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Mike Scroggins earns top qualifier honors in Fort Wayne


2015PBA50MikeScroggins.jpgDefending 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.jpg2016PBA50BrianKretzer.jpgScroggins 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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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

Herbert Bickel

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