November 23, 2006 19:00
In the final two rounds that saw multiple lead changes, Chris Barnes came out on top with a 13-5 record and 8,310 32-game total pinfall to secure the top spot in Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals in the Discover® Card Windy City Classic at Hawthorn Lanes.
“I’ve been struggling with timing and all kinds of issues. I was pretty disgusted after last night,” said Barnes (Flower Mound, Texas). “I stayed around to practice for about an hour. I made a couple of changes and today I was able to throw the ball where I was looking.”
Barnes, who defeated Wes Malott, 269-246, in the positioning round, will await one of four potential bowlers in the five-man stepladder finals.
The finals will open up with the fifth and final bowler to qualify for Sunday’s finals, Jack Jurek, taking on No. 4 Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.). Jurek (Lackawanna, N.Y.), who was sixth entering the positioning round, defeated Tony Reyes, 245-236, to capture the last spot. Bohn enters the showdown having won three of his final five games.
Awaiting the outcome of the first match will be No. 3 Malott (Argyle, Texas), who entered the positioning round ranked second, but fell in his final two games to Bohn and Barnes, respectively.
Bowling in the semifinal match will be No. 2 Mike Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas). Scroggins was able to position himself in the second spot by winning seven of his nine games Friday night, including two wins over Bohn, one of which came in the positioning round, 257- 217.
The five bowlers advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at Noon CST at Hawthorn Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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