Oronamin C Japan Cup
$200,000 ORONAMIN C JAPAN CUP
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Sep 18-21, 1997
Doug Kent Wins 13th Annual Oronamin C Japan Cup
Doug Kent, bowling in his first Oronamin C Japan Cup, defeated a pair of former champions to earn his second career PBA title at Tokyo Port Bowl.
Kent, Canandaigua, N.Y., defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr., in the semifinal match, 237-181, then took care of tournament leader Parker Bohn III in the title match, 237-231, to earn the $50,000 first-place check. This was the 13th Annual Oronamin C Japan Cup which features the top 16 players from the PBA and the top 16 from the Japan Professional Bowlers Association (JPBA).
"I didn't know what to expect when I got here," said Kent. "I didn't know how I would react to the surroundings, the time change or anything. Actually, Parker was the one who showed me around and taught me some of the customs. Then I turn around and beat him for the title."
The title match was close throughout. Both players had four strikes (including "three-baggers" for each) and four spares after the first eight frames, and Kent led by five.
Atter a strike by Bohn in the ninth, Kent got up in his ninth frame needing three strikes and six pins for the win. He threw three strikes and finished with a nine-count to assure victory. Winning the Japan Cup assured Kent an invitation to the 1998 Japan Cup.
In addition, the PBA was competing to retain the Nakano Cup. The Nakano Cup, which is named after tournament organizer Mr. Keijiro Nakano, goes to the team (PBA or JPBA) with the highest scratch pinfall. The PBA retained the cup, 116,412 to 112,220.
The championship round was broadcast live on NHK-TV.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Shafer defeated Wilson, 267-237; Duke defeated Shafer, 278-225; Williams defeated Duke. 279-225; Kent defeated Williams, 237-181 and in the championship game, Kent defeated Bohn, 237-231. 32-GAME TOTALS #-Doug Kent rolled a 300 game ($500). PRO-AM CASHERS-Brian Voss, Bob Learn Jr., Mark Williams, David Traber($50 each), Ryan Shafer and Steve Wilson ($25 each).
#-Doug Kent rolled a 300 game ($500). PRO-AM CASHERS-Brian Voss, Bob Learn Jr., Mark Williams, David Traber($50 each), Ryan Shafer and Steve Wilson ($25 each).