Big Payday for Mike Wolfe; wins Open Division and $40.000 in Panama Invitational Tournament

    10/08/07

    Panama

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

    2007PITMikeWolfeclap.jpg Denny’s PBA Tour exempt player Mike Wolfe (pictured left) defended his top seed in the stepladder finals, winning the open division championship at the 2007 Panama Invitational Tournament on Sunday.

    2007PITMikeWolfeshot.jpg Wolfe fired a nearly unbeatable 279 in the championship game, which was more than enough to top Mike Scroggins’ 215 game and earn the $40,000 first prize.

    Wolfe (right) thrilled the standing-room only crowd by starting the championship match with six strikes in a row before leaving a solid 10 pin. He then threw the final five strikes to close out the match.

    2007PITMikeScroggins_small.jpg Scroggins (left) struggled early in the title match, starting with a strike but then making two spares before leaving a 7-10 split in the fourth frame.

    By that point, he was already behind by 54 pins.

    2007PITCassidySchaub_small.jpg Two-handed lefty Cassidy Schaub (right) tried to copy Diandra Asbaty and make a run from the bottom seed, but ran into a road block when he met Scroggins.

    Schaub trailed by 42 pins by the third frame and never recovered in a 248-182 loss.

    2007PITBrianKretzer_small.jpg In the opening two matches, though, Schaub was a crowd favorite with his unique delivery, starting the opening match with six strikes before a 7 pin stopped him cold in a 248-246 thrilling victory over Brian Kretzer (left).

    2007PITMarkScroggins_small.jpg Schaub picked up where he left off again in Match 2, this time starting with seven strikes before a light 7-9 split ended his bid for a perfect game. His strong start in that game was more than enough to defeat Mark Scroggins (right),  246-199.






    Panama Invitational Tournament - Open Division


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

    Championship Round:
    1. Mike Wolfe, United States, $40.000
    2. Mike Scroggins, United States, $20.000
    3. Cassidy Schaub, United States, $10.000
    4. Mark Scroggins, United States, $6.000
    5. Brian Kretzer, United States, $4.500

    Playoff Results:
    Match 1: Schaub def. Brian Kretzer, 248-246
    Match 2: Schaub def. Mark Scroggins, 246-199
    Match 3: Mike Scroggins def. Schaub, 248-182
    Match 4: Wolfe def. Mike Scroggins, 279-215

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

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

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

    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Semi-finals.