No Duke Upset Here

by PBA Editor March 15, 2007 19:00
You can’t say much more about Norm Duke, the proof is in the performance. The 25-year veteran, who already has two titles on the 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour, continued his amazing run in the 2007 Pepsi Championship Friday night at Woodland Bowl.

Duke, who has led every round of the Tour’s last standard event of the season, compiled a record of 15-3 in Friday’s round-robin match play and concluded action with a 32-game pinfall of 8,346 with 30 bonus pins being awarded for a win in match play and 15 for a tie.

“It keeps getting better. A lot of the guys in the field like the boom ball and keep moving in. They leave me with something I like,” said Duke (Clermont, Fla.). “Traffic always creates havoc. I’m able to have something all by myself and that’s wonderful for me.”

With his finish, Duke is awarded the top seed in Sunday’s live ESPN televised stepladder finals.

Duke lost to his closest competitor in the Round of 16’s position round, but, it didn’t make a difference as Jeff Carter was still 450 pins behind.

Carter (Springfield, Ill.), who is making his second career TV appearance in consecutive tournaments, finished match play 15-2-1 with 7,896.

Ryan Shafer will be the No. 3 seeded bowler on Sunday’s show after racking up an 11-7 record. Shafer (Horseheads, N.Y.) finished with a 32-game pinfall of 7,868. Shafer defeated Michael Haugen Jr., 265-257, in the No. 5 vs. No. 6 position round match.

No. 4 seed Tony Reyes (San Bruno, Calif.) will open Sunday’s finals taking on No. 5 seed Mike DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.).

Reyes finished just 47 pins behind Shafer with 7,821 and a match play record of 10-8, including a 209-199 win over DeVaney in the position round.

DeVaney made the most dramatic entrance to Sunday’s final, needing 33 games to qualify after tying Haugen for the fifth and final spot with a 32-game pinfall of 7,780. DeVaney advanced with a 248-218 win over Haugen (Cave Creek, Ariz.) in a one-game roll-off.

The five bowlers advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 12:30 p.m. EST at Woodland Bowl. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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