Reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes to Defend Title in Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator

by PBA Editor March 3, 2009 19:00
Defending champion and reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, will take on a field of the world’s best bowlers and a unique tournament format when the Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator gets underway at Sequoia Pro Bowl March 5-8.
 
In 2008, Barnes defeated Ken Simard of Simpsonville, S.C., 209-197, to win the Buckeye State Classic for his 10th career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title.
 
In addition to Barnes, the tournament will feature a star-studded field including a number of competitors recently named to the list of the 50 greatest players in PBA history as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration. Among the top 50 players who will compete are all-time PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (45 wins), Parker Bohn III, Norm Duke, Barnes, Pete Weber and 2009 H&R Block Tournament of Champions winner Patrick Allen.
 
The 2009 Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator will incorporate a new format with the 64-player field bowling two seven-game blocks on March 5 after which the field will be cut to 33 who will advance to two additional rounds on March 6. After the Round of 33 the field will be cut to 16 who will compete in Eliminator Rounds on March 7.
 
For the Eliminator Rounds, bowlers will be grouped in foursomes based on 28-game pinfall. Each elimination round will consist of two games with the lowest two-game pinfall in each group eliminated from the tournament. For the ESPN finals, which will take place March 8 at 1 p.m. Eastern, four players will bowl one game on the same pair with the low scorer eliminated and so on until the final two survivors bowl for the title.
 
In addition to a new and demanding format, the bowlers will have to navigate through the PBA Tour’s demanding Viper and Scorpion lane conditions. In the Eliminator Rounds, bowlers will bowl on Viper on the right lane and the Scorpion on the left lane, putting a premium on making lane and ball adjustments.
           
The Buckeye State event is named in honor of the late PBA Hall of Famer Don Johnson who won 26 PBA Tour titles (seventh all-time), and was ranked eighth on PBA’s list of the 50greatest players.
 
 
DON JOHNSON BUCKEYE STATE ELIMINATOR SCHEDULE
Sequoia Pro Bowl
Columbus, Ohio
 
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009
12 p.m. - A Squad Tour Qualifying Round (4 Games)
3 p.m. - B Squad Tour Qualifying Round (4 Games)

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009
9 a.m. - B Squad Tour Qualifying Round (4 Games)
12 p.m. - A Squad Tour Qualifying Round (4 Games)
4:30 and 7:30 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009
10 a.m. - Exempt Practice Session
1, 4 and 7 p.m. – Pro-Am Squads

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009
9 a.m. - Round of 64 (7 Games)
5 p.m. - Round of 64 (7 Games)
Top 33 players advance

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009
9 a.m. - Round of 33 Round 1 (7 Games)
5 p.m. - Round of 33 Round 2 (7 Games)
Top 16 players advance

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2009
12 p.m. - Eliminator Round of 16 (2 Games)
1:30 p.m. - Eliminator Round of 12 (2 Games)
2:30 p.m. - Eliminator Round of 8 (2 Games)
Remaining four bowlers advance to ESPN finals

5 p.m. - Special Pro-Am Event (Limited Squad)
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2009
Live ESPN television finals from Sequoia Pro Bowl, 1 p.m. Eastern
 

NOTE: For the Eliminator Rounds, bowlers will be grouped in fours based on 21-game pinfall (#1, #8, #9, and #16, etc.). Each Eliminator Round will consist of two games, with the lowest two-game pinfall total in each group eliminated from the tournament.

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