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Norm Duke, Pete Weber top PBA50 National Championship Qualifying

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PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke edged out fellow hall of famer Pete Weber by one pin for top qualifier honors and led a field of 32 players advancing to match play in the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical.

Duke led qualifying after the third round with a 4,069 18-game pinfall total (226.06 average) Friday at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Florida, to top Weber, the second round leader, who finished with 4,068.

Duke (left and above), a four-time PBA50 Tour titlist, bowled games of 258, 258, 228, 182, 214 and 226 in Friday’s third round.

“At some point you’re going to have to make a big move and I didn’t get ahead of it in that fourth game,” said the 54-year-old Duke. “No matter how good you think you’re doing, you’re not doing good enough.”

While Duke is looking forward to match play, which will award 30 bonus pins for each match win, he says the intensity will rise to another level for the season’s first major.

“Everything ratchets up in match play,” said Duke. “In match play it seems like you can lose pins a lot faster than you can gain them. You’ve got to win the matches or you’ll see yourself sink fast in the standings.

“You’re going to experience some frustration at some point,” he added. “It’s a matter of managing your frustrations and keeping your emotions in check.”

Weber (right), an 11-time PBA50 Tour winner had games of 235, 203, 224, 203, 213 and 219 in the third round.

As two of PBA’s all-time greats who have competed in PBA competition for more than three decades, Duke ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 38 wins and Weber ranks fourth with 37 wins.

Finishing qualifying in third was 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. (left) of Phoenix who finished just 10 pins behind Duke with a 4,059 pinfall total. Haugen, a five-time time PBA Tour titlist, won the 2017 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open for his first PBA50 Tour title.

Former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher John Burkett (right) of Southlake, Texas, finished qualifying in fourth just one pin behind Haugen with a 4,058 pinfall. Burkett is hoping to improve upon his best PBA50 Tour finish of fourth and best PBA50 Tour major finish of 11th.

Finishing fifth was George Gomez of Orlando, Fla., who finished with a 4,040 pinfall.

Don Breeden (left) of Clive, Iowa, beat out 2017 PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y. for 32nd and last place to advance by three pins, 3,816 to 3,813.

After the first round of match play, which begins Saturday at 9 a.m. ET, the top 16 players will advance to the second match play round at 2 p.m. which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s match play rounds and stepladder finals, will be streamed live exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.

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PBA50 National Championship – Third Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 18-game total, Top 32 players advance to Saturday’s first match play round; ss indicates PBA60 players out of the regular prize list cashing for $1,100; n-non-member

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,069
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,068
3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4,059
4, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 4,058
5, George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 4,040
6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4,026
7, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,994
8, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,964
9, Rolando Sebelen, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 3,953
10, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,949
11, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,945
12, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,936
13, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,932
14, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,928
15, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,925
16, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 3,913
17, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,907
18, Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 3,902
19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,899
20, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,898
21, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,893
22, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,886
23, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,884
24, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,874
25, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,870
26, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,846
27, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,843
28, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,842
29, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,835
30, (tie) John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., and
Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,826
32, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,816

Missed Cut:
33, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,813, $1,175
34, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,811, $1,175
35, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,809, $1,175
36, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,806, $1,175
37, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 3,795, $1,175
38, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,794, $1,175
39, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,789, $1,175
40, Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 3,788, $1,175
41, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,785, $1,150
42, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,772, $1,150
43, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,767, $1,150
44, (tie) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and
Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,763, $1,150
46, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,759, $1,150
47, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,754, $1,150
48, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,752, $1,150
49, n-Don DuPree, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 3,751, $1,125
50, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,741, $1,125
51, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,724, $1,125
52, John Gant, Medford, Mass., 3,722, $1,125
53, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 3,721, $1,125
54, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 3,718, $1,125
55, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 3,716, $1,125
56, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,715, $1,125
57, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,714, $1,125
58, Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 3,710
59, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3,709, $1,100
60, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,703
61, n-Corbett Austin, North Ogden, Utah, 3,699
62, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,697, $1,100
63, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 3,693
64, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,689, $1,100
65, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,679, $1,100
66, (tie) Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., and
ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,673, $1,100
68, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,672
69, Glenn Smith, New York, 3,656
70, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,649
71, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,648
71, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,648
73, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,644, $1,100
74, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,643
75, Richard Morgan, Grand Island, Fla., 3,642
76, (tie) ss-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., $1,000,
ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., $1,000, and
Michael Craig, Westerville, Ohio, 3,639
79, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 3,627
80, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,624
81, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 3,615
82, Randy Rose, Davenport, Fla., 3,614
83, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,611
84, n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,607
85, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,599
86, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,585
87, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,580
88, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,577
89, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 3,567
90, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,562
91, (tie) William Peters, Dayton, Ohio,
Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., and
Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,556
94, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 3,554
95, Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,552
96, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,548
97, Joe Fulner, Belleview, Fla., 3,546
98, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,545
99, Timothy Martin, Harrisville, R.I., 3,540
100, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,536
101, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,534
101, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,534
103, n-John Pullen, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 3,524
104, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,509
105, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 3,506
106, Larry Gross, Ocala, Fla., 3,498
107, n-Dennis Psaropolus, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,494
108, Mike Mineman, St Louis, Mo., 3,492
109, n-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., 3,491
110, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,490
111, (tie) Rich Giragosian, The Villages, Fla.,
Jerry Brunette Jr., Naples, Fla., and
Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,483
114, n-Rick Pittman, Fruitland Park, Fla., 3,482
115, Greg Kemp, Conroe, Texas, 3,472
116, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 3,470
117, Harry Alchin, Madeira Beach, Fla., 3,465
118, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 3,458
119, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,452
120, Kevin Williams, Brooksville, Fla., 3,450
121, David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 3,445
122, (tie) David Taylor, Largo, Fla., and
Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,438
124, Don Sylvia, Port Orange, Fla., 3,429
125, Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 3,427
126, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,425
127, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 3,424
128, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 3,420
129, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,416
130, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,408
131, Alan Wilson, Martinsville, Ind., 3,403
132, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,391
133, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,384
134, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 3,380
135, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 3,378
136, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,377
137, George Patel, England, 3,374
138, n-Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3,360
139, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,356
140, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,344
141, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 3,331
142, (tie) Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., and
Johnny Wilson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,330
144, Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 3,310
145, Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 3,297
146, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 3,258
147, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 3,253
147, n-Lester See, Yulee, Fl., 3,253
149, (tie) Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., and
Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,251
151, Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 3,239
152, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 3,231
153, (tie) Rich Schubert, Cornith, Texas, and
Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 3,223
155, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C. , 3,183
156, Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., 3,182
157, n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 3,168
158, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,154
159, David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., 3,102
160, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 3,099
161, Dennis Thomas, Navarre, Fla., 3,094
162, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 3,090
163, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 3,074
164, Dave Schultz, Summerfield, Fla., 3,042
165, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 3,014
166, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 2,989
167, Daniel Kelso, New Fairfield, Conn., 2,949
168, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,879
169, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,287
170, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 2,149
171, Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 1,336

Herbert Bickel

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