Japan’s Shota Kawazoe Earns Top Berth for DHC PBA Japan Invitational Stepladder Finals

by bvint  |  Friday, January 13, 11:38 AM

OSAKA, Japan  – Shota Kawazoe, a 28-year-old Japan Professional Bowlers Association veteran, maintained his blistering 247 scoring average while winning 24 of his 32 matches to claim the top berth in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational stepladder finals Friday at Bentencho Grandbowl in Osaka.

Kawazoe finished fifth in the 2016 DHC event for his best finish in PBA competition. He will bowl for the $40,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title against the survivor of three preliminary matches involving American PBA Tour champions – Jason Sterner of Cocoa, Fla.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind. The PBA will provide live streaming coverage of the DHC finals on Xtra Frame starting at roughly 10:20 p.m. EST (9:20 p.m. CST, 7:20 p.m. PST) on Friday.

Kawazoe has dominated the PBA Tour’s first tournament of 2017, winning the top berth in the stepladder finals by 401 pins over Sterner. Rash and Barnes – the 2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational winner - made big moves in the final round to claim the third and fourth spots in the finals. Barnes will meet Tackett, who rolled his third 300 game of the tournament Friday to claim the fifth spot in the finals by 10 pins over Sweden’s Jesper Svensson.

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DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL

Bentencho Grandbowl, Osaka, Japan, Friday

Final Match Play Standings (after 32 games, including match play bonus pins. Top five after 32 games advance to stepladder finals):

1, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 24-8, 8,642.
2, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 22-10, 8,241, $100.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 22-10, 8,234.
4, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 18-12-2, 8,155.
5, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 17-14-1, 8,138, $300.

Failed to advance:

6, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 20-11-1, 8,128, $5,220.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 16-16, 8,085, $4,885.
8, Dom Barrett, England, 17-14-1, 8,021, $4,350.
9, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 21-11, 8,012, $3,915.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 19-12-1, 7,979, $3,655.
11, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 14-15-3, 7,954, $3,305.
12, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 18-14, 7,890, $3,130.
13, Takahiro Sato, Japan, 20-11-1, 7,865, $2,960.
14, w-Hiromi Matsunaga, Japan, 17-15, 7,845, $2,785.
15, Choi Won Young, Korea, 18-13-1, 7,833, $2,710.
16, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 15-17, 7,800, $2,435.
17, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 16-14-2, 7,780, $2,390.
18, Makoto Endo, Japan, 16-15-1, 7,776, $2,350.
19, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 19-12-1, 7,751, $2,305.
20, Isao Yamamoto, Japan, 15-17, 7,746, $2,260.
21, Masaki Noda, Japan, 16-15-1, 7,642, $2,220.
22, w-Urara Himeji, Japan, 17-14-1, 7,552, $2,175.
23, Shuichi Heki, Japan, 12-19-1, 7,505, $2,130.
24, w-Hiroko Shimizu, Japan, 14-18, 7,458, $2,090.
25, Yuki Mizumoto, Japan, 12-18-2, 7,448, $2,045.
26, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 12-20, 7,429, $2,000.
27, w-Yuki Akiyoshi, Japan, 12-20, 7,387, $1,960.
28, Ryogo Tsurumi, Japan, 14-18, 7,257, $1,915.
29, w-Mari Kimura, Japan, 12-20, 7,223, $1,870.
30, Masato Sakakibara, Japan, 8-24, 6,933, $1,830.
31, w-Manae Kameshima, Japan, 5-27, 6,459, $1,785.
32, Junichi Uesaka, Japan, 4-28, 6,333, $1,740.

300 Games: E.J. Tackett 3, Choi Won Young, Jason Sterner.

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