Eighteen-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes, 45, of Double Oak, Texas, has withdrawn from the South Point PBA Fall Classic and will undergo back surgery next week in Dallas to repair a herniated disc.
“Nothing specific happened,” Barnes said, noting an extensive schedule of competition in Korea, PBA Southwest Regional competition and with Team USA in recent weeks aggravated the condition.
“The last time I got off the plane, it hurt all the way down to my shoes,” Barnes said. “The pain part is manageable, but I just don’t have any strength in my right leg, so it’s time to get it fixed.”
Barnes said the “discectomy” involves trimming a portion of the disk that’s leaning on the nerve to alleviate the pain.
“It’s the same thing (Dallas Cowboys quarterback) Tony Romo had done and it’ll be done by the same doctor, Barnes noted. “Recovery time is a guess at this point, but I’d think the (GEICO PBA) World Series (of Bowling VII) is very much a long shot at this point.”
Barnes was scheduled to bowl in the PBA Fall Classic PBA Team Challenge with the 4 POY & A Nice Run team along with fellow past/current PBA Players of the Year Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones and Wes Malott and frequent POY contender Bill O’Neill. Barnes also was paired with Jones for the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. His replacement for both events has not yet been announced.
PBA ANNOUNCES CHRIS PAUL FAMILY FOUNDATION CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL DATE
The PBA has announced the seventh Chris Paul Family Foundation PBA Celebrity Invitational will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7, at a site to be determined in Los Angeles. The annual fundraiser to benefit the NBA superstar’s foundation will be televised on ESPN on a delayed basis on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ET.
In addition to the four major championships recently announced, the PBA has confirmed the dates for several additional tournaments that will be covered exclusively by Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel. For the most current 2016 PBA Tour schedule, check under the “schedule” tab on pba.com:
PBA, PWBA-PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL CHALLENGE QUALIFYING FIELDS SET…ALMOST
Seven domestic PBA Regional competition points leaders, and six of seven PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional points leaders, have been decided for the PBA Challenge qualifying events that will be conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Reno in December. Each of the points leaders also receives a paid entry to compete in the World Series itself.
While qualifying in the regional program ended on Sept. 30, the PWBA-PBA Women’s East Region points race received a one-week extension because of an earlier date conflict with the PWBA Tour schedule. Therefore, the Maple City Dodge PWBA East Open presented by 900 Global in Hornell, N.Y., this weekend will decide the East Region’s women’s champion. Heading into the event, six women are mathematically in the running: points leader Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., and challengers Kerry Smith of Lititz, Pa.; Stephanie Casey of Yonkers, N.Y.; Colombian native Rocio Restropo of Louisville, Ky.; Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., and Liz Kuhlkin of Rotterdam, N.Y. While she’s still in the race in the East, Restropo has already won her spot in Reno as the PBA Central Region’s women’s points leader.
The other PBA Regional players who have punched their tickets to WSOB VII and the PBA Challenge qualifying events are as follows:
● East Region – Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; women’s winner to be determined.
● South Region – Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla.
● Central Region – Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio; Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ky.
● Midwest Region – Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn.; Inngellimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn.
● Southwest Region – Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas; Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas.
● West Region – Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz.; Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif.
● Northwest Region – Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif.; April Lord Wittig, Steilacoom, Wash.
● Japan Region – to be announced.
Also earning berths in the World Series as the PBA50 Tour’s 2015 points leaders are Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.; Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas; Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.; Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.; Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela; Brian LeClair, Fulton, N.Y.; Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.
The PBA Regional and PBA50 qualifiers will bowl an eight-game, round-robin match play event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno on Monday, Dec. 7. To avoid a conflict with the World Bowling Women’s World Championships Dec. 5-14 in UAE, the PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional match play qualifier will be held on Friday, Dec. 18. In all three events, the top two players after eight games will advance to the PBA Challenge Finals which will be contested on Saturday, Dec. 19, for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. ET.
The PBA Challenge Finals telecast also will include the Teen Masters Grand Championship match between 2015 boys’ and girls’ division winners Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, N.Y., and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Ill.
NEXT UP ON XTRA FRAME: KOKOMO CLASSIC, IOWA MIDWEST OPEN
PBA action returns to Xtra Frame on Sunday when the Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings Bank will be covered live from Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind. The following weekend, Xtra Frame will cover the PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open from Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Oct. 10-11, where a projected $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake.
The Iowa Midwest Open is the final Xtra Frame event leading into the PBA Fall Classic which begins Oct. 19 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. During the Fall Classic, Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play rounds Oct. 19-20, start-to-finish coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, Oct. 21-22, and the new PBA Team Challenge, Oct. 24-25.
Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day (72-hour) basis for only $3.99. Fans can lock in the entire October package with a full month Xtra Frame subscription for only $7.99. But PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
PBA MODERN CLASSICS LIBRARY ON YOUTUBE
Now available in the PBA Modern Classics collection is the 2001 Great Lakes Classic finals from Grand Rapids, Mich., where Pete Weber bowled a 299 game on his way to the title…and unveiled his signature “crotch chop” on national television.
You’ll find the complete collection of classic PBA Tour telecasts in the PBA Modern Classics Library on YouTube, with new telecasts being added on a regular basis: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwuUW8zaol88yWoNbytvj286cU8TajCgg.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BAILEY, JOHNSON WIN IN TOMBALL AS MALDONADO’S STREAK ENDS
Mike Bailey from Allen, Texas, successfully defended his PBA Tomball (Texas) Southwest Open title, winning his fourth PBA Southwest Regional title Sunday after Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, topped the PWBA/PBA Tomball Southwest Women’s Open field on Saturday.
The Open tournament also saw Shawn Maldonado’s four consecutive tournament win streak come to an end as the Houston two-handed player finished fifth.
Bailey, who finished the 21-game tournament with a 7-1 match play record and 5,240 total pins, started the final position round match with a 55-pin lead over amateur Eric Traylor of Friendswood, Texas, and his 243-216 win over Traylor clinched his $2,500 first place check. Also in position round, Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas, defeated Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, 220-188, to move into second for a $1,600 prize.
On Saturday, Johnson, fresh off her Rookie of the Year season on the revived PWBA Tour, finished the eight-game women’s event with games of 250 and 257 to top amateur Karen Marcano of Venezuela, 1,758-1,711. Johnson won $1,500 while Marcano cashed for $1,000.
● PBA rookie A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn. 238-235, to win the Monte Skeels Allstate Midwest Region Open at Liberty Lanes Saturday for his first PBA title. On Sunday, Inngellimar Beasley, Mitch’s wife, won the PWBA Liberty Lanes Midwest Open in Carpentersville, Ill., for her first PWBA title.
By virtue of his title, Johnson, who also earned $2,300, became eligible to enter the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions which will be held in Shawnee, Okla. The former McKendree University star defeated Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., 246-212, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after defeating Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 275-203, in the first stepladder finals match.
Inngellimar Beasley, who missed Saturday’s Open stepladder finals by finishing 29 pins behind Johnson, finished Sunday’s women’s event with 2,874 pins, cruising to a 345-pin victory over Samantha Kelly of Waukesha, Wis.
● Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., by 234 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, Sunday. Profitt finished the 20-game pinfall event with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 5,065 pins, including match play bonus pins, to earn his second overall PBA Regional title and the $1,500 first prize.
● Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and amateur partner Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., won six of their eight matches and finished with a 16-game total of 7,473 pins to win the $4,000 first prize in the PBA South Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Motiv at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday. Daugherty and Roberts defeated fellow Floridians and defending champions Mike Moore of Oviedo and Shawn Naumann of Orlando by 112 pins to claim the title.
● Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix posted a 9-1 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,222 pins Sunday to win his 21st PBA Regional title in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif. Haugen, who earned $2,500, defeated David Haynes of Las Vegas by 213 pins for the title.
● October’s PBA Regional calendar begins this weekend with the PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II, two one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; the Maple City Dodge PBA and PWBA East Opens presented by 900 Global in Hornell, N.Y.; the Sunday-only Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., and the DHC Japan Chameleon Open from Soundbowl Ushiku in Ibaraki, Japan.
● The Oct. 9-11 PBA Regional schedule includes the Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open from Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa (which will be covered live on Xtra Frame and will award a PBA Tour title); the PBA/PBA50 Ken Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles presented by 900 Global at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif., and the Sunday-only Greater Muskegon Men’s USBC/Northway Lanes Central Open from Muskegon, Mich.
● The Oct. 16-18 PBA Regional calendar includes the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open from AMF Woodlawn Bowl in Baltimore; the PBA50 Park Centre Lanes Senior/Super Senior Doubles Central Open presented by Columbia 300 from North Canton, Ohio; the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge presented by DV8, and the Sands Regency West/Northwest Open presented by Radical from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.
● Oct. 19 marks the beginning of the South Point Bowling Plaza PBA Fall Classic which will include the Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, Oct. 20-22; the South Point West Challenge presented by Track, Oct. 23, and the PBA50 South Point West Open presented by Track on Oct. 26.
● The Oct. 23-25 weekend includes the PBA50 Tomball Southwest Open from Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas, and the one-day PBA Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. Two Teen Masters qualifying events also are scheduled over the Oct. 24-25 weekend: the Erie Open Teen Masters event, presented by the Erie Sports Commission, at Rolling Meadows Lanes, and the Frisco Open presented by the Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau at Strikz in Frisco, Texas.
● October’s regional activity closes with the PBA50 WGB Accounting Craig Pezzano Memorial presented by The Insurance Market at Bryan’s Bowling Center in Laurel, Del.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., over the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 weekend.
For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.
● The September winner of the HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes, including a $200 gift certificate for future lodging, is Tracey Gainey of St. Marcos, Texas. Gainey was automatically entered in the monthly sweepstakes after booking a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com.