Sweet Sixteen

by PBA Editor November 2, 2006 19:00
PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III went 7-1-1 in the first round of round robin match play Friday to take over the top spot in the 2006 Motor City Classic at Taylor Lanes.

Bohn (Jackson, N.J.) started the day 18th out of the 32 remaining bowlers, but won seven of his first eight matches to take the lead. He tied Mike Edwards, 236-236, in the final game of the block, which served as a positioning round.

The top 16 advanced to tonight’s second block of round robin match play. Those 16 will bowl nine more games with the top five advancing to Sunday’s stepladder finals.

Mark Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas), who had to make a
a big move Thursday evening just to make match play, earned the 16th and final spot for Friday’s evening block. On Thursday, Scroggins averaged 249.14 in the second seven-game qualifying round to move up from 61st to 22nd and earn a place in the top 32. He went 5-4 in match play Friday morning.

Mark’s twin brother, Mike, also advanced, finishing the first round fifth after posting a 7-2 record.

Also advancing were 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.) who went 4-5 and is currently seventh. Jones fired a pair of 300s in the nine games. Walter Ray Williams Jr. (Ocala, Fla.) who recently won his record-breaking 42nd career title, is eighth after posting a 5-4 record.

The top 16 return tonight for the second round of match play at 6 p.m. EST.

The live ESPN televised stepladder finals take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at Taylor Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.

- Mark and his brother, Mike, proved that twins do have a sixth sense for each other. During Friday’s first round-robin match play block, the twins had duplicate scores two games in a row. In game four, both Mark and Mike bowled a 267, then they came back in game five with identical scores of 212.

- Talk about feast or famine. Over the first seven games of match play Tommy Jones went 2-5. His average in his two wins: 300. Jones picked up two perfect games in the block, bringing his total to three in less than three events. Jones, however, averaged just 206 in losing those five games. He fired his 300 games against Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Jason Couch. Jones’ eighth game was a 267-176 win over Sean Rash.

- Also making a big move on both Thursday and Friday was Patrick Allen. The 2004-05 PBA Player of the Year went from 54th to 30th on Thursday, averaging 234.57 in the second block including his first 300 game of the season. Allen then continued his run in match play, going 7-2 to move up from 30th to ninth overall.
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