Trying to become only the second multiple winner on the PBA50 Tour this season, first round leader Eddie Graham
of Centerville, Ohio, averaged 234 to lead qualifying Tuesday in the PBA50 National Championship to Benefit Riley Hospital for Children.
Graham (pictured right) finished with a 3,745 pinfall total for 16 games bowling games 215, 246, 217, 227, 245, 215, 216 and 239 in the second eight-game round at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Indiana, to edge out PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (above) finishing just two pins behind with a 3,743 pinfall.
“It was a lot of fun,” Graham said. “I enjoyed going back and forth with Norm. He’s one of the greatest and that’s going to make you bear down even more.”
Graham is trying to close out the season with back-to-back titles having won the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship last week in Fort Wayne, Ind., for his first career PBA50 Tour title.
“I’m not taking anything for granted,” Graham added. “I still have a job to do in match play to get to the show. If there’s anything different than when I won in Fort Wayne, it’s maybe that I’m a little more eager.”
Duke, who ranks third all-time on the PBA Tour titles list with 38 wins, is trying to win his second major of the season after winning the PBA50 World Championship in July for his second career PBA50 major and third career PBA50 Tour title. He won the PBA Senior U.S. Open in 2014 for his first major.
Three other players trying for a second PBA50 Tour win this season who advanced to match play are Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli (left) in third with 3,663; Walter Ray Williams Jr., in fifth with 3,565, and Brian Voss (right) in eighth with 3,557.
Hall of Famer Pete Weber is the only multiple winner this year winning a record six tournaments that included a record four in a row which included two majors – including the PBA Senior U.S. Open and
USBC Senior Masters. Weber has not bowled the last three tournaments this season while nursing a lingering hip injury.
With a win, Williams (left) will reach 100 combined titles in PBA competition. In addition to his all-time record 47 wins on the PBA Tour, Williams has won 10 PBA50 Tour titles, 32 regional titles and 10 PBA50 regional titles for 99 wins in his more than three-decade career.
Rounding out the top 5 was five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr. (right), who finished qualifying in fourth with a 3,628 pinfall.
The top 16 players from qualifying advance directly into Wednesday’s match play with another 18 players returning for a cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play finalists. The top five players after match play will qualify for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.
Coverage continues for the final tournament of the PBA50 Tour season on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.
Eddie Graham wins battle for top qualifier at PBA50 National Championship
Eddie Graham takes PBA50 National Championship First Round lead
2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions
PBA50 National Championship – Second Round Results
Players with position, hometown and 16-game total; positions 1-16 advance to Wednesday’s match play rounds, positions 17-26 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play finalists. n-denotes non-member, ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over advancing to cashers’ round.
1, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,745
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,743
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,663
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,628
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,565
6, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,563
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,558
8, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,557
9, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,546
10, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,527
11, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,519
12, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,505
13, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,503
14, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,502
15, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,494
16, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,482
17, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,477
18, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,467
19, (tie) Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,460
21, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,449
22, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,443
23, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,436
24, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,434
25, n-John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 3,432
26, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,414
27, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,411
28, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,371
29, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,353
30, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,342
31, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,317
32, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,314
33, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,304
34, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,286
35, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,408
36, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,404
37, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,381
38, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,334
39, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,319
40, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,306
41, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 3,305
42, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,281
43, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,279
44, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,274
45, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,272
46, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 3,253
47, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,252
48, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,250
49, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,248
50, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,247
51, Curt Guinn, Greenwood, S.C., 3,241
52, Anthony Moses, Southfield, Mich., 3,240
53, n-George Phillips, Centreville, Mich., 3,236
54, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,235
55, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,233
56, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 3,204
57, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,195
58, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,177
59, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,172
60, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,171
61, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,153
62, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,132
63, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,125
64, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 3,122
65, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,119
66, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,118
67, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 3,101
68, Randy Leszczynski, Kronenwetter, Wis., 3,079
69, Scott Baker, Titusville, Pa., 3,057
70, (tie) John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., and Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 3,056
73, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,002
74, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,980
75, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,965
76, n-Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md., 2,935
77, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,915
78, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,834
79, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 2,774
80, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,191
300 games (1) – Norm Duke .