Chris Barnes has had a lot of heartbreak and disappointment on television throughout his career, but all that seems to go away when he bowls in front of his home crowd.
Barnes won his eighth career Denny’s PBA Tour title Sunday – and his second in the Dallas Metroplex – defeating John May, 235-216, to win the 2007 GEICO Classic at AMF Irving Lanes.
The nine-year veteran came into the day just 7-15 in title matches, but improved to 2-0 in the Metroplex after winning the 2003 Days Inn Open. He has also won back-to-back Motel 6 Roll to Riches crowns, a special event which has been held in the Dallas area the last two seasons and awards a winner-take-all $200,000 top prize.
“Its euphoric any time you win. Finishing second as many times as I have, any time you do win it makes you appreciate it that much more,” Barnes said. “Every title is sweet but there’s no better environment than winning in front on your family and friends.”
The Double Oak, Texas, resident controlled the match from the beginning, striking with his first three shots. After a nine-spare in the 4th, Barnes put together another turkey while May could not keep up. A spare in the 10th frame gave Barnes at least one title in six consecutive seasons.
Barnes advanced to the title match with a 229-192 win over 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year Bill O’Neill. O’Neill struck just three times in the match, while an early turkey in frames 2-4 helped Barnes take a lead he never relinquished.
In the second semifinals, May defeated Mike DeVaney, 193-188. May, making his first TV appearance since 2001, had a turkey in frames 3-5 to take the early lead, but DeVaney stayed close until a five-count and an open in the 9th frame. A strike and nine-spare in the 10th by DeVaney meant May only needed count in the 10th frame.
Barnes earned $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 season for the win, while May (Iron Station, N.C.) took home $13,000 for second. O’Neill (Levittown, Pa.) earned $6,500 for third and DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) earned $5,500 for fourth.
Next week the Denny’s PBA Tour heads to Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2007 Go RVing Classic, Feb. 14-18 at Thunderbowl. The nationally televised ESPN finals take place Sunday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m. CST. Denny’s PBA Tour
2007 GEICO Classic
AMF Irving Lanes
Sunday, Feb. 11
|1.||Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas||464 (2 games)||$25,000|
|2.||John May, Iron Station, N.C.||409 (2 games)||$13,000|
|3.||Bill O’Neill, Levittown, Pa.||192 (1 game)||$6,500|
|4.||Mike DeVaney, Temecula, Calif.||188 (1 game)||$5,500|
SCORES – In the first match, Barnes def. O’Neill, 229-192; in the second match, May def. DeVaney, 193-188; and in the final, Barnes def. May, 235-216.
This is Barnes’ eighth career Denny’s PBA Tour title.