Mike Scroggins earns top qualifier honors in Fort Wayne


    2016 PBA50 Tour #13

    Defending champion corrects flaw in arm swing that he hopes will result in successful title defense



    2015PBA50MikeScroggins.jpg Defending champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, averaged 237 for 16 games to earn top qualifier honors Monday in the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    Scroggins (pictured), who was fifth after Sunday's first round with a 1,834 eight-game pinfall total, followed up with 1,968 Monday at Pro Bowl West to finish qualifying with a 3,802 overall pinfall.

    The left-hander recently corrected a flaw in his swing that he discovered earlier in the season which he hopes will help in a successful title defense.

    "I noticed that I wasn't getting the pin carry I normally do and I was leaving a lot of corner pins," said Scroggins, who also owns eight PBA Tour titles. "When I was bowling in the Senior Masters, (Storm rep) Del Ballard mentioned to me that he noticed I had developed a big loop in my back swing.

    "I saw it on video and sure enough I could see that my arm swing wasn't as straight as it should be and I was looping it behind my back," Scroggins noted. "The result of that was the ball was getting to the pocket fine but it was losing energy when it got there and I was leaving a lot of seven pins."

    Scroggins' win in last year's tournament made him the season's only three-time winner and solidified his 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year honor.

    "Coming to a center where I've won before and having corrected my mechanics, I'm pretty encouraged about my chances to repeat," Scroggins added.

    2016PBA50BobLearn.jpg 2016PBA50BrianKretzer.jpg Scroggins edged out first round qualifying leader three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr. (left) of Erie, Pa., who finished qualifying in second nine pins behind with 3,793.

    PBA50 Tour rookie Brian Kretzer (right) of Dayton, Ohio finished third with 3,641, followed by Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y. with 3,626, and newcomer Rick Zakrajsek of Lorain, Ohio, with 3,597.

    Scroggins led 24 players who advanced directly to match play. Positions 25-39 plus eight PBA60 players advanced to Tuesday morning's cashers' round to determine eight additional match play finalists.

    Fans can catch Tuesday's match play rounds and stepladder finals live on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information, click here.


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    PBA50 Dehayes Insurance Group Championship - Second Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 16-game total; top 24 advance to match play; positions 25-39 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers' round to determine eight additional match play finalists; n-denotes non-member, ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 advancing to cashers round

    1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,802
    2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,793
    3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,641
    4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,626
    5, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,597
    6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,593
    7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,589
    8, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,583
    9, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,544
    10, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,529
    11, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,526
    12, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,515
    13, n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,494
    14, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,491
    15, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,461
    16, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,456
    17, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,448
    18, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 3,443
    19, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,441
    20, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,440
    21, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,438
    22, Terry Rohrer, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,434
    23, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,432
    24, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,429

    25, (tie) Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., and Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,423
    27, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,421
    28, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,419
    29, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,418
    30, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 3,416
    31, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,409
    32, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,404
    33, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,399
    34, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,395
    35, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,394
    36, Neil Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,392
    37, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,389
    38, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,386
    39, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,370

    40, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,349
    41, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,341
    42, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,340
    43, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,336
    43, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,321
    45, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,310
    46, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,307
    47, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,291

    Missed Cut:
    48, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,367
    49, Larry Salvati, Canada, 3,365
    50, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,363
    51, Dave Han, Hoover, AL, 3,353
    52, John Chapman, Canada, 3,327
    53, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,305
    54, Chuck Walker, Blaine, Tenn., 3,303
    55, Frank Rose Jr, Bellaire, Texas, 3,295
    56, (tie) Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., and John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,293
    58, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,290
    59, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,285
    60, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,283
    61, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,278
    62, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 3,268
    63, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,267
    64, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,254
    65, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 3,252
    66, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 3,251
    67, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,249
    68, (tie) Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., and Randy Scharf, Gillette, Wyo., 3,247
    70, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 3,240
    71, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,238
    72, n-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,231
    73, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,227
    74, (tie) Robert Nelson, Las Vegas, Nev., and n-Mike Boogren, Bloomington, Ill., 3,217
    76, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,216
    77, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,211
    78, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 3,210
    80, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,209
    81, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,208
    82, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,201
    83, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,198
    84, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,195
    85, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,194
    86, James Blackstone, Kennesaw, Ga., 3,178
    87, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,172
    88, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 3,166
    89, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,164
    90, (tie) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,160
    92, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,155
    93, n-Frank Lorenzini, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,140
    94, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 3,134
    95, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,131
    96, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,127
    97, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,116
    98, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,107
    99, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,104
    100, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,099
    101, Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,087
    102, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,073
    103, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,058
    104, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,041
    105, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,021
    106, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 3,013
    107, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 3,005
    108, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 2,981
    110, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,942
    111, Dennis Briggs, New Galilee, Pa., 2,926
    112, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,914
    113, n-Victor VanHentenryck, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,912
    114, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 2,910
    115, Les Ash, Washington Ct. House, Ohio, 2,890
    116, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 2,865
    117, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 2,856
    118, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,853
    119, n-Gary Gold, Whitney Point, N.Y., 2,747