If recent history holds form, Mike Scroggins could very well be on track for his fourth career Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the 2006 Beltway Classic at AMF Country Club Lanes.
Scroggins, from Amarillo, Texas, who led the round of 64 with a 14-game pinfall of 3,495, only has to look at the last two standard PBA Tour events featuring single-elimination match play to see that the No. 1 seed entering match play has gone on to win the title.
"Being No. 1 out here definitely gives you a little edge because you know you beat everyone the day before," Scroggins said. "You would think you would bowl well the next day and have the advantage, but it doesn't mean a whole lot. Everything starts over and you just try to beat your opponent."
Scroggins held off a hard-charging Mike DeVaney of Temecula, Calif., for the top spot heading into today's round of 32. DeVaney rolled a 277 and a 269 in his final two games to finish with 3,472.
Chris Barnes of Flower Mound, Texas, finished seven pins behind DeVaney with a 3,465, and local favorites Danny Wiseman (Baltimore) and Tim Criss (Bel Air) finished 14th and 17th, respectively.
The top 32 bowlers return at 9 a.m. today for the round of 32. The round of 16 will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the round of 8 at 7 p.m.
The top four bowlers will advance to Sunday's live ESPN televised finals at 1 p.m. at AMF Country Club Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season PBA Tour exemption.
Round of 64 leaders
1. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas 3,495
2. Mike DeVaney, Temecula, Calif. 3,472
3. Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas 3,465
4. Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill. 3,426
5. David Traber, Hebron, Ill. 3,397
6. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 3,394
7. Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan 3,390
8. Wes Malott, Argyle, Texas 3,383
9. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. 3,360
10. Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind. 3,358
11. David Tessman, Lake Placid, Fla. 3,355
12. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. 3,339
13. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. 3,325
14. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 3,303
15. Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y. 3,299