Barnes Set for Title Defense as Butturff Eyes History in Lubbock

by Jerry Schneider, Professional Bowlers Association 0

Chris Barnes, a 2018 PBA Hall of Fame inductee who also will join the USBC Hall of Fame on May 1, won his 19th PBA Tour title in Lubbock last year.

LUBBOCK, Texas (Jan. 17, 2019) – PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Chris Barnes will lead a world-class field of established and rising PBA stars from around the globe who will return to South Plains Lanes for the 2019 PBA Lubbock Sports Open.

This year, the Lubbock Sports Open will be in the national sports spotlight when FS1 televises the stepladder finals of the fourth stop of the 2019 GoBowling! PBA Tour season live at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) on Sunday, Jan. 27.

One of the PBA’s young stars competing in Lubbock will be last week’s PBA Oklahoma Open winner and last season’s Lubbock Sports Open runner-up Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., who will be trying to break a record he currently shares with PBA greats Walter Ray Williams Jr., Earl Anthony and Johnny Petraglia.

If Butturff can qualify first for the stepladder finals in Lubbock, he would become the first player to be the No. 1 seed in four consecutive singles PBA Tour tournaments.

Butturff finally broke through to win from the No. 1 stepladder finals qualifying spot in last Sunday’s Oklahoma Open on FS1 for his fifth career tour title after losing the title match in two previous tournaments. He lost the season-ending 2018 U.S. Open as No. 1 qualifier to winner Dom Barrett of England and the 2019 season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic to winner Bill O’Neill before beating Jesper Svensson from the top spot in the Oklahoma Open.

Barnes, a 2018 PBA Hall of Fame inductee who also will join the USBC Hall of Fame on May 1, won his 19th PBA singles title in Lubbock last year, striking out in the 10th frame to defeat top qualifier Butturff, 207-206. Lubbock was also the site of Butturff’s first PBA Tour title victory in 2016.

The Lubbock Sports Open will also feature a mixed (or dual) lane condition which will add to the challenge for the 96-player field.

The tournament officially gets underway at 8 a.m. Wednesday with the first of two seven-game qualifying squads on the PBA’s 32-foot Wolf oiling pattern. The other half of the field will bowl its first qualifying round at 1:30 p.m. The two squads reverse order for a second seven-game qualifying round on the 42-foot Scorpion lane condition Thursday, after which the top 25 percent of the field advance to a seven-game cashers round Friday at 8 a.m. on mixed lane conditions – the Scorpion on the left lane and the Wolf on the right. The top 16 players after 21 games will bowl two eight-game match play rounds at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. The top five after 37 games will compete in the stepladder finals live on FS1 Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT). The stepladder finals will also feature the Scorpion pattern on the left lane and Wolf pattern on the right lane.

Fans can also catch all the action through PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For schedule and subscription information visit FloBowling.com.

In addition to the PBA competition, Lubbock area grassroots bowlers will have an opportunity to bowl with the PBA stars in a pro-am on Saturday at 2 and 5:30 p.m.  For pro-am information, call South Plaines Lanes at (806) 794-4844.

PBA XTRA FRAME LUBBOCK SPORTS OPEN

South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas, Jan. 22-27 (all times CT)


Tuesday, Jan. 22

9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Practice sessions

Wednesday, Jan. 23

8 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games (Wolf 32 oil pattern)

1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games (Wolf 32 oil pattern)

Thursday, Jan. 24

8 a.m. - B Squad, 7 qualifying games (Scorpion 42 oil pattern)

1:30 p.m. – A Squad, 7 qualifying games (Scorpion 42 oil pattern)
            Top 25% of field after 14 games advances to cashers round

Friday, Jan. 25

8 a.m. – Cashers round, 7 games (Scorpion 42 on left lane, Wolf 32 on right lane)

            Top 16 after 21 games advance to round robin match play

1:30 p.m. – Top 16, match play round one, 8 games (Scorpion 42 on left lane, Wolf 32 on right lane)

Saturday, Jan. 26

8 a.m. – Top 16, match play round two, 8 games (Scorpion 42 on left lane, Wolf 32 on right lane)

            Top five after 37 games advance to stepladder finals

2 & 5:30 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Sunday, Jan. 27

2 p.m.  – Top five stepladder finals, live on FS1 (Scorpion 42 on left lane, Wolf 32 on right lane)

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