Korea’s Kyung Shin Park became his country’s first Round1 Japan Cup winner Saturday when he defeated Japan’s Akio Ishihara, 241-203, in the 28th edition of the international tournament.
Park, who ended Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s bid for history in the Round of 8 at Minami Suna Round1, earned $51,700 along with his title. Park also eliminated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, in the semifinal round, 244-166, ending the PBA’s last hope for a title for the second straight year.
In the other semifinal match, Ishihara defeated Korea’s Young Kwan Kim, 226-225, to prevent an all- Korea title match.
Williams, 55, entered the championship round seeking his third Japan Cup title, a record 48th PBA Tour title, and his first PBA Tour title since 2010. But Park’s 278 made easy work of the Oxford, Florida, superstar.
PBA Rookie of the Year contender Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, and past Japan Cup titlist Mika Koivuniemi of Finland also were eliminated in the Round of 8. Ishihara ended Kent’s hopes for his first PBA title, 216-203, and Kim knocked Koivuniemi out of the finals, 247-226.
PBA Tour players now travel to South Korea and the Middle East to complete the 2014 season with three PBA International-World Bowling Tour events: the It’s Daejeon International Open in Daejeon, South Korean, today-Nov. 22; the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 22-27, and the 8th Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 28-Dec. 2.
ROUND1 JAPAN CUP
Minami Suna Round1, Tokyo, Saturday
Kyung Shin Park, Korea ($51,700) def. Akio Ishihara, Japan ($27,570), 241-203.
SEMIFINAL ROUND (losers earned $12,925)
Ishihara def. Young Kwan Kim, Korean, 226-225.
Park def. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 244-166.
ROUND OF 8 (losers earned $6,545)
Kim def. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 247-226.
Ishihara def. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 216-203.
Loschetter def. Takuya Miyazawa, Japan, 205-173.
Park def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 278-214.