Defending Champion Norm Duke charges into Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open lead


    2015 PBA50 Tour #5

    Hall of Famer posts 14-2 match play record to lead 24 players advancing to Friday's match play rounds

    2014PBANormDuke2.jpgDefending champion Norm Duke (pictured left) of Clermont, Fla., posted a 14-2 match play record and averaged 218.8 after the fifth round to charge into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm lead Thursday at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

    The reigning PBA50 Player of the Year's performance in match play vaulted him into the lead after qualifying 17th.

    2014PBA50JackJurek.jpgHe finished the day with a 245-237 win over qualifying leader Jack Jurek (right) of Lackawanna, N.Y., in the position round match to take the top spot with a 7,674 34-game overall pinfall total (including match play bonus pins), 67 pins ahead of Jurek in second with 7,607.

    "The key in qualifying is to not shoot yourself in the foot and bowl your way out of the tournament," said the Hall of Famer who owns 38 PBA Tour titles. "It's hard to navigate qualifying in this tournament because of all the different types of players and styles out there. You don't necessarily have to be the leader."

    Duke led a field of 24 players who advanced to Friday's final two eight-game match play rounds that will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 4 p.m. PT.

    2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2.jpgDuke is trying to become the second consecutive player to win back-to-back Senior U.S. Open titles after Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (left) accomplished the feat in 2012 and 2013. Duke is also trying for his first PBA50 Tour win of the season and third of his career.

    "The 30 (match play) bonus points are just huge," Duke added. "When you're thinking just get through qualifying, it's almost the opposite in match play where you want to continuously apply the pressure. If you lose it mentally in any U.S. Open, whether it be on the regular tour or the PBA50 Tour, you will pay the maximum price."

    Duke won last year's Senior U.S. Open by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 214-174, in the title match becoming the first player to win U.S. Open titles on both the PBA and PBA50 Tours.

    Jurek, who is trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season and third of his career, also had a productive day in match play going 10-6 but couldn't hold off the hard-charging Duke.

    2013PBA50EricForkel.jpg2014PBA50PeteWeber.jpg "I'm hanging in there," said Jurek, who also owns two PBA Tour titles. "I won my share of matches today but didn't shoot many big games."

    Rounding out the top five after Thursday's fifth round were five-time PBA Tour winner Eric Forkel (left) of Henderson, Nev., who went 13-3 and finished with a 7,580 pinfall; Weber (right), 7,562, and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 7,506.

    Monacelli, who ended the day sixth with a 7,503 pinfall, is trying to become the first Senior U.S. Open three-time winner. Fans can catch Senior U.S. Open final day action on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.


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    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open - Match Play Round Two (fifth round overall)

    Players with position, hometown, won-lost-tied record and 34-game total including bonus pins. Places 25-48 show earnings. Top 24 advance to the next round. a-denotes amateur.

    1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 14-2, 7,674
    2, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 10-6, 7,607
    3, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 13-3, 7,580
    4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 10-6, 7,562
    5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 12-4, 7,506
    6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 10-6, 7,503
    7, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 9-7, 7,473
    8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 9-7, 7,461
    9, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 12-4, 7,439
    10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 11-4-1, 7,407
    11, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 9-7, 7,405
    12, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 7-8-1, 7,330
    13, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 9-7, 7,260
    14, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 8-8, 7,216
    15, a-Skip Wolfe, Dixon, Ill., 8-7-1, 7,197
    16, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 9-7, 7,195
    17, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 12-4, 7,134
    18, Robert Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, 9-7, 7,126
    19, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 7-8-1, and Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 8-7-1, 7,111
    21, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 7-9, 7,089
    22, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 6-10, 7,071
    23, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 6-10, 7,060
    24, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 8-8, 7,047

    Missed Cut:
    25, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 8-8, 7,045, $1,425
    26, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 9-7, 7,044, $1,400
    27, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 10-6, 7,037, $1,375
    28, a-Billy Langford, Lone Grove, Okla., 9-7, 7,027, $1,350
    29, a-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 8-8, 7,013, $1,325
    30, Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., 8-8, 7,005, $1,300
    31, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 4-11-1, 6,988, $1,275
    32, Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 7-9, 6,987, $1,250
    33, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 5-10-1, 6,984, $1,225
    34, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 6-10, 6,981, $1,200
    35, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 7-9, 6,980, $1,180
    36, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 8-8, 6,977, $1,170
    37, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 7-9, 6,971, $1,160
    38, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 7-9, 6,944, $1,150
    39, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 5-11, 6,943, $1,140
    40, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 7-9, 6,935, $1,130
    41, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 8-8, 6,888, $1,120
    42, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 6-10, 6,883, $1,110
    43, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4-12, 6,877, $1,100
    44, a-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., 4-12, 6,842, $1,095
    45, a-Mike Taylor, Havertown, Pa., 3-13, 6,838, $1,090
    46, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 7-9, 6,837, $1,085
    47, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 5-11, 6,730, $1,080
    48, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 5-10-1, 6,699, $1,075