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The 11th Frame: Duane Mellinger beats Steve Kloempken in title match to win 2019 New Mexico Open

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:00 pm

Duane Mellinger after winning the 2019 New Mexico Open. Photo by Scott Myers.
Duane Mellinger won the $12,620 first prize of the 2019 New Mexico Open by beating USBC Hall of Famer Steve Kloempken 461-423 in the title match at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Mellinger, who recently was inducted into the Colorado Bowling Hall of Fame, became the event's oldest winner at 57. Matt Smith finished third, as 65,075 was paid out, tournament director Steve Mackie reported. The top 48 in the 196-player field after qualifying Friday and Saturday advanced to...

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