Barnes Wins Japan Cup 2003

by PBA Editor September 20, 2003 19:00
Chris Barnes won the Japan Cup 2003 international bowling championships Sunday at Tokyo Port Bowl and found that fate was finally in his corner. Barnes, Dallas, earned his fifth career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour title by defeating third-year pro Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., in the final, 210-179. He pocketed $40,000 for the effort. “I bowled better last year in the TV match,” said Barnes, who also led the round-robin portion of the 2002 event only to be upset by Robert Smith in the TV final, 224-222. “But, this year I was more fortunate.” Barnes met the No. 6 qualifier Jones in the final. Jones defeated four opponents en route to the championship and became just the second player in 19 years to reach the final match from the bottom spot. But, Jones suffered from three 2-10 splits (4th, 6th and 10th frames) while Barnes repeatedly caught good breaks. “I definitely had all the good carry breaks,” he said about tumbling the 7-pin on a number of shots. “But, Tommy paid full price for his mistakes. If he tumbles the 2-pin a couple of times, it’s a much closer match.” Barnes was victim to only one open frame, the 3-10 split in the 5th frame. He threw six strikes total and had the only three-bagger in the match (2nd-4th frames). Jones rolled five strikes and converted two spares (1st and 9th frames). Barnes again qualified as the top seed for this year’s TV final, leading the 32-game round-robin match play rounds by a mere 76 pins – as compared to more than 400 in 2002. No player has ever emerged with the Japan Cup title coming from the No. 6 hole. Brian Voss was the closest. He lost to top-seeded Pete Weber in 1993. Jones began the day by knocking off defending champion Robert Smith, 235-187. Smith, Thousand Oaks, Calif., earned $4,500 in sixth place. In the second match, Jones beat Ryan Shafer, 266-214. Shafer, Elmira, N.Y., garnered $5,000 in fifth. Voss, Atlanta, settled with $6,500 after losing the third match to Jones, 193-192. In the semfinal, Jones toppled Norm Duke, 227-208. Duke, Clermont, Fla., wound up with $10,000 in second. Jones collected $20,000. The PBA Tour begins its 2003-04 season Oct. 8 with the PBA Banquet Open at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa. ESPN will televise the finals live on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. ET.
JAPAN CUP 2003 Tokyo Port Bowl Tokyo, Japan Sunday, Sept. 20 STEPLADDER FINAL Pos. Name/Hometown Total/Games Money 1. Chris Barnes, Dallas 210 (1 game) $40,000 2. Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C. 1,100 (5 games) $20,000 3. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 208 (1 game) $10,000 4. Brian Voss, Atlanta 192 (1 game) $ 6,500 5. Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 214 (1 game) $ 5,000 6. Robert Smith, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 187 (1 game) $ 4,500 PLAYOFF RESULTS – Jones def. Smith, 235-187 Jones def. Shafer, 266-214 Jones def. Voss, 193-192 Jones def. Duke, 227-208 Barnes def. Jones, 210-179
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Stepladder Set in Japan

by PBA Editor September 19, 2003 19:00
It’s déjà vu all over again for Chris Barnes in the Japan Cup 2003 international bowling championships at Tokyo Port Bowl. For the second consecutive year Barnes, Dallas, earned the top seed for the stepladder final on Saturday. After posting a field-best 8,235, 32-game pinfall (including 30 bonus pins per match win), the four-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour champion needs to win only one game in Sunday’s stepladder finals against the survivor of five other bowlers. “I hope I’ve picked up something different in my mental approach from last year,” said Barnes, who led the round-robin portion of the 2002 event by more than 400 pins, only to lose the final match to Robert Smith (224-222). “As always, when it comes to the TV finals, you just hope to bowl your best game.” The 33-year-old racked up a 22-10 match play record, good for 660 bonus pins. His scratch total for 32 games was a field-best 7,557 (236 average). The second spot belongs to Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., (8,159, 21-10). Duke, owner of 20 PBA Tour titles, will try to win his first Japan Cup in 14 starts. Brian Voss, Atlanta, is third (8,140). The PBA Hall of Famer collected the field’s best match play record at 24-8. Voss, a 22-time PBA Tour winner, won the Japan Cup in 1994. The fourth spot belongs to Ryan Shafer (8,041, 22-9-1). Shafer and Duke made the TV stepladder finals last year and finished fifth and sixth respectively. Sunday’s opening match will feature defending champion Robert Smith against 2002 PBA Rookie of the Year Tommy Jones. Smith qualified fifth (7,988, 23-8-1) while Jones earned the sixth slot (7,987, 22-10). Smith will attempt to become just the second player to successfully defend the title (Parker Bohn III; 1998, ’99, 2000). The PBA/U.S. squad won the Nakano Cup team competition for the 10th consecutive year, topping the JPBA/International squad in total pinfall, 114,594-108,548. The PBA/U.S. team averaged 223 per game while the JPBA/Int’l group shot an average score of 212. The top six return for Sunday’s stepladder finals. Top prize is $40,000.
JAPAN CUP 2003 Tokyo Port Bowl Tokyo, Japan Saturday, Sept. 20 FOURTH ROUND MATCH PLAY (Pos., name/hometown, 32-game match play record and pinfall total. Top six advance to stepladder finals.) 1, Chris Barnes , 22 - 10 - 0, 8,235. 2, Norm Duke , 21 - 10 - 1, 8,159. 3, Brian Voss , 24 - 8 - 0, 8,140. 4, Ryan Shafer , 22 - 9 - 1, 8,041. 5, Robert Smith , 23 - 8 - 1, 7,988. 6, Tommy Jones , 22 - 10 - 0, 7,987. MISSED CUT 7, Pete Weber , 21 - 11 - 0, 7,883. 8, Tommy Delutz Jr. , 20 - 12 - 0, 7,744. 9, Parker Bohn III , 18 - 13 - 1, 7,705. 10, Danny Wiseman , 16 - 16 - 0, 7,635. 11, Brad Angelo , 20 - 12 - 0, 7,603. 12, Hiroshi Ohashi , 15 - 17 - 0, 7,490. 13, Byeong-Yeol Moon , 17 - 15 - 0, 7,486. 14, Tamiki Miike , 15 - 17 - 0, 7,472. 15, Patrick Allen , 15 - 16 - 1, 7,471. 16, Walter Ray Williams Jr. , 13 - 19 - 0, 7,444. 17, Steve Jaros , 15 - 17 - 0, 7,425. 18, Teruyuki Obara , 12 - 19 - 1, 7,370. 19, Tae-Hwa Jeong , 14 - 18 - 0, 7,342. 20, Toshifumi Kojima , 15 - 17 - 0, 7,338. 21, Hiroshi Nagatani , 16 - 16 - 0, 7,271. 22, Susumu Nakazawa , 11 - 21 - 0, 7,195. 23, Yukio Yamazaki , 12 - 19 - 1, 7,171. 24, Hugh Miller , 14 - 18 - 0, 7,169. 25, Minoru Sendan , 16 - 16 - 0, 7,157. 26, Yasuyuki Sadamatsu , 13 - 19 - 0, 7,125. 27, Tae-Seon Yang , 12 - 20 - 0, 6,994. 28, Masayuki Koyama , 11 - 20 - 1, 6,927. 29, Peter Hellström , 14 - 18 - 0, 6,926. 30, Yoshihiro Sakuraba , 12 - 19 - 1, 6,908. 31, Lonnie Waliczek , 8 - 23 - 1, 6,875. 32, Naoharu Okabe , 8 - 24 - 0, 6,826. 300 Games: Hiroshi Ohashi (First Round); Brian Voss (Third Round); Tommy Delutz Jr. (Third Round).
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Jones Leads First Round at Japan Cup

by PBA Editor September 18, 2003 19:00
JAPAN CUP 2003 Tokyo Port Bowl Tokyo, Japan Friday, Sept. 19 FIRST ROUND MATCH PLAY (Pos., name, eight-game match play record and pinfall total). 1, Tommy Jones , 6 - 2 - 0, 2,047. 2, Teruyuki Obara , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,988. 3, Robert Smith , 6 - 2 - 0, 1,985. 4, Ryan Shafer , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,971. 5, Hiroshi Ohashi , 4 - 4 - 0, 1,959. 6, Chris Barnes , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,956. 7, Steve Jaros , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,950. 8, Norm Duke , 4 - 4 - 0, 1,948. 9, Byeong-Yeol Moon , 6 - 2 - 0, 1,928. 10, Parker Bohn III , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,927. 11, Masayuki Koyama , 4 - 3 - 1, 1,920. 12, Brian Voss , 4 - 4 - 0, 1,904. 13, Hiroshi Nagatani , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,889. 14, Minoru Sendan , 4 - 4 - 0, 1,880. 15, Tamiki Miike , 3 - 5 - 0, 1,878. 16, Tommy Delutz Jr. , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,867. 17, Brad Angelo , 6 - 2 - 0, 1,866. 18, Danny Wiseman , 4 - 4 - 0, 1,862. 19, Lonnie Waliczek , 4 - 3 - 1, 1,858. 20, Patrick Allen , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,840. 21, Pete Weber , 3 - 5 - 0, 1,834. 22, Yasuyuki Sadamatsu , 4 - 4 - 0, 1,832. 23, Toshifumi Kojima , 3 - 5 - 0, 1,814. 24, Yukio Yamazaki , 3 - 5 - 0, 1,777. 25, Tae-Seon Yang , 3 - 5 - 0, 1,777. 26, Peter Hellström , 5 - 3 - 0, 1,728. 27, Hugh Miller , 4 - 4 - 0, 1,718. 28, Susumu Nakazawa , 1 - 7 - 0, 1,698. 29, Tae-Hwa Jeong , 2 - 6 - 0, 1,684. 30, Walter Ray Williams Jr. , 1 - 7 - 0, 1,651. 31, Yoshihiro Sakuraba , 2 - 6 - 0, 1,631. 32, Naoharu Okabe , 1 - 7 - 0, 1,557. 300 Games: Hiroshi Ohashi (First Round).
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Barnes Takes Over in Japan

by PBA Editor September 18, 2003 19:00
JAPAN CUP 2003 Tokyo Port Bowl Tokyo, Japan Saturday, Sept. 19 THIRD ROUND MATCH PLAY (Pos., name, 24-game match play record and pinfall total). 1, Chris Barnes , 16 - 8 - 0, 6,156. 2, Tommy Jones , 16 - 8 - 0, 6,059. 3, Brian Voss , 17 - 7 - 0, 6,057. 4, Norm Duke , 14 - 10 - 0, 6,021. 5, Robert Smith , 18 - 6 - 0, 5,980. 6, Tommy Delutz Jr. , 18 - 6 - 0, 5,973. 7, Ryan Shafer , 16 - 8 - 0, 5,940. 8, Parker Bohn III , 16 - 7 - 1, 5,874. 9, Pete Weber , 15 - 9 - 0, 5,817. 10, Danny Wiseman , 12 - 12 - 0, 5,754. 11, Hiroshi Ohashi , 12 - 12 - 0, 5,703. 12, Brad Angelo , 17 - 7 - 0, 5,702. 13, Byeong-Yeol Moon , 14 - 10 - 0, 5,657. 14, Patrick Allen , 13 - 11 - 0, 5,611. 15, Tamiki Miike , 11 - 13 - 0, 5,592. 16, Teruyuki Obara , 10 - 14 - 0, 5,549. 17, Steve Jaros , 11 - 13 - 0, 5,501. 18, Minoru Sendan , 13 - 11 - 0, 5,455. 19, Tae-Hwa Jeong , 9 - 15 - 0, 5,375. 20, Walter Ray Williams Jr. , 8 - 16 - 0, 5,370. 21, Toshifumi Kojima , 10 - 14 - 0, 5,366. 22, Susumu Nakazawa , 8 - 16 - 0, 5,365. 23, Yukio Yamazaki , 9 - 15 - 0, 5,343. 24, Hiroshi Nagatani , 10 - 14 - 0, 5,339. 25, Masayuki Koyama , 9 - 14 - 1, 5,271. 26, Hugh Miller , 10 - 14 - 0, 5,264. 27, Yasuyuki Sadamatsu , 11 - 13 - 0, 5,253. 28, Lonnie Waliczek , 7 - 16 - 1, 5,249. 29, Yoshihiro Sakuraba , 9 - 14 - 1, 5,155. 30, Tae-Seon Yang , 8 - 16 - 0, 5,132. 31, Naoharu Okabe , 5 - 19 - 0, 5,030. 32, Peter Hellström , 10 - 14 - 0, 5,026. 300 Games: Hiroshi Ohashi (First Round); Brian Voss (Third Round); Tommy Delutz Jr. (Third Round).
NOTES: EARTHQUAKE HITS TOKYO Play was halted momentarily Saturday during the third round when a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit Tokyo, swaying Tokyo Port Bowl which is housed on the seventh floor of a port-area commercial building. There were no injuries or reported damages at the bowling center. The earthquake was centered just east of Tokyo in the Chiba Prefecture (state). The shaking lasted approximately 30 seconds. Damage in Tokyo appeared to be light, but the Associated Press reported that a wall at a Buddhist Temple collapsed, slightly injuring seven women who were praying nearby. FIRST FOR EVERYTHING The earthquake was a new experience for several PBA members. Lonnie Waliczek, who has experienced several tornados as a resident of Kansas, said it was definitely different. “As long as we can get out of here without experiencing a really big one, I can’t wait to tell Amy (his wife).” MEANWHILE… Typhoon Choi-wan sent strong winds and heavy rains on the southern fringe of Japan, far from Tokyo which only began receiving light rain Saturday afternoon. It is unforeseen if the storm is expected to reach Tokyo. PBA/U.S. LEADS NAKANO CUP When asked to comment about the earthquake, tournament chairperson Keijiro Nakano said it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. “I hoped that maybe the earthquake would scare the American team and they would run out the building,” he joked. It didn’t. The PBA/U.S. team is running away with the 10th Annual Nakano Cup, leading the JPBA/International squad, 85,578-80,841, in total pinfall. The Cup is named after Nakano, a 1999 PBA Hall of Fame inductee, for all of his international promotion of the sport of bowling and for founding and organizing the annual Japan Cup.
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A Japan Cup Repeat?

by PBA Editor September 18, 2003 19:00
Defending champion Robert Smith guarded his title closely Friday during the first day of competition in the Japan Cup 2003 international championships at Tokyo Port Bowl. Smith, Thousand Oaks, Calif., posted a tournament-leading 4,091, 16-game pinfall at the midpoint of round-robin match play (including 30 bonus pins per win). The four-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour champion, third after the first eight-game round, climbed to first with the tournament’s best eight-game average in the second round (237, tied with Chris Barnes). He has a field-best 13-3 match play record, good for 390 bonus pins. “I’m trying to picture myself throwing it like Barnes,” said Smith, known for having the widest hooking, most powerful ball on tour. “I’ve been working on my straight game. I need to let the lane hook (the ball) instead of my hand. That’s how I get into trouble." As for Smith’s power game, it’s a weekly battle of ‘live by the sword, and die by the sword.’ Lately, he’s been working to become a more consistent player. “I’m trying to take away my leverage by staying more upright through the shot. This way, I don’t have the big, long slide. That’s the point where I really load up (the power). “Now it’s just a matter of keeping it up for 16 games tomorrow (Saturday). It’s going to be a fight the whole way. There’s a bunch of guys on my butt that can catch up quickly.” Smith and foes are trying to earn one of the top six positions after 32 match games. Brian Voss, the 1994 Japan Cup winner, is in second (4,006 11-5). Last year’s runner-up Chris Barnes is third (4,002, 10-6). Barnes led the round-robin portion of the 2002 event by more than 400 total pins before Smith defeated him in the stepladder championship game (224-222). The highest Japan Professional Bowling Association (JPBA) member is Hiroshi Ohashi in 12th (3,810, 8-8), trailing sixth by 159 pins. Byeong-Yeol Moon is the top Korea Pro Bowling Association (KPBA) representative in 13th (3,795, 9-7). Amateur qualifier Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, is 25th (3,477, 8-8). In the battle for the Nakano Cup team competition, the PBA/U.S. squad is leading the JPBA/International squad, 56,555-54,195. The entire field returns Saturday for the final 16 games of round-robin match play. After 32 total games, the top six will advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals. Top prize is $40,000.
JAPAN CUP 2003 Tokyo Port Bowl Tokyo, Japan Friday, Sept. 19 SECOND ROUND MATCH PLAY (Pos., name/hometown, 16-game match play record and pinfall total). 1, Robert Smith , 13 - 3 - 0, 4,091. 2, Brian Voss , 11 - 5 - 0, 4,006. 3, Chris Barnes , 10 - 6 - 0, 4,002. 4, Ryan Shafer , 12 - 4 - 0, 3,998. 5, Tommy Jones , 10 - 6 - 0, 3,982. 6, Norm Duke , 10 - 6 - 0, 3,969. 7, Brad Angelo , 13 - 3 - 0, 3,934. 8, Danny Wiseman , 9 - 7 - 0, 3,893. 9, Parker Bohn III , 10 - 6 - 0, 3,878. 10, Pete Weber , 10 - 6 - 0, 3,872. 11, Tommy Delutz Jr. , 11 - 5 - 0, 3,863. 12, Hiroshi Ohashi , 8 - 8 - 0, 3,810. 13, Byeong-Yeol Moon , 9 - 7 - 0, 3,795. 14, Tamiki Miike , 7 - 9 - 0, 3,789. 15, Susumu Nakazawa , 7 - 9 - 0, 3,702. 16, Steve Jaros , 8 - 8 - 0, 3,702. 17, Minoru Sendan , 8 - 8 - 0, 3,664. 18, Teruyuki Obara , 6 - 10 - 0, 3,653. 19, Yasuyuki Sadamatsu , 8 - 8 - 0, 3,635. 20, Patrick Allen , 9 - 7 - 0, 3,632. 21, Hiroshi Nagatani , 8 - 8 - 0, 3,617. 22, Toshifumi Kojima , 7 - 9 - 0, 3,560. 23, Masayuki Koyama , 7 - 8 - 1, 3,552. 24, Yukio Yamazaki , 5 - 11 - 0, 3,507. 25, Peter Hellström , 8 - 8 - 0, 3,477. 26, Tae-Hwa Jeong , 4 - 12 - 0, 3,449. 27, Lonnie Waliczek , 4 - 11 - 1, 3,446. 28, Tae-Seon Yang , 6 - 10 - 0, 3,432. 29, Naoharu Okabe , 4 - 12 - 0, 3,431. 30, Walter Ray Williams Jr. , 4 - 12 - 0, 3,428. 31, Yoshihiro Sakuraba , 5 - 11 - 0, 3,347. 32, Hugh Miller , 4 - 12 - 0, 3,314. 300 Games: Hiroshi Ohashi (First Round).
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