IOF Foresters Open



$250,000 IOF FORESTERS OPEN
Classic Bowl, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, May 13-17, 1997

Duke Ends Slump With Win In Canada

As he filled the final frames in his title match against Bob Learn Jr., the tears started to well up in Norm Duke's eyes.

The game, a 279-203 score, was over early at Classic Bowl in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. But, the realization that Duke had ended nearly two years of frustration and self-doubt was just beginning.

"Those were real tears," he told an ABC Sports television audience as he collected the trophy and $40,000 winner's share of the IOF Foresters Open in the suburban Toronto city. Duke also earned a spot in the Showboat "King of the Hill" match against Walter Ray Williams Jr., at the Harrisburg Open.

"When you go some time without winning after you've been used to winning, it's tough. It plays with your head," Duke said.

As if on "cruise control" Duke nonchalantly dismissed Canadian challenger Marc Do!, 277-205, for another $10,000 in a unique winner-take-all finale to the event.

The challenge match was deadlocked atter three frames as each player opened with a double and spare. However, Duke went on to string eight more strikes, overshadowing an error-less 205 by Doi.

The title game against top-seeded Learn of Erie, Pa., was similarly anti-climatic.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Norm Duke, Clermont, FL792 (3 games)$40,000
2Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA203 (1 game)22,000
3Brian Voss, Atlanta463 (2 games)15,000
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA236 (1 game)10,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Voss defeated Williams, 237-236; Duke defeated Voss, 236-226; and in the championshipgame, Duke defeated Learn, 279-203. CANADIAN CHALLENGE--Duke defeated Marc Doi, 277-205.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9594 228.4 16-8-0 480 10074 
2Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9616 228.9 13-11-0 390 10006 
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9524 226.8 15-9-0 450 9974 
4Brian Voss, Atlanta 9427 224.5 17-7-0 510 9937 
5John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 9408 224.0 17-7-0 510 9918 $8,000
6Ricky Ward, Nort Fort Myers, FL 9401 223.8 17-7-0 510 9911 7,000
7Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9519 226.6 12-12-0 360 9879 6,500
8Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9497 226.1 11-13-0 330 9827 5,750
 Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR 9482 225.7 11-12-1 345 9827 5,750
10David Ozio, Vidor, TX 9391 223.6 13-11-0 390 9781 5,000
#11Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 9441 224.8 10-14-0 300 9741 4,800
12Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9461 225.3 8-15-1 255 9716 4,600
13Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 9262 220.5 14-10-0 420 9682 4,400
14Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9297 221.4 12-12-0 360 9657 4,200
15Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9319 221.9 10-14-0 300 9619 4,000
16Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 9344 222.5 9-15-0 270 9614 3,800
17Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 9247 220.2 11-13-0 330 9577 3,600
18David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9284 221.0 8-16-0 240 9524 3,400
19Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9281 220.9 8-16-0 240 9521 3,200
20Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 9160 218.1 12-12-0 360 9520 3,100
#21Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 9074 216.1 12-12-0 360 9434 3,000
22Martin Letscher, Niles, OH 9049 215.5 11-13-0 330 9379 2,900
23Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 8951 213.1 12-12-0 360 9311 2,800
24Jimmy Davis, Houston 8653 206.0 8-16-0 240 8893 2,750

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI$2,620
26Jason Couch, Clermont, FL2,450
27Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS2,400
28Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI2,350
29Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY2,275
 Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ2,275
31Bill Ligotti, Akron, OH2,200
32Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis2,150
33Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH2,100
34Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL2,080
35Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ2,070
36Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ2,060
37Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ2,050
38Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS2,035
 Brad Snell, Itasca, IL2,035

'-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Steve Jaros, 4151. 24th place-Curtis Odom, 3934. 38th place-Kelly Coffman and Brad Snell, 3869. #-Curtis Odom, Del Ballard Jr., Billy Myers Jr. and Ernie Schlegel rolled 300games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Dennis Jacques, Rick Steelsmith, Steve Jaros, Ricky Ward, Dave Arnoldand Michael Luft ($50 each).