Ebonite Challenge



$130,000 EBONITE CHALLENGE
Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, CT, Oct 4-8, 1997

Duke Wins First Ebonite Challenge Title

Norm Duke is back. The 1994 IOF/PBA Player of the Year led off the Fall Tour by capturing the Ebonite Challenge at Bradley Bowl.

Duke, Clermont, Fla., defeated tournament leader Pete Weber, 236-194, for his 13th career win and $21,000. Even in defeat, Weber became just the second player (Walter Ray Williams Jr.) in PBA history to surpass the $2 million mark in career earnings.

For Duke, his second win of the year came after a winless 1996 campaign.

"I've been much better this year after a real hum-drum year in 1996," said Duke.

The title match was close through five frames as both players stayed clean and Duke led by 10. Weber made the only mistake of the match in frame six as he missed the 7-pin to the right on a spare attempt. Duke took advantage with five consecutive strikes to seal the win.

"I just whiffed it," said Weber. "No excuses, just flat out missed it."

"Pete's one of the greatest spare shooters ever," said Duke. "You certainly never expect him to miss a single-pin and you better make sure you take advantage of it when it does happen."

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Norm Duke, Clermont, FL456 (2 games)$21,000
2Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO194 (1 game)11,000
3Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ596 (3 games)8,000
4Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR133 (1 game)6,000
5Dave Wodka, Las Vegas178 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Stayrook defeated Wodka, 200-178; Stayrook defeated Smith, 194-133, Duke defeated Stayrook, 220-202; and in the championship game, Duke defeated Weber, 236-194.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9451 225.0 17-7-0 510 9961 
#2Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9563 227.7 12-11-1 375 9938 
3Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR 9254 220.3 14-8-2 450 9704 
#4Dave Wodka, Las Vegas 9254 220.3 14-9-1 435 9689 
5Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9173 218.4 15-9-0 450 9623 
6Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9131 217.4 16-8-0 480 9611 $4,500
7W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9224 219.6 11-12-1 345 9569 4,000
8Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, TX 9142 217.7 12-11-1 375 9517 3,450
 Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9217 219.4 10-14-0 300 9517 3,450
10Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 9098 216.6 13-10-1 405 9503 3,000
11Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9133 217.5 12-12-0 360 9493 2,800
12Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9087 216.3 13-10-1 405 9492 2,600
13Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9067 215.9 14-10-0 420 9487 2,400
14Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9174 218.4 10-14-0 300 9474 2,200
15Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 9075 216.0 12-12-0 360 9435 2,000
16Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 9033 215.0 10-13-1 315 9348 1,900
17Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 8989 214.0 11-12-1 345 9334 1,800
18Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9011 214.5 10-13-1 315 9326 1,750
19Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 8990 214.0 9-15-0 270 9260 1,700
20Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 8856 210.9 9-14-1 285 9141 1,650
21Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 8841 210.5 8-16-0 240 9081 1,600
22Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 8675 206.5 11-12-1 345 9020 1,550
*23Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NY 8664 206.3 5-9-0 150 8814 1,425
#24Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA 8478 201.8 8-15-1 255 8733 1,450

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*#25Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ$1,375
26Dennis Horan, San Diego1,220
27Michael Luft, Brook Park, OH1,200
28David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,180
*29Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL1,220
 Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS1,150
31Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,130
32Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,120
33John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI1,110
34Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA1,100
35Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City1,090
36Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL1,080
37Bobby Fleetwood, Naugatuck, CT1,070
38Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL1,060
39Anthony Lombardo, Lowellville, OH1,050

*-Ziesig replaced Roth after 10 games and was penalized the difference between their qualifying totals and the bonus pins Roth accumulated. Jim Johnson Jr. served as alternate for the remaining 14 games of match play. 24-game qualifying leader-Norm Duke, 4259. 24th place-Jeff Zaffino, 3899. 39th place-Anthony Lombardo, 3818. #-Jeff Zaffino, Norm Duke, Dave Wodka and Mark Roth rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Justin Hromek, Norm Titus, Brian Himmler, Roger Bowker, Harry Sullins and Norm Duke ($100 each).