Friday, January 22, 2010

Barnes Leads TOC in Las Vegas

Averaging 225.3 and compiling a 13-3 record after two rounds of match play, 2007-08 Professional
Bowlers Association (PBA) Player
of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, vaulted into the
lead in the 45th
PBA Tournament of Champions Friday at Red Rock Lanes.

Barnes, the 2006 Tournament of Champions winner, has a 9,403 40-game overall total and holds a
30-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer and 1987 Tournament of
Champions winner Pete Weber who
is in second heading into this evening’s final
eight-game match play round.

Barnes started the tournament in 37th after the first eight-game qualifying round on Wednesday.

“One of my strengths is that I’m able to do a lot of different things to adjust,” said Barnes, who owns
12 career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
titles. “I just don’t always pick the right one. I’ve been
getting better at attacking the lanes here in the later rounds. I got
off to a slow start so I decided to
take a few risks and it has paid off.”

Trailing Barnes and Weber are Tony Reyes in third, followed by reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes
Malott in fourth and Rhino Page in fifth.

Kelly Kulick, the 2009 PBA Women’s World Championship winner and the only woman competing in
the tournament, is in sixth place. She is making a bid to become
the first woman to win a PBA Tour

event but will have to finish in the top four
after this evening’s match play round for a chance to
accomplish the feat.

The top four after tonight’s match play round advance to the stepladder finals on Sunday which
will be televised live by ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m.

Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nev.

Fifth Round (after 40 games, including match play and bonus pins)

1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 13-3, 9,403

2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 10-6, 9,373

3, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 9-7, 9,332

4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9-7, 9,308
5, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 7-9, 9,264

6, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 8-7-1, 9,235
7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 10-6, 9,201

8, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 10-6, 9,159
9, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 10-6, 9,112

10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 7-9, 9,062

11, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 6-10, 9,058
12, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 10-5-1, 9,035

13, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 9-7, 8,982

14, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8-8, 8,886

15, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 8-8, 8,843

16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 8-7-1, 8,810

17, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 6-10, 8,764

18, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 3-13, 8,761

19, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 10-6, 8,745

20, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-8-1, 8,732

21, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 9-7, 8,691
22, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-12, 8,614

23, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 5-11, 8,612

24, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-12, 8,538

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