Mike Scroggins wins PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages in PBA50 Tour debut


    2015 PBA50 Tour #2

    Eight-time PBA Tour winner defeats Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III in championship match

    2015PBA5002MikeScroggins.jpgAfter a nearly year-long absence from top-level competition recovering from foot problems, eight-time PBA Tour winner Mike Scroggins (center, with Larry and Darrell Ducat, right) of Amarillo, Texas, won the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday in his PBA50 Tour debut at Spanish Springs Lanes.

    Scroggins, who qualified fifth for the finals, won three consecutive matches before battling fellow lefthander and tournament leader Parker Bohn III in a championship match that went down to the 10th frame.

    2014PBAParkerBohn.jpgBohn (right), who dominated the tournament and was coming off a win in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open last week, threw a strike on the first ball in the 10th frame and then a nine-count and spare forcing Scroggins to get the first two strikes in the 10th. Scroggins got the first two strikes and then a nine-count on the fill ball to beat Bohn, 255-246.

    "This is one of the best feelings I've had in bowling especially after what I've been through for the past year," Scroggins said. "It made it extra special to beat the great bowlers that were in the finals which I felt very fortunate to do.

    "I was having good success on the right lane so when Parker left that nine-count, I felt pretty confident I could get the job done," Scroggins said of the final frame. "I just told myself to relax and throw the kind of shots I'm capable of and I could win it."

    Scroggins suffers from the condition plantar fasciitis, a tendon and ligament disorder in both feet, which put him out of action for more than nine months.

    "It's been a long road to recovery and it's really something that won't totally go away," Scroggins said. "It's something that comes with age and I'm going to continually have to manage it."

    2014PBA50JohnnyPetraglia2.jpg2014PBATomBaker.jpgAs the fifth qualifier in the stepladder, Scroggins opened with a 231-205 win over PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia (left) who was trying for his ninth PBA50 title at age 68.

    Scroggins then went on to beat two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Ron Mohr, 239-227, in the second match before beating Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker (right), 234-202, in the semifinal match.

    The PBA50 Tour heads to Mooresville, N.C., for the third stop of the season when George Pappas Victory Lanes hosts the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 April 26-29.


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    PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages - Stepladder Finals

    Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., United States (April 18-21, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 959 (4 games), $7,500
    2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 246 (1 game), $4,000
    3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 202 (1 game), $2,500
    4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 227 (1 game), $2,000
    5, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 205 (1 game), $1,850

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Scroggins def. No. 4 Petraglia, 231-205
    Second Match: Scroggins def. No. 3 Mohr, 239-227
    Semifinal Match: Scroggins def. No. 2 Baker, 234-202
    Championship Match: Scroggins def. No. 1 Bohn, 255-246.


    PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages - Final Match Play Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 32-game total including match play bonus pins; top five advance to stepladder finals; a-denotes amateur, ss-denotes PBA60 players (age 60 and over)

    1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 9-7, 8,231
    2, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 9-7, 8,038
    3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 9-7, 8,031
    4, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 9-7, 8,001
    5, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 8-8, 7,979

    Missed Cut:
    6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 9-7, 7,964, $1,700
    7, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 10-6, 7,895, $1,550
    8, a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 10-6, 7,873, $1,500
    9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-8-1, 7,783, $1,475
    10, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 10-6, 7,778, $1,450
    11, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 11-5, 7,764, $1,425
    12, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 7-8-1, 7,676, $1,400
    13, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 8-8, 7,633, $1,363
    13, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 8-8, 7,633, $1,363
    15, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 6-10, 7,536, $1,325
    16, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 5-10-1, 7,434, $1,300

    Other Cashers (after 24 games, including match play bonus pins)
    17, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 5-3, 5,762, $1,200
    18, a-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 4-4, 5,756, $1,190
    19, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4-4, 5,728, $1,180
    20, a-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3-4-1, 5,716, $1,170
    21, a-John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 4-4, 5,690, $1,160
    22, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 5-3, 5,684, $1,150
    23, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 5-3, 5,681, $1,140
    24, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 4-4, 5,678, $1,130
    25, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-4, 5,672, $1,120
    26, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 2-6, 5,635, $1,110
    27, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 4-4, 5,621, $1,100
    28, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 2-6, 5,583, $1,095
    29, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 3-5, 5,565, $1,090
    30, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 2-6, 5,504, $1,085
    31, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3-5, 5,497, $1,080
    32, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1-7, 5,486, $1,075

    300 Game (4): Stoney Baker, Johnny Petraglia, Amleto Monacelli, Gary Morgan.