Adam Barta has achieved his goal of setting a new Guinness World Record for highest pinfall in an hour by an individual. Barta's 2708 total blasted by 576 pins the previous record, set by George Frilingos at Chemside Hyperbowl in Queensland, Australia, when he posted a 2132 pinfall in an hour in November 2014.
Barta set the record at The Game in Wickliffe, Ohio, during The National Bowling Association's Reed-Hawthorne Memorial Classic this past weekend. Be sure to check out the upcoming March issue of Bowlers Journal, which features an interview with Barta in which he discusses the preparation required to attempt this feat, why Frilingos's record was so extraordinary, and how Barta's attempt to eclipse it became associated with a very personal and emotional fundraising effort on behalf of families affected by cancer.
Barta estimates the event, seen live on MichiganBowler.tv with Craig Elliott, raised approximately $3,000 for the BartaNational Families Foundation.
A release on the event from MichiganBowler.tv stated that "Both Adam and Craig's Families have been directly affected by what cancer can do to family members and are very gracious to all the bowling fans that donated to the cause during the event, and also the companies that offered great product to help raise money."
Those companies included Turbo, Hammer, Axis Sportswear, and National Amateur Bowler Rankings.
Donations are still being accepted here: http://www.michiganbowler.tv/barta-nation-families-foundation.html
Additionally, the event itself can be watched on MichiganBowler.tv's archive here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3757723/events/3779040
Adam Barta will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for “Highest Pinfall in Tenpin Bowling in 1 Hour by an Individual” during The National Bowling Association's Reed-Hawthorne Memorial Classic Tournament at The Game in Wickliffe, Ohio, Feb. 13-15. The current record of 2132 was set by George Frilingos at Chemside Hyperbowl in Queensland, Australia, in November 2014.
The world record attempt will be streamed live by MichiganBowler.tv in its entirety.
Barta, a 15-year staff member with Hammer, has career highlights that include: 183 300 games and 143 800 series, with a high of 878. He was the USBC National High Average Award winner for 2013-14 with an average of 253 for 87 games. Barta also is two-time TNBA Reed-Hawthorne Memorial National Champion (2011 and 2012), and he was a member of the 2005 TNBA National Championship team. He has won 23 Pittsburgh Bowlers Tour titles, three World Team Challenge championships, and the 2014 Hoinke Classic Team title. More recently, he won the 2014 Toreno De La Raza All-Events championship in Costa Rica.
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