Duke overcomes bump in the road to earn PBA Senior U.S. Open top qualifier honors

    06/02/16

    2016 PBA50 Tour #5

    Defending champion Pete Weber continues his march to record fourth consecutive win qualifying fourth heading into Thursday's match play

    2015PBANormDuke.jpgAfter cruising through the first 15 games of qualifying as the tournament leader, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., survived his lowest game of the tournament Wednesday to handily earn top qualifier honors for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

    Duke, who led after the first two rounds, bowled a 178 game in Wednesday's third six-game round after bowling games of 246, 237 and 258, but then rebounded with 215 and 254 to finish with a 4,264 18-game overall qualifying pinfall and an average of 236.9.

    "It's a good thing it's only a 10-frame game or it could have been worse," said Duke of his 178 game. "Actually, I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner. You're in an environment where there's a lot of change from day to day and lane to lane.

    2015PBAPeteWeber.jpg"If you keep it in perspective, it won't hurt you mentally," the 2014 Senior U.S. Open champion added. "You just learn from it and move on. I'm still making tweaks to my game and will continue do so until the end."

    Duke, who felt comfortable playing a variety of shots and angles on the ever-changing Senior U.S. Open conditions over three days of qualifying, led 40 players who advanced to Thursday's match play rounds.

    2014PBA50HarrySullins.jpgDefending champion, Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, moved into fourth with 4,069 thanks to a 1,404 six-game pinfall in the final qualifying round on games of 256, 249, 235, 194, 246 and 224.

    "This was my best round but really I felt the same as I did the other two rounds," Weber said. "In qualifying you're just grinding it out and trying to knock down as many pins as possible. In match play the focus is on winning the match because of the bonus pins, so it's going to get a little more intense from here on out."

    Duke, who finished third in the 2015 Senior U.S. Open, holds an 87-pin lead over three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins (left) of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., in second with 4,177, and non-member Mike Klosin of Windham, N.H., bowling in his first Senior U.S. Open, in third with 4,126.

    Duke and Weber are the only players to win U.S. Open titles on the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. Weber has won the U.S. Open on the regular tour a record five times while Duke has won the PBA Tour's U.S. Open twice.

    2015PBAAmletoMonacelli.jpg 2015PBA50TomBaker.jpg Trying to become the first Senior U.S. Open three-time winner, Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli (left) of Venezuela and Tom Baker (right) of King, N.C., both qualified in the top 20. Monacelli, who won in 2012 and 2013, finished tied for 13th in qualifying with a 3,938 pinfall and Baker, who won back-to-back in 2005 and 2006, finished qualifying in 17th with a 3,909 pinfall.

    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 Senior U.S. Open are being covered live on PBA's Xtra Frame online video streaming service. Live scoring also is available on PBA's official website, pba.com.

     


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    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open - Third Round Standings


    Players with position, hometown and 18-game total; top 40 players advance to match play. n-denotes non-member, ss-denotes PBA60 player out of the regular prize list also cashing for $1,000

    1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,264
    2, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4,177
    3, n-Mike Klosin, Windham, N.H., 4,126
    4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,069
    5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4,002
    6, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,989
    7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,956
    8, (tie) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., and Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,951
    10, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,941
    11, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,940
    12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,939
    13, (tie) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,938
    15, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,920
    16, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,913
    17, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,909
    18, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 3,908
    19, n-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 3,899
    20, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3,896
    21, n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla., 3,892
    22, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,884
    23, Christer Petersson, Sweden, 3,883
    24, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,877
    25, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,866
    26, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 3,858
    27, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,850
    28, n-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., 3,846
    29, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,843
    30, n-Andrew Neuer, Lewisburg, Penn., 3,841
    31, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 3,834
    32, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 3,832
    33, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,829
    34, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,827
    35, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,821
    36, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,820
    37, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,812
    38, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,811
    39, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 3,806
    40, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,804

    Missed Cut:
    41, (tie)Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., and Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,801, $1,000
    43, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 3,789, $1,000
    44, n-Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 3,786
    45, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,780
    46, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,779
    48, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,761, $1,000
    49, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3,756
    50, ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,753, $1,000
    51, (tie) Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas,and ss-Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 3,746, $1,000
    53, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,745
    54, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 3,741
    55, (tie) n-Rick Benard, Clovis, N.M., and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,740
    57, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,735
    58, (tie) ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., $1,000, and ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,729, $1,000
    60, ss-Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 3,723, $1,000
    61, n-David Cirigliano, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,720
    62, Derek Gregory, Chowchilla, Calif., 3,712
    63, ss-Sal Bongiorno, Las Vegas, 3,706, $1,000
    64, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,680
    65, ss-Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 3,677, $1,000
    66, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,672
    67, n-Robert Yadao, Las Vegas, 3,665
    68, (tie) ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,663, $1,000, and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,663
    70, Olle Svenson, Sweden, 3,661, $1,000
    71, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,659
    72, (tie) Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,657
    74, n-Russ Davies, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,652
    75, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,644
    76, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,641
    77, n-Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 3,639
    78, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,632
    79, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,624
    80, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 3,622
    81, (tie) Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, and Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,618
    83, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,614
    84, n-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 3,610
    85, Diz Francisco, Bakersfield, Calif., 3,606
    86, n-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 3,605
    87, n-Clint Frazer, Reseda, Calif., 3,600
    88, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 3,599
    89, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,596
    90, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,589
    91, (tie) Bengt-Ake Bengtsson, Sweden, and n-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 3,578
    93, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,576
    94, n-Pete Toth, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,575
    95, n-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, 3,569
    96, (tie) n-Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,565
    98, (tie) Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., and Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,558
    100, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,552
    101, n-John Riozzi Jr, Catskill, N.Y., 3,545
    102, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 3,542
    103, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, 3,539
    104, Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 3,537
    105, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,530
    106, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 3,524
    107, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,523
    108, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,518
    109, n-Stephen Putnam, Warner Robins, Ga., 3,516
    110, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,501
    111, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,490
    112, (tie) Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Joe Salvemini, Nevada City, Calif., 3,489
    114, Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 3,487
    115, n-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 3,483
    116, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 3,480
    117, David Allen, Las Vegas, 3,479
    118, Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 3,478
    119, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,459
    120, n-Joe Tusa, South Hackensack, N.J., 3,456
    121, (tie) Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, and n-Dean Hebner, Vancouver, Wash., 3,455
    123, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 3,454
    124, Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 3,447
    125, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,444
    126, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,442
    127, n-Robert Godden, Las Vegas, 3,438
    128, Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., 3,429
    129, (tie) Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., and John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 3,428
    131, n-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 3,425
    132, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 3,415
    133, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,412
    134, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3,411
    135, (tie) n-Keith Yamakawa, Porter Ranch, Calif., and n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 3,407
    137, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,406
    138, (tie) Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, and n-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 3,395
    140, n-Howie Loosbroock, Henderson, Nev., 3,392
    141, Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 3,384
    142, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,375
    143, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,372
    144, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,358
    145, (tie) n-David Graber, Las Vegas, and n-Forrest Cole, Riverton, Wyo., 3,353
    147, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,323
    148, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,321
    149, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 3,317
    150, n-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 3,311
    151, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,298
    152, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 3,280
    153, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 3,275
    154, Eric Altenburg, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,273
    155, Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,268
    156, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,247
    157, n-Kevin Sweetman, Henderson, Colo., 3,231
    158, Thomas Andres Sr., Highland, Calif., 3,224
    159, n-Gabriel Luchetta, Golden, Colo., 3,161
    160, n-John Smith, Lebanon, Vir., 3,159
    161, David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 3,148
    162, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 3,118
    163, Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 3,092
    164, n-Mark Goldstein, Northridge, Calif., 3,080
    165, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 3,064
    166, n-Fred Edick III, Glendora, Calif., 3,050
    167, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 3,041
    168, n-Dennis Ferguson, Bellingham, Wash., 2,889
    169, Vincent Oliva, Orland Park, Ill., 2,864
    170, Roger Koplin Jr., Carson City, Nev., 1,955

    300 games (1) – Mike Keough