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Bowling News USA - August 21, 2014 PBA NEWS: Storm's Duke wins PBA50 POY and ROY, Williams and Weber top stats

Duke Earns PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year But Williams and Weber Top 2014 PBA50 Tour Statistics Johnny Petraglia takes Super Senior Player of the Year honors

Jerry Schneider | PBA Media Relations

SEATTLE, Washington - It didn’t take long for PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke to make an impact on the PBA50 Tour. In his rookie season on the tour for players ages 50 and older, the 37-time PBA Tour champion from Clermont, Florida, became only the second player to earn PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season.

Despite the great season Duke had, it was two other PBA greats – Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber – who led the PBA50 Tour statistical races, claiming the top spots in average, earnings and competition points over the course of the 11-tournament campaign.

Duke, who won two titles in 2014 including the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter for his first major, joined fellow hall of famer Tom Baker (2005) as the second player to earn the PBA50 Tour’s top awards in the same year. Pete Couture, Mark Roth, Wayne Webb and Williams have also won both honors, but not in the same year.  Duke also joined Webb, Williams and Roth as players who have earned both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour Player of the Year crowns.

In addition to his two victories, Duke had three other top-five finishes in the seven tournaments he entered, including second-place finishes in the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip and Pasco County Open to win Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year which are based on points awarded for championship round appearances. He finished second in average (233.63), fourth in competition points (141,226) and fourth in earnings ($33,940)....[read full story]

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