It didn't take Norm Duke long to prove the hype on the PBA50 Tour. Coming in as a rookie, expectations were understandably high for the Hall of Famer, and now two events in, he has a runner-up finish and a title.
Duke qualified third in the PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages and had to win three matches in the stepladder finals (all against Hall of Famers) to claim the title. First, Duke dispatched Parker Bohn III (who defeated Walter Ray Williams, Jr. in the opening match). Then, Duke eliminated Pete Weber before moving into the finals with tournament leader Tom Baker.
Two events into the PBA50 season, Norm Duke has to be the frontrunner for both the PBA50 Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards. Yes, it's early, but if Duke keeps performing like this, he'll take all the hardware.
The 2014 PBA50 season got underway last week in New Port Richey, Florida, with PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli defeating PBA50 rookie Norm Duke in the title match.
Monacelli led qualifying in almost every PBA50 tournament last season, but was only able to get one title out of it. Now one tournament into the season, he already has one title.
Led by inaugural Mark Roth PBA League MVP Chris Barnes, the Silver Lake Atom Splitters triumphed over cross-town rivals L.A. X to win the Elias Cup.
Jason Belmonte of L.A. X rolled a 279 in the singles match against Barnes to give L.A. X the early lead, but the Atom Splitters quickly tied the match at one point apiece in the doubles match. L.A. again took the lead with a victory in trios, but Silver Lake ultimately emerged victorious with a 225-203 win in the Baker team match.
Tensions in California will be running high tomorrow as the bitter rivalry between the Silver Lake Atom Splitters and L.A. X pits neighbor against neighbor in the Los Angeles area. The Elias Cup Finals will air at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The winning team will hoist the Elias Cup, closing out the 2014 PBA League season. There is no word yet on a potential parade route for the victors.
L.A. X eliminated last year's Elias Cup Champions, the New York City WTT KingPins, in last week's broadcast, guaranteeing we will not see a repeat champion this year.
L.A. X awaits the winner of the match between the Silver Lake Atom Splitters and Philadelphia Hitmen.
Four teams remain in the PBA League Elias Cup tournament, and one will make its way to the finals this Sunday, at 5 p.m. ET, on ESPN.
The defending-champion New York City WTT KingPins battle the displeased-with-how-they-finished-last-year L.A. X in an effort to move into the title match and have a chance at winning the Elias Cup.
Marshall Kent, the collegiate star who has already made two PBA telecasts, triumphed over everyone this past weekend in Munich at the Brunswick Euro Challenge. Kent defeated Sweden's Daniel Fransson in the final match to claim the title, although it will not count as a PBA Tour title because of his amateur status. And... debate. Go.
In televised bowling yesterday, the Philadelphia Hitmen won their opening-round match in the Elias Cup tournament over their in-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits. Philadelphia moves into the semifinals, where they will face the Silver Lake Atom Splitters in two weeks.
The final opening-round match of the PBA League Elias Cup tournament airs this Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, featuring the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits and the Philadelphia Hitmen.
The winner of the match advances to the semifinals against the Silver Lake Atom Splitters.
Add another title to the career record of Thomas Larsen, who prevailed this past weekend over Dom Barrett in the Kuwait International Open finals. This is Larsen's second career title, the other coming last December in the Abu Dhabi WBT event.
Because Larsen is a PBA member, his victories on the World Bowling Tour count as PBA Tour titles, and this one puts him into that coveted land among bowlers as a multi-time title winner.
Take a gander at the up-to-date list of 2014 PBA Tour winners.