Norm Duke Wins Your 65th U.S. Open

30 Mar

Norm Duke, holder of 27 previous career PBA titles, struck his way to a 28th and his first ever US Open championship when he defeated Major Mika Koivuniemi 224-216.  Duke looked amazing on an incredibly tough pattern, and under some tough personal circumstances as he buried his grandfather just this past Thursday.  Just take Duke’s word for it:

“This format, this grind… it’s why so few people can actually win this event,” Duke said. “There are probably 25 people out here who can actually win this. It’s why Pete (Weber) has won it four times. Now after 27 years of dreaming, it means everything to my career.”

The best bowlers wins.  Period.  There’s no room for error, it’s all about shot-making and spare-shooting, and there are very few big scores. A 207 average qualified one for the top 24.  Christ.

Here’s how the final four broke down:

Pos.   Name, hometown   Total/Games   Money
1.   Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.   725 (3 games)   $100,000
2.   Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.   216 (1 game)   $50,000
3.   Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio   245 (1 game)   $25,000
4.   Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y.   160 (1 game)   $13,00

One Response to “Norm Duke Wins Your 65th U.S. Open”


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