For Barrett (pictured right and above with the trophy; all action shots courtesy of Hero Noda), the title was the sixth of his Professional Bowlers Association career and came on the heels of a less-than-memorable start to his 2018 season while competing in non-PBA events in Europe.
“I just finished bowling in Sweden and Finland,” he said. “I physically felt good but I didn’t get anywhere, so I was looking forward to this week. Japan is very special. You have to qualify to be here and there is a lot of history with this event. I led it two years ago and (PBA Hall of Famer) Amleto (Monacelli) beat me, so it was great to have another go at it.”
Barrett, who earned 5 million Japanese yen (roughly $46,000 US dollars), jumped into the tournament lead with a strong opening eight-game match play round. Troup (left), trying for his third PBA Tour title, overtook Barrett in the second round of match play, but Barrett defeated Troup in the final position round match to regain the top berth for the stepladder finals where he ran away from the American two-handed player.
Qualifying leader Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, started the stepladder finals with a 248-244 win over Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. He then eliminated Japanese star Shota Kawazoe (below left), 278-257, before losing to Troup in the semifinal match, 227-180.
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Tokyo Port Bowl in Tokyo, Japan (January 26-28, 2018)
1. Dom Barrett, England, 267 (1 game), $46,000
2. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 431 (2 games), $23,000
3. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 706 (3 games), $11,500
4. Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 257 (1 game), $9,210
5. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 224 (1 game), $7,370
From right: Dom Barrett, Kyle Troup, Shota Kawazoe, Anthony Simonsen and Marshall Kent.
First Match: No. 4 Simonsen def. No. 5 Kent, 248-224
Second Match: Simonsen def. No. 3 Kawazoe, 278-257
Semi-final Match: No. 2 Troup def. Simonsen, 227-180
Championship: No. 1 Barrett def. Troup, 267-204.
Players with position, hometown/country, win-loss-tie record, 28-game total, including bonus pins (30 for each win, 15 for a tie), average and earnings; top 5 advance to stepladder finals; n-denotes non-PBA member.
1. Dom Barrett, England, 12-4-0, 6522, 220.07
2. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 11-5-0, 6518, 221.00
3. Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 11-5-0, 6453, 218.68
4. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 4-12-0, 6315, 221.25
5. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. 9-7-0, 6314, 215.86
6. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. 9-7-0, 6304, 215.50, $4,235
7. Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y. 7-9-0, 6261, 216.11, $4,050
8. An Junsang, South Korea, 10-6-0, 6258, 212.79, $3,865
9. Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 7-9-0, 6225, 214.82, $3,685
10. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 9-7-0, 6213, 212.25, $3,405
11. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. 6-10-0, 6140, 212.86, $3,225
12. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 8-8-0, 6123, 210.11, $3,040
13. Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand, 7-8-1, 6094, 209.61, $2,855
14. Shuichi Heki, Japan, 8-8-0, 6016, 206.29, $2,670
15. n-Yuhi Shinbata, Japan, 5-11-0, 6004, 209.07, $2,485
16. EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind. 4-11-1, 5972, 208.46, $2,300.