Clermont’s Norm Duke leads qualifiers at PBA50 National Championship

The 32 pros that move on in the PBA50 National Championship at Spanish Springs Lanes were decided Friday.

The qualifiers were determined after 18 games of qualifying over the past three days.

For the most part, most of the bigger names made the cut, but there were a few that surprisingly missed the cut.

Clermont’s Norm Duke led the qualifiers with a score of +469 based on a par of 200.

Norm Duke

Pete Weber, who led the pack after two days of qualifying, was just one pin back with a score of +468 and Michael Haugen, Jr. was third at +459.

The top four qualifiers were separated by just 11 pins.

Former Major League All-Star pitcher John Burkett checked in with a fourth-place finish at +458.

Local favorite George Gomez was fifth at +440. He was followed by PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr in sixth at +426.

Other big-names making the cut were Joe Scarborough, who rolled a 900 series in a PBA event in The Villages, Oxford’s Walter Ray Williams, Jr., two-time PBA champion in The Villages Lennie Boresch, Jr., Parker Bohn III, 71-year-old Johnny Petraglia and Clermont’s Doug Becker.

Don Breeden was the 32nd qualifier with a score of+216.

Brian LeClair was 33rd with a score of +213.

Among notables who missed the cut were Bob Learn, Jr., who missed by just five pins, Amleto Monacelli and Harry Sullins.

Saturday marks the final day of the event.

Action begins at 9 a.m. with eight games of modified match-play involving the top 32, followed at 2 p.m. by the top 16 rolling eight game of modified match-play.

The final five advance to a step-ladder-finals at 6:45 p.m.

FINAL 32

1 – Norm Duke +469

2 – Pete Weber +468

3 – Michael Haugen, Jr. +459

4 – John Burkett +458

5 – George Gomez +440

6 – Ron Mohr +426

7 – Gary Faulkner +394

8 – Henry Dawson +364

9 – Rolando Sebelen +353

10 – Mark Sullivan +349

11 – Mark Williams +345

12 – Joe Scarborough +336

13 – Bo Goergen +332

14 – John Conroy +328

15 – Lennie Boresch, Jr. +325

16 – Rich Garner +313

17 – Dennis Rakauskas +307

18 – Sam Maccorone +302

19 – Walter Ray Williams, Jr. +299

20 – Don Herrington +298

21 – Parker Bohn III +293

22 – Gary Alstott +286

23 – Christopher Keane +284

24 – Brian Kretzer +274

25 – Eddie Graham +270

26 – Ricky Schissler +246

27 – Doug Becker +243

28 – Bob Kelly +242

29 – Dave Sill +235

30 – John Petraglia +226

31 – Bryan Goebel +226

32 – Don Breeden +216