February 26, 2005 19:00
Tommy Jones became the first player to win three title this season as he defeated Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 266-217, to win the 2005 PBA Cambridge Credit Classic Sunday at AMF Babylon Lanes.
Jones, who also won the 2004 Japan Cup and the 2004 PBA Denver Open, began the title match with eight straight strikes before leaving the 10 pin with his ninth shot. Jones picked up the spare and marked in the 10th for his third career title.
“I didn’t have the ball reaction today like I did on Friday night,” Jones, who averaged 281.75 and threw 43 of 47 strikes in the round of 8 on Friday night, said. “There are so many things to think about. I caught a couple breaks early. When you start striking on TV you get numb.”
Jones, Mauldin, S.C., advanced to the final by defeating last week’s 62nd U.S Open presented by Odor-Eaters champion Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 258-212, in the first semifinal. Jones had a 13 pin lead after the 5th frame when Barnes failed to convert a 6-7-10 split in the 6th. Jones went on to strike in five of his next six frames to advance to the title match.
Reyes defeated Patrick Girard, Jonquiere, Quebec, 237-202, in the second semifinal. While both players started the game with two strikes and a spare, Girard left a 4-6-7 split with the next shot giving Reyes a 13-pin lead after four. Girard went on to throw spares in frames 6 through 9, ultimately sending Reyes to the title match for the second time in his career.
Jones earns $40,000 for the win while Reyes takes home $20,000 for his 2nd place finish. Barnes and Girard won $10,000 for 3rd and 4th place.
The Tour will continue next week with the PBA Baby Ruth Real Deal Classic at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind. Qualifying will begin on March 2 with the finals televised live on ESPN Sunday, March 6 from 12:30 - 2 p.m. EST.
Pos. Name, hometown Total/Games Money
1. Tommy Jones, Mauldin, S.C. 524 (2 games) $40,000
2. Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif. 454 (2 games) $20,000
3. Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas 212 (1 game) $10,000
Patrick Girard, Jonquiere, Quebec 202 (1 game) $10,000
SCORES – In the semifinals, Jones def. Barnes def. 258-212, and Reyes def. Girard, 237-202; and in the finals, Jones defeated Reyes, 266-217.
This is Jones third PBA title this season and the third of his career. He is the first bowler this season to capture three titles.
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