Defending Champion Mike Scroggins Averages 237 to Top Qualifying In PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship

by Jerry Schneider, Professional Bowlers Association 0

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Defending champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, averaged 237 for 16 games to earn top qualifier honors Monday in the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite.

Scroggins, who was fifth after Sunday’s first round with a 1,834 eight-game pinfall total, followed up with 1,968 Monday at Pro Bowl West to finish qualifying with a 3,802 overall pinfall.

The left-hander recently corrected a flaw in his swing that he discovered earlier in the season which he hopes will help in a successful title defense.

“I noticed that I wasn’t getting the pin carry I normally do and I was leaving a lot of corner pins,” said Scroggins, who also owns eight PBA Tour titles. “When I was bowling in the Senior Masters, (Storm rep) Del Ballard mentioned to me that he noticed I had developed a big loop in my back swing.

“I saw it on video and sure enough I could see that my arm swing wasn’t as straight as it should be and I was looping it behind my back,” Scroggins noted. “The result of that was the ball was getting to the pocket fine but it was losing energy when it got there and I was leaving a lot of seven pins.”

Scroggins’ win in last year’s tournament made him the season’s only three-time winner and solidified his 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year honor.

“Coming to a center where I’ve won before and having corrected my mechanics, I’m pretty encouraged about my chances to repeat,” Scroggins added.

Scroggins edged out first round qualifying leader three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., who finished qualifying in second nine pins behind with 3,793.

PBA50 Tour rookie Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio finished third with 3,641, followed by Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y. with 3,626, and newcomer Rick Zakrajsek of Lorain, Ohio, with 3,597.

Scroggins led 24 players who advanced directly to match play. Positions 25-39 plus eight PBA60 players advanced to Tuesday morning’s cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play finalists.

Fans can catch Tuesday’s match play rounds and stepladder finals live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking on www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 DEHAYES INSURANCE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite

Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Monday

SECOND ROUND STANDINGS (after 16 games. Positions 25-39 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,802.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,793.
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,641.
4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,626.
5, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,597.
6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,593.
7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,589.
8, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,583.
9, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,544.
10, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,529.
11, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,526.
12, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,515.
13, n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,494.
14, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,491.
15, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,461.
16, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,456.
17, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,448.
18, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 3,443.
19, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,441.
20, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,440.
21, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,438.
22, Terry Rohrer, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,434.
23, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,432.
24, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,429.
25, (tie) Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., and Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,423.
27, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,421.
28, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,419.
29, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,418.
30, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 3,416.
31, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,409.
32, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,404.
33, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,399.
34, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,395.
35, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,394.
36, Neil Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,392.
37, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,389.
38, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,386.
39, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,370.
40, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,367.
41, Larry Salvati, Canada, 3,365.
42, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,363.
43, Dave Han, Hoover, AL, 3,353.
44, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,349.
45, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,341.
46, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,340.
47, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,336.
48, John Chapman, Canada, 3,327.
49, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,321.
50, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,310.
51, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,307.
52, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,305.
53, Chuck Walker, Blaine, Tenn., 3,303.
54, Frank Rose Jr, Bellaire, Texas, 3,295.
55, (tie) Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., and John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,293.
57, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,291.
58, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,290.
59, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,285.
60, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,283.
61, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,278.
62, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 3,268.
63, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,267.
64, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,254.
65, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 3,252.
66, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 3,251.
67, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,249.
68, (tie) Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., and Randy Scharf, Gillette, Wyo., 3,247.
70, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 3,240.
71, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,238.
72, n-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,231.
73, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,227.
74, (tie) Robert Nelson, Las Vegas, Nev., and n-Mike Boogren, Bloomington, Ill., 3,217.
76, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,216.
77, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,211.
78, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 3,210.
80, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,209.
81, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,208.
82, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,201.
83, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,198.
84, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,195.
85, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,194.
86, James Blackstone, Kennesaw, Ga., 3,178.
87, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,172.
88, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 3,166.
89, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,164.
90, (tie) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,160.
92, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,155.
93, n-Frank Lorenzini, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,140.
94, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 3,134.
95, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,131.
96, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,127.
97, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,116.
98, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,107.
99, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,104.
100, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,099.
101, Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,087.
102, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,073.
103, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,058.
104, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,041.
105, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,021.
106, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 3,013.
107, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 3,005.
108, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 2,981.
110, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,942.
111, Dennis Briggs, New Galilee, Pa., 2,926.
112, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,914.
113, n-Victor VanHentenryck, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,912.
114, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 2,910.
115, Les Ash, Washington Ct. House, Ohio, 2,890.
116, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 2,865.
117, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 2,856.
118, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,853.
119, n-Gary Gold, Whitney Point, N.Y., 2,747.

n-denotes non-member

ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 advancing to cashers round

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