Norm Duke wins UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages for first PBA50 Tour title

    04/23/14

    2014 PBA50 Tour #2

    Bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, Duke defeats Tom Baker 256-228 in championship match; stepladder finals features five PBA Hall of Famers representing 164 PBA Tour titles including 28 majors

    2014PBA5002NormDuke.jpg In a stellar stepladder final that included five Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famers, Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., emerged as the winner of the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday capturing his first PBA50 Tour title.

    2013PBA50TomBaker.jpgL-R Larry Ducat, Norm Duke and Darrell Ducat.

    Bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, after finishing second in last week's season-opening Pasco County (Fla.) Open, Duke defeated four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker (right) of King, N.C., 256-228, in the title match at Spanish Springs Lanes.

    201213PBAParkerBohn2.jpg"I tell you, there were more titles in that final than I can even think about so it makes winning that much more gratifying," Duke said. "I've bowled against these guys on Tour so many times but it's still the same – a battle for every game, a battle for every frame."

    2014PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgIn the opening match, Parker Bohn III (left) of Jackson, N.J., also bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, defeated two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year and 2013 Sun Bowl In The Villages winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) of Ocala, Fla., 287-268, to advance to the second match.

    2014PBAPeteWeber.jpgIn a contest between the PBA50 Tour rookies, Duke defeated Bohn, 255-238, in the second match to advance to the semifinal. Duke then went on to beat 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Pete Weber (left) of St. Ann, Mo., 279-215, in the semifinal to set up the championship showdown against Baker.

    Duke started the title match with the first seven strikes which ultimately proved too much for Baker to overcome.

    "When the scores are high, the match is never over," said the 50-year-old Duke. "Tom is a great player so it inspires you to remain focused."

    In all, the five finalists represented 164 titles – 28 of them majors – won during their careers on the PBA Tour. Williams is the PBA Tour's all-time titles leader with 47 wins, with Weber and Duke tied for third with 37 titles each. Bohn ranks sixth in career PBA Tour titles with 33 wins. Baker, a 10-time winner on the PBA50 Tour also has 10 PBA Tour titles.

    Duke qualified third for the finals with the help of a 10-6 match play record earlier Tuesday which he described as one of the toughest tests he has experienced in his career.

    "I think the past two days were the hardest two days I've experienced in a tournament in a long time," Duke said. "It was physically demanding and as tough to win as any tournament I've ever bowled."

    The PBA50 Tour travels to Mooresville, N.C., for the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., April 27-30. The Miller High Life Classic will be covered in its entirety via PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage for subscription and schedule information.

     


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    PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical


    Spanish Springs Lanes In The Villages, Fla., United States (April 19-22, 2014)

    Championship Round:
    1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $9,000
    2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., $4,500
    3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $3,000
    4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $2,500
    5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., $2,000

    Playoff Results:
    Match One: No. 4 Bohn def. No. 5 Williams, 287-268
    Match Two: No. 3 Duke def. Bohn, 255-238
    Semifinal Match: Duke def. No. 2 Weber, 279-215
    Championship: Duke def. No. 1 Baker, 256-228

     


    PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages - Match Play Round of 16


    Players with position, hometown, won-lost-tied record and 32-game total; top 5 advance stepadder finals; places 6 to 16 show earnings; a-amateur

    1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 13-3, 8,203
    2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-5, 8,032
    3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-6, 8,010
    4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 10-6, 7,967
    5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 11-5, 7,925

    Missed Cut:
    6, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 10-5-1, 7,866, $1,700
    7, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 9-6-1, 7,834, $1,550
    8, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 10-6, 7,820, $1,500
    9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 9-7, 7,755, $1,475
    10, (tie) a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 6-10, and
    Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 8-8, 7,723, $1,438
    12, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 12-4, 7,699, $1,400
    13, a-Al Runkel, Cincinnati, 6-9-1, 7,655, $1,375
    14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 5-10-1, 7,642, $1,350
    15, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 8-7-1, 7,633, $1,325
    16, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 8-8, 7,535, $1,300

     


    PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages - Match Play Round of 32


    Players with position, hometown, won-lost-tied record and 24-game total; top 16 advance; places 17 to 32 show earnings; a-amateur

    1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 6-2-0, 5,945
    2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 7-1-0, 5,938
    3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-1-0, 5,934
    4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5-3-0, 5,924
    5, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 6-2-0, 5,896
    6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3-0, 5,842
    7, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 5-2-1, 5,840
    8, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 6-2-0, 5,796
    9, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 5-3-0, 5,778
    10, Bo Goergen*, Sanford, Mich., 3-5-0, 5,747
    11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 2-5-1, 5,734
    12, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 7-1-0, 5,730
    13, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 5-2-1, 5,726
    14, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 5-3-0, 5,698
    15, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 5-3-0, 5,691
    16, Al Runkel*, Cincinnati, 4-4-0, 5,671

    Missed Cut:
    17, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 4-4-0, 5,668, $1,200
    18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4-0, 5,658, $1,180
    19, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3-5-0, 5,635, $1,160
    20, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3-5-0, 5,623, $1,140
    21, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 4-4-0, 5,602, $1,120
    22, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-4-0, 5,595, $1,100
    23, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3-5-0, 5,593, $1,090
    24, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 3-5-0, 5,581, $1,080
    25, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-6-0, 5,552, $1,070
    26, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2-6-0, 5,541, $1,060
    27, Darin Hays*, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3-5-0, 5,519, $1,050
    28, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2-5-1, 5,511, $1,040
    29, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, CA, 1-7-0, 5,482, $1,030
    30, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3-5-0, 5,461, $1,020
    31, Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., 2-6-0, 5,412, $1,010
    32, Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 0-8-0, 5,313, $1,000