Norm Duke Turns His Attention to PBA50 Tour Where He Takes Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Top Qualifier Honors

by Jerry Schneider  |  Tuesday, April 16, 5:03 PM

Norm Duke Turns His Attention to PBA50 Tour Where He Takes Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Top Qualifier Honors

CLEARWATER, Fla. – If Norm Duke isn’t busy enough challenging for Player of the Year honors on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour, the 55-year-old hall of famer has turned his attention to the PBA50 Tour this week where he finds himself as the qualifying leader after the second round of the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick.

After finishing the first round in 11th, Duke surged to the top spot finishing with a 3,370 14-game qualifying pinfall total (240 average) Tuesday at Maple Country Lanes after bowling games of 268, 254, 255, 247, 225, 227 and 258 in the second round.

“The center and the lanes are in great condition which is making it easy to get a good read right away,” Duke said. “Nothing is confusing me and I’m able to get lined up quick, so pair to pair there’s a consistency that I’m able to take advantage of.”

On the PBA Tour, Duke won his 39th and 40th titles back-to-back in February to become the oldest player to accomplish the feat.

“I’m getting better at managing the nagging little injuries in recent years and I’m committed to not over-hooking the ball which puts me in a better place from a physical standpoint,” said Duke, who is in his 37th season on the PBA Tour and sixth season on the tour for players 50 and over. “The kids tour is still the priority for me but I’m going to bowl the PBA50 Tour as much as I can. Managing my schedule going forward is also something I’m going to have to do.”

After qualifying, the top 24 players advanced to Wednesday’s match play with an additional eight players that will be determined through a casher’s round that begins at 8:30 a.m. ET.

In the first tournament of the season, Duke held a 47-pin lead over fellow hall of famers Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., in second with a 3,323 pinfall and a 53-pin lead over Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela in third with 3,317. Robert Leonard of Lockwood, N.Y., finished fourth with 3,307 and Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C. rounded out the top five with 3,288.

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year and 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, finished qualifying in sixth with 3,274 followed by Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Va., in seventh with 3,264. First round leader Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., the winner of the 2017 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, rounded out the top eight with 3,258. The top eight players will be seeded into Wednesday’s second match play round.

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia advanced to the casher’s round by finishing sixth among the PBA60 players (ages 60 and over) out of the regular prize fund. The 72-year-old left-hander finished qualifying with a 2,970 14-game pinfall.

After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling will provide all the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open final-day action. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN 

Presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick

Maple Country Lanes, Clearwater, Fla., Tuesday

SECOND ROUND (after 14 games. Positions 1-24 advance to match play. Positions 25-52 plus eight PBA60 players advance to casher’s round to determine eight match play spots)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,370.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,323.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,317.
4, Robert Leonard, Lockwood, N.Y., 3,307.
5, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,288.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,274.
7, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,264.
8, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,258.
9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,244.
10, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,241.
11, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,222.
12, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,208.
13, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,191.
14, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,190.
15, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,171.
16, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,166.
17, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,164.
18, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,144.
19, (tie) Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,136.
21, (tie) Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., and George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 3,134.
23, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,128.
24, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,121.
25, (tie) James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,093.
27, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,090.
28, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,083.
29, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,080.
30, n-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,079.
31, (tie) Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,067.
33, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,063.
34, Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, 3,060.
35, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,055.
38, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,053.
39, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 3,050.
40, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,046.
41, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,043.
42, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 3,042.
43, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,031.
44, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,027.
45, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,025.
46, (tie) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,022.
48, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 3,018.
49, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,013.
50, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,007.
52, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,004.
53, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,002.
54, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,000.
55, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 2,998.
56, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,997.
57, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,992.
58, (tie) John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., and Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,985.
60, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 2,983.
61, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,981.
62, Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2,979.
63, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,978.
64, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,975.
65, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2,973.
66, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 2,971.
67, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,970.
68, n-Peter Hernandez, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 2,964.
69, (tie) ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., and Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2,960.
72, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,957.
73, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 2,955.
74, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,954.
75, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,951.
76, ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 2,931.
77, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 2,927.
78, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,925.
79, n-Dennis Psaropolus, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,917.
80, (tie) Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,913.
82, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,912.
83, n-David Covington, Holland, Mich., 2,911.
84, Glenn Smith, New York, 2,908.
85, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 2,905.
86, Rory Peterson, Jacksonville, Fl, 2,902.
87, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,901.
88, Michael Mikolajczyk, Boothwyn, Pa., 2,900.
89, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,897.
90, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,893.
91, Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,890.
92, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,888.
93, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,885.
95, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,884.
96, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2,878.
97, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,875.
98, George Litwin, Miami, 2,872.
99, Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,869.
100, John Younger, The Villiages, Fla., 2,856.
101, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 2,854.
102, (tie) n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., and Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 2,853.
104, (tie) Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, n-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., and Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2,852.
107, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,849.
108, Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,835.
109, n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2,834.
110, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,833.
112, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,830.
113, Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 2,825.
114, ss-Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 2,810.
115, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 2,766.
116, (tie) Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 2,763.
118, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 2,758.
119, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,753.
120, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,742.
122, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 2,740.
123, Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., 2,732.
124, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,728.
125, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 2,727.
126, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 2,723.
127, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 2,715.
128, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,712.
129, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,703.
130, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 2,682.
131, Willie Wells, Plano, Texas, 2,669.
132, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,656.
133, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 2,653.
134, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 2,634.
135, Tom Johnson, Gulfport, Fla., 2,626.
135, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,626.
137, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 2,620.
138, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,588.
139, (tie) Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., and Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,583.
141, Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 2,582.
142, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,581.
143, Dan Howsmon, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 2,573.
144, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 2,567.
145, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 2,562.
146, n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 2,551.
147, n-Gavin Newman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,504.
148, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,495.
149, Darren Hook, Santo, Texas, 2,453.
150, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,398.
151, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,390.
152, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,378.
153, Vinny Rivas, Zephyrhills, Fla., 2,364.
154, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 2,313.
155, Robert Stevens, Zephyhills, Fla., 2,044.

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ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize fund advancing to cashers round