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Norm Duke leads after eight games in PBA50 Mooresville Open

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What PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke learned from his recent second-place finish in the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical, was that there’s always work to be done.

Even as the leader after the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Mooresville Open presented by Columbia 300 with a 1,945 eight-game pinfall total Monday, that lesson was reinforced when the Mooresville Open defending champion lost to Lennie Boresch Jr. Saturday in the title match, 198-192, after entering the stepladder finals as top qualifier.

“You’re only as good as your last game and my last game was 192 before this tournament,” Duke (right) said. “So, what that tells me is I need to work harder to get better. And, if bowling 192 in a title match doesn’t tell you that you need to get better, I don’t know what will.”

Duke, a 38-time PBA Tour and four-time PBA50 Tour titlist, averaged 243 in the Mooresville Open first round bowling games of 258, 269, 229, 217, 234, 256, 259 and 223 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

“I’m pleased with the round but it’s a new tournament,” Duke continued. “Even as well as I bowled I can see things that I still need to work on. If you’re serious about competing to your capabilities, it’s always going to be an ongoing process to get better.”

Duke won the 2017 PBA50 Race City Open at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes with a 221-213 win in the title match against top qualifier Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind.

Finishing the first round 70 pins behind Duke in second was PBA Hall of Famer and 2017 PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship winner Bryan Goebel (left) of Shawnee, Kan., with 1,875.

Rounding out the top five were PBA50 National Championship fourth-place finisher, Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (right), Jackson, N.J., 1,865; Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,851 and PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (left) of Venezuela, 1,839.

Coming off his PBA50 National Championship win, Boresch (right) finished the round in ninth with 1,810.

The entire field returns for another eight-game qualifying round Tuesday which begins at 9 a.m. ET. Wednesday’s cashers and match play rounds will begin at 8:30 a.m. After match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

Fans can catch all the PBA50 Mooresville Open action via PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.

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PBA50 Mooresville Open – First Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; ss indicates PBA60 players ages 60 and over, n-non-member

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,945
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,875
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,865
4, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,851
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,839
6, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,835
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,817
8, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,815
9, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,810
10, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,806
11, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,804
12, ss-Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 1,803
13, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,783
14, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,771
15, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,766
16, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,765
17, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,764
18, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,760
19, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,759
20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,755
21, ss-n-Ken Konczos, Medina, Ohio, 1,754
22, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,751
23, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,750
24, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,742
25, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,733
26, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,724
27, Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 1,717
28, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,708
29, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,706
30, Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,703
31, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,702
32, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,699
33, Michael Craig, Westerville, Ohio, 1,698
34, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1,691
35, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,687
36, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,683
37, (tie) ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and
Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,682
39, Brett Krimminger, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,674
40, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,670
41, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,666
42, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,664
43, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,663
44, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,660
45, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,656
46, Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., 1,653
47, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,649
48, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,641
49, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 1,639
50, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,638
51, (tie)Tommy Reeves, Gastonia, N.C., and
Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,635
53, (tie) ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and
Cephas Hensley, Jonesboro, Tenn., 1,634
55, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,633
56, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,631
57, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,630
58, ss-David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 1,628
59, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,627
60, ss-John Waldeck, Mechancisville, Va., 1,625
61, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,620
62, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,618
63, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,617
64, Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 1,616
65, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,612
66, ss-Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,607
67, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,606
68, (tie) ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., and
Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,595
70, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,593
71, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,592
72, ss-Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,591
73, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,586
74, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,579
75, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,578
76, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,577
77, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,573
78, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,567
79, Johnny Wilson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,562
80, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,559
81, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,557
82, Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 1,552
83, ss-Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,547
84, ss-Hector Valenzuela, Whitsett, N.C., 1,541
85, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,534
86, (tie) David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., and
Jesse Phillips, Charlotte, N.C., 1,531
88, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,527
89, ss-David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 1,519
90, ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,516
91, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,510
92, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 1,506
93, ss-Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 1,504
94, ss-n-Paul Kreins, Mooresville, N.C., 1,493
95, Greg Kemp, Conroe, Texas, 1,489
96, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and
ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 1,486
98, (tie) ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., and
ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,482
100, ss-Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 1,476
101, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,474
102, ss-Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 1,470
103, ss-David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., 1,467
104, ss-Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., 1,456
105, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,455
106, ss-Rick LeChette, Lincoln University, Pa., 1,452
107, ss-Greg Wilhelm, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,451
108, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,447
109, ss-Rich Schubert, Cornith, Texas, 1,442
110, (tie) ss-Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, and
Randy Davis, Boilling Springs, S.C., 1,428
112, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,426
113, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,404
114, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,374
115, ss-James West, Catonsville, Md., 1,321
116, ss-Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,230

Herbert Bickel

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