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Brian LeClair defeats Norm Duke to win Pasco County Florida Open

An open in the 10th frame of the championship match by PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., enabled tournament top qualifier Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., to win the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., Thursday for his second career PBA50 Tour title.

Pictured above from left to right: Lane Glo Bowl proprietor Chris Langlo, Christopher Langlo, winner Brian LeClair and Gary Beck of Killer B Promotions

After LeClair (right) finished with 191 in the title match, Duke (left) needed to mark in the 10th to win but left the 2-4-8-10 split which he failed to convert finishing with 187. It was the fourth consecutive runner-up finish for Duke in the Pasco County Florida Open.

“I’ve lost a few that way, so it was nice to be on the winning end this time,” said an emotional LeClair (right), whose brother Kevin passed away of natural causes in February. “I don’t know what else to say but I think someone was maybe looking down on me today.”

After breezing to wins in the first three stepladder matches, Duke, trying for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title, struggled in the title match throwing splits that he failed to convert in the first three of four frames. He rallied back with five consecutive strikes but the missed split in the 10th ended his title hopes.

“I could see how that could have happened to Norm because I was having trouble with that right lane, too,” LeClair said. “If I had it to do over again I would have made another ball choice but I decided to stick with it because I could see Norm was struggling. Fortunately, I was able to fill the frames when I needed to.”

Duke, the No. 5 qualifier, opened the stepladder finals with a 258-215 win over No. 4 qualifier two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr (right) of Las Vegas who was trying for his ninth PBA50 Tour title and first since 2012.

It was yet another top-five finish without a win for Mohr who had a combined eight PBA50/PBA60 top-five finishes in 2016 and finished second to Hall of Famer Tom Baker in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open which concluded on Monday.

Duke then went on to beat No. 3 qualifier Stoney Baker (left) of Canton, Ga., who was making his first PBA50 finals appearance, 266-202, before defeating five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. (below right) of Phoenix, who was making his PBA50 Tour debut, 241-227, in the semi-final.

As the top qualifier, LeClair dominated taking a 9-3 match play record and 180-pin lead into the finals over Haugen who was the No. 2 qualifier.

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PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open – Stepladder Results

Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., United States (April 17-20, 2017)

Championship Round:
1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 191 (1 game), $7,500
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 952 (4 games), $4,000
3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 227 (1 game), $3,000
4, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 202 (1 game), $2,000
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 215 (1 game), $1,750

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 5 Duke def. No. 4 Mohr, 258-215
Second Match Two: Duke def. No. 3 Baker, 266-202
Semifinal Match: Duke def. No. 2 Haugen, 241-227
Championship: No. 1 LeClair def. Duke, 191-187

PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open – Fourth Round Results

Players with position, hometown, match play record and 26-game total pinfall including bonus. Top five advance to stepladder finals. ss-PBA60 players cashing for $1,000; n-non-member.

1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 9-3, 6,531
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 9-3, 6,351
3, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 10-2, 6,283
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 8-3-1, 6,254
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-5, 6,233

Missed Cut:
6, Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 7-5, 6,127, $1,600
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 7-5, 6,108, $1,550
8, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 6-6, 6,077, $1,500
9, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 6-6, 6,074, $1,450
10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-4-1, 6,042, $1,425
11, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 6-5-1, 6,008, $1,400
12, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 5-7, 5,987, $1,375
13, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 6-6, 5,953, $1,350
14, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 6-6, 5,947, $1,325
15, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 9-3, 5,937, $1,300
16, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-8, 5,935, $1,275
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 7-5, 5,933, $1,250
18, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 6-6, 5,927, $1,240
19, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 6-0, 5,890, $1,230
20, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 4-8, 5,861, $1,220
21, Peter Knopp, Germany, 5-7, 5,838, $1,210
22, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 8-4, 5,823, $1,200
23, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 3-9, 5,806, $1,190
24, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 5-7, 5,804, $1,180
25, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 6-6, 5,803, $1,170
26, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4-8, 5,741, $1,160
27, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-8, 5,739, $1,150
28, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 4-8, 5,711, $1,140
29, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 4-8, 5,691, $1,130
30, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 4-8, 5,675, $1,120
31, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3-9, 5,623, $1,110
32, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2-10, 5,525, $1,100

Author: Herbert Bickel
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