Bowling News USA - April 1, 2012 Put It On The Board! Duke's 37th PBA Title Completes Daily Double for Storm!
Storm staffer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., won a hall of fame strikefest with Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., Sunday night to win the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs presented by Hammer at Woodland Bowl and secure his 37th career title, third best in PBA Tour history.
Duke’s third victory of the 2010-11 season also put him into the thick of the PBA Player of the Year race with only the PBA Tournament of Champions remaining on the schedule. The TOC will be conducted April 9-15 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.
Storm PBA Tour Representative Del Ballard Jr., reports that Duke threw a Storm Frantic™ (4 1/2 inch pin, hole at 6 inches, back to 3/8 positive) in the final.
The amazing Storm/Roto Grip title chase continues. Duke's win in Indy came on the same day another Storm staffer's first title aired at the World Series of Bowling. Viewers watched International staffer Andres Gomez down Roto Grip staffer Wes Malott at the 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic on ESPN earlier in the day. The Duke victory was the 12th title for Storm and Roto Grip on the 2011/12 PBA Tour in fifteen events (including the PBA International tournaments).
Duke put on a stunning performance Sunday, including his 836-766 victory over Bohn, a 32-time PBA Tour title and a fellow PBA Hall of Famer.
“If you would have told me this morning I would shoot 800 in the title match, I’d have said I was going to win the title,” Duke said, “but I wouldn’t have believed it.”
Just like he had done in three previous elimination rounds, Duke started his match against Bohn with nine strikes for a 289 game and a 60-pin lead with two games to go. It was too much for Bohn to overcome, even though he answered with games of 279 and 258 for his 766 series. Duke followed his 289 with games of 268 and 279.
“That was a match people are going to remember for awhile,” Bohn said.
Duke, a two-time PBA Player of the Year, will take his bid for a third honorary title into the Tournament of Champions, a tournament he last won in 1994.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve won the TOC, but I’d like to do something about that,” Duke said. “It’s a very, very difficult tournament to win, but I’ve been training hard and I live for the majors. I’m ready.”
Four other contenders in the PBA Player of the Year race – two-time 2011-12 title winners Jason Belmonte of Australia, Osku Palermaa of Finland and Mike Fagan of Dallas along with five-time U.S. Open champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. – were eliminated earlier Sunday.
Duke’s march to the title match began in the Regional Championships round when he struck on 17 of his first 19 shots, racing away from Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., to win the Southwest Region championship, 792-616.
In the Conference Championship round he defeated Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., 751-657, and he advanced to the championship match with a 789 series in the semifinal round. Bohn won the second spot in the title match with a 632 series, edging Sweden’s Martin Larsen by 14 pins.
With his 37 career title, Duke broke a tie with Pete Weber for third on the PBA Tour titles list. Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the all-time leader with 47 titles and the late Earl Anthony is second with 43.
The PBA playoffs involved six groups of PBA Tour, Senior Tour and regional players bowling a series of elimination rounds. Champions from six Regional groups advanced through Regional and Conference Championship rounds leading up to the semifinals and championship rounds. All rounds of the final Xtra Frame Tour event of the season were webcast live on the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.
DICK WEBER PBA PLAYOFFS PRESENTED BY HAMMER
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Sunday
CHAMPIONSHIP (three games)
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. ($20,000) def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. ($10,000), 836-766.
SEMIFINAL ROUND (three games, top 2 of 3 advance to championship match)
1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 789.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 632.
3, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 618 ($5,000).
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (three games, players eliminated earned $2,500):
Eastern Conference Championship (winner advanced to semifinal round)
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 734-657.
Midwestern Conference Championship (winner advanced to semifinal round)
Martin Larsen, Sweden, def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 725-655.
Western Conference Championship (winner advanced to semifinal round)
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 751-657.
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (three games, players eliminated earned $1,700):
East Region (winner advanced to Eastern Conference Championship)
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., def. Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 642-630.
South Region (winner advanced to Eastern Conference Championship)
Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., def. Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 697-690.
Central Region (winner advanced to Midwest Conference Championship)
Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 624-575.
Midwest Region (winner advanced to Midwest Conference Championship)
Martin Larsen, Sweden, def. Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa., 748-669.
Southwest Region (winner advanced to Western Conference Championship)
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 792-616.
West/Northwest Region (winner advanced to Western Conference Championship)
Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 750-694.
Storm/Roto Grip Wins - 2012 PBA Tour
1. 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs - Norm Duke - Storm Frantic™
2. 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic - Andres Gomez - Storm Marvel™ Pearl/Hy-Road™
3. 2012 PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - Storm Frantic™/Anarchy™
4. 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open - Osku Palermaa - Storm Natural™
5. 2012 PBA Detroit Open - Norm Duke - Roto Grip Outlaw™
6. 2012 PBA GEICO Shark Open - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Critical Theory™
7. 2012 U.S Open - Pete Weber - Storm Marvel™ Pearl/Frantic™
8. 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open - Scott Newell - Storm Victory Road™ Solid
9. 2012 PBA Scorpion Open - Dominic Barrett - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Critical Theory™
10. 2012 PBA Chameleon Open - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Outlaw™
11. 2012 PBA Viper Open - Stuart Williams - Storm Victory Road™ Solid/Tropical Heat™
12. 2012 PBA World Championship - Osku Palermaa - Storm Hy-Road™/Roto Grip Outlaw™/Defiant™
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