Tommy Jones mows down the field to defend Japan Cup title

    09/25/05

    PBA Tour Pre-season

    Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Yokohama, Japan (Sep. 23-25, 2005)

    2005PBA00TommyJones.jpg Tommy Jones showed that his four PBA Tour victories last season were no fluke, as he defeated Norm Duke in the title match of the Dydo Japan Cup 2005, 222-215, successfully defending his title Sunday at the Tokyo Metro Gymnasium.

    Unlike the 2004 Japan Cup, when Jones bowled just two matches for the crown, the 26-year-old entered this year's final round seeded 5th and won five consecutive matches to earn the $50,000 top prize and his 5th career Tour title.

    "Right now, it's hard to soak in. It was a long road with lots of matches," said Jones, who converted three multi-pin spares and struck seven times against Duke, the top seed. "I'm definitely a little tired, more mentally than physically."

    Jones converted the 3-4-5 spare in the 8th before Duke, who won $25,000, struck in the 9th to keep things close. Jones clinched the win, however, with a strike and seven pins in the 10th frame.

    Pictured left: Tommy Jones hoists the Dydo Japan Cup 2005 championship trophy after his 222-215 win over Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., in the title match Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Toyko Metro Gymnasium in Tokyo. The win was Jones' fifth career PBA title.
    Picture courtesy of PBA LLC/Hero Noda.

    Jones, who appeared in the Japan Cup title match for the third straight year, defeated three-time titlist Patrick Healey Jr. in the semifinal, 201-180. Prior to that he dispatched the 2005 PBA Player of the Year Patrick Allen, 218-169 and the 2003 PBA Rookie of the Year Brad Angelo, 191-166.

    Jones started his day with a 248-204 win over Korea's Park Jong Soo in the first stepladder match. Sunday's final round began with Soo winning a four-bowler shootout. Soo shot 244 and easily defeated Parker Bohn III (214), Robert Smith (196) and Wes Malott (182).

    The 2005-06 PBA Tour regular season begins with the 2005 PBA Tulsa Championship, Oct. 26-30, with the arena finals to be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla., on the University of Tulsa campus.


    Dydo Drinco Japan Cup 2005

    Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Yokohama, Japan
    September 23-25, 2005

    Championship Round:
    1. Tommy Jones, Mauldin, S.C.,
    1080 (5 games), $50,000
    2. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.,
    215 (1 game), $25,000
    3. Patrick Healey Jr., Flower Mound, Texas,
    180 (1 game), $12,000
    4. Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y.,
    169 (1 game), $7,000
    5. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., <166 (1 game), $6,000
    6. Park Jong Soo, Korea,
    428 (2 games), $5,000
    7. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.,
    214 (1 game), $4,600
    8. Robert Smith, Thousand Oaks, Calif.,
    196 (1 game), $4,200
    9. Wes Malott, Austin, Texas,
    182 (1 game), $3,800

    Playoff Results:
    Shootout Match: Soo (224) def. Bohn (214), Smith (196) and Malott (182)
    First Match: Jones def. Soo, 248-204
    Second Match: Jones def. Angelo, 191-166
    Third Match: Jones def. Allen, 218-169
    Fourth Match: Jones def. Healey, 201-180
    Championship Match: Jones def. Duke, 222-215.

    The win was Jones' fifth career PBA title.


    Norm Duke earns No. 1 seed for Japan Cup finals

    Norm Duke held on to the top spot and will be the No. 1 seed in Sunday's finals of the Dydo Japan Cup 2005 by averaging 220,84 over 32 match play games. Duke finished round robin with a 7,742 pinfall including 30 bonus pins per win and a 22-9-1 match play record.

    The finalists were decided Saturday night with the final eight-game set of match play at the Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel Bowling Center. Duke earned the top seed in the championship round after he averaged 219,12 and went 6-2 in his final block.

    "In match play it is so important to win matches, but you're going to lose some. It's important to get every pin you can," said Duke. "So, I just stayed in it by using my ability to think the games through."

    Patrick Healey Jr. entered the final game in 4th place but used a 222-220 win over Patrick Allen to leap to the No. 2 seed for the finals. Allen, the 2005 PBA Player of the Year, went 21-10-1 in match play en route to the No. 3 seed.

    The 2003 PBA Rookie of the Year Brad Angelo is the No. 4 seed followed by defending champion Tommy Jones. Four bowlers will fight for the 6th slot in the stepladder finals during a one-game shootout to start Monday's action.

    Robert Smith, the 2002 Japan Cup titlist is No. 6. Park Jong Soo, a Korean Professional Bowlers Association member, is No. 7 while Parker Bohn III is No. 8 and Wes Malott is No. 9.

    The televised finals will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.


    Round Robin Match Play - Day Two of Two
    Player with position, match play record and 32-game pinfall. Thirty bonus pins awarded for each match play victory.

    1. Norm Duke, 7067, 220,84, 675, 22-9-1, 7742
    2. Patrick Healey Jr., 6988, 218,38, 660, 22-10-0, 7648
    3. Patrick Allen, 6976, 218,00, 645, 21-10-1, 7621
    4. Brad Angelo, 6855, 214,22, 765, 25-6-1, 7620
    5. Tommy Jones, 7019, 219,34, 540, 18-14-0, 7559
    6. Robert Smith, 6920, 216,25, 630, 21-11-0, 7550
    7. Park Jong Soo, 6919, 216,22, 555, 18-13-1, 7474
    8. Parker Bohn III, 6871, 214,72, 540, 18-14-0, 7411
    9. Wes Malott, 6875, 214,84, 510, 17-15-0, 7385
    Top 9 advanced to the finals.

    Missed Cut:
    10. Isao Yamamoto, 6769, 211,53, 570, 19-13-0, 7339
    11. Jason Hurd, 6815, 212,97, 510, 17-15-0, 7325
    12. Chris Barnes, 6847, 213,97, 465, 15-16-1, 7312
    13. Jeong Tae Hwa, 6847, 213,97, 450, 15-17-0, 7297
    14. Toshihiko Takahashi, 6715, 209,84, 510, 17-15-0, 7225
    15. Syuichi Heki, 6618, 206,81, 570, 19-13-0, 7188
    16. Tatsuya Yuki, 6610, 206,56, 540, 18-14-0, 7150
    17. Masaaki Takemoto, 6643, 207,59, 450, 15-17-0, 7093
    18. Hisayoshi Nishida, 6612, 206,63, 480, 16-16-0, 7092
    19. Jung Seo Hak, 6649, 207,78, 435, 14-17-1, 7084
    20. Mike Wolfe, 6607, 206,47, 375, 12-19-1, 6982
    21. Shigeyuki Mizuno, 6570, 205,31, 390, 13-19-0, 6960
    22. Byun Yong Hwan, 6514, 203,56, 435, 14-17-1, 6949
    23. Akihiro Takahashi, 6428, 200,88, 480, 15-15-2, 6908
    24. Fumitaka Teramura, 6466, 202,06, 390, 13-19-0, 6856
    25. Junichi Yajima, 6382, 199,44, 465, 15-16-1, 6847
    26. Mike Machuga, 6477, 202,41, 360, 12-20-0, 6837
    27. Tony Reyes, 6434, 201,06, 345, 10-19-3, 6779
    28. Takashi Kudou, 6292, 196,63, 375, 12-19-1, 6667
    29. Mitsuko Tokimoto, 6165, 192,66, 360, 12-20-0, 6525
    30. Kunihiko Nishimura, 6127, 191,47, 330, 10-20-2, 6457
    31. Masato Hanamoto, 6039, 188,72, 240, 8-24-0, 6279
    32. Toshio Umeda, 5958, 186,19, 315, 10-21-1, 6273

    300 Games - None.


    Norm Dukes targets first Japan Cup title

    Norm Duke has an impressive bowling resume which includes 22 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour titles and over $2 million in PBA earnings. One victory that has eluded him, however, is the Japan Cup title.

    Duke is one step closer to earning that elusive win as he holds the lead in the Dydo Japan Cup 2005 after the first day of round robin match play on Friday with a 3,896 16-game pinfall (including bonus pins) at the Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Yokohama, Japan.

    "This is one of the most important tournaments left for me," said Duke, Clermont, Fla. "Of course, the U.S. Open would complete the 'Grand Slam', but I love it here. This thing is so important to me. That's why my nerves are there. I'm trying as hard as I can."

    Duke went an impressive 13-2-1 in match play including 7-0-1 in his final eight-game set to help rise to the top spot. Three former Japan Cup champions follow Duke. Robert Smith is second with 3,788 and is looking to add to his 2002 Japan Cup win. Chris Barnes, the 2003 Japan Cup titlist is third with 3,775.

    Defending champion Tommy Jones sits in fourth place with 3,761. Jones' 2004 Japan Cup win helped propel him to career-highs with $224,130 in earnings and a 222.99 overall average during the 2004-05 PBA Tour season. Former Japanese amateur star Isao Yamamoto is 6th with 3,725 and is looking for his second straight finals appearance.

    On Saturday, the 32 remaining bowlers will face each other in 16 additional games of round robin match play after which the top-9 will advance the finals. The televised finals will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.


    Round Robin Match Play - Day One of Two
    Player with position, match play record and 16-game pinfall. Thirty bonus pins awarded for each match play victory.

    1. Norm Duke, 3491, 218,19, 405, 13-2-1, 3896
    2. Robert Smith, 3428, 214,25, 360, 12-4-0, 3788
    3. Chris Barnes, 3520, 220,00, 255, 8-7-1, 3775
    4. Tommy Jones, 3461, 216,31, 300, 10-6-0, 3761
    5. Patrick Healey Jr, 3397, 212,31, 330, 11-5-0, 3727
    6. Isao Yamamoto, 3425, 214,06, 300, 10-6-0, 3725
    7. Brad Angelo, 3351, 209,44, 360, 12-4-0, 3711
    8. Wes Malott, 3405, 212,81, 300, 10-6-0, 3705
    9. Jason Hurd, 3418, 213,63, 240, 8-8-0, 3658
    10. Jeong Tae Hwa, 3399, 212,44, 240, 8-8-0, 3639
    11. Shigeyuki Mizuno, 3407, 212,94, 210, 7-9-0, 3617
    12. Parker Bohn III, 3330, 208,13, 270, 9-7-0, 3600
    13. Park Jong Soo, 3370, 210,63, 225, 7-8-1, 3595
    14. Patrick Allen, 3339, 208,69, 255, 8-7-1, 3594
    15. Byun Yong Hwan, 3324, 207,75, 255, 8-7-1, 3579
    16. Toshihiko Takahashi, 3240, 202,50, 270, 9-7-0, 3510
    17. Jung Seo Hak, 3237, 202,31, 270, 9-7-0, 3507
    18. Hisayoshi Nishida, 3280, 205,00, 210, 7-9-0, 3490
    19. Akihiro Takahashi, 3217, 201,06, 270, 9-7-0, 3487
    20. Tatsuya Yuki, 3187, 199,19, 270, 9-7-0, 3457
    21. Mike Wolfe, 3291, 205,69, 165, 5-10-1, 3456
    22. Syuichi Heki, 3139, 196,19, 240, 8-8-0, 3379
    23. Fumitaka Teramura, 3145, 196,56, 180, 6-10-0, 3325
    24. Kunihiko Nishimura, 3129, 195,56, 195, 6-9-1, 3324
    25. Takashi Kudou, 3089, 193,06, 225, 7-8-1, 3314
    26. Tony Reyes, 3134, 195,88, 150, 4-10-2, 3284
    27. Mike Machuga, 3162, 197,63, 120, 4-12-0, 3282
    28. Junichi Yajima, 3074, 192,13, 180, 6-10-0, 3254
    29. Masato Hanamoto, 3071, 191,94, 180, 6-10-0, 3251
    30. Toshio Umeda, 3060, 191,25, 180, 6-10-0, 3240
    31. Masaaki Takemoto, 3119, 194,94, 120, 4-12-0, 3239
    32. Mitsuko Tokimoto, 2994, 187,13, 150, 5-11-0, 3144

    300 Games - None.