After defeating a fellow Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour star in the Round of 32, Patrick Allen felt like he had a good chance of making the championship round in the DYDO Japan Cup 2009.
Allen’s feeling was right, defeating Japanese Professional Bowlers Association (JPBA) player Yoshimi Kitaoka, Japan, 3-1, in the Round of 16 best-of-five match to advance to the finals. Allen averaged 235 in his match and shot one of only two perfect games of the day.
“Scroggins out bowled me in the Round of 32 but I somehow got to the clubhouse in the last game,” Allen, who was referring to his 3-2 win over Mike Scroggins in the Round of 32, said. “I bowled better against Yoshimi. He stole a game against me in game two and if I had done what I was supposed to do then he wouldn’t have had a chance.”
Joining Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., in the finals are Tour stars Rhino Page and reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott. The three American players will attempt to keep the Tour’s winning streak alive in Japan as the last 19 Japan Cup titles have been won by a PBA player.
Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, advanced to the championship round by defeating Bill O’Neill, South Hampton, Pa., 3-2. Malott, who qualified for the DYDO Japan Cup 2007 but declined the invitation to be at home for the birth of his second child, is making his third championship round appearance in as many trips to Japan.
First-time participant Page advanced to the championship round by defeating Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., in the Round of 16, 3-0. Page looks to become only the fourth American player to win in his first Japan Cup appearance. Previously, Steve Wilson (1996), Doug Kent (1997) and Robert Smith (2002-03) all won titles in their first Japan Cup appearance.
Joining Allen, Page, Topeka, Kan., and Malott, in the finals are JPBA players Ichihara Ryota, Japan, Yoshiki Ohsawa, Japan, and Shigenori Sakata, Japan, as well as Korean Professional Bowlers Association (KPBA) players Jeong Tae-Hwa, Korea, and Byun Yong-Hwan, Korea.
The televised finals of the Japan Cup will take place Sunday, April 26 at the Tokyo Metro Gymnasium with the eight finalists taking part in single-game matches during the Round of 8. The round will be followed by the semifinals and title match.