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Norm Duke takes first round lead in PBA Senior U.S. Open

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke arrived at Suncoast Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in Las Vegas 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.

2015PBA50TomBaker.jpgDuke, 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 (right) 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.

2015PBAAmletoMonacelli.jpg2014PBA50JackJurek.jpg“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 (left); journeyman contender Jack Jurek (oight) of Lackawanna, N.Y., and amateur Michael Klosin of Windham, N.H.

2015PBAPeteWeber.jpgDefending Senior U.S. Open champion Pete Weber (left) 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.

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Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open – First Round Standings

Players with position, hometown and 6-game total; ss-denotes PBA60 player; n-denotes non-member

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

Author: Herbert Bickel
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