New Jersey's Brunswick Zone-Carolier Lanes to host 69th U.S. Open


    2011-12 PBA Tour #12

    Norm Duke to defend title as North Brunswick hosts PBA major championship for seventh time

    201269thUSOpenLogo.jpg201112PBANormDuke.jpgThe 69th U.S. Open, one of professional bowling's most demanding tournaments, will return to Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., in 2012 for a record seventh time. Defending champion Norm Duke (pictured right) of Clermont, Fla., will be on hand to try to win his eighth career major title, his third U.S. Open crown and the $60,000 first prize.

    The 2012 U.S. Open starts on Monday, Feb. 20 and concludes with the live stepladder finals in high-definition at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 26. Carolier has previously hosted U.S. Opens in consecutive years between 2005 and 2009, and in 2011.

    The U.S. Open is considered by many competitors to be the most difficult title in all of bowling to win because of its unfriendly scoring environment, demanding schedule and mental challenges.

    It is an extreme test of bowling skill, patience and perseverance, and traditionally includes a world-class field of non-professionals, men and women, as well as the world's top professionals.

    It also will be one of 14 events on the World Tenpin Bowling Association's World Bowling Tour, an international series of tournaments that award points to male and female competitors en route to the 2012 WBT Finals presented by the PBA which will be conducted in November 2012 in Las Vegas.

    201011PBA10NormDuke2.jpgDuke (left) won his 34th career title in North Brunswick in 2011 , staging a valiant comeback against Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., and won, 225-216, when Koivuniemi failed to convert a 10 pin spare in the 10th frame.

    The next chapter in U.S. Open history will begin with 18 qualifying games for all players and continue through a grueling 51-game contest to determine the four finalists. In addition to Duke, other U.S. Open champions expected include Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Pete Weber, Mike Scroggins, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Bill O'Neill and Johnny Petraglia.

    Duke (2011), Barnes (2005), Jones (2006), Weber (2007) and Scroggins (2009) all have won at Carolier. Weber is a four-time U.S. Open winner. Williams and Duke are two-time Open champions. Mika Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, is the only international player ever to win the U.S. Open.

    Entries are now being accepted on Click on the U.S. Open link under PBA Tour on the "Schedules" drop-down menu.

    All preliminary rounds of the Open will be webcast live on PBA's exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.


    69th U.S. Open Schedule

    Brunswick Zone-Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J., Feb. 20-26 (all times Eastern)

    Monday, Feb. 20, 2012
    8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Practice squads
    4 and 7 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

    Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
    8 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (6 games)
    Noon - B Squad qualifying (6 games)
    6 p.m. - C Squad qualifying (6 games)

    Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
    8 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)
    Noon - C Squad qualifying (6 games)
    6 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (6 games)

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012
    8 a.m. - C Squad qualifying (6 games)
    Noon - A Squad qualifying (6 games)
    6 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)
    Top 25 percent of field advances to Cashers' Round

    Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
    9 a.m. – Cashers' Round (9 games)
    Top 24 advance to match play
    6 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play

    Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
    11 a.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play
    6 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play

    Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
    3 p.m. – Top four, live ESPN finals