Japan’s Sadamatsu Leads Japan Cup
TOKYO (AP) _ Yasuyuki Sadamatsu of Japan averaged 236 for eight matches and took the first-day lead Thursday in the Japan Cup tournament between pro bowlers from the Japanese and American tours.
Sadamatsu, a 10-time champion on the Japan Professional Bowlers Association tour, won six matches, gaining 180 bonus points to go with his total pinfall of 1,891.
His 2,071 total put him 53 pins ahead of defending champion Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., who averaged 229.75. He won also six of eight matches for 2,018 total _ with 1,838 plus a bonus of 180.
Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., tied for third with Jeff Lizzi of Sandusky, Ohio, at 1,980 pins.
Steelsmith went 5-3 and Lizzi went 5-2-1 in a match play.
Ryan Shafer of Elmira, N.Y., was fifth with 1,978, Ameleto Monacelli of Venezuela followed with 1,941, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., had 1,917, and Mike Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., had 1,917.
Sixteen leading pro bowlers each from the United States and Japan are competing in round-robin match play to narrow the field to six for the finals Sunday.