NORM DUKE LEADS PBA NATIONAL BOWLING STADIUM CHAMPIONSHIP

by PBA Editor January 7, 2009 19:00
PBA Hall of Famer-Elect Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. sit 1-2 in the standings after the qualifying rounds of the 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship.
 
“In any sport, momentum is huge”, said Duke. “I’ve bowled a lot of games this week, more games are good for me right now to get in the groove and build some confidence.”
 
Defending champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. is currently in 12th place. Jones won the 2008 Constructionjobs.com Championship at the National Bowling Stadium on Jan. 6, 2008 defeating Patrick Allen 254-214 to win his 11th career title on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
 
The National Bowling Stadium Championship features a 64-player field bowling 14 games of qualifying with seven games each on the PBA Experience Cheetah and Shark patterns. The top 32 players with the highest pinfall advance to match play competition.
 
Round One of match play features nine head-to-head one-game matches with the top 16 players advancing. Round Two of match play features an additional nine head-to-head one-game matches with the top five players advancing to the ESPN-televised stepladder finals on Sunday Jan. 11. Match play will feature multiple patterns with the Shark pattern on the left lane and the Cheetah pattern on the right lane.
 
This is the first time that multiple oil patterns will be used during a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour tournament and on the telecast, requiring bowlers to face the challenge of negotiating each oil pattern by determining equipment choices and lane play strategy on every alternating shot.
 
Bowling fans will be treated to a pair of nationally-televised Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events on Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium. Tickets are free and doors are open to the public at 8 a.m. PT. 
The bowling doubleheader starts with ESPN’s live final round coverage of The National Bowling Stadium Championship at 10 a.m. PT followed by the taping of the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship.
 
Norm Duke will be inducted into the Professional Bowlers Hall of Fame during ceremonies to be held at the Red Rock Casino on Saturday Jan. 24 in Las Vegas, Nev.
 
NOTES: National Bowling Stadium Championship – Reno, Nev.
--300 Game, Wes Malott (Round of 64 – Block 2)
--252 Game, Pete Weber (Round of 32) 5 Strikes, Gutter/6, 6 Strikes
--Brian LeClair received this week’s Commissioner’s Exemption after Wayne Webb withdrew from the tournament due to injury
--Two women: Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. and Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic advanced out of the PBA Tour Qualifying Round to make the 64-player tournament field
--Eight players among the Greatest 50 Players in PBA History advanced to the Round of 16 (Mika Koivuniemi (49), Patrick Allen (44), Danny Wiseman (42), Tommy Jones (30), Chris Barnes (26), Norm Duke (7), Pete Weber (4) and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (TBA)
 
 
National Bowling Stadium Championship – Reno, Nev.
Round of 64 – Blocks 1 & 2, Total Pinfall, Earnings (14 Games)
1. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,185
2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,160
3. Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,121
4. Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,116
5. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,095
6. Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,087
7. Robert Smith, Columbus, 3,086
8. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,073
9. Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, 3,069
9. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,069
11. Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,063
12. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,062
13. Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,044
14. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,043
15. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,042
16. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,039, $100
16. Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 3,039
16. Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,039
19. Edward VanDaniker Jr, Essex, Md., 3,038
20. Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,034
21. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,021
22. Jim Tomek Jr, Camp Hill, Pa., 3,019
23. Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,015
24. Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,000
25. Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,990
25. Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,990
27. Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,981
28. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,973
29. Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,957
30. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,955
31. Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 2,952
32. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,949
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33. Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 2,937, $1,890
34. Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,930, $1,800
35. Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,928, $1,800
36. Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,923, $1,800
37. Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,919, $1,800
38. Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 2,913, $1,800
39. Rhino Page, Topeka, Kan., 2,912, $1,800
40. Terrance Reeves, Valrico, Fla., 2,910, $1,800
41. Craig Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., 2,905, $1,800
42. Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,891, $1,800
43. Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,878, $1,800
44. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,873, $1,800
45. Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 2,868, $1,800
46. Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,867, $1,800
47. Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,851, $1,800
48. Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,849, $1,800
49. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,834, $1,800
50. Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,829, $1,800
51. Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,816, $1,800
51. Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2,816, $1,800
53. Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,813, $1,800
54. Jason Lundquist, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., 2,811, $1,800
55. Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 2,793, $1,800
56. Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,787, $1,800
57. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2,780, $1,800
58. Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 2,773, $1,800
59. Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 2,770, $1,800
60. Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,720, $1,800
61. Chester Rogers Jr, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,719, $1,800
62. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,685, $1,800
63. Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,671, $1,800
64. David Traber, Hebron, Ill., 2,644, $1,800
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