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.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY474 (2 games)$50,000
2Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ231 (1 game)25,500
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA460 (2 games)14,000
4Norm Duke, Clermont, FL503 (2 games)11,000
5Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY492 (2 games)8,500
6Steve Wilson. Lake Worth, FL237 (1 game)7,000

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

 Name, City/StatePins  WLT+TotAmt
1Parker Bohn III, Jackson. NJ 7662 23-9-0 690 8352 
#2Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 7624 20-10-2 630 8254 
3W.R.WilliamsJr., Stockton,CA 7547 21-11-0 630 8177 
4Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 7407 20-12-0 600 8007 
5Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY 7366 21-11-0 630 7996 
6Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL 7307 20-12-0 600 7907 
7Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 7289 20-12-0 600 7889 $6,000
8Brian Voss, Atlanta 7446 14-17-1 435 7881 5,250
9Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 7292 16-16-0 480 7772 4,700
10Akio Harada. Saitama 7203 18-14-0 540 7743 4,200
11Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 7238 15-17-0 450 7688 3,900
12Ken Taniguchi, Osaka 7105 18-12-2 570 7675 3,700
13Yukio Yamazaki. Tokyo 7176 15-16-1 465 7641 3,500
14Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 7180 15-17-0 450 7630 3,350
 Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 7150 16-16-0 480 7630 3,350
16David Traber, Woodstock, IL 7080 17-13-2 540 7620 3,200
17Yasuharu Tsuno, Kanagawa 7149 15-17-0 450 7599 3,100
18Minoru Sendan, Hiyogo 7080 16-15-1 495 7575 3,000
19Hiroshi Nagatani, Tokyo 7083 16-16-0 480 7563 2,950
20Takeo Sakai, Osaka 7072 16-16-0 480 7552 2,900
21Akio Ishihara, Chiba 7034 15-15-2 480 7514 2,850
22Masaaki Saijoh, Kanagawa 7097 13-18-1 405 7502 2,800
23Tsuguo Tsukahara, Kanagawa 6944 18-14-0 540 7484 2,750
24Pete Weber, St. Ann. MO 6934 15-17-0 450 7384 2,700
25Dave Arnold. Gilbert, AZ 6952 13-19-0 390 7342 2,650
26Shigenon Sakata, Aichi 6954 11-19-2 360 7314 2,600
27Jyunichi Yajima, Tokyo 6870 14-17-1 435 7305 2,550
28Hiroyuki Inoue, Kanagawa 6994 10-22-0 300 7294 2,500
29Masayuki Koyama, Saitama 6921 12-20-0 360 7281 2,450
30Nobuaki Takahashi,Tokyo 6876 11-20-1 345 7221 2,400
31Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 6938 9-23-0 270 7208 2,350
32Teruyuki Obara, Kanagawa 6662 11-21-0 330 6992 2,300

#-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).