Japan Cup tournament begins tomorrow

April 22nd, 2010  |  Published in Pro Bowling

RECENTLY-CROWNED PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. and defending champion Patrick Allen head a list of 20 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour players who will compete in the DYDO Japan Cup 2010 beginning tomorrow in Tokyo.

Qualifying will take place at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, which has hosted the tournament in recent years, and match play will take place Tokyo Port Bowl — where Parker Bohn III won multiple Japan Cup titles.

It marks the 25th straight season that PBA Tour players have been invited to compete in the event, which this year also also includes 91 Japan PBA players and 33 amateurs. PBA players have won the event 22 times in the first 24 years.

This year’s PBA contingent earned invitations through their performances during the 2008-09 season. While the invitational event ends the 2009-10 PBA Tour season, it has no bearing on season’s points races.

Allen won the 2009 Japan Cup, defeating 2008-09 Player of the Year Wes Malott, 247-214, last April. The win marked Allen’s 13th PBA Tour title and third international title. He won the 2008 WTBA World Championship Doubles and Team titles in Bangkok as a member of Team USA.

Joining Allen in the spotlight last year was Rhino Page, who threw the first perfect game in Japan Cup TV finals history and the 20th televised perfect game in PBA history. Page defeated Jeong Tae-Hwa of South Korea, 300-235, in the Round of 8. The 300 earned Page a $100,000 bonus, matching the most prize money ever awarded to a PBA player who shot 300 on TV.

Allen will attempt to become the third player to successfully defend a Japan Cup. Tommy Jones won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, while Bohn won the Cup three consecutive years from 1998-2000.

Williams is making his 25th consecutive Japan Cup appearance. He’s the only player to have competed in every Japan Cup in its modern configuration. Williams has made seven championship round appearances and won the event twice, including a 289-236 win over Pete Weber in 2006 which broke the all-time PBA Tour titles record.

For the record, Page — the youngest PBA Tour player in the field — was 2 years old the first year Williams bowled in the Japan Cup.

The 144-player field will bowl two six-game qualifying blocks at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center, after which there will be a cut to the top 48 players who will move to Tokyo Port Bowl for best-of-seven-game match play eliminations to determine the top eight advancing to the championship round, to be televised exclusively in Japan.

DYDO JAPAN CUP 2010 SCHEDULE

(All times Tokyo)

THURSDAY, APRIL 22

(Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center)

2 p.m. – Press conference

3:30 p.m. – Official practice session

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

(Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center)

9:30 a.m. – Qualifying Round 1 (6 games)

1:45 p.m. – Qualifying Round 2 (6 games)

Top 48 advance to single-elimination match play; top 16 earn one “bye”

SATURDAY, APRIL 24

(Tokyo Port Bowl)

9 a.m. – Round of 48 (qualifiers 17-48; best-of-7 games)

1 p.m. – Round of 32 (best-of-7 games)

5 p.m. – Round of 16 (best-of-7 games)

Eight survivors advance to TV finals

SUNDAY, APRIL 25

(Tokyo Port Bowl)

12:26 p.m. – Round of 8 (Match 1, one game)

12:52 p.m. – Round of 8 (Match 2, one game)

1:18 p.m. – Round of 8 (Match 3, one game)

1:44 p.m. – Round of 8 (Match 4, one game)

2:26 p.m. – Semifinal Match 1 (one game)

2:52 p.m. – Semifinal Match 2 (one game)

3:18 p.m. – Championship Match (one game)

PBA PLAYERS COMPETING

  • Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
  • Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.
  • Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas
  • Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.
  • Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas
  • Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.
  • Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y.
  • Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.
  • Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio
  • Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas
  • Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.
  • Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa.
  • Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla.
  • Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan.
  • Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind.
  • Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas
  • Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y.
  • Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.
  • Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.

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