Graham Wins Battle With Duke for Top Qualifier In PBA50 National Championship to Benefit Riley Hospital for Children

by JSchneider  |  Tuesday, August 16, 5:12 PM

Trying to become only the second multiple winner on the PBA50 Tour this season, first round leader Eddie Graham of Centerville, Ohio, averaged 234 to lead qualifying Tuesday in the PBA50 National Championship to Benefit Riley Hospital for Children.

IMG_1597Graham finished with a 3,745 pinfall total for 16 games bowling games 215, 246, 217, 227, 245, 215, 216 and 239 at Signature Lanes in the second eight-game round to edge out PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke finishing just two pins behind with a 3,743 pinfall.

“It was a lot of fun,” Graham said. “I enjoyed going back and forth with Norm. He’s one of the greatest and that’s going to make you bear down even more.”

Graham is trying to close out the season with back-to-back titles having won the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship last week in Fort Wayne, Ind. for his first career PBA50 Tour title.

“I’m not taking anything for granted,” Graham added. “I still have a job to do in match play to get to the show. If there’s anything different than when I won in Fort Wayne, it’s maybe that I’m a little more eager.”

Duke, who ranks third all-time on the PBA Tour titles list with 38 wins, is trying to win his second major of the season after winning the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship in July for his second career PBA50 major and third career PBA50 Tour title. He won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open in 2014 for his first major.

Three other players trying for a second PBA50 Tour win this season who advanced to match play are Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli in third with 3,663; Walter Ray Williams Jr., in fifth with 3,565, and Brian Voss in eighth with 3,557.

Hall of Famer Pete Weber is the only multiple winner this year winning a record six tournaments that included a record four in a row which included two majors – the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters. Weber has not bowled the last three tournaments this season while nursing a lingering hip injury.

With a win Williams will reach 100 combined titles in PBA competition. In addition to his all-time record 47 wins on the PBA Tour, Williams has won 10 PBA50 Tour titles, 32 regional titles and 10 PBA50 regional titles for 99 wins in his more than three-decade career.

Five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr. finished qualifying in fourth with a 3,628 pinfall.

The top 16 players from qualifying advance directly into Wednesday’s match play with another 18 players returning for a casher’s round to determine eight additional match play finalists.

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PBA50 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

To Benefit Riley Hospital for Children

Signature Lanes, Elkhart, Ind., Tuesday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 16 games. Positions 1-16 advance to Wednesday’s match play rounds. Positions 17-26 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play finalists.)

1, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,745.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,743.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,663.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,628.
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,565.
6, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,563.
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,558.
8, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,557.
9, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,546.
10, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,527.
11, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,519.
12, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,505.
13, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,503.
14, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,502.
15, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,494.
16, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,482.
17, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,477.
18, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,467.
19, (tie) Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,460.
21, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,449.
22, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,443.
23, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,436.
24, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,434.
25, n-John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 3,432.
26, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,414.
27, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,411.
28, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,408.
29, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,404.
30, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,381.
31, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,371.
32, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,353.
33, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,342.
34, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,334.
35, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,319.
36, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,317.
37, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,314.
38, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,306.
39, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 3,305.
40, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,304.
41, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,286.
42, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,281.
43, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,279.
44, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,274.
45, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,272.
46, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 3,253.
47, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,252.
48, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,250.
49, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,248.
50, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,247.
51, Curt Guinn, Greenwood, S.C., 3,241.
52, Anthony Moses, Southfield, Mich., 3,240.
53, n-George Phillips, Centreville, Mich., 3,236.
54, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,235.
55, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,233.
56, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 3,204.
57, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,195.
58, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,177.
59, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,172.
60, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,171.
61, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,153.
62, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,132.
63, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,125.
64, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 3,122.
65, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,119.
66, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,118.
67, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 3,101.
68, Randy Leszczynski, Kronenwetter, Wis., 3,079.
69, Scott Baker, Titusville, Pa., 3,057.
70, (tie) John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., and Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 3,056.
73, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,002.
74, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,980.
75, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,965.
76, n-Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md., 2,935.
77, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,915.
78, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,834.
79, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 2,774.
80, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,191.

300 games – Norm Duke

n-denotes non-member, ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over advancing to cashers’ round.