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


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    2015PBANormDuke.jpgProfessional 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.jpg Duke, 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.jpg 2014PBA50JackJurek.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 (right) 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,


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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