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Bowling News USA - August 28, 2014 Killeen Daily Herald: Duke honored for stellar PBA50 debut

Don Wright |

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, Fla., 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 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.

Adding to his lengthy portfolio of PBA honors, PBA Hall of Famer and the 1998 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Johnny Petraglia earned Super Senior Player of the Year for players 60 and over as competition points leader among his 60-and-older peers. He had three top-10 finishes including a second-place finish in the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic...[read more]

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