TOKYO, Japan – Yuka Tsuchiya, a 35-year-old right-hander from Kanagawa, got the PBA Japan Regional program off to an historic start over the July 5-6 weekend, sweeping the PBA Japan Women’s Cheetah Open and Cheetah Open titles at Tokyo Port Bowl in the inaugural events in the new regional alliance between the Professional Bowlers Association and Japan Bowling Promotions.
On Saturday, Tsuchiya, a PBA member, defeated Shima Washizuka of Tokyo, 223-206, to win the Women’s Cheetah Open. On Sunday, she defeated Shyogo Wada of Wakayama, 211-189, to win the Cheetah Open.
She won the Women’s Cheetah Open after escaping Chiba’s Yuki Akiyoshi in the Round of 8, 189-188, and defeating Hiroko Shimizu, also of Chiba, in the semifinal round, 229-196. In the Cheetah Open, she eliminated Yuhi Shinbata of Tokyo in the Round of 8, 196-178, and Shinichi Higuchi of Saitama, 237-208, in the semifinal round.
The inaugural women’s regional event drew a field of 39 players; the Cheetah Open drew a field of 101 men and women.
The eight-tournament series continues Saturday, July 12, with the PBA Japan Women’s Chameleon Open and Sunday, July 13, with the Chameleon Open, both at Sound Bowl in Ushiku, Japan. All Japan PBA events are being contested on PBA-certified lane conditions. PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and Deputy Commissioner Kirk Von Krueger will attend the Chameleon events as part of a celebration of PBA’s first international regional tournament program.
PBA JAPAN WOMEN’S CHEETAH OPEN
Saturday, July 5, Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan
(Prize money converted from Japanese yen to U.S. dollar equivalent)
Championship: Yuka Tsuchiya, Kanagawa ($4,909), def. Shima Washizuka, Tokyo ($2,454), 223-206.
Semifinal Round (losers earned $1,276): Tsuchiya def. Hiroko Shimizu, Chiba, 229-196. Washizuka def. Mayumi Naito, Saitama, 215-193.
Round of 8 (losers earned $785): Tsuchiya def. Yuki Akiyoshi, Chiba, 189-188. Shimizu def. Kimi Akiyama, Tokyo, 232-196. Washizuka def. Mai Takasaka, Kanagawa, 214-188. Naito def. Kaori Yamanaka, Saitama, 247-180.
PBA JAPAN CHEETAH OPEN
Sunday, July 6, Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan
Championship: Yuka Tsuchiya, Kanagawa ($4,909), def. Shyogo Wada, Wakayama ($2,454), 211-189.
Semifinal Round (losers earned $1,276): Tsuchiya def. Shinichi Higuchi, Saitama, 237-208. Wada def. Kazuki Yamaguchi, Saitama, 200-192.
Round of 8 (losers $785): Tsuchiya def. Yuhi Shinbata, Tokyo, 196-178. Higuchi def. Satoshi Sakuma, Tokyo, 172-170. Yamaguchi def. Ryo Yamanaka, Tokyo, 254-168. Wada def. Mai Takasaka, 266-213.