Boulevard Bowl, Edmond, OK, Feb 6-12, 1994

Duke Doubles With Choice Hotels Classic Win

Norm Duke became the PBA Tour's first double winner of 1994 after just four tournaments when he captured the $250,000 Choice Hotels Classic at Boulevard Bowl. But Duke couldn't hold off 1993 Senior Tour point leader Gary Dickinson, who toppled the newly crowned tournament champion in claiming the $25,000 winner-take-all Choice Challenge. The all-Edmond, Okla., final match guaranteed the big money would remain local after Duke pocketed the tournament's $38,000 first prize.

Duke dramatically claimed his third-seeded berth in the ABC Sports' finals via a perfect game in pre-telecastqualifying, and then upset leading qualifier and reigning PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., 226-213,for his sixth PBA title.

William$ opened with a turkey and then missed a 10-pin in his fourth frame, while Duke started with a four-bagger. Williams came back with a strike and the two traded spares until Duke closed him out with a strike, spare, strike in his ninth and 10th frames.

In addition to his first-place check Duke also received a week's paid vacation for two to the Comfort Inn-Kensington in London, England, courtesy of Choice Hotels. Williams received $20,000 as runnerup.

Duke seemed to lose his momentum for the Choice Challenge match against Dickinson, who survived the opening game of the broadcast with a 184-164 triumph versus Senior Tour challenger Ron Winger of North Hollywood, Calif. Against Duke, Dickinson struggled with just one strike and back-to-back opens through seven frames before striking again. By then, the PBA Hall of Famer and reigning PBA Senior Player of the year was well ahead, and closed with seven strikes for his 269-191 victory.

Prior to ABC-TV's airing, the top five Senior Tour point leaders had earned invites to Edmond, and Winger went through, in order, past PBA Senior Players of the Year John Hricsina (1990), 214-196; John Handegard (1991),266-216; and Gem Stus (1992), 269-234, before being stopped by Dickinson, who additionally pocketed $7,500 as the top Senior Tour qualifier. Winger picked up $5,000, while Stus, Troy, Mich., Handegard, of Las Vegas, and Hricsina, Franklin, Pa., earned $2,500 each.

Also prior to air, amateur Chris Barnes of Wichita, Kan., defeated Ted Hannahs, 216-194, before Duke unleashed his 300 game against the Wichita State collegiate bowler's 190 effort. Duke then opened his 7V appearance by edging Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 211-206. Williams banked $11,000 for third place, Barnes made $8,000 for fourth and Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, $6,500.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
#1Norm Duke, Oklahoma City737 (3 games)$38,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA213 (1 game)20,000
3Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX206 (1 game)11,000
t4Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS406 (2 games)8,000
5Ted Hamahs, Zanesville, OH194 (1 game)6,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Barnes defeated Hannahs, 216-194; Duke defeated Barnes, 300-190; Duke defeated M. Williams, 211-206; and in the championship game, Duke defeated W.R. Williams Jr., 226-213.
SENIOR PLAYOFF RESULTS-Winger defeated Hricsina, 214-196; Winger defeated Handegard, 266-216; Winger defeated Stus, 269234; and to advance to the Choice Challenge match, Dickinson defeated Winger, 184-164.
CHOICE HOTELS CHALLENGE MATCH-Gary Dickinson defeated Norm Duke, 269-191, for $25,000.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1W.R.Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 13107 234.1 15-9-0 450 13557 
#2Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 12965 231.5 16-8-0 480 13445 
3Nome Duke, Oklahoma City 12844 229.4 16-8-0 480 13324 
4Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, OH 12810 228.8 16-8-0 480 13290 
#5Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS 12765 228.0 16-8-0 480 13245 
6Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 12718 227.1 13-11-0 390 13108 $5,000
7David Ozio, Vidor, TX 12747 227.6 12-12-0 360 13107 4,000
8Tracy Lamberth, Nashville, TN 12709 227.0 11-12-1 345 13054 3,600
9Nelson Burton Jr., St. Louis 12599 225.0 14-10-0 420 13019 3,300
10Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 12707 226.9 10-14-0 300 13007 3,000
11Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 12596 224.9 13-11-0 390 12986 2,800
12Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 12562 224.3 13-11-0 390 12952 2,600
 Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 12555 224.2 12-12-0 360 12915 2,500
#Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 12473 222.7 14-10-0 320 12893 2,400
15Randy Bennett, McLoud, OK 12492 223.1 13-11-0 390 12882 2,300
#16Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK 12503 223.3 11-13-0 330 12833 2,200
17David Traber, Woodstock, IL 12400 221.4 13-11-0 390 12790 2,100
18Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 12414 221.7 12-12-0 360 12774 2,000
#19John Handegard, Las Vegas 12440 222.1 11-13-0 330 12770 1,900
20Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 12482 222.9 8-15-1 255 12737 1,800
21Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 12509 223.4 7-17-0 210 12719 1,700
22Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX 12357 220.7 11-13-0 330 12687 1,650
23Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 12351 220.6 7-17-0 210 12561 1,600
24Eugene McCune, Munster, IN 11824 211.1 3-21-0 90 11914 1,550


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Mike Aulby, lndianapolis$1,320
 Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS1,320
*27Derek Williams, Groves, TX1,380
28Adam Apo, Florissant, MO1,220
29Jay Watts, Omaha, NE1,190
30Mark McCullough, Columbus, OH1,160
31Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA1,130
32Dennis Jacques, Monmouth Jct., NJ1,110
33John Mazza, Shelby Twp., MI1,090
34Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, TX1,070
35Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, NY1,050
36Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH1,030
37Ron Winger, N. Hollywood, CA1,010
38Kenneth Cantu, Chalmette, LA990
39Steve Wilson, Ft. Lauderdale, FL970
40Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ960
41Brad Snell, Elk Grove, IL950
42Andrew Neuer, Milton, PA940
43Hugh Miller, Seattle930
44Tony Lanning, Lewisville, TX920
45Pat Stinnett, Haryana, OK910
46Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs,900
47Alan Bishop, Louisville, KY890
48Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK880
49Wayne Webb, Canandaigua, NY870
50Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, FL860
51Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI850
52Dennis Rakauskas, Alt. Springs, FL840
#53Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL830
54Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE820
55Bryan Bailey, Grove City, PA810
56Mike Shady, Ripon, WI805

*-Match play alternate. 32-game qualifying leader-Ron Williams, 7466. 24th place-Bob Benoit & Tim Criss, 7111. 56th place-Mike Shady, 6841. #-Mike Fletcher, Paul Kroll., Don Moser, Ron Palombi Jr., Gene Stus, Harry Sullins (2), Mark Williams, Billy Yinger, Bob Benoit, Chris Barnes, Gill Oakes, W R Williams Jr., John Handegard and Norm Duke ($100 each) PRO-AM CASHERS-Danny Wiseman, Dave D'Entremont, Harry Sullins, Bob Learn Jr., Bruce Hamilton, John Handegard, George Branham III, Jason Couch and Tony Westlake ($50 each). t-NOn-PBA member.