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by PBA Editor September 21, 2006 19:00
Robert Smith’s recent move to Hawaii had nothing to do with bowling, but the move is proving to make a big difference in his game.

Smith, who has struggled with a back injury for years, has found a shiatsu massage therapist in Hawaii who has worked wonders on his injury. The six-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist is finally healthy and it shows as he took the lead Friday after the first two rounds of match play in the Dydo Japan Cup 2006.

The California native moved to Captain Cook, Hawaii in April. He is looking to capture his second career Japan Cup title after winning the event in 2002.

“So far, so good. I’ve been without pain for the last few months which has been nice. It’s still a long process, but hopefully he can continue to help me” said Smith of his massage therapist. “Last year I made the finals here but it didn’t turn out well so hopefully I’ll get another shot at it.”

Smith finished eighth in last years’ nine-bowler finals. He went 13-3 in his 16 matches Friday to take the lead with a 4,156 16-game pinfall. Bowlers receive 30 bonus pins for each win and 15 for each tie.

Also going 13-3 on the day was 41-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist Walter Ray Williams Jr. The Ocala, Fla., resident, who is second with 4,106, is looking to break Earl Anthony’s all-time titles record.

Wes Malott (Dallas, Texas) is third after going 11-5, Patrick Healey Jr. (Flower Mound, Texas) is fourth after posting a 10-5-1 record and 2003 Japan Cup winner Chris Barnes (Flower Mound, Texas) is fifth after going 10-6.

Two-time defending Japan Cup champion and 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.) is 18th with 3,607 after posting a 6-9-1 record.

All 32 bowlers will return for the final 16 games of match play Saturday. The top nine bowlers will advance to the championship round Sunday, September 24 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The final round will air tape-delayed on ESPN Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

Denny’s PBA Tour
Dydo Japan Cup 2006
Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center
Tokyo, Japan
Friday, Sept. 22


(Pos., name/hometown, match play record and 16-game pinfall. 30 bonus pins for each win, 15 bonus pins for each tie included in total pinfall.)

1, Robert Smith, Captain Cook, Hawaii, 13-3-0, 4,156.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 13-3-0, 4,106.
3, Wes Malott, Dallas, Texas, 11-5-0, 3,976
4, Patrick Healey Jr., Flower Mound, Texas, 10-5-1, 3,907
5, Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 10-6-0, 3,892
6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 10-6-0, 3,882
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 11-5-0, 3,867
8, Isao Yamamoto, Japan, 11-5-0, 3,841
9, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 10-6-0, 3,840
10, Mike Machuga, Erie, Pa., 11-5-0, 3,812
11, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 10-6-0, 3,777
12, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 7-9-0, 3,770
13, Toshifumi Kojima, Japan, 9-6-1, 3,725
14, Michael Fagan, Greenlawn, N.Y., 8-7-1, 3,695
15, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 7-8-1, 3,664
16, Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., 7-8-1, 3,634
17, Masahiro Suto, Japan, 8-8-0, 3,633
18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6-9-1, 3,607
19, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6-10-0, 3,606
20, Minoru Sendan, Japan, 8-8-0, 3,552
21, Takashi Masuda, Japan, 6-10-0, 3,507
22, Takashi Ohyauchi, Japan, 6-10-0, 3,498
23, Jeong Tae Hwa, Korea, 5-11-0, 3,496
24, Byun Yong Hwan, Korea, 7-9-0, 3,488
25, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 4-11-1, 3,487
26, Syuichi Heki, Japan, 8-8-0, 3,427
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4-11-1, 3,419
28, Katsuya Kamida, Japan, 7-8-1, 3,403
29, No Dong Hyun, Korea, 3-12-1, 3,358
30, Shigeyuki Mizuno, Japan, 6-10-0, 3,350
31, Takeo Sakai, Japan, 5-11-0, 3,246
32, Subaru Nagano, Japan, 4-12-0, 3,239

300 games – None.

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