Scroggins Off to Scorching Start

by PBA Editor September 20, 2007 19:00
Mike Scroggins is off to a scorching start in the opening event of the 2007-08 Denny’s Professional Bowlers Association PBA Tour season.

The three-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist opened the Dydo Japan Cup 2007 with an 814 series in his first three games and cruised to the lead after qualifying with a 2,868 12-game pinfall Friday at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel to earn the top seed for Saturday’s match play.

Scroggins, who fired a 300 game Wednesday in an exhibition, nearly duplicated the feat in his first game Friday, striking with his first 10 shots and settling for a 289. He followed with games of 268 and 257 in games two and three, respectively, and dipped below 214 in just one of his final nine games to finish with a 239.00 average.

The Amarillo, Texas, resident is cautious about getting too excited for match play Saturday as the format features single elimination, best-of-three games.

“Being the leader means you had to bowl a lot of good games and I started off with some good games and just kept the momentum going,” Scroggins said. “On this format though, tomorrow is like starting over. The 64th place bowler has as much of a chance as the first-place bowler. It’s a new tournament and a new game.”

In search of his first career Japan Cup title, Scroggins will face No. 64 Shigeo Saito of Japan. The Japan Cup features 21 Denny’s PBA Tour stars and the best of the Japan Bowling Association and the Korean Bowling Association.

Yukio Yamazaki and Isao Yamamoto of Japan finished second and third, respectively, followed by nine PBA stars. Ryan Shafer (Horseheads, N.Y.) finished fourth with 2,745, Norm Duke (Clermont, Fla.) finished fifth with 2,744 and Bill O’Neill (Levittown, Pa.) was sixth with 2,736.

The only match in Saturday’s Round of 64 featuring two PBA players is the match up between 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.), who finished 20th with 2,622, and No. 45 Jeff Carter (Springfield, Ill.), who finished with 2,552.

Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. (Ocala, Fla.), who won his record-breaking 42nd Denny’s PBA Tour title in last year’s Japan Cup, finished 28th with 2,598.

Last year’s runner-up, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (St. Ann, Mo.), missed the cut by four spots, finishing 68th with 2,487, just 21 pins shy of the cut after shooting just 182 in his final game.

Kelly Kulick, who received a special invitation to bowl in the Japan Cup, making her the first American female ever to bowl in the event, also finished out of the cut in 83rd.

The top 64 advanced to single elimination match play Saturday, which gets underway at 9:30 a.m. in Tokyo. The Rounds of 64, 32 and 16 feature best-of-three-games match play with the top eight advancing to Sunday finals.

The eight-bowler finals take place Sunday at the Tokyo Metro Gymnasium. The championship round will air tape-delayed on ESPN Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. ET.


Denny’s PBA Tour
Dydo Japan Cup 2007
Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center
Tokyo, Japan
Friday, September 21

QUALIFYING ROUND

(Pos., name/hometown and 12-game pinfall. Top 64 advance to match play.)

1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,868.
2, Yukio Yamazaki, Japan, 2,835.
3, Isao Yamamoto, Japan, 2,800.
4, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,745.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,744.
6, Bill O'Neill, Levittown, Pa., 2,736.
7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,730.
8, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 2,715.
9, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,711.
10, Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y., 2,690.
11, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,666.
12, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,658.
13, Takahsi Masuda, Japan, 2,651.
14, Toshio Umeda, Japan, 2,645.
15, Koji Kawazu, Japan, 2,635.
16, Yasuyuki Sadamatsu, Japan, 2,629.
17, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,628.
18, Naoharu Okabe, Japan, 2,623.
19, Daiki Ikeda, Japan, 2,622.
20, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,622.
21, Teruyuki Obara, Japan, 2,621.
22, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,610.
23, Masami Matsumoto, Japan, 2,610.
24, Yasuharu Tsuno, Japan, 2,610.
25, Akio Ishihara, Japan, 2,606.
26, Makoto Endo, Japan, 2,604.
27, Masahiro Suto, Japan, 2,602.
28, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,598.
29, Yoshinori Minami, Japan, 2,588.
30, Syuichi Heki, Japan, 2,587.
31, Toshihiko Takahashi, Japan, 2,587.
32, Yoichi Nakayama, Japan, 2,585.
33, Takeo Sakai, Japan, 2,582.
34, Kageyuki Amano, Japan, 2,581.
35, Nobuaki Takahashi, Japan, 2,579.
36, Tamiki Miike, Japan, 2,579.
37, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,568.
38, Shigeyuki Mizuno, Japan, 2,566.
39, Katsuya Kamida, Japan, 2,564.
40, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,563.
41, Yoshihiro Sakuraba, Japan, 2,561.
42, Byun Yong Hwan, Korea, 2,557.
43, Jeong Tae Hwa, Korea, 2,556.
44, Yoshimi Kitaoka, Japan, 2,555.
45, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,552.
46, Koichi Takahashi, Japan, 2,551.
47, Hisayoshi Nishida, Japan, 2,549.
48, Susumu Nakazawa, Japan, 2,548.
49, Taro Syoji, Japan, 2,544.
50, Masao Uehara, Japan, 2,544.
51, Masaaki Takemoto, Japan, 2,538.
52, Nobuyuki Cho, Japan, 2,537.
53, Kim Young Pil, Korea, 2,536.
54, Akio Harada, Japan, 2,529.
55, Toshifumi Kojima, Japan, 2,528.
56, Manabu Mochida, Japan, 2,528.
57, Hideyuki Okano, Japan, 2,527.
58, Takashi Kudo, Japan, 2,519.
59, Hiroshi Nagatani, Japan, 2,517.
60, Yoshiki Ohsawa, Japan, 2,515.
61, Minoru Sendan, Japan, 2,515.
62, Tsubasa Tsuchiya, Japan, 2,515.
63, Takashi Sugimachi, Japan, 2,513.
64, Shigeo Saito, Japan, 2,508.
65, Norio Kuroda, Japan, 2,501.
66, Takao Sone, Japan, 2,496.
67, Toshimasa Iwakiri, Japan, 2,495.
68, Pete Weber, St. Ann., Mo., 2,487.
69, Shigenori Sakata, Japan, 2,486.
70, Yoshihiro Gima, Japan, 2,483.
71, Naoyuki Iguchi, Japan, 2,483.
72, Daisuke Kobori, Japan, 2,482.
73, Takeshi Taniguchi, Japan, 2,482.
74, Kazutoshi Morinishi, Japan, 2,481.
75, Hiroshi Ohhashi, Japan, 2,481.
76, Kazunori Tokue, Japan, 2,480.
77, Kengo Tagata, Japan, 2,479.
78, Mitsuhiko Sonoda, Japan, 2,478.
79, Masanori Saito, Japan, 2,474.
80, Masayuki Koyama, Japan, 2,470.
81, Keijiro Miyauchi, Japan, 2,469.
82, Akihiro Sunako, Japan, 2,468.
83, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,468.
84, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,462.
85, Kenji Ito, Japan, 2,454.
86, Hiroto Kimura, Japan, 2,450.
87, Katsumasa Watanabe, Japan, 2,448.
88, Toshiyuki Katayama, Japan, 2,445.
89, Junichi Aoki, Japan, 2,441.
90, Hirohisa Adachi, Japan, 2,440.
91, Akihiko Hara, Japan, 2,436.
92, Shogo Yamashita, Japan, 2,433.
93, Kim Jong Taek, Korea, 2,426.
94, Hiroshi Ishino, Japan, 2,426.
95, Masayoshi Ono, Japan, 2,425.
96, Satoshi Nakayama, Japan, 2,423.
97, Masato Hanamoto, Japan, 2,421.
98, Yoshiyuki Umezawa, Japan, 2,420.
99, Subaru Nagano, Japan, 2,416.
100, Hidekazu Imai, Japan, 2,413.
101, Masahiro Kitagawa, Japan, 2,412.
102, Shinichiro Tamai, Japan, 2,411.
103, Nobuyuki Mimura, Japan, 2,404.
104, Yang Tae Seon, Korea, 2,404.
105, Ryota Ichihara, Japan, 2,403.
106, Hiroko Shimizu, Japan, 2,402.
107, Akihiko Aoki, Japan, 2,394.
108, Toya Takahashi, Japan, 2,394.
109, Ryoji Ochiai, Japan, 2,392.
110, Junichi Yajima, Japan, 2,392.
111, Katsuyuki Kaneko, Japan, 2,392.
112, Satoshi Ide, Japan, 2,388.
113, Takashi Katakura, Japan, 2,386.
114, Moon Byeong Yeol, Korea, 2,383.
115, Hisami Takeshita, Japan, 2,380.
116, Keijiro Hitomi, Japan, 2,380.
117, Makoto Doukan, Japan, 2,371.
118, Yasuo Tanaka, Japan, 2,366.
119, Izuru Ito, Japan, 2,362.
120, Masamitsu Kasahara, Japan, 2,358.
121, Masaharu Kogane, Japan, 2,348.
122, Park Jong Soo, Korea, 2,348.
123, Mitsuhiro Yamamoto, Japan, 2,336.
124, Takenori Yano, Japan, 2,330.
125, Ryo Nishimura, Japan, 2,330.
126, Norifumi Sagawa, Japan, 2,316.
127, Yukiteru Nogawa, Japan, 2,311.
128, Takashi Ohyauchi , Japan, 2,308.
129, Kosuke Meguro, Japan, 2,285.
130, Takahiro Sakai, Japan, 2,279.
131, Kenichi Tanaka, Japan, 2,273.
132, Kazuki Uchida, Japan, 2,265.
133, Hitoshi Kimura, Japan, 2,260.
134, Tadashi Aoki, Japan, 2,235.
135, Kenji Miyachi, Japan, 2,233.
136, Kenji Iimura, Japan, 2,206.
137, Takenori Yoshino, Japan, 2,204.
138, Takanori Yoshino, Japan, 2,203.
139, Satoshi Kitajima, Japan, 2,201.
140, Koji Udagawa, Japan, 2,199.
141, Takeshi Arai, Japan, 2,146.
142, Eizo Takeishi, Japan, 1,987.
143, Akiyoshi Hokura, Japan, 1,119.
144, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 597 (WD.)

300 games (2) – Bill O’Neill, Chris Loschetter.



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