.
71, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,659.
72, (tie) Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,657.
74, n-Russ Davies, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,652.
75, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,644.
76, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,641.
77, n-Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 3,639.
78, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,632.
79, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,624.
80, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 3,622.
81, (tie) Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, and Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,618.
83, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,614.
84, n-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 3,610.
85, Diz Francisco, Bakersfield, Calif., 3,606.
86, n-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 3,605.
87, n-Clint Frazer, Reseda, Calif., 3,600.
88, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 3,599.
89, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,596.
90, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,589.
91, (tie) Bengt-Ake Bengtsson, Sweden, and n-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 3,578.
93, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,576.
94, n-Pete Toth, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,575.
95, n-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, 3,569.
96, (tie) n-Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,565.
98, (tie) Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., and Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,558.
100, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,552.
101, n-John Riozzi Jr, Catskill, N.Y., 3,545.
102, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 3,542.
103, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, 3,539.
104, Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 3,537.
105, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,530.
106, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 3,524.
107, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,523.
108, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,518.
109, n-Stephen Putnam, Warner Robins, Ga., 3,516.
110, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,501.
111, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,490.
112, (tie) Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Joe Salvemini, Nevada City, Calif., 3,489.
114, Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 3,487.
115, n-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 3,483.
116, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 3,480.
117, David Allen, Las Vegas, 3,479.
118, Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 3,478.
119, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,459.
120, n-Joe Tusa, South Hackensack, N.J., 3,456.
121, (tie) Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, and n-Dean Hebner, Vancouver, Wash., 3,455.
123, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 3,454.
124, Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 3,447.
125, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,444.
126, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,442.
127, n-Robert Godden, Las Vegas, 3,438.
128, Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., 3,429.
129, (tie) Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., and John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 3,428.
131, n-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 3,425.
132, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 3,415.
133, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,412.
134, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3,411.
135, (tie) n-Keith Yamakawa, Porter Ranch, Calif., and n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 3,407.
137, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,406.
138, (tie) Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, and n-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 3,395.
140, n-Howie Loosbroock, Henderson, Nev., 3,392.
141, Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 3,384.
142, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,375.
143, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,372.
144, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,358.
145, (tie) n-David Graber, Las Vegas, and n-Forrest Cole, Riverton, Wyo., 3,353.
147, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,323.
148, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,321.
149, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 3,317.
150, n-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 3,311.
151, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,298.
152, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 3,280.
153, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 3,275.
154, Eric Altenburg, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,273.
155, Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,268.
156, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,247.
157, n-Kevin Sweetman, Henderson, Colo., 3,231.
158, Thomas Andres Sr., Highland, Calif., 3,224.
159, n-Gabriel Luchetta, Golden, Colo., 3,161.
160, n-John Smith, Lebanon, Vir., 3,159.
161, David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 3,148.
162, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 3,118.
163, Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 3,092.
164, n-Mark Goldstein, Northridge, Calif., 3,080.
165, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 3,064.
166, n-Fred Edick III, Glendora, Calif., 3,050.
167, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 3,041.
168, n-Dennis Ferguson, Bellingham, Wash., 2,889.
169, Vincent Oliva, Orland Park, Ill., 2,864.
170, Roger Koplin Jr., Carson City, Nev., 1,955.

300 games (1) – Mike Keough

n-denotes non-member

ss-denotes PBA60 player out of the regular prize list also cashing for $1,000

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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