Tucson Open



$100,000 TUCSON OPEN
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, AZ, Apr 28-May 2, 1998

Duke Shoots 279 To Win Tucson Open

Eric Forkel was looking to end a dry spell by winning in the desert. Norm Duke would have none of it.

Forkel led every round of the PBA Tour's Tucson Open, but fell victim to a nearly perfect Duke in the title match of the 37th annual event at Golden Pin Lanes, which was televised live by CBS Sports.

Duke, Clermont, Fla., struck on 11 of 12 shots and defeated Forkel, who was performing in front of his hometown fans, 279-256, to claim his 14th career title and the $16,000 first-place check. It was Duke's second win in Tucson, having won the event in 7991.

Duke, who was disqualified from the Tour's previous event, the Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship, after reporting late for the start of the first round of match play, commented on the victory.

"This win means a lot to me, especially after what happened at the TPC," said Duke. "Bless Eric's heart, he outbowled us all week and I know he'll be back. I was just fortunate today."

Through the first five frames of the title match, both bowlers were perfect and still alive for the $1 million 300 game bonus being offered by Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center. Duke blinked first, leaving a 10-pin and converting it for a spare in frame six.

Forkel, who was after his first singles title since the fall of 1994, was perfect through seven frames. He threw his only bad shot of the match in frame eight, coming up a little light and leaving the 3-5-6-9 "bucket," which he converted. That opening was all Duke needed as he struck on his final six shots to win the match, leaving Forkel with the second-place check for $6,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Norm Duke, Clermont, FL514 (2 games)$16,000
2Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ256 (1 game)8,500
3Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL225 (1 game)6,000
4Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ175 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Match one: Duke (235) defeated Ward (225) and Stayrook (175); and in the championship game, Duke defeated Forkel, 279-256.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9994 237.9 16-8-0 480 10474 
#2Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9683 230.5 16-8-0 480 10163 
3Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9586 228.2 19-5-0 570 10156 
4Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9612 228.9 16-8-0 480 10092 
5Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9536 227.0 14-10-0 420 9956 $3,500
6John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 9505 226.3 15-9-0 450 9955 3,000
#7Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9557 227.5 13-11-0 390 9947 2,700
8Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9605 228.7 11-13-0 330 9935 2,500
#9Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9403 223.9 15-9-0 450 9853 2,300
10Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9429 224.5 13-71-0 390 9819 2,100
11Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9434 224.6 11-13-0 330 9764 1,900
12W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9328 222.1 74-10-0 420 9748 1,800
13Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 9476 225.6 9-15-0 270 9746 1,750
14Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9275 220.8 14-10-0 420 9695 1,700
15Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9318 221.9 11-12-1 345 9663 1,625
 Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 9303 221.5 12-12-0 360 9663 1,625
17Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9306 221.6 11-13-0 330 9636 1,550
18Wayne Webb, Akron, OH 9309 221.6 10-13-1 315 9624 1,500
19Dennis Horan, San Diego 9305 221.5 B-16-0 240 9545 1,450
20Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NV 9222 219.6 9-15-0 270 9492 1,400
#21Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9037 215.2 10-14-0 300 9337 1,350
22George Branham III, Indianapolis 8988 214.0 10-14-0 300 9288 1,300
23Michael Haugen Jr., Pasadena, CA 8902 211.9 4-20-0 120 9022 1,250
#24Sean Swanson, Springfield, MO 8837 210.4 6-18-0 180 9017 1,200

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25John Bauerle Jr., Indianapolis$1,120
26Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA970
27Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City940
28Danny Wiseman, Baltimore920
29Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI900
30Tony Rosamilia, Ledgewood, NJ890
31Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NY880

*-Match game alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Eric Forkel, 4344. 24th place-Steve Hoskins, 3964. #-Robert Smith, Dave Arnold, Jason Couch, Ricky Ward, Steve Hoskins, Doug Kent and Sean Swanson rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Del Ballard Jr., Eric Forkel, Eugene McCune, Mike Aulby, Parker Bohn III and Norm Titus ($50 each).