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Bowling News USA - July 16, 2014 11th Frame: Scroggins Brothers Aiming to Form 10-lefty Group for 2015 USBC Open Championships

(Mark Scroggins and Mike Scroggins)

I have long told left-handers who ask me that they should do the same thing as right-handers and form a 10-player group that will work together at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

Two of the very best lefties in the country — brothers Mark and Mike Scroggins —- are aiming to do exactly that, according to a post Tuesday by Mark in the Southwest Bowlers group on Facebook.

“Now that my brother is finally eligible to bowl USBC's (in 2015) we are putting together 2 teams with all lefties. Mike will be captain for one team and I will be captain for the other team. We are bowling on June 21st and 22nd (Sunday, Monday). So if you are left handed and interested in joining our teams in El Paso please let me know by PM. Open invitation to all LEFTIES we have 8 spots left. Brackets will be corped between the teams so no worries about beating each other up in brackets.”

This is exactly what I’ve been advising lefties to do.

If you are a lefty and interested, send Mark a Facebook message.

I would say the team event of the Scroggins’ teams is a mandatory webcast by USBC next year. This is one group the bowling world will be keenly interested in following.

If nothing else, the experiment will provide fodder for many jokes along the lines of the group being puzzled by having to adjust off the big dot and second triangle. (We kid because we care.)

Think the Linds Lakers would let Matt McNiel be a free agent for a year?

Mike Scroggins • Storm Regional Staff Member

Career PBA 300 Games: 42 

Personal: Resides in Amarillo with wife Melanie and children Ross, Will and Maggie…Enjoys playing golf, watching his boys play baseball and spending time with his family…Held the USBC record for most 800 series in a year with 15…Twin brother Mark was exempt in 2007-08 and was the 1993 PBA Rookie of the Year. 

2012-13: Best finish of fourth in Mark Roth Classic. 

Career: Owns eight PBA Tour titles including two majors…2009-10 marked fourth season he has earned at least $100,000…In 2009-10 won two titles (Pepsi Red, White and Blue Championship and Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator)and five television appearances which included second places in Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open and Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open, and fourth in USBC Masters…2009-10 marked the second season in last three that he has won two titles...Won his first title in the 1992 Sacramento Open, his first career telecast…Did not win his second title until 2003-04; the 12-year span between titles ranks as the third-longest stretch of all time…Had his finest season in 2007-08, winning two titles for the first time and tying his career-high with six championship round appearances…Won his first major title in the 2005 USBC Masters and went on to earn a career-high $205,270 that season…Set a Tour record when he bowled 79 consecutive games of 200 or better over two events in 2005-06 (Council Bluffs, Iowa and Milwaukee, Wis.), breaking Walter Ray Williams Jr.'s record of 61…Four-time PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year…Owns 39 PBA regional titles. 

Career Standard Titles (6): 1992 - Sacramento, Calif.; 2003-04 - Belleville, Ill.; 2007-08 – Fountain Valley, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; 2009-10 – Wichita, Kan.; Columbus, Ohio. 

Career Major Titles (2): 2005 USBC Masters, Milwaukee, Wis.; 2009 U.S. Open, N. Brunswick, N.J. 

Story Courtesy of JEFF RICHGELS •

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