Norm Duke defeats Pete Weber in Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

    06/07/14

    2014 PBA50 Tour #4

    PBA50 Tour rookie becomes first player to win U.S. Open titles on PBA and PBA50 Tours; in an all-Hall of Fame stepladder final, Duke wins his second PBA50 Tour title and first major

    2014PBA5004NormDuke.jpg Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke (pictured left) of Clermont, Fla., won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter Friday to become the first player to win a U.S. Open title on both the PBA and PBA50 Tours.

    The 50-year-old Duke who is competing as a rookie on the PBA50 Tour this season, defeated fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 214-174, in the championship match at the Suncoast Bowling Center. It was Duke's first major and second title of the season winning the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages in April.

    2014PBAPeteWeber.jpg"Every U.S. Open is a fight the whole way and this was no different," said Duke, who won the PBA Tour U.S. Open in 2008 and 2011. "I'm so physically and mentally drained right now that I'm having trouble recalling what just happened."

    Over their careers spanning more than three decades, both Duke and Weber (right) have won 37 PBA Tour titles which ranks third on the all-time list. Weber was trying for his third PBA50 Tour title and first of the season. In winning PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, Weber won two titles including the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.

    "Whenever you beat Pete it's something very special because you're beating the best," said Duke. "I knew that title match was going to be a struggle until the end — he just struggled a little more than I did."

    After both players threw nine-spare in the first frame of the championship match, Weber left the 4-6-7-9-10 split in the second frame which he failed to convert and never recovered after that. Meanwhile, Duke was able to avoid open frames and strung three consecutive strikes in the eighth, ninth and 10th frames to secure the win.

    2014EBT04BrianVoss.jpg2012PBASTourRotYAmletoMonacelli.jpg"I was trying to throw the ball as straight as possible to take away the splits," Duke said. "I was satisfied with 9-spare and was just happy to get a few strikes along the way."

    The stepladder final began with a match between Hall of Famers Brian Voss (left) of Alpharetta, Ga., and two-time defending Senior U.S. Open champion Amleto Monacelli (right) of Venezuela.

    Voss, who finished second in the 2009 Senior U.S. Open, defeated the 52-year-old Monacelli who was trying to become the tournament's first three-time winner, 263-194. Monacelli, a 19-time PBA Tour winner was trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title and second of the season.

    The 55-year-old Voss, who won 25 PBA Tour titles, advanced to the semifinal against Weber but lost his shot and losing the match 193-158.

    The 51-year-old Weber, also trying to become the first to win U.S. Opens on both tours, has won the PBA Tour U.S. Open a record five times, most recently in 2012 where he gained nationwide attention for his "Who do you think you are? I am." victory proclamation.

    The PBA50 Tour moves across town to Las Vegas' South Point Bowling Center for the USBC Senior Masters June 8-13.

     


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    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter - Stepladder Finals


    Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Nev., United States (June 1-6, 2014)

    Championship Round:
    1. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 214 (1 game), $12,000
    2- Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 367 (2 games), $6,000
    3. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 421 (2 games), $5,000
    4. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 194 (1 game), $4,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Voss def. No. 3 Monacelli, 263-194
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 Weber def. Voss, 193-158
    Championship Match: No. 1 Duke def. Weber, 214-174.

     


    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter - Seventh Round


    Players with position, hometown, match play record and 50-game total with bonus pins; top 4 adance to stepladder finals; places 5-24 show earnings; a-amateur

    1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 19-4-1, 11,920
    2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 14-10, 11,805
    3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 15-6-3, 11,385
    4, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 15-9, 11,378

    Missed Cut:
    5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 14-9-1, 11,282, $3,000
    6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 11-13, 11,045, $2,500
    7, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 13-10-1, 11,011, $2,300
    8, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 11-13, 10,994, $2,100
    9, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 15-9, 10,992, $2,000
    10, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 11-12-1, 10,933, $1,900
    11, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 13-10-1, 10,909, $1,850
    12, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 12-12, 10,896, $1,800
    13, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 12-11-1, 10,857, $1,775
    14, (tie) Akio Ishihara, Japan, 11-13, and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 15-9, 10,837, $1,737
    16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 9-15, 10,821, $1,700
    17, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 13-11, 10,775, $1,675
    18, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 12-12, 10,636, $1,650
    19, a-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 8-16, 10,596, $1,625
    20, *Paul McCordic, Sugar Lane, TX 5-19-0, 10,572,$1,560
    21, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 7-16-1, 10,402, $1,575
    22, Peter Knopp, Germany, 7-17, 10,354, $1,550
    23, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 6-18, 10,187, $1,525
    24, a-Brian Pirnie, Beatrice, Neb., 5-19, 10,085, $1,500

    *Paul McCordic replaced Stony Baker, who withdrew due to injury. Baker credited with 25th and earned $1,400.

     


    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter - Sixth Round


    Players with position, hometown, match play record and 42-game total; a-amateur

    1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 14-2-0, 9,950
    2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 9-7-0, 9,815
    3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 10-5-1, 9,540
    4, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 10-6-0, 9,446
    5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 8-6-2, 9,365
    6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 9-7-0, 9,359, $285
    7, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 9-7-0, 9,323
    8, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 8-7-1, 9,199
    9, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 7-9-0, 9,176
    10, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 10-6-0, 9,156
    11, (tie) Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 10-6-0, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 10-6-0, 9,140
    13, Akio Ishihara, Tokyo, Japan, 7-9-0, 9,111
    14, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 8-7-1, 9,078
    15, a-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 7-9-0, 9,064
    16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 6-10-0, 9,040
    17, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 7-9-0, 9,035
    18, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 10-6-0, 8,965
    19, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 7-8-1, 8,946
    20, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 6-10-0, 8,857
    21, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 6-10-0, 8,736
    22, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 6-10-0, 8,700
    23, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4-12-0, 8,623
    24, a-Brian Pirnie, Beatrice, Neb., 1-15-0, 8,419