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The opening round of match play from the 2019 USBC Masters at Gold Coast in Las Vegas saw #32 seed Norm Duke take on #33 Dean Richards, both averaging 207 for the 15 games of qualifying. Richards had been bowling well, winning a PBA Regional title just the weekend before. How would he fare bowling against one of his idols and one of the greatest of all time?
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This was my first Masters (and first national pro event) and what a great experience to compete alongside all the top pros and amateurs from around the world. I think it was the lowest average to cash in recent Masters history at -5/199.7 – they played so tough especially on the fresh. I gave it a run by going +64 on the burn squad but couldn't get anything going on the fresh – the righties (at least the ones that had success) were all playing outside 2nd arrow with a lot of surface and/or urethane which made the lanes very ugly quickly, and the topography from lane to lane was challenging at Gold Coast. I think someone said it best when they said this pattern made some really talented bowlers look very bad, but also made the few that figured it out look amazing.