Fagan Goes 11-5 in Match Play, Leads DHC PBA Japan Invitational

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational Bowling TournamentNewly-crowned PBA World Champion Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, held the second round lead in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational Friday at Tokyo Port Bowl, posting an 11-5 record for a 16-game match play total of 3,930 pins.

First round leader Stuart Williams of England, who had an 8-0 record for his first-round matches, was second with 3,860 total pins, 70 behind Fagan. Rounding out the top five in the race for Sunday’s stepladder finals were Japan’s Daisuke Yoshida at 3,778 pins followed by Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., at 3,773 and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., at 3,731. Johnson is one of five women in the elite 32-player field.

Fagan won the PBA World Championship on Sunday at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, defeating top qualifier Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 252-212, in the title match.

The tournament, which will award a PBA Tour title to the winner, includes a field of 11 PBA players who qualified based on 2014 PBA World Championship qualifying scores, three PBA members invited by the sponsoring DHC Corporation, one Korean PBA member and 16 Japan bowlers.

The Japan Invitational is being video-streamed internationally, live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel Xtra Frame. The final two rounds of match play, which will determine the stepladder finalists, will air on Xtra Frame today at 5:40 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. Eastern Time.

Xtra Frame will air the Japan Invitational Finals on Saturday, starting with the special alternate-ball Scotch Doubles and four-player Baker Team finals at 6:45 p.m. Eastern, followed by the DHC PBA Japan Invitational finals and a “last man standing” special event starting at 9:55 p.m. Eastern (6:55 p.m. Pacific).

For Xtra Frame Season Ticket or monthly subscription information, click on the Xtra Frame link on the pba.com home page.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL

Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Jan. 16

Second Round Standings (after 16 games of match play, includes 30 bonus pins for matches won):

1, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 11-5, 3,930.
2, Stuart Williams, England, 11-4-1, 3,860.
3, Daisuke Yoshida, Aichi, Japan, 13-3, 3,778.
4, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 10-5-1, 3,773.
5, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11-5, 3,731.
6, Shusaku Asato, Gifu, Japan, 10-5-1, 3,707.
7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 9-7, 3,699.
8, Dom Barrett, England, 10-6, 3,661.
9, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 9-7, 3,653.
10, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7-9, 3,617.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7-9, 3,583.
12, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 8-7-1, 3,580.
13, Manae Kameshima, Wakayama, Japan, 8-8, 3,552.
14, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 8-8, 3,541.
15, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 7-9, 3,525.
16, Cho Young Seon, Korea, 8-8, 3,522.
17, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 7-9, 3,514.
18, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 9-7, 3,512.
19, Yuki Akiyoshi, Chiba, Japan, 8-8, 3,497.
20, Koichi Takahashi, Hokkaido, Japan, 9-7, 3,494.
21, (tie) Shogo Wada, Wakayama, Japan, 7-9, and Ryogo Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan, 8-8, 3,463.
23, Mayumi Naito, Aichi, Japan, 9-7, 3,436.
24, Patrick Girard, Canada, 8-8, 3,427.
25, Yuka Tsuchiya, Kanagawa, Japan, 5-10-1, 3,349.
26, Takashi Fujimura, Shizuoka, Japan, 6-10, 3,305.
27, Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Aichi, Japan, 8-8, 3,294.
28, Takashi Yamazaki, Aichi, Japan, 4-11-1, 3,275.
29, Hiroko Shimizu, Chiba, Japan, 4-12, 3,197.
30, Miku Urano, Chiba, Japan, 3-11-2, 3,166.
31, Yumi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, 6-10, 3,124.
32, Naoshi Ishimine, Nagano, Japan, 4-12, 3,027.

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