Fagan Fantastic

by PBA Editor September 19, 2006 19:00
A little more than 24 hours after landing in Tokyo, Michael Fagan made a strong debut in the Dydo Japan Cup 2006, leading the field after the first 12 games of qualifying Wednesday at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center.

The event marks the season opener of the 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour, and features 20 of the top PBA bowlers against the best of the Japan Professional Bowlers Association (JPBA) and Korean Professional Bowlers Association (KPBA).

Fagan (Greenlawn, N.Y.), who finished 18th in the 2005-06 PBA World Point Rankings to receive an invitation to the event, averaged 237.08 in finishing with a 2,845 12-game pinfall. The top 16 bowlers in the PBA World Point Rankings receive an all-expenses paid trip to the event. In addition, four bowlers are invited to attend, but are required to pay their own expenses. The 25-year-old flew straight to Japan from Germany, where he was bowling in another tournament.

“I wanted to come here and bowl no matter what, and it was worth the money,” said Fagan, who is still looking for his first Denny’s PBA Tour title. “I’ve always wanted to come here and bowl, especially since Tommy (Jones) started doing so well. Our styles are similar so it motivated me to come here and do as well as he has.”

Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.), the 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year, is the two-time defending Japan Cup champion. He won in 2004 for his first career title which launched a two-year run that has seen him dominate the Tour, winning eight titles in two seasons. Jones is 20th after day one with 2,577.

Wes Malott (Dallas, Texas) is second with 2,826, while Mike Machuga (Erie, Pa.) is third with 2,715.

Chris Loschetter (Avon, Ohio), who is also appearing in his first Japan Cup, is 10th with 2,625. Loschetter fired the day’s only 300 game.

The field of 144 bowlers was cut to the top 72, who advance to Thursday’s additional eight-game qualifying round. The top 32 will then advance to round robin match play. All 20 PBA players survived the first cut.

The nine-bowler finals will take place Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The championship round will air tape-delayed on ESPN Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

Notes
Loschetter is like Fagan in that the 26-year-old paid his own way to Japan after finishing 19th in the 2005-06 PBA World Point Rankings. He impressed on day one with the only perfect game of the day, which came in his fifth game.

“I never had a second thought,” said Loschetter about coming to Japan. “I knew I would come whether I had to pay or not.

Though he started slow, averaging 201.25 over his first four games, Loschetter picked things up later in the block.

“The lanes were tougher than I expected after practice (Tuesday) and I didn’t bowl well this morning but I was fortunate to have the one big game,” said Loschetter. “I bowled very well (in the second block). I didn’t carry very well, but I had enough big games to get by. The lanes were tough and if you didn’t have the right ball it was hard to carry.”

Loschetter qualified for the Japan Cup in his first season as an exempt bowler.

“I think everyone here has been very friendly and very helpful,” said Loschetter of his first trip to Japan. “It’s a very nice center and I’m happy I’ve done well. I’m looking forward to hopefully making the top 32 and moving on in this competition.

“It’s definitely a prestigious event and it’s an honor to be here,” Loschetter continued. “The PBA only sends the best of the best so to be here is definitely an honor. Last year I set a goal for myself and that was to qualify for this tournament and I accomplished that goal so I’m very happy.”


Denny’s PBA Tour
Dydo Japan Cup 2006
Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center
Tokyo, Japan
Wednesday, September 20

ROUND ONE QUALIFYING

(Pos., name/hometown and 12-game pinfall.)

1, Michael Fagan, Greenlawn, N.Y., 2,845.
2, Wes Malott, Dallas, Texas, 2,826.
3, Mike Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,715.
4, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,694.
5, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,684.
6, Ryan Shafer , Horseheads, N.Y., 2,675.
7, Masahiro Suto, 2,674.
8, Katsuyuki Kaneko, 2,638.
9, Robert Smith, Captain Cook, Hawaii, 2,633.
10, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,625.
11, Isao Yamamoto, 2,623.
12, Shigeo Saito, 2,616.
13, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,614.
14, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,605.
15, Koichi Takahashi, 2,587.
16, Hidekazu Imai, 2,587.
17, Byun Yong Hwan, 2,585.
18, Takayuki Kobori, 2,581.
19, Syuichi Heki, 2,578.
20, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,577.
21, Takashi Masuda, 2,568.
22, Patrick Healey Jr., Flower Mound, Texas, 2,565.
23, Jung Seo Hak, 2,564.
24, Nobuhito Fujii, 2,562.
25, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,554.
26, Toshifumi Kojima , 2,551.
27, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,543.
28, No Dong Hyun, 2,543.
29, Yasuhiro Uemura, 2,539.
30, Koichiro Tamaki, 2,534.
31, Hideyuki Okano, 2,533.
32, Subaru Nagano, 2,532.
33, Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 2,532.
34, Katsuya Kamida, 2,532.
35, Shinichiro Tamai, 2,529.
36, Takeo Sakai, 2,524.
37, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,523.
38, Minoru Sendan, 2,522.
39, Hiroko Shimizu, 2,518.
40, Shigeyuki Mizuno, 2,518.
41, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,512.
42, Toshio Umeda, 2,504.
43, Takashi Ohyauchi, 2,504.
44, Kazuki Uchida, 2,502.
45, Doug Kent , Newark, N.Y., 2,501.
46, Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., 2,499.
47, Yasuyuki Sadamatsu, 2,499.
48, Yoshiki Osawa, 2,495.
49, Hisayoshi Nishida, 2,490.
50, Naoharu Okabe, 2,485.
51, Yukio Yamazaki, 2,485.
52, Masayuki Koyama, 2,480.
53, Keisuke Aita, 2,480.
54, Nobuyuki Chou, 2,476.
55, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,475.
56, Ryo Nishimura, 2,470.
57, Katsumasa Watanabe, 2,469.
58, Takashi Kudou, 2,467.
59, Tsubasa Tuchiya, 2,460.
60, Masaaki Takemoto, 2,460.
61, Ryota Ichihara, 2,459.
62, Junichiro Shinada, 2,456.
63, Hiroshi Nagatani, 2,455.
64, Park Jong Soo, 2,454.
65, Jeong Tae Hwa, 2,453.
66, Yang Tae Seon, 2,452.
67, Syoji Kawada, 2,451.
68, Yoshinari Matsumura, 2,450.
69, Teruyuki Obara, 2,447.
70, Kazuaki Fujino, 2,446.
71, Norio Kuroda, 2,444.
72, Takahiro Umeki, 2,440.
73, Yoshio Yokokawa, 2,430.
74, Masahiro Hibi, 2,425.
75, Tamiki Miike, 2,424.
76, Yasuharu Tsuno, 2,423.
77, Takeshi Kurokawa, 2,419.
78, Masayuki Yoshii, 2,414.
79, Masayoshi kikuchi, 2,412.
80, Moon Byeong Yeol, 2,409.
81, Tohru Nishikawa, 2,407.
82, Yoshimi Kitaoka, 2,402.
83, Masato Hanamoto, 2,399.
84, Akihiko Hara, 2,399.
85, Seiichi Watanabe, 2,396.
86, Hiroki Suzuki, 2,380.
87, Yoshihiro Gima, 2,376.
88, Takeshi Taniguchi, 2,371.
89, Takehiro Hinoki, 2,366.
90, Susumu Nakazawa, 2,366.
91, Hiroshi Ohashi, 2,363.
92, Robert Lee , 2,362.
93, Kengo Tagata, 2,361.
94, Tomoyuki Sasaki, 2,361.
95, Kazutami Sato, 2,357.
96, Takayuki Taniyama, 2,355.
97, Atsushi Ohmiya, 2,355.
98, Yoshiyuki Takei, 2,355.
99, Nobuaki Takahashi, 2,349.
100, Park Kyung Sin, 2,341.
101, Akio Ishihara, 2,340.
102, Takahiro Sakai, 2,339.
103, Syoji Morisima, 2,338.
104, Mitsko Tokimoto, 2,333.
105, Akira Hitomi, 2,330.
106, Akio Harada, 2,329.
107, Yasushi Kurokawa, 2,327.
108, Yasuhiko Iwadate, 2,327.
109, Masao Yo, 2,326.
110, Shigenori Sakata, 2,324.
111, Toshihiko Takahashi, 2,324.
112, Yoshiyuki Umezawa, 2,320.
113, Kenji Tsushima, 2,316.
114, Akiko Tanigawa, 2,316.
115, Takashi Katakura, 2,301.
116, Shuzo Harada, 2,297.
117, Cory Loomis, 2,294.
118, Tadashi Ohkawara, 2,290.
119, Yoichi Nakayama, 2,288.
120, Naoshi Ishimine, 2,283.
121, Masayuki Seiriki, 2,282.
122, Tomohiro Ando, 2,282.
123, Junichi Yajima, 2,280.
124, Kazutoshi Morinishi, 2,278.
125, Takamasa Matsushita, 2,278.
126, Kenji Iimura, 2,275.
127, Masaaki Hirata, 2,271.
128, Yoichi Kanda, 2,271.
129, Hiromasa Yamamoto, 2,268.
130, Akihiro Sunako, 2,262.
131, Satoshi Nakayama, 2,261.
132, Kenji Tamura, 2,249.
133, Toshitaka Shinozaki, 2,239.
134, Hiroshi Kaiwa, 2,233.
135, Daisuke Hashimoto, 2,226.
136, Shigehito Hajikano, 2,210.
137, Hideki Komori, 2,207.
138, Mitsuru Mochizuki, 2,195.
139, Koya Shouda, 2,184.
140, Takamasa Ohta, 2,174.
141, Toshihiko Watanabe, 2,172.
142, Naoki Kina, 2,138.
143, Akihiro Nakatani, 2,078.
144, Yoshihiro Sakuraba, 1,026.

300 games (1) – Chris Loschetter.
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