Moor, Johnson, Mazzanti lead the Panama Invitational Tournament after qualifying

    10/07/07

    Panama

    El Dorado Bowling Center in Panama City (October 3-8, 2007)

    2007PITPaulMoor.jpg Englishman Paul Moor (left) shot 1,241 in the final round in the Open Division on the final day of qualifying at the 2007 Panama Invitational Tournament to overtake the lead with 3,541.

    2007PITMarkScroggins.jpg The 3-time European ranking champion had games of 213, 277, 236, 267 and 248 in the lowest-scoring third shift Saturday at El Dorado Bowling Center in Panama City.

    Trailing Moor by five pins are two Denny's PBA Tour exempt players, who are tied for second.

    2007PITManuelOtalora.jpg Mark Scroggins
    (right) shot a blistering 1,311 Saturday while Mike Wolfe had 1,268. The pair are tied with 3,536.

    The other Scroggins in the field, Mark's brother Mike Scroggins, is fourth with 3,499 while second-round leader Cassidy Schaub, a two-handed lefty, is fifth with 3,454 as the Americans hold positions two through 10. Colombia's Manuel Otalora (left) is 11th with 3,357.

    2007PITVinceMazzanti.jpg Second-round leader Vince Mazzanti Jr. (right) of the United States still leads the senior division, which is dominated by Americans in the top eight positions of the standings. Mazzanti totaled just 1,080 Saturday but has a 15-game total of 3,341.

    2007PITDaleEagle_small.jpg Dale Eagle (left) had a strong 1,221 and is second with 3,330. Left-hander Mike Dias is third at 3,294 while Gordon Vadakin is a distant fourth with 3,180.

    David Ozio
    is fifth with 3,165. American Marshall Holman withdrew from the competition with an injury despite starting with a 279 game.

    2007PITLizJohnson.jpg American Liz Johnson (left) shot the highest five-game block of any competitor – male or female – Saturday morning with 1,335, an average of 267 per game, including a 300 game to lead the women's division after 15 games. Johnson described the set as the best of her life.

    In all, Johnson had games of 234, 279, 268, 300 and 254 as she leads the women's division with a 15-game total of 3,345. Johnson will split a $6,000 high game award ($3,000 rolled over from Friday and was added to Saturday's pot of $3,000) with Venezuelan Ingelimar Contreras, who achieved perfection in shift 2.

    "Really, I would have been happy just to shoot 50 over today after the way I bowled the first two days," Johnson said. "I started with a good first game and I think that got me relaxed. My swing was real loose and I made good shots. The fact that I was able to carry the corner pins today was the difference."

    2007PITKellyKulick_small.jpg 2007PITDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg American Diandra Asbaty (left) is second behind Johnson with 3,268 while American Kelly Kulick (right) is third with 3,245. Robin Romeo of the United States is fourth at 3,168 while Canada's Robin Orlikowski is fifth with 3,167.

    The top 24 in the open division, top 12 in the women's and top 12 in the seniors advanced to the semifinals on Sunday morning. All semifinalists will bowl six games before the field is cut to the top five in each division for the stepladder finals.

    2007PITBrianHimmler_small.jpg Defending champion Brian Himmler (left), a Denny's PBA Tour player, was the last one in the open division with 3,252. Contreras had the distinction of being the last women to advance while USBC Hall of Famer Steve Fehr was the last senior to make it with 3,083.

    The total prize fund for the Panama Invitational Tournament is more than $300,000. The winner in the open division will claim $40,000, the women's winner will take home $15,000 while the champion among the seniors will also win $15,000.

    After the three champions are determined, they will compete in a King of the Hill match, with an additional $5,000 going to the winner of that battle.


    Open Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game block


    The 24 advance to the finals.




    Women's Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game block


    The 12 advance to the finals.




    Senior's Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game block


    The 12 advance to the finals.



    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day One.

    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day Two.


    No lead changes after Shift 2 on the final qualifying day in Panama Invitational


    2007PITLizJohnson.jpg PanamaInvitationalLogo_small.jpg The women are stealing the show after two of three squads Saturday at the 2007 Panama Invitational Tournament.

    American Liz Johnson (pictured right) and Venezuelan Ingelimar Contreras both shot perfect games as the field races toward the first cut.

    Johnson shot the highest five-game block of any competitor – male or female – Saturday morning with 1,335, an average of 267 per game, to sail into the lead in the women’s division. Johnson described the set as the best of her life.

    If no other woman shoots 290 or better or man shoots 300, Johnson and Contreras will split a $6,000 prize ($3,000 rolled over from Friday and was added to Saturday’s pot of $3,000).

    In all, Johnson had games of 234, 279, 268, 300 and 254 as she leads the women’s division with a 15-game total of 3,345.

    Robin Orlikowski.jpg “Really, I would have been happy just to shoot 50 over today after the way I bowled the first two days,” Johnson said. “I started with a good first game and I think that got me relaxed. My swing was real loose and I made good shots. The fact that I was able to carry the corner pins today was the difference.”

    American Kelly Kulick is second behind Johnson with 3,245 while Canada’s Robin Orlikowski (left) is third with 3,167. Lisa Wagner of the United States is fourth at 3,136 and fellow American April Ellis is fifth with 3,125.

    In the open division, two Denny’s PBA Tour exempt players are tied for the lead. Mark Scroggins shot a blistering 1,311 Saturday while Mike Wolfe had 1,268. The pair are tied at the top of the standings with 3,536.

    2007PITMikeScroggins.jpg The other Scroggins in the field, Mark’s brother Mike Scroggins (right), is third with 3,499 while second-round leader Cassidy Schaub, a two-handed lefty, is fourth with 2,454 as the Americans hold the top eight positions. Colombia’s Manuel Otalora is ninth with 3,357.
    2007PITVinceMazzanti.jpg Second-round leader Vince Mazzanti Jr. (left) of the United States still leads the senior division, which is dominated by Americans in the top seven positions of the standings. Mazzanti totaled just 1,080 Saturday but has a 15-game total of 3,341.

    Dale Eagle had a strong 1,221 and is second with 3,330. Gordon Vadakin is a distant third with 3,180 while David Ozio is fourth with 3,165. American Marshall Holman withdrew from the competition with an injury this morning despite starting with a 279 game.



    Open Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game blocks (Shift 1 and 2 only)





    Women's Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game blocks (Shift 1 and 2 only)





    Seniors Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game blocks (Shift 1 and 2 only)




    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day One.

    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day Two.


    Johnson powers her way into the lead in Panama Invitational Tournament


    2007PITLizJohnson.jpg American Liz Johnson (pictured left) shot the highest five-game block of any competitor – male or female – Saturday morning with 1,335, an average of 267 per game, to sail into the lead in the women’s division at the 2007 Panama Invitational Tournament.

    2007PITKellyKulick.jpg Johnson described the set as the best of her life as she tossed just the second perfect game of this year’s tournament.

    If no other woman shoots 290 or better or man shoots 300, Johnson will earn a $6,000 prize ($3,000 rolled over from Friday and was added to Saturday’s pot of $3,000).

    2007PITLisaWagner.jpg In all, Johnson had games of 234, 279, 268, 300 and 254 as she leads the women’s division with a 15-game total of 3,345.

    Fellow American Kelly Kulick (right) is second with 3,245, Canadian Robin Orlikowski is third with 3,167 and American Lisa Wagner (left) is fourth at 3,136.

    "Really, I would have been happy just to shoot 50 over today after the way I bowled the first two days," Johnson said. "I started with a good first game and I think that got me relaxed. My swing was real loose and I made good shots. The fact that I was able to carry the corner pins today was the difference."

    2007PITMarkScroggins.jpg 2007PITMikeWolfe.jpg In the open division, two Denny’s PBA Tour exempt players are tied for the lead. Mark Scroggins (left) shot a blistering 1,311 Saturday while Mike Wolfe (right) had 1,268.

    The pair are tied at the top of the standings with 3,536.

    The other Scroggins in the field, Mark’s brother Mike, is third with 3,499 while second-round leader Cassidy Schaub, a two-handed lefty, is fourth with 2,454.
     

    2007PITRhinoPage.jpg 2007PITSeanRash.jpg Sean Rash (left), Steve Elson and Rhino Page (right) make up the next three spots in the standings.

    Amleto Monacelli is the highest non-American as he sits in eighth with 3,289.

    Dale Eagle of the United States leads the senior division, which had just 10 of the 44 competitors bowl on Saturday’s opening squad.

    Eagle (below left) had a strong 1,221 and leads with 3,330. David Ozio is second with 3,165 and Mark Roth is third at 3,115.

    2007PITMarshallHolman.jpg 2007PITDaleEagle.jpg American Marshall Holman (right) withdrew from the competition with an injury this morning despite starting with a 279 game.

    180 players - 95 in the Open Division, 41 in the Senior's Division and 44 in the Women's Division - divided into three shifts will return on Saturday for the final five-game qualifying block of the Panama Invitational Tournament at El Dorado Bowling Center in Panama City.

    The field will then be cut to the top 24 in the open division and the top 12 in the women's and senior divisions for six games Sunday morning before the top five in each division advance to the stepladder finals.

    The total prize fund for the event is more than $300,000. The winner in the open division will claim $40,000, the women’s winner will take home $15,000 while the champion among the seniors will also win $15,000.

    After the three champions are determined, they will compete in a King of the Hill match, with an additional $5,000 going to the winner of that battle.


    Open Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game blocks (Shift 1 only)





    Women's Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game blocks (Shift 1 only)





    Seniors Division - Standings after the third and final 5-game blocks (Shift 1 only)




    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day One.

    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day Two.