December 6, 2006 19:00
The leaderboard changed throughout the day Thursday in the Round of 64 in the 2006 Beltway Classic at AMF Country Club Lanes. When the smoke cleared, Denny’s PBA Tour exempt bowler Mike Scroggins was in the lead after seven games with a total pinfall of 1,766.
It was a first round that gave every bowler a chance to move up the standings, as evidenced by the top-10 finishers being separated by only 60 pins. Scroggins posted his low game of 233 in game five before finishing with a 258 in games six and seven.
“I'm actually surprised I led,” said Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas). “I bowled consistently all day. It's a matter of who carries the best and evidently I carried the most in the seven games. I didn’t see what the scores were the last game. I shot 258 in my last two games, but I thought I was just keeping pace. I didnt think I'd be leading.”
Just four pins behind Scroggins with a 1,762 was Sean Rash (Wichita, Kan.) who came close to taking the overall lead with a 279 in his seventh game.
PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (St. Ann, Mo.) sits in the third position with 1,758, bowling a 290 in game six.
Five perfect games were bowled in the first round including Tim Criss (Bel Air, Md.) who bowled back-to-back 300s in games five and six. Joe Ciccone and roommates Chris Barnes (Flower Mound, Texas) and Mike Wolfe (New Albany, Ind.) each bowled perfect games as well.
All 64 bowlers return at 6 p.m. EST for another seven games. The top 32 from today’s rounds advance to Friday’s match play.
The top four bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 1 p.m. EST at AMF Country Club Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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