Mike Scroggins

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Mike Scroggins
Born Mike Scroggins
(1964-03-12) March 12, 1964 (age 53)
Occupation Ten Pin Bowler
Years active 1989-present
Spouse(s) Melanie

Mike Scroggins (born March 12, 1964) is a left-handed professional ten-pin bowler and member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), having joined in 1989. He resides in Amarillo, Texas.[1] He has won eight PBA Tour titles in his career, including two majors. He won the USBC Masters in 2005 and the Lumber Liquidators 66th U.S. Open in 2009.[2] He has also won three titles on the PBA50 Tour. Scroggins has 42 career PBA 300 games, and stands at over $1.45 million in career PBA earnings following the 2016 season.[1] Scroggins was voted into the PBA Hall of Fame in December, 2016, and was inducted with the 2017 class on February 13.[3]

Career[edit]

PBA Tour[edit]

After bowling collegiately at West Texas State University, Scroggins joined the PBA tour in 1989. His first title was the 1992 Sacramento Open, in his television debut.[1] In his Hall of Fame induction speech, Scroggins spoke about fate intervening that season:

"I had just filled out an application for a job at the post office. I needed a real job to get on with my life, but the post office wasn't hiring for another month. So my father told me to go bowl another month. I didn't cash the first week, and the second week in Las Vegas I wasn't bowling well. I called my dad and told him I was going to quit and come home. He told me to not quit for the wrong reason, to go ahead and bowl the last two weeks. I was in Vegas so I decided to play black jack. I was dealt a black jack and I beat the dealer, who had 20. I thought 'this is fate,' so I went to the next PBA event and won, and the rest is history. I can thank one hand of black jack for my career."[4]

Scroggins then went 12 years without a title until he won in Belleville, Illinois in the 2003–04 season.[1] In the 2005-06 season he won his first career major, the 2005 USBC Masters.[5] He also set a PBA record in 2005–06 by rolling 79 straight games of 200 or higher over a two-tournament span, breaking the previous record of 61 games set by Walter Ray Williams Jr.[1]

In the 2007–08 season, he won multiple titles in one season for the first time in his career: in Fountain Valley, California and Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

In 2009, he won the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open, the second major of his career. As the #2 seed, he defeated Chris Barnes 200–199 in the semifinal. Barnes, who was aiming to win Player of the Year with the U.S. Open title, failed to win by leaving an 8-pin at the start of the 10th frame. Then, needing a strike to tie, he left the 10-pin, which gave Scroggins the win.[6] Scroggins moved on to play defending champion and top seed Norm Duke in the final. Duke, like Barnes, also had a chance to win Player of the Year with a U.S. Open title. But Scroggins defeated Duke to win his second career major. In winning the title he earned $100,000 in prize money and a three-year tour exemption.[6]

He had a chance to repeat as U.S. Open champion when he qualified as the #1 seed for the 2010 TV finals. But he lost in the final match to Bill O'Neill.[7] Scroggins would rebound the very next week, winning his 8th PBA title at the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator Championship.[8] He finished the 2009–10 season tied with Walter Ray Williams, Jr. and Bill O'Neill in PBA Player of the Year points, but the honor went to Williams in an overall competition points tie-breaker.[9]

PBA50 Tour[edit]

After nearly a year off from professional competition due to plantar fasciitis, Scroggins joined the PBA50 Tour (formerly PBA Senior Tour) in 2015. On April 21 of that year, he won the very first tournament he entered: the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl at The Villages, Florida.[10] Two weeks later, on May 5, Scroggins won his second PBA50 title, defeating Pete Weber in the final match to take the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open championship in Farmingdale, New York.[11] Scroggins won a third PBA50 title on August 12, 2015 at the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship in Fort Wayne, IN. Although Scroggins was the only player with three titles in the 2015 season, he was beaten out for PBA50 Player of the Year honors by Pete Weber, who led the tour in average, earnings and competition points. Scroggins, however, was an easy choice for the PBA50 Rookie of the Year award.[12]

Additional accomplishments[edit]

Scroggins has 40 PBA Regional titles and is a four-time PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year. He also currently holds the second-highest league average ever recorded in USBC history—256.8 in a 1999-2000 Amarillo, TX trio league. It was the highest league average until Jeff Carter established a new record the following season with a 261.7 average.[13] Scroggins also holds the USBC record for most sanctioned 800 series in a season (15).[1]

Personal[edit]

Scroggins lives in Amarillo, Texas with his wife Melanie. The couple has three children. He has a twin brother, Mark, who was the 1993 PBA Rookie of the Year and bowled briefly on the PBA Tour.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Profile at www.pba.com [1]
  2. ^ http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2009/04/mike_scroggins_wins_us_open_bo.html
  3. ^ Vint, Bill (December 9, 2016). "Bryan Goebel, Steve Hoskins, Mike Scroggins Elected to PBA Hall of Fame for Superior Performance". pba.com. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mark Gerberich, Three Former PBA Stars Inducted into PBA Hall of Fame". pba.com. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.bowl.com/articleView.aspx?i=11066&f=1
  6. ^ a b Scroggins Wins 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open for Second Career Major [2]
  7. ^ Vint, Bill. "Bill O'Neill Wins First Major Title in 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open." Article at www.pba.com on February 28, 2010.
  8. ^ Vint, Bill. "Scroggins Tops Home-Town Favorite Kretzer to Win Eighth Title in Don Johnson Eliminator." Article at www.pba.com on March 7, 2010.
  9. ^ Vint, Bill. "Weber Re-Writes PBA History with Marathon Open Victory, Hands Williams Player of the Year Title." Article at www.pba.com on April 4, 2010.
  10. ^ Schneider, Jerry (April 21, 2015). "Mike Scroggins Wins PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages In PBA50 Tour Debut". pba.com. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ Schneider, Jerry (May 5, 2015). "Mike Scroggins Wins PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open to Become Season’s First Multiple Winner". pba.com. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ Schneider, Jerry (August 12, 2015). "Scroggins Wins PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship for Third Title of the Season; Weber Earns PBA50 Player of the Year". pba.com. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ Records & Stats area at www.bowl.com