Norm Duke, Walter Ray Williams Jr. Lead PBA50 National Championship

by Jerry Schneider, Professional Bowlers Association 0

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (April 23, 2019) – PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Norm Duke averaged 246 for six games to tie for the first-round lead Tuesday in the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical.

Williams, who is coming off his 12th career PBA50 Tour title after winning the season-opening Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, and Duke, finished the first round with a 1,479 pinfall total. Williams had games of 279, 222, 258, 247, 247 and 226.

“The scoring pace was pretty good but getting the ball to the right spot on the lane and then getting a good ball reaction was a little tricky,” said the 59-year-old Williams, who leads the PBA Tour’s all-time titles list with 47 wins. “For the first two games I started playing outside around the three board and then moved as far inside as nine, but even toward the end of the round I was able to play outside again so you really had to pay attention to what was happening out there.”

Duke, who finished second in the 2018 PBA50 National Championship, bowled games of 206, 237 238, 249, 300 and 249, found the going a bit more predictable.

“I was able to play the second arrow pretty consistently which is gave me a good angle to the pocket and good pin carry,” said Duke, the winner of five PBA50 Tour titles. As good as it was, I’m not that excited about it because I might have left some pins out there. The important thing at this point is to get as many pins as possible to make sure you have enough to make the cuts.”

Earlier this season the 55-year-old Duke won the Go Bowling! Indianapolis Open and Go Bowling! Jonesboro Open for his 39th and 40th PBA Tour titles to become the oldest to win back-to-back tour titles. He ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour titles list behind Williams and the late Earl Anthony with 43 titles.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pennsylvania, 1,424; PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker, King, North Carolina, 1,412; defending champion Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, New York, who finished second in the Johnny Petraglia BVL open, tied for fifth with 1,404.

Boresch, a four-time PBA50 Tour winner is trying for his third consecutive win at Spanish Springs Lanes having also won the Sun Bowl In The Villages in 2017.

Williams, and Baker, also a 12-time PBA50 Tour winner, are tied with fellow hall of famers Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle for second on the all-time PBA50 Tour titles list. John Handegard leads the list with 14 wins.

Competition in the first PBA50 Tour major of the season continues Wednesday and Thursday with six-game qualifying rounds beginning at 9 a.m. ET, with the top 32 players advancing to match play Friday morning at 9 a.m.  After the first match play round the top 16 players will advance to the second match play round which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

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Presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Tuesday

FIRST ROUND (after six games)

1, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,479.
3, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,424.
4, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,412.
5, (tie) ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,404.
7, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,397.
8, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,396.
9, Chris Collins, Myrlte Beach, S.C., 1,383.
10, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,376.
11, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,375.
12, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,374.
13, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile, Mich., 1,372.
14, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,366.
15, (tie) Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., and ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,362.
17, (tie) John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., and ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,361.
19, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,360.
20, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,352.
21, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,348.
22, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,343.
23, (tie) ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,341.
25, (tie) ss-George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,340.
27, (tie) n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., and John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,336.
31, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,334.
32, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,330.
33, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,323.
34, (tie) Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., and ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,322.
36, (tie) ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, and Rory Peterson, Sacramento, Calif., 1,321.
38, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,320.
39, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,316.
40, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,314.
41, (tie) Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., and ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,312.
43, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,311.
44, (tie) ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 1,306.
46, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,305.
47, (tie) Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., and Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,304.
49, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., n-Richard Morgan, Grand Island, Fla., 1,302.
53, (tie) Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., and Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 1,301.
55, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,300.
56, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 1,299.
57, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,298.
58, (tie) ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., and ss-Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,296.
60, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,295.
61, n,ss-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 1,294.
61, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,294.
63, n,ss-Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., 1,293.
64, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,290.
65, (tie) ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,289.
68, (tie) Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., and Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,287.
72, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,285.
73, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 1,284.
74, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,283.
75, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,279.
76, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,278.
77, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,276.
78, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Chris Johnson, Nashville, N.C., 1,275.
80, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,273.
81, (tie) Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., and n-Lester See, The Villages, Fl., 1,272.
84, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,271.
85, Roy Davis, Lumberton, N.C., 1,269.
86, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,267.
87, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,258.
88, Michael Whittington, Matthews, N.C., 1,256.
89, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,254.
90, n,ss-Dennis Psaropolus, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,249.
91, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,248.
92, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,247.
93, (tie) ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Carlos Denot, Mexico, 1,246.
95, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,235.
96, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 1,232.
97, (tie) Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., and David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 1,229.
99, (tie) Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., and n,ss-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 1,228.
101, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,226.
102, n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., and ss-Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,224.
104, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,223.
105, (tie) Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., and ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,222.
107, (tie) ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., and Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,221.
109, (tie) ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., and n-Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,214.
112, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 1,213.
113, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,212.
114, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,211.
115, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,209.
116, ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,208.
117, (tie) ss-Kerry Fulford, Ardmore, Okla., 1,207.
117, n,ss-Warren Meyer Sr, Melbourne, Fla., and n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,207.
120, (tie) ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and n-Douglas Nairn, Debary, Fla., 1,206.
123, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,205.
124, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,204.
125, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,203.
126, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,201.
127, ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,200.
128, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,198.
129, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 1,193.
130, (tie) Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., and ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,192.
132, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,191.
133, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,187.
134, Alan Wilson, Martinsville, Ind., 1,181.
135, n,ss-Andy Ippolito, The Villages, Fla., and ss-Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 1,179.
137, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,178.
138, n,ss-Albert Stiriz Jr., Cape Coral, Fla., 1,177.
139, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,168.
139, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,168.
141, (tie) Harry Alchin, Madeira Beach, Fla., and ss-Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 1,167.
143, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,164.
144, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 1,162.
145, ss-John Younger, The Villages, Fla., 1,160.
146, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 1,158.
147, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,154.
148, (tie) Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., and Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 1,147.
150, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,146.
151, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,144.
152, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,126.
153, n-Rick Pittman, Fruitland Park, Fla., 1,124.
154, n-Jerry O'Neil, Alexander City, AL, 1,121.
155, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,120.
156, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,112.
157, Eddie Wu, New York, N.Y., 1,106.
158, ss-Mark Simpson, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,105.
159, (tie) ss-Douglas Slier, Lenox, Mass., and ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,102.
161, (tie) Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., and John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,099.
164, ss-Daniel Kelso, New Fairfield, Conn., 1,095.
165, ss-David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., 1,089.
166, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,088.
167, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 1,065.
168, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,040.
169, ss-Dan Howsmon, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 1,029.
170, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,025.
171, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,022.

300 games – Norm Duke, George Gomez


ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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