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Scroggins defeats Williams for first tour title in 12 years

Published March 4, 2004

Mike Scroggins won his first tour title in 12 years by defeating Ocala's Walter Ray Williams 270-248 in the PBA Baby Ruth Real Deal Classic on Sunday in Belleville, Ill.

Scroggins had to knock down five pins with his final two shots in the 10th frame to earn his first title since 1992 and 197 tour events. He rolled a strike, giving him a spot on next year's exempt tour and $40,000.

"The crowd was pumped up, but I stayed focused," said Scroggins, who threw 18 strikes in two matches.

"I usually throw two or three bad shots, but I didn't lose my focus."

Williams defeated Mika Koivuniemi 268-200 to advance to a final for the fourth time this season and 76th overall. Scroggins beat Dennis Horan 259-204 in the first semifinal. In the wild-card match, Koivuniemi defeated Clermont's Jason Couch 234-189.

Williams won $20,000, Koivuniemi and Horan $10,000 and Couch $9,000.

Missing the cut were Roger Bowker of Ocala, Randy Pedersen of Fort Lauderdale, Norm Duke of Clermont, Steve Wilson of Lake Worth, Christopher Loschetter of West Melbourne and Steve Hoskins of Palm Harbor. Round of 32 losers included Ricky Ward of North Fort Myers, Jason Hurd of Titusville and Chris Hayden of Orlando.

JAROS TAKES SECOND: Steve Jaros beat Dave Traber 260-235 with a strike in the 10th to win the PBA Days Inn Open on Feb. 22 at Dallas.

Jaros earned $40,000 and joined the growing ranks of PBA millionaires. At one point, he rolled eight consecutive strikes.

Missing the cut were Dale Eagle of Tavares, Shawn Evans of Satellite Beach, Don Yoshihara of Tampa, Ward, Loschetter, Hoskins, Couch, Wilson and Bowker.

The tour is in Indianapolis this week for the PBA Uniroyal Tire Classic. The final is at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPN.

The PBA World Championship March 15-21 closes the tour, and the Senior Tour opens March 28-31 with the Epicenter Classic at Klamath Falls, Ore.

PBA NOTES: Eight players are on the bubble for making the exempt tour next year. Hayden is 49th, the points cut line. Brad Angelo is first with 226,485 points followed by Pete Weber with 205,915 and Williams with 202,615. ... Four of the five finalists at the Cambridge Credit Classic were left-handed, but only two of the next 39 were southpaws. ... PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby, who last appeared at the Geico Open in November, bowled in the Baby Ruth Real Deal Classic and is competing this week in his hometown of Indianapolis. He announced in October he would retire. He has appeared in 639 tour events in his 25-year career, cashing 375 times for $2.9-million. ... Duke has returned from an injured left quadriceps. ... The PBA donated about $100,000 worth of equipment and apparel to the United States Army.

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