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Norm Duke dominates PBA50 South Shore Open Qualifying


PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke‘s second round in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 felt like a roller coaster ride but he still managed to dominate qualifying finishing with a 4,007 16-game pinfall total Wednesday at Olympia Lanes.

Duke (above and right), who is trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season, followed up his monster 2,088 eight-game pinfall in Tuesday’s first round with 1,919 in the second round bowling games of 187, 180, 279, 279, 275, 194, 248 and 277.

“Boy, that was either feast or famine,” said Duke, who averaged 250 in qualifying. “I waited a little longer than I should have to go to another ball after those first two games but I had a game plan to turn it around.

“I couldn’t have predicted coming back with three 270 games but going to a different ball and making a few other adjustments was certainly going to result in something a lot better than 180.”

Duke held a 190-pin lead over fellow hall of famer and tournament defending champion Pete Weber who finished qualifying in second with a 3,817 pinfall.

Weber (left), the 2016 and 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, had a 1,814 pinfall in the second round with games of 233, 207, 257, 259, 214, 185, 224 and 235, after finishing second behind Duke in the first round with 2,003.

Weber, who is winless this season, won the 2016 South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour titles.

If Weber can win this year’s event, he will reach 100 PBA titles overall for his career which includes titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional competition. PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (7th, 3,692), who qualified seventh with 3,692, holds the record with 102 wins overall.

Brian LeClair (right) of Delmar, N.Y., the season’s only multiple winner with two titles, finished qualifying in third with a 3,776 pinfall.

LeClair, who currently leads the PBA50 Player of the Year point standings, had games of 217, 222, 246, 300, 211, 246 and 254 in the second round after finishing 12th in the first round with 1,824.

Rounding out the top five were three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,766 and Brian Kretzer (left), Dayton, Ohio, 3,752.

The top 24 players advanced directly to Thursday’s match play. Eight additional spots will be determined through a casher’s round Thursday morning. After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT.

Fans can catch all of Thursday’s action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.

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PBA50 South Shore Open – Second Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 16-game total. Top 24 advance to match play; 25th-32nd plus eight PBA60 players (places 33-40) advance to cashers round which determines eight additional match play spots. n-non-member; ss-PBA60 players advancing to casher’s round.

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,007
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,817
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,776
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,766
5, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,752
6, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,701
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,692
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,687
9, (tie) Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., and
Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,677
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,670
12, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,667
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,660
14, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,654
15, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,631
16, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,595
17, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,584
18, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,573
19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,571
20, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,561
21, Keith Lesko, Chicago, 3,557
22, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 3,556
23, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,549
24, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,548

25, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3,545
26, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,530
27, (tie) James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and
Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 3,519
29, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,516
30, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,502
31, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,483
32, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,462
33, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,457
34, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,442
35, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,437
36, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,390
37, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,374
38, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,372
39, ss-Emilio Mora Sr, Defiance, Ohio, 3,355
40, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,347

Missed Cut:
41, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,451
42, n-Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,444
43, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,424
44, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,422
45, n-John Chapman, Canada, 3,421
46, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,414
47, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,398
48, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,394
49, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,385
50, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,381
51, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,376
52, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,370
53, Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 3,369
54, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,353
55, Craig O’Reilly, Orland Hills, Ill., 3,352
56, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,345
57, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,340
58, (tie) n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., and
Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,333
60, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,331
61, (tie) John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., and
Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,327
63, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,313
64, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,311
65, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,292
66, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,289
67, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,276
68, Jeffery Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,274
69, (tie) Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., and
Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,254
71, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,251
72, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,248
73, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 3,235
74, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,232
75, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 3,225
76, Fred Phillips, Canada, 3,218
77, n-John Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 3,217
78, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,211
79, Daniel Twomey, Teaneck, N.J., 3,201
80, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 3,198
81, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,183
82, Nile Konicek, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,180
83, Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 3,179
84, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,177
85, Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 3,160
86, Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,156
87, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,122
88, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,107
89, n-Jerry Krause, Mudelein, Ill., 3,106
90, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,080
91, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,065
92, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 2,988
93, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,949
94, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,926
95, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,874
96, Brian Dunn, Plainfield, Ill, 2,836
97, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,684

300 games (2) – Brian LeClair, Gary Faulkner.

Herbert Bickel

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