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Indiana Youth Has Personal "Pro-Am" with Norm Duke


Due to circumstances beyond his control, eight-year-old Eric Perkins of Elkhart, Ind., arrived late for his scheduled pro-am at the PBA50 National Championship at Signature Lanes. But it turned out to become the experience of a lifetime because his bowling hero, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, took the time to give Perkins a full game of personal instruction.

"The (PBA League) Dallas Strikers team is my favorite team and Norm is my favorite bowler," Eric said. "He's funny and I just like the way he bowls."

During the game, Duke demonstrated a ouple of his patented trick shots including his ball-in-towel strike shot and two-ball 7-10 split spare, both crowd pleasers.
The PBA50 National Championship pro-ams included a youth/Riley Hospital for Children squad, corporate squad and open squad for the general public.

Duke is competing for his second major of the season in Elkhart after winning the Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm in July. PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing wire-to-wire coverage of the final tournament of the 2016 PBA50 Tour season.

Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine.