Norm Duke leads top 24 into Match Play at PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open


    2014 PBA50 Tour #12

    As qualifying leader, Hall of Famer retains inside track in PBA50 Player of the Year race, Pete Weber and Tom Baker also advance to match play to keep POY race alive

    2014PBANormDuke.jpg2013PBA50LennieBoresch.jpgWith the inside track in the PBA50 Player of the Year race on the tour for players 50 and older, Norm Duke (pictured left) of Clermont, Florida, averaged 229.38 to lead qualifying Tuesday in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl.

    Duke, who has won two titles this season including the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages and the PBA Senior U.S. Open, has already earned PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors.

    The PBA Hall of Famer finished qualifying with a 3,670 pinfall total for 16 games to hold a 25-pin lead over two-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr. (right) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, in second with 3,645. Duke had games of 210, 277, 201, 248, 215, 258, 230 and 247 in Tuesday's second round.

    "That's the reason we're here," said the 37-time PBA Tour winner about his quest for PBA50 Player of the Year. "There were some great players battling for it all season and it's what we all want."

    2014PBAPeteWeber.jpg2013PBA50TomBaker.jpgThe two other players in contention for PBA50 Player of the Year – Hall of Famers Pete Weber (left) and Tom Baker (right) – also advanced to match play finishing qualifying in eighth and ninth, respectively, but Weber and Duke will receive a one-round bye in match play as a result of finishing in the top eight.

    "It's really a tournament inside of a tournament," Duke added. "With the race coming down to the last tournament of the year, it makes it fun. I'll have to be at my best because I know they'll be prepared."

    If Duke can win PBA50 Player of the Year, he would join Baker as the only players to earn Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Baker, who will be trying to earn his fifth PBA50 Player of the Year title, accomplished the feat in 2005.

    Duke leads the PBA50 Player of the Year race with 56 points, holding an eight-point lead over Weber, the 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year, in second with 48 points. Baker is in third with 44 points.

    In the Player of the Year competition, 16 points are awarded to the tournament winner, the runner-up gets eight points, third-place is worth four points and the fourth-place finisher earns two points. In the final tournament of the 2014 season, the field has been cut to the top 24 players for Wednesday's match play which will culminate with the championship rounds beginning at 5 p.m. CT.

    The top eight players in competition points (not player of the year points) will also earn an entry into World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 and a special PBA50 qualifier preceding the World Series which will determine the two players who will face off in the WSOB Challenge telecast on ESPN.

    The final day of the tournament can be seen live on's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.


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    PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open - Second Round Results

    Players with position, hometown and 16-game total; top 24 advance to match play. a-denotes amateur, s-Denotes super senior out of the regular prize fund cashing for $700

    1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,670
    2, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,645
    3, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,620
    4, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,607
    5, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 3,585
    6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,583
    7, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,546
    8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,517
    9, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,510
    10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,474
    11, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,457
    12, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,456
    13, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,441
    14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,426
    15, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,410
    16, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,373
    17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,342
    18, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,338
    19, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,329
    20, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,309
    21, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,306
    22, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 3,292
    23, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,288
    24, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,280

    Missed Cut:
    25, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,260
    26, a-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,241
    27, s-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,236, $700
    28, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,231
    29, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 3,229
    30, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,225
    31, a-Alan Harteneck, Red Wing, Minn., 3,202
    32, s-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,195, $700
    33, a-Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 3,192
    34, Gary Livingston, Papillion, Neb., 3,183
    35, s-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,180, $700
    36, a-John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,151
    37, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,150
    38, (tie) Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., and s-Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,144, $700
    40, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,140
    41, s-Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,123, $700
    42, a-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 3,117
    43, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,107
    44, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 3,105
    45, s-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,093, $700
    46, (tie) Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., and a-James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 3,077
    48, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,049
    49, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,039
    50, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,036
    51, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 3,031
    52, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,027
    53, a-Gilbert Kuchta, West Allis, Wis., 3,013
    54, Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 3,011
    55, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 3,005
    56, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 2,994
    57, a-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,962
    58, a-Tom Havlish, Coon Rapids, Minn., 2,895
    59, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,854
    60, Don Birkentall, Omaha, Neb., 2,820
    61, a-Gary Ring, Woodbury, Minn., 2,804
    62, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,780
    63, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 2,768
    64, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 2,750
    65, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,736
    66, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 2,732
    67, a-Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,730
    68, a-Joe Kolodziejczak, Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada, 2,699
    69, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,489 (withdrew)

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