JONESBORO, Ark. – It took PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., seven years to win his most recent singles title, but if his performance in the opening round of the PBA Jonesboro Open Wednesday is any indication, he’d like to make it seven days before winning another.
Duke, who defeated Australia’s Jason Belmonte to win his 39th PBA Tour title last Sunday in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open at Woodland Bowl, averaged 223.29 Wednesday behind games of 155, 275, 207, 196, 245 and 227 to lead the first half of the Jonesboro field at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center. The other half of the field was scheduled to bowl its opening round Wednesday night.
If Duke is able to win in Jonesboro on Sunday, he’ll become the third player in PBA history to win 40 career titles, joining all-time leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. with 47 and Earl Anthony with 43.
All rounds of the Jonesboro Open, a Tier 3 event in the 2019 PBA Playoffs points competition, will be contested on a mixed lane conditioning environment where the 45-foot Shark oiling pattern will be applied to the left lane and the 36-foot Viper pattern to the right lane.
FloBowling will live-stream the second round of qualifying Thursday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST. The top 16 after 14 games will advance to eight-game match play rounds Friday at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (visit FloBowling.com for subscription information). For results as they happen, visit Live Scoring on PBA.com.
The Jonesboro finals will air live on FS1 on Sunday at 5 p.m. Eastern.
PBA JONESBORO OPEN
Hijinx Family Entertainment Center, Jonesboro, Ark., Wednesday
Top 25 Leaders (A Squad only after seven games; B Squad bowled at 6 p.m. EST)
1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,563.
2, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,503.
3, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,498.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,498.
5, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,495.
6, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,489.
7, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,484.
8, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,483.
8, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,483.
10, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,479.
10, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,479.
12, Stuart Williams, England, 1,478.
13, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,472.
13, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,472.
15, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,471.
16, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,457.
17, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,454.
18, Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, 1,440.
19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,438.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,437.
21, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,434.
22, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,430.
23, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,429.
24, Dom Barrett, England, 1,428.
25, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,423.