SHAWNEE, Okla. – England’s Dom Barrett faltered in the final two games, but had a big enough lead to retain the top spot among the early second round leaders in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center Wednesday.
Barrett, a four-time PBA Tour champion, rolled games of 266, 214, 224, 159, 279, 243, 194 and 185 Wednesday for a 16-game total of 3,633 pins and a 17-pin lead over 2012 Tournament of Champions winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. Third place among A Squad players who completed the round was D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, at 3,595 followed by Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., at 3,594 and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, at 3,579.
After A Squad completes its eight-game round Wednesday evening, the top 27 players based on 16-game totals will advance to Thursday’s cashers round.
“(The second round) gave me a lot of think about for tomorrow,” Barrett said. “I’m not too happy with that. My good games were good, but my bad games gave me a lot to learn from. You get on the wrong pair at the wrong time, and it happens. But you have to eliminate the thought pattern of leading the tournament and just worry about bowling the game you’re bowling.”
Among the players in good position to advance to Thursday’s cashers round was reigning Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who also is the first woman ever to advance to the PBA national telecast and the only woman ever to accomplish that feat twice.
“I never really put a PBA Tour title on my bucket list, but it would be nice,” Johnson said. “The thing I realized this week is that I bowled my first women’s pro tournament 20 years ago this week, and to think I’m still out here doing what I’m doing is pretty amazing to me.”
Johnson is one of four women in the TOC field. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who won the 2010 Tournament of Champions to become the only woman ever to win a PBA Tour title, was in contention to advance through four games Wednesday, but faltered down the stretch. With A squad yet to take the lanes, Kulick was in 15th place and considered a long-shot to remain among the 27 players advancing to the cashers round.
At the conclusion of Thursday’s cashers round, the top 24 based on 24-game pinfall totals will advance to three eight-game rounds of head-to-head match play to determine the top five for Sunday’s live ESPN finals at 2 p.m. ET. PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service will cover the cashers round and all three match play rounds live. Rounds start at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Thursday and Friday.
FIRELAKE PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday
Early Second Round Standings (top 30 after 16 games, B squad only)
1, Dom Barrett, England, 3,633.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,606.
3, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,595.
4, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,594.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,579.
6, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,569.
7, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,567.
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,560.
9, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,525.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,522.
11, f-Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,497.
12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,495.
13, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,483.
14, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,468.
16, f-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,462.
17, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,458.
18, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,454.
19, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,447.
20, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,435.
21, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,433.
22, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,431.
23, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,427.
24, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,405.
25, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 3,379.
26, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,359.
27, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 3,341.
28, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,325.
29, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,296.
30, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,276.