Norm Duke Takes Early Lead in Senior U.S. Open

by Bob Johnson 0

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LAS VEGAS – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke arrived at Suncoast Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center feeling under the weather, but he even surprised himself by averaging 248 on demanding lane conditions to charge into the early first round lead in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Monday.

Duke, a third-year PBA50 Tour competitor at age 52, rolled a 280 game out of the gate and followed with games of 196, 245, 242, 249 and 276 for a six-game total of 1,488 pins and a 72-pin lead over 61-year-old Tom Baker of King, N.C.

“I didn’t feel 100 percent and I haven’t since I got here,” Duke said. “I’m just trying to get my legs under me, but my scores don’t reflect the way I felt. I looked back and said, ‘Wow. That was a pretty good number.’”

Duke, who won the 2014 Senior U.S. Open on his way to PBA50 Rookie and Player of the Year honors, said his familiarity with Suncoast was a key to his round.

“I navigate this center real well,” he said. “I know you can’t just stand in one spot and shoot 200, so I was playing every pair of lanes the way I was supposed to. That doesn’t happen very often in a U.S. Open. I could easily come out here tomorrow and ‘pure’ every shot, and shoot 20 over. It isn’t easy. This is the Senior U.S. Open. No matter how good you are, it doesn’t mean you can score big. I feel quite fortunate to have the round I had.”

Duke also knows the elite field of professionals and amateurs isn’t going to make life easy. Behind Baker – who is trying for his 13th career PBA50 Tour title – is another PBA Hall of Famer, Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli; journeyman contender Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., and amateur Michael Klosin of Windham, N.H.

Defending Senior U.S. Open champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, was in sixth place with 1,375 pins, 113 behind Duke.

There is a long way yet to go. All 171 players will bowl three six-game qualifying rounds, continuing Tuesday and Wednesday. After 18 games, 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 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global 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.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN
presented by 900 Global
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, May 30, 2016

FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (after six games)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,488.
2, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,416.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,413.
4, n-Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 1,405.
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,386.
6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,375.
7, ss-Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 1,374.
8, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,372.
9, Christer Petersson, Sweden, 1,370.
10, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,367.
11, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,361.
12, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,357.
13 (tie), Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,344.
15, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,342.
16 (tie), Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., and ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,338.
18 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,335.
20, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 1,322.
21, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,321.
22 (tie), Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., and n-Robert Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,320.
24 (tie), Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., and ss-n-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., 1,315.
26, ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,308.
27, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,306.
28, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,302.
29, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,296.
30, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,294.
31, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,293.
32, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,291.
33, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,288.
34, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,287.
35, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,285.
36, n-Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 1,284.
37, n-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 1,282.
38 (tie), n-Andrew Neuer, Lewisburg, Penn., and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,279.
40, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,278.
41, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,277.
42, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,274.
43, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,273.
44 (tie), Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,272.
46, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,266.
47 (tie), ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,263.
49, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 1,262.
50, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,260.
51 (tie), n-ss-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, and Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 1,259.
53, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 1,257.
54 (tie), Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,256.
56, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,254.
57, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 1,251.
58, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,250.
59, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, 1,249.
60, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,247.
61 (tie), ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., and ss-Diz Francisco, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,246.
63, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,245.
64, ss-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1,242.
65, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,241.
66, ss-n-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,240.
67, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,239.
68 (tie), Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., and n-David Cirigliano, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,238.
70 (tie), ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., and ss-n-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 1,237.
72, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,236.
73, n-ss-John Riozzi Jr, Catskill, N.Y., 1,233.
74, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,232.
75 (tie), ss-Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., and ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,230.
77, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 1,229.
78, ss-Sal Bongiorno, Las Vegas, 1,228.
79 (tie), ss-Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., and ss-Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 1,222.
81 (tie), ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y.; ss-Ron Winger, Las Vegas, and Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,220.
84, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,218.
85, n-Rick Benard, Clovis, NM, 1,216.
86, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,215.
87, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 1,212.
88 (tie), Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif.; ss-n-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, and Derek Gregory, Chowchilla, Calif., 1,210.
91, n-ss-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 1,208.
92 (tie), Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., and ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,204.
94, ss-Joe Salvemini, Nevada City, Calif., 1,203.
95, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 1,202.
96 (tie), David Allen, Las Vegas; n-ss-Joe Tusa, South Hackensack, N.J., and Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,199.
99, n-Stephen Putnam, Warner Robins, Ga., 1,195.
100 (tie), Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,192.
102, n-Clint Frazer, Reseda, Calif., 1,191.
103 (tie), n-Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan.; Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla.; ss-Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, and Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,189.
107, n-Dean Hebner, Vancouver, Wash., 1,188.
108, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,187.
109, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,186.
110, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1,184.
111, ss-Olle Svenson, Sweden, 1,183.
112, ss-Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,182.
113 (tie), ss-n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., and Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., 1,181.
115, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,179.
116, n-Kevin Sweetman, Henderson, Colo., 1,177.
117, Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 1,176.
118, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,171.
119, ss-Bengt-Ake Bengtsson, Sweden, 1,170.
119, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,170.
121, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,168.
122, n-Pete Toth, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,167.
123, ss-Thomas Andres Sr., Highland, Calif., 1,164.
124, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,160.
125, ss-Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 1,158.
126, ss-n-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,156.
127, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,155.
128 (tie), n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., and ss-n-Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., 1,153.
130, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,151.
131, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,150.
132 (tie), Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,149.
134, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,146.
135, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,145.
136, n-ss-Russ Davies, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,141.
137, ss-Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 1,137.
138, Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 1,135.
139, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,131.
140, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,123.
141, Roger Koplin Jr., Carson City, Nev., 1,121.
142, n-John Smith, Lebanon, Vir., 1,117.
143, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,116.
144, n-Dennis Ferguson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,114.
145, ss-n-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,112.
146 (tie), ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and n-Gabriel Luchetta, Golden, Colo., 1,109.
148, ss-John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 1,103.
149, n-Forrest Cole, Riverton, Wyo., 1,100.
150, ss-Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 1,095.
151, ss-n-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 1,092.
152, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,085.
153, ss-John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,083.
154, ss-n-Howie Loosbroock, Henderson, NV, 1,082.
155, Eric Altenburg, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,075.
156, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,066.
157, n-Keith Yamakawa, Porter Ranch, Calif., 1,065.
158, ss-David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 1,063.
159, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,056.
160, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,052.
161, ss-n-David Graber, Las Vegas, 1,048.
162, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,046.
163, n-Robert Godden, Las Vegas, 1,037.
164, n-ss-Fred Edick III, Glendora, Calif., 1,022.
165, ss-Vincent Oliva, Orland Park, Ill., 1,021.
166, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 1,018.
167, n-ss-Mark Goldstein, Northridge, Calif., 1,017.
168, ss-Mark Fennell, Seattle, 1,006.
169, ss-n-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 995.
170, Robert Chinner, Adelaide, Australia, 983.
171, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 933.

ss-denotes PBA50 player; n-denotes non-member.

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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