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International Field Set for 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational


The field of 16 international players for
the 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational has been confirmed, based on qualifying during the PBA Fall Swing in Allen Park, Mich., and other criteria.

Earning berths based on their performances in the Fall Swing were Sean Rash, Jason Belmonte, E.J. Tackett, Tom Daugherty, Wes Malott, Jesper Svensson, Josh Blanchard, Rhino Page and Kristopher Prather. Jason Sterner, as first alternate, will travel to Japan in place of qualifier Francois Lavoie, who will be unable to participate. Likewise, Danielle McEwan will replace top women’s qualifier Rocio Restrepo, who has a scheduling conflict.

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli will return as defending champion. DHC, as
titled sponsor, has selected Dom Barrett, Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes as its special invitees. Six-time Korea PBA titlist Choi Won Young will represent Korea. If any of the male players above can’t make the trip, John Szczerbinski is now first alternate.

The 2017 special event in Japan also will include a field of 16 top Japanese players in a 32-player, round-robin tournament scheduled for January 11-14. The tournament will be held in Osaka – four hours south of Tokyo – at Bentencho Grandbowl. The winner will earn a projected $40,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title (if he/she is a member).

Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine.