Wendy Macpherson goes back-to-back on Japan Professional Bowlers Association Ladies Tour


    2011 JPBA Ladies Tour #4

    Claims BIGBOX Women's Higashi-Yamato Cup for her tenth career JPBA title

    2011JPBALT04WendyMacpherson.jpg2011JPBALT04YukoNakatani2.jpgWendy Macpherson (pictured left) of Henderson, Nevada, has reached another milestone in her illustrious career when she defeated Yuko Nakatani (right), 203-191, in the title match of the BIGBOX Women's Higashi-Yamato Cup, the fourth stop of the 2011 Japan Professional Bowlers Association Ladies Tour.

    Macpherson, who has won 20 titles on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour before the PWBA ceased operations in the fall of 2003, captured her second consecutive title on the JPBA Tour after her victory in the Chiba Open (New: Video of the finals aded) and the tenth JPBA title of her career.

    The four-time PWBA champion, seeded second, flew past No. 3 seed, Aki Inoguchi in the semifinal, 228-177, for the right to bowl top seeded Nakatani for the title.

    Macpherson took the early lead with a double in the third and fourth frame. Both players suffered an open frame mid-game - Nakatani missed a 7-pin spare and Macpherson was unable to convert the 6-7-10 split - and as Nakatani was unable to double in the entire match, Macpherson retained an 11-pin lead heading into the 10th frame.

    2011JPBALT04AkiInoguchi300.jpg2011JPBALT04MayumiYoshida.jpgThe 43-year old right-hander, who used a Columbia 300 Outburst, wrapped up the title with three consecutive strikes and received her second consecutive 1.200.000 Yen check within a week, approximately US$14,800. Nakatani had to settle for second place worth 620.000 Yen.

    Inoguchi, who defeated No. 4 seed, Mayumi Yoshida (right), in the opening match, 217-199, received 410.000 Yen for third place, while Yoshida got 310.000 Yen for fourth. Inoguchi added a 300.000 Yen bonus for rolling the first 300 game of the 2011 JPBA Tour (pictured left) in the fourth game of the qualifying. It was her third career 300 game.

    All players were divided into two squads (A and B) to bowl eight games of qualifying. The top 32 players advanced to the semifinals to bowl another six games to cut to the top eight for match play. The top 4 players after 7 games round robin plus one game position round determined the champion a stepladder final.

    Courtesy of Junia Yoshida of Japan Bowling Promotion. Photos and results courtesy of JPBA.


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    BIGBOX Women's Higashi-Yamato Cup (July 7-9, 2011)

    Total Prize Fund: 5 Million Yen (approx. US$61,670)

    Championship Round:
    1. Wendy Macpherson, 431 (2 games), 1.200.000 Yen (US$14,800)
    2. Yuko Nakatani, 191 (1 game), 620.000 Yen ($7,650)
    3. Aki Inoguchi, 383 (2 games), 410.000 Yen ($5,055)
    4. Mayumi Yoshida, 196 (1 game), 310.000 Yen ($3,825)

    2011JPBALT04NaitoMayumi.jpgPlayoff Results:
    First Match: #3 Inoguchi def. #4 Yoshida, 206-196
    Second Match: #2 Macpherson def. Inoguchi , 228-177
    Championship: Macpherson def. #1 Nakatani, 203-191.

    Frame-by-frame results (pdf file)

    Places 5-8 (match play finalists)
    5. Masami Hasegawa, 240.000 Yen
    6. Mayumi Yoshida, 210.000 Yen
    7. Urara Himeji, 180.000 Yen
    8. Mitsuko Tokimoto, 160.000 Yen
    10. Naito Mayumi (top amateur; pictured right)