Cleveland Open



$100,000 CLEVELAND OPEN
Brunswick Ambassador Lanes, Bedford, OH, Aug 11-15, 1995

Norm Duke Conquers.....Again

Reigning IOF/PBA Player of the Year Norm Duke captured his second PBA title of 1995 and the third of his career in the Cleveland area as he shot 278 in the title match of the Cleveland Open at Brunswick Ambassador Lanes.

Duke, PBA's No. 1 computer ranked player, defeated Bob Learn Jr. in the highest scoring title match of the year, 278-259, to earn his 11th career win and $16,000. Duke's first career title came at the Cleveland suburb of North Olmsted (1983). He later won in Parma Heights in 1991.

"Obviously, Cleveland has been good to me," said Duke. "I think the fans got behind me in '83 because I was the underdog, I was bowling against a couple PBA Hall of Famers and it was my first win. They've been with me ever since."

The title match was a question of who would falter first. Duke, Edmond, Okla., started the final game with two strikes and a spare while learn, who had won the two previous games with scores of 248 and 268, struck, spared and then put together three consecutive strikes.

Learn left the 10-pin in the sixth frame and converted for a spare. Learn then struck in every frame after the sixth but it wouldn't matter as Duke ran off eight strikes in a row to put the match away and leave Learn with the $8,500 second-place check.

The opening match saw Eric Forkel defeat Ricky Ward, 208-184, before falling to Learn, 248-206. Learn than dispatched the world's No. 2 ranked bowler, Walter Ray WilliamS Jr., in the semifinal match, 268-225, to set up his title shot against Duke.

Ward, North Fort Myers, Fla., collected $3,000 for fifth. Forkel, Chatsworth, Calif., earned $4,000 for fourth and Williams, Stockton, Calif., took home $5,000 for third. For Duke, the win was redemption for losing the second match at the Ebonite Kentucky Classic on his final shot. He only got six pins when he needed nine for a win.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Norm Duke, Edmond, OK278 (1 game)$16,000
2Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA775 (3 games)8,500
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA225 (1 game)5,000
4Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA414 (2 games)4,000
5Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL184 (1 game)3,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Forkel defeated Ward, 208-184; Learn defeated Forkel, 248-206; Learn defeated Williams, 268-225; and in the championship game, Duke defeated Learn, 278-259.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Norm Duke, Edmond, OK 9273 220.8 16-8-0 480 9753 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9261 220.5 14-10-0 420 9681 
3Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9231 219.8 14-10-0 420 9651 
#4Eric Forkel, Chatsworth, CA 9151 217.9 15-9-0 450 9601 
5Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9103 216.7 12-11-1 375 9478 
6Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 9133 217.5 11-13-0 330 9463 $2,650
7Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 8885 211.5 17-7-0 510 9395 2,500
8Don Genalo, Perrysburg, OH 9023 214.8 12-12-0 360 9383 2,350
9Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 8927 212.5 13-10-1 405 9332 2,200
10Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA 9032 215.0 9-14-1 285 9317 2,100
11Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL 8915 212.3 13-11-0 390 9305 2,000
12Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 8926 212.5 12-12-0 360 9286 1,900
13John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 8945 212.9 10-12-2 330 9275 1,800
14Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX 8991 214.0 9-15-0 270 9261 1,700
15Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 8855 210.8 12-11-1 375 9230 1,600
16Brian Berg, Oklahoma City 8828 210.2 12-12-0 360 9188 1,500
17Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 8806 209.7 11-13-0 330 9136 1,400
18Frank Ingerling, Coconut Creek, FL 8683 206.7 11-12-1 345 9028 1,300
19Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 8643 205.8 11-12-1 345 8988 1,250
20Bryan Bailey, Grove City, PA 8620 205.2 12-12-0 360 8980 1,200
21Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA 8631 205.5 11-13-0 330 8961 1,150
22Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX 8585 204.4 11-13-0 330 8915 1,100
23Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 8487 202.1 10-14-0 300 8787 1,050
#24Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 8458 201.4 6-18-0 180 8638 1,000

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Jeff Lizzi, Medford, NY$797
*Harry Sullins, Ann Arbor, MI917
 Doug Wallace, Portland, OR797
28Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY750
29Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK730
30Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City710
31Jason Couch, Clermont, FL690
32Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY680
33Dave Wodka, Las Vegas, NV670
34Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ660
35Don Moser, San Jose, CA655
36David Traber, Woodstock, IL650
37Justin Hromek, Andover, KS643
 Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY643
39Marc McDowell, Madison, WI635
40Brett Sterley, Springfield, MO630
41Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ625
42Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, OH620
43Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX615
44Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ610
45Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX605

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Ricky Ward, 4047. 24th place-Bryan Bailey, 3794. 45th place-Philip Ringener, 3728. it-Rich Wolfe, Tom Baker and Eric Forkel rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Bob Learn Jr., Justin Hromek, Tommy Delutz Jr., Harry Sullins, Tommy Smith, Danny Wiseman, Mike Cordeiro, Steve Jams, Robert Lawrence, Bryon Smith and Dave D'Entremont ($50 each).