After averaging 256.5 for his first six qualifying games, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, started Monday night’s final qualifying round in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Wolf Open at FireLake Bowling Center with a 279 game and never looked back in earning the top berth for Saturday’s stepladder finals.
Barnes, a 17-time PBA Tour title-winner, completed the 12-game qualifying portion of the Wolf Open with an overall 249 average and 2,989 pins to win the top spot in the finals by 136 pins over Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas. In 12 games, Barnes had only one open frame – a split he failed to convert in the ninth frame of his final game.
Also advancing to the stepladder finals will be Sweden’s Martin Larsen in third place with 2,838 pins, Sean Rash of Montgomery, IL, in fourth with a 2,835 total and defending Wolf Open winner Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio. Loschetter rallied to make it into the 18-player second-round field by five pins and then finished the second round with back-to-back 257-258 games to win the fifth seed in the finals by four pins over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, SC.
The Wolf Open is the first of five events that comprise Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) will be televised by CBS Sports Network on consecutive Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. ET, beginning with the Wolf Open finals on June 3.
“I had a strong enough ball to control the gutter shot, and I took some of the patchy spots out of play,” Barnes said. “I didn’t have nearly as much difference in ball reaction from pair to pair as the other guys had.
“Last year (in Milwaukee) I made some mistakes and I didn’t use my equipment to my advantage,” he added. “This year I came into the Wolf Open more determined to stay in control of the pocket rather than worry about my pin carry, and it worked out.”
Barnes finished 17th in last year’s Wolf Open, the worst of his five 2013 Summer Swing events, and he won the Milwaukee Open – last year’s version of this year’s Oklahoma Open – with a 246-237 decision over Norm Duke in the title match.
Former major league pitching star John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, finished 91st in his first PBA Tour appearance since 2007. Burkett, 49, is preparing for his debut in PBA50 Tour competition in 2015.
Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing continues Tuesday with the PBA Bear Open on a demanding U.S. Open-type flat 40-foot lane condition.
PBA WOLF OPEN
FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., May 19
Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top five advance to stepladder finals Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at the Grand Event Center in Shawnee)
1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,989.
2, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,853.
3, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,838.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,835.
5, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,756.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,752, $2,000.
7, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,751, $1,800.
8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,732, $1,600.
9, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,726, $1,400.
10, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,703, $1,300.
11, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,659, $1,150.
11, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,659, $1,150.
13, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,638, $1,000.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 2,618, $900.
15, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,615, $800.
16, Roger Petrin, BelAire, Kan., 2,593, $700.
17, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,565, $600.
18, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 2,557, $500.
Failed to advance (after six games):
19, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,342.
20 (tie), Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,329.
22, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,328.
23, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,325.
24, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,321.
25, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,314.
26, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,312.
27 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.; Bryant Ezell, Fayetteville, Ark., and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,310.
30, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,309.
31, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,307.
32 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,302.
34 (tie), Shawn Maldonado, Houston, and Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,300.
36, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,298.
37, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,296.
38 (tie), Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,294.
40, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,293.
41, Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,292.
42, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,290.
43 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,286.
45, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,283.
46 (tie), Brett Cooper, Denver; Dick Allen, Columbia, SC, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,282.
49, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 1,281.
50, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,278.
51 (tie), D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Venezuela, 1,272.
53, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,267.
54 (tie), James Cantere, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,265.
56, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,264.
57 (tie), Tim Mack, Indianapolis, and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,259.
59, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,250.
60, Stuart Williams, England, 1,248.
61, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,246.
62, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,241.
63, Barry McKee, Maxwell, Texas, 1,239.
64, Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, 1,237.
65, John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,235.
66, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,233.
67, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,230.
68 (tie), Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla.; Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Michael Austin, Magnolia, Texas, 1,229.
71, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,223.
72, Anthony Simonsen, Mesquite, Texas, 1,220.
73, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,219.
74, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,216.
75 (tie), Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio; Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., and Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,213.
78, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,208.
79, Kyle Biggs, Sapulpa, Okla., 1,201.
80, Chris Skillings, Shawnee, Okla., 1,199.
81 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,198.
83, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,194.
84, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,193.
85, Thomas Patterson, Owasso, Okla., 1,192.
86, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,188.
87, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,186.
88, Eric Odette, Killeen, Texas, 1,182.
89, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,180.
90, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,176.
91, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,174.
92, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,167.
93, Dale Renken, St. Jacob, Ill., 1,166.
94, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,161.
95, Jason Romeiser, Quanah, Texas, 1,159.
96, Kenneth Bland Jr., Lorton, Va., 1,157.
97, Brian Nicodemus, Akron, Ind., 1,156.
98 (tie), Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,151.
100, Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 1,149.
101, Clint Land, Richmond, Texas, 1,142.
102 (tie), Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, and Mark Morgan, Killeen, Texas, 1,141.
104 (tie), Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., and Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 1,132.
106, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,131.
107, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,121.
108, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,118.
109, Tim Dooley, Van Buren, Ark., 1,098.
110, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,097.
111, Hernan Ramirez, Venezuela, 1,095.
112, Justin Morris, McLoud, Okla., 1,048.
113, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 1,038.
114, Will Hoge, Sand Springs, Okla., 954.
115, Jayden Warner, Muskogee, Okla., 850.
300 Games: Mike Austin, Ryan Shafer, Bill O’Neill, Sean Lavery-Spahr.