Oronamin C Japan Cup '89
ORONAMIN C JAPAN CUP '89
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Oct 11-14, 1989
Pedersen Gives PBA Bragging Rights
Randy Pedersen of Santa Maria, Calif., successfully defended his leading qualifier position in the fifth annual Oronamin C Japan Cup at host Tokyo Port Bowl. Pedemen defeated Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli, 212-209, for this $15,000 first prize and gave the PBA Tour bragging rights in notching their third win of the series.
Pederson opened with a double, spare, double to lead by 17 pins through five frames. Monacelli then doubled, but opened in his eighth frame to hurt his chances for capturing a second Japan Cup crown to bookend his 1987 victory and first PBA title. Monacelli had advanced from the fifth-seeded position and pocketed $10,000 for his 12th runnerup finish In PBA competition.
In the opening game of the six-man, five-game stepladder format finals, Monacelli topped sixth-seeded Masanori Salto, Kanagawa, 231-193, and then dashed the only other Japanese pro's chances In surviving against Osaka's Ikuya Nakagawa, 177-153. In his second game Monacelli suffered two shots in the channel and two open frames, while Nakagawa struggled through four open frames.
Monacelli then squeaked pa at Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla., 238-234, despite being out struck, eight to seven. In the semifinal match, Monacelli edged George Branham III, Arleta, Calif., 205-202, to propel him into the title game.
For the third year this tournament was cosponsored by the Otsuke Pharmaceutical Company, makers of the Oronamin C vitamin drink. The tournament also was sponsored for the fifth consecutive year by Eastern Sports, Ltd., and President Keijiro Nakano, as well as tournament host proprietor Tomohlko Ikeda of Tokyo Port Bowl. Nakano announced the tournament's renewal for 1990, with the top 16 players on PBA's 18-month point list receiving the expense-paid trip and Invitation to compete for the lucrative prize list.
PLAYOFF RESULTS - Monacelli defeated Saito, 231-193; Monacelli defeated Nakagawa, 177-153; Monacelli defeated Westlake, 23&234; Monacelli defeated Branham, 205-202; and in the championship game, Pedersen defeated Monacelli, 212-209. 32-GAME TOTALS