Eight-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, leads the 64-player field in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl after the first Round of 64 block Thursday with a 1,677 seven-game pinfall (239.57 average). He had games of 290, 259, 200, 213, 209, 269 and 237.
Scroggins, who had been in a bit of a slump since the PBA World Series of Bowling last November, felt his game returning to form after last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions where he finished 19th.
“Making match play last week at the Tournament of Champions was a good confidence builder,” said Scroggins. “During the World Series I think I bowled the minimum number of games you could bowl
—didn’t make the top 16 in any of the events.
“Sometimes I get into a phase where my timing isn’t where it should be and that was the case in the World Series, but I think I have that corrected now and I’m feeling much more comfortable.”
Mika Koivuniemi, who won the Tournament of Champions and a record $250,000 first prize last week for his ninth PBA Tour title, finished the first block in 21st with a 1,528 pinfall (218.28 average).
He’s hoping to keep the momentum going after winning the T of C for his third major.
“When you’re bowling good, you’re bowling good,” Koivuniemi said. “When I won my first tournament (2000 USBC Masters) I made the show the next week so hopefully I can do that this week. It’s easier to keep bowling good than having to start bowling good.”
Earl Anthony Memorial defending champion Anthony LaCaze will have some work to do to advance to match play currently sitting in 56th place.
The entire field will bowl another seven-game round later this afternoon after which the field will be cut to the top 32 players who will advance to Friday’s match play. After match play has concluded the four players will be determined for the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.
PBA ONE A DAY EARL ANTHONY MEMORIAL Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jan. 27 FIRST ROUND (after seven games) 1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,677. 2, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,650. 3, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 1,645. 4, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,613. 5, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,604. 6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,591. 7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,572. 8, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,560. 9, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,556. 10, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,553. 11, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,547. 13, Stuart Williams, England, 1,546. 14, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,544. 16, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,538. 17, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,537. 18, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,535. 19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,532. 20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,530. 21, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,528. 22, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,524. 23, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,522. 24, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,520. 25, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,517. 26, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,513. 27, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,511. 28, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,499. 29, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,494. 30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,491. 30, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,491. 32, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,472. 33, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,467. 34, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,460. 35, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,455. 36, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,447. 37, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,445. 38, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,443. 39, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,441. 40, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,438. 41, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,435. 42, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,434. 43, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,428. 44, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,416. 45, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,415. 46, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,413. 47, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,410. 48, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,405. 49, Brett Spangler, New Castle, Ind., 1,404. 50, Dennis Acma, San Ramon, Calif., 1,401. 51, (tie) Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., and Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,397. 53, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,390. 54, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,381. 55, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,380. 56, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,368. 57, (tie) Ron Case, Oakley, Calif., and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,362. 59, (tie) Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., and Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,346. 61, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,340. 62, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,334. 63, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,328. 64, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,300.