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Norm Duke averages 261 to lead PBA50 South Shore Open first round

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PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., made it look easy by averaging 261 for eight games Tuesday to dominate first round qualifying in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes.

Duke (right and above), who is trying for his second win of the season on the tour for players 50 and older, bowled games of 237, 279, 279, 246, 265, 268, 289 and 225 for a 2,088 pinfall total falling 72 pins short of the eight-game round record of 2,160 set by Ron Mohr (left; 22nd, 1,782) in the 2010 Senior Columbus (Ohio) Open.

“When 225 is your bad game you can’t complain about that,” said the 53-year-old Duke, who won the PBA50 Race City Open in Mooresville, N.C. in May for his fourth PBA50 Tour title.

“That was a monster block for me. It would be asking a lot to repeat one like that but I’ll try – I always do.” Duke credited a change to a less aggressive ball after the fourth game for being able to maintain his high-scoring pace.

“I was fortunate that I was able to anticipate a change in my ball reaction,” Duke said. “Sometimes you wait too long and get that subpar game before you realize you need to do something different. I could see a little wiggle that I didn’t like as my ball was going down the lane at the end of the fourth game so that was a sign that maybe it was time for a change.”

Finishing the round 85 pins behind Duke in second was defending champion and fellow hall of famer Pete Weber (right) of St. Ann, Mo., who averaged 250 for the round with a 2,003 pinfall. The two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year, who has yet to win this season, had games of 197, 245, 257, 300, 243, 214, 268 and 279, including the lone perfect game of the day.

In 2016 Weber won the South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour titles.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 1,966; Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,902, and USBC Hall of Famer Lennie Boresch Jr. (left), Kenosha, Wis., 1,884.

After Wednesday’s second round the top 24 players will advance to Thursday’s match play rounds with eight players advancing to match play after a casher’s round Thursday morning. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. CDT.

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PBA50 South Shore Open – First Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 8-game total. n-non-member; ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and older.

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,088
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,003
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,966
4, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,902
5, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,884
6, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,882
7, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,873
8, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,872
9, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,847
10, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,844
11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,832
12, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,824
13, (tie) Keith Lesko, Chicago, and
ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,812
15, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,811
16, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 1,810
17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,801
18, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,792
19, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,786
20, (tie) ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., and
Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,784
22, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,782
23, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,773
24, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,772
25, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,768
26, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,764
27, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,761
28, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 1,760
29, ss-n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 1,756
30, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,753
31, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,751
32, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,749
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,748
34, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,739
35, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,738
36, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,732
37, (tie) ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and
Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,728
39, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,727
40, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,725
41, ss-Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,722
42, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,721
43, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,712
44, ss-Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,711
45, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,706
46, n-John Chapman, Canada, 1,704
47, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,702
48, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,699
49, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,696
50, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,681
51, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,680
52, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,674
53, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 1,668
54, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,665
55, Craig O’Reilly, Orland Hills, Ill., 1,661
56, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,655
57, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,646
58, n-Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,643
59, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,637
60, ss-Daniel Twomey, Hammond, Ind., 1,634
61, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,632
62, Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 1,629
63, n-John Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 1,628
64, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 1,625
65, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,623
66, ss-Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 1,622
67, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,619
68, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,617
69, ss-Emilio Mora Sr, Defiance, Ohio, 1,607
70, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,606
71, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,600
72, (tie) ss-Nile Konicek, Gilbert, Ariz., and
s-Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,595
74, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,592
75, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,587
76, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,586
77, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,582
78, (tie) ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., and
Jeffery Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,580
80, ss-Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,574
81, n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,551
82, Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,550
83, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,543
84, Fred Phillips, Canada, 1,539
85, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 1,535
86, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,533
86, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,533
88, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,521
89, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,516
90, n-Jerry Krause, Mudelein, Ill., 1,514
91, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 1,513
92, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,511
93, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,504
94, ss-Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 1,489
95, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,464
96, Brian Dunn, Plainfield, Ill, 1,397
97, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,309

300 games (1) – Pete Weber.

Herbert Bickel

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