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Postby hoog » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:04 pm

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Awesome matchup in last week's Go RVing Match Play Championship. 2 in a row for Barnes.


Barnes wins another PBA event

By Steve Thompson
March 23, 2009

Even as he watched Walter Ray Williams Jr. flirt with perfection in the opening game of the PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship on Sunday, Chris Barnes wasn’t worried.

The Topeka native had seen Williams warm up before ESPN turned on the television lights at the Norwich (Conn.) Bowling and Entertainment Center, and the winningest player in PBA history had struggled to find his shot on the right lane.

So when Williams, who was named the PBA’s second-best player of all-time (behind Earl Anthony) earlier this season, rolled nine strikes to start the unique, three-game title match, Barnes was more surprised than intimidated.

“He was really having trouble with that lane (in practice), and then he comes out and throws four strikes on it,” said Barnes, of Double Oak, Texas. “That’s one reason he is who he is. He finds a way.”

But just when it looked like the 49-year-old Williams might have at least a 60-pin lead after the first game, he left a 7-pin on his first ball in the 10th frame and missed the spare. Williams still won, 267-241, but Barnes trailed by only 26 pins instead of a whole lot more.

“That miss was a huge momentum swing,” Barnes said. “I knew (the ball reaction) was going to get better for me. I knew I could get back in the match.”

Indeed. Barnes, the reigning PBA Playaer of the Year, turned right around and opened game two with nine strikes before leaving the 4-10 split in the 10th. The result was a 266-192 win for Barnes, who capitalized on the 74-pin turnaround to defeat Williams, 722-693, despite losing the final game, 234-215.

It marked the first time Barnes, 39, won back-to-back events in his 11-year career — he won the Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator two weeks ago — and was his 12th title overall.

The victory, worth $25,000, also moved Barnes into third place in the P.O.Y. race with two events remaining. With 53 points, he trails Wes Malott (74) and Norm Duke ( 58 ).

“I guess I’m kind of in the hunt,” Barnes said. “If I could win the (season-ending) U.S. Open and Wes doesn’t make the (TV) show down the stretch, it could get a whole lot more interesting in a hurry.”

Barnes reached the championship game by winning four best-of-seven matches earlier in the week and defeating Mike Wolfe, 824-741, in a three-game semifinal Saturday night. Barnes opened that series with a perfect game.

Williams, who took home $13,000 for finishing second, ousted Chris Loschetter, 679-589, in the semifinals. Wolf and Loschetter each pocketed $6,000.

Topeka resident Rhino Page won his opening match Thursday against Joe Bailey before falling to Patrick Allen, 4-1, in the second round. Page earned $2,200.

The PBA Tour moves to West Babylon, N.Y., this week for the Penultimate Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic. The U.S. Open is the following week in North Brunswick, N.J.

http://www.cjonline.com/sports/2009-03- ... _pba_event
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Postby chad sexington » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:05 pm

I thought WRWJ would have smoked Barnes after that first match. He was locked in and then completely lost it in Game 2.
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Postby chad sexington » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:08 pm

Great website for buying equipment. I've ordered from them numerous times. Much cheaper than the pro shops (especially if you have a guy that will drill for a reasonable price)

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Postby hoog » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:09 pm

chad sexington wrote:I thought WRWJ would have smoked Barnes after that first match. He was locked in and then completely lost it in Game 2.


Yeah...looked like when he finally missed on his tenth ball, then missed the 7 pin, that's when it all went down hill. He came back in the 3rd game, just not enough.
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Postby chad sexington » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:11 pm

Exactly...odd to win 2 out of 3 matches and lose the tourney. Cool format though.
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Postby D-Day » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:39 pm

Good week this week......not like last week (not so good). Getting used to some new equipment and it feels like I'm getting back in the groove.

185, 228, 195

Avg. now stands at 180, right where I wanted to be at the end of the year. Four more weeks to go......
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Postby chad sexington » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:49 pm

Cool way to check your league sheets on line. Ask your League Secretary to give you your league ID#.

http://leaguesecretary.com/
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Postby hoog » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:37 am

Last week's PBA Championship final featuring Aussie 2-hander, Jason Belmonte:

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiSBqW71DEI

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C4Z99It ... re=related
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Postby D-Day » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:49 am

Wow....what a horrible night last night. Couldn't get find a line at all all night. Both my normal inside and outside lines weren't there and even if I took something off I still couldn't get a hook at the back end. Every (rare) good hit in the pocket seemed to leave an 8-10 split (i had four in the first two games). Left a lot of washouts, too.....Ugh!

122, 132, 170

Didn't have a strike until the first frame of the last game. Last frame third game pocket 7-10. I think I'm gonna take some acetone to my ball. It's been awhile since I cleaned it. These new high tech balls tend to soak up lane oil.

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Postby hoog » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:02 am

D-Day wrote:Wow....what a horrible night last night. Couldn't get find a line at all all night. Both my normal inside and outside lines weren't there and even if I took something off I still couldn't get a hook at the back end. Every (rare) good hit in the pocket seemed to leave an 8-10 split (i had four in the first two games). Left a lot of washouts, too.....Ugh!

122, 132, 170

Didn't have a strike until the first frame of the last game. Last frame third game pocket 7-10. I think I'm gonna take some acetone to my ball. It's been awhile since I cleaned it. These new high tech balls tend to soak up lane oil.

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I feel you bro...

147, 97, 186

Odd path to my 147...6 opens, turkey'd the 5th, 6th, and 7th and one more strike in the 9th.

My first spare came in the first frame of Game 2. Two spares in that game. No strikes. 8 opens!

I pulled it together in Game 3, though. I had been "round-housing" or yanking the ball and missing everything left. I over compensated in Game 3 and strung some together. Crazy!
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Postby D-Day » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:02 am

hoog wrote:Last week's PBA Championship final featuring Aussie 2-hander, Jason Belmonte:

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiSBqW71DEI

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C4Z99It ... re=related


Here's the amazing thing about Belmonte. He's throwing a freaking plastic ball! Can you imagine the revs he has to put on the ball to get it hook like that? Wow.
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Postby D-Day » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:23 am

hoog wrote:
D-Day wrote:Wow....what a horrible night last night. Couldn't get find a line at all all night. Both my normal inside and outside lines weren't there and even if I took something off I still couldn't get a hook at the back end. Every (rare) good hit in the pocket seemed to leave an 8-10 split (i had four in the first two games). Left a lot of washouts, too.....Ugh!

122, 132, 170

Didn't have a strike until the first frame of the last game. Last frame third game pocket 7-10. I think I'm gonna take some acetone to my ball. It's been awhile since I cleaned it. These new high tech balls tend to soak up lane oil.

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I feel you bro...

147, 97, 186

Odd path to my 147...6 opens, turkey'd the 5th, 6th, and 7th and one more strike in the 9th.

My first spare came in the first frame of Game 2. Two spares in that game. No strikes. 8 opens!

I pulled it together in Game 3, though. I had been "round-housing" or yanking the ball and missing everything left. I over compensated in Game 3 and strung some together. Crazy!


Amazing how stringing a few together can save a really bad game, isn't it. Nice work on that 186, too. What's the average up to?
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Postby hoog » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:28 am

D-Day wrote:
hoog wrote:
D-Day wrote:Wow....what a horrible night last night. Couldn't get find a line at all all night. Both my normal inside and outside lines weren't there and even if I took something off I still couldn't get a hook at the back end. Every (rare) good hit in the pocket seemed to leave an 8-10 split (i had four in the first two games). Left a lot of washouts, too.....Ugh!

122, 132, 170

Didn't have a strike until the first frame of the last game. Last frame third game pocket 7-10. I think I'm gonna take some acetone to my ball. It's been awhile since I cleaned it. These new high tech balls tend to soak up lane oil.

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I feel you bro...

147, 97, 186

Odd path to my 147...6 opens, turkey'd the 5th, 6th, and 7th and one more strike in the 9th.

My first spare came in the first frame of Game 2. Two spares in that game. No strikes. 8 opens!

I pulled it together in Game 3, though. I had been "round-housing" or yanking the ball and missing everything left. I over compensated in Game 3 and strung some together. Crazy!


Amazing how stringing a few together can save a really bad game, isn't it. Nice work on that 186, too. What's the average up to?


Still averaging 135. I similarly ruin series' all the time. So I end up around 430-450. Doesn't exactly help the avg. go up...
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Postby D-Day » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:40 am

hoog wrote:
D-Day wrote:
hoog wrote:
D-Day wrote:Wow....what a horrible night last night. Couldn't get find a line at all all night. Both my normal inside and outside lines weren't there and even if I took something off I still couldn't get a hook at the back end. Every (rare) good hit in the pocket seemed to leave an 8-10 split (i had four in the first two games). Left a lot of washouts, too.....Ugh!

122, 132, 170

Didn't have a strike until the first frame of the last game. Last frame third game pocket 7-10. I think I'm gonna take some acetone to my ball. It's been awhile since I cleaned it. These new high tech balls tend to soak up lane oil.

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I feel you bro...

147, 97, 186

Odd path to my 147...6 opens, turkey'd the 5th, 6th, and 7th and one more strike in the 9th.

My first spare came in the first frame of Game 2. Two spares in that game. No strikes. 8 opens!

I pulled it together in Game 3, though. I had been "round-housing" or yanking the ball and missing everything left. I over compensated in Game 3 and strung some together. Crazy!


Amazing how stringing a few together can save a really bad game, isn't it. Nice work on that 186, too. What's the average up to?


Still averaging 135. I similarly ruin series' all the time. So I end up around 430-450. Doesn't exactly help the avg. go up...


It will just keep at it....a lot is in the equipment, too. I'm up to 178, now. 25 of those are retiring my 20 year old AMF Gold Angle and getting a much better ball (Storm Atomic Force). I think I'm going to go the chad sexington route and get another (more reactive) ball to help me deal with nights like last night where I can't get a line. Right now if the lanes are oily I'm at the mercy of adjustments and I don't like tweaking my delivery or where I start. I tend to hit where I'm used to throwing anyways with bad results.

Yanking the ball left is usually from not having your shoulders straight on your release. I do it all the time, too.
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Postby chad sexington » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:58 pm

Yeah....you'll be amazed at the difference. I'd stopped bowling for close to 16 years and the new tech equipment added 10 pins to my previous average. Here is my suggestion for a good reactive ball. You can even have it drilled in 15 and have pretty much the same carry as with the 16.

http://www.bowlingball.com/Bowling-Ball-6053/roto-grip-cell.html
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