Lynda and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, husband-and-wife teammates, doubles partners and occasional opponents since 1997, averaged a combined 214.6 over eight games to take the qualifying lead in the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament Saturday at Palace Lanes.
Lynda Barnes, a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, and husband Chris, an 18-time Professional Bowlers Association champion, finished qualifying with 3,434 pins to take a one-pin lead over Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, and Dino Castillo of Highland Village, Texas, into Sunday’s four-game cashers’ round.
Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, and Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth were in third place with 3,417 pins followed by recent Robert Morris University-Illinois graduates and dating couple Jackie Carbonetto of Blauvelt, N.Y., and Matt Gasn of Laurel, Md., who were fourth with 3,415 pins.
Lynda Barnes, who gave the couple the lead with a 279 final game Saturday, said she and Chris have bowled together before with mixed results, “but we keep trying. We seem to get calmer every year. It’s a challenge to bowl with your husband, but I’d really rather not bowl with anyone else.”
Chris Barnes, who won the 2001 tournament with partner Amy Dillon, admitted he and Lynda have bowled as Team USA teammates beginning in 1997, as doubles partners and once in a while, against each other, but enjoying the success as partners is the best option.
“As you spend more time together, you figure out how to communicate and play together at the best level, which is the long way of saying I don’t talk anymore,” Chris grinned. “Today she had the better ball reaction and after watching some of the other guys at the time in the tournament when the guys start moving to play an inside angle, I was watching Lynda and she had a four-bagger (playing a much straighter shot), so I tried to play as close to where she was playing as possible.”
The Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event was founded in 2000 by Donna Conners as a tribute to her close friend, Luci Bonneau, who died of breast cancer in 1999. Since its inception, the tournament has become the nation’s largest high-profile mixed doubles bowling event, attracting dozens of PBA and PWBA Tour champions while raising in excess of $650,000 in the war against breast cancer.
The tournament, which is being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame video-streaming channel, concludes Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 8 a.m., followed by round robin match play at noon CT. The winners will be decided based upon a combined total of 20 games. The winning players, if they are members of their respective pro tours, will earn a PBA Tour or PWBA Tour title in addition to splitting the $15,000 first prize.
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PBA-PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES
Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Saturday
Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games, top 30 advance to cashers’ round Sunday)
1, Lynda /Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,434.
2, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio/Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3,433.
3, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,417.
4, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y./Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 3,415.
5 (tie), Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill./Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,403.
7, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio/David Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,386.
8, Verity Crawley, England/Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,336.
9, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,312.
10, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,307.
11, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia/Joe Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, 3,281.
12, Anggie Ramirez, Chicago/DJ Archer, Kingswood, Texas, 3,275.
13, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 3,272.
14, Clara Guerrero/Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,261.
15, Heather Whitney/Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 3,260.
16, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,259.
17, Sandra Gongora/Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,250.
18, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa./ Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 3,249.
19, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./John Janawicz, Winterhaven, Fla., 3,248.
20, Maria Rodriguez/Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 3,232.
21, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, 3,227.
22, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan./Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,221.
23, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,216.
24, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md./Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3,213.
25, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas/Xeno Garcia, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,212.
26, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y./Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 3,208.
27, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,206.
28, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,204.
29, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y./Eric Martinez, San Antonio, Texas, 3,202.
30, x-Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 3,200.
Failed to advance:
31, Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va./Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,200.
32, Brandi Calderon/Mike Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 3,197.
33, Carol Norman, Houston, Texas/David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,186.
34, Suzana Signaigo, Fort Worth, Texas/Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,185.
35 (tie), Kristina Frahm/John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., and Cindy Mattingly, Puyallup, Wash./Perry Crowell, Hoquiam, Wash., 3,181.
37, Jessica/Ryan Abel, Rose Hill, Kan., 3,180.
38, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah/Brett Cooper, Denver, Colo., 3,171.
39, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas/Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 3,145.
40, Catie Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas/Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La., 3,144.
41, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,138.
42, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Astoria, N.Y., 3,137.
43, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark./Michael Shirley, North Little Rock, Ark., 3,134.
44, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif./Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,126.
45, Tina/Stuart Williams, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,125.
46, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va./Kyle Sherman, O' Fallon, Mo., 3,122.
47, Kerry Moreland/Ryan Holland, Houston, Texas, 3,120.
48 (tie), Leanne Hulsenberg, North Ogden, Utah/Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, and Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan./Roger Petrin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,114.
50, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah/Michael Haugen, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,111.
51, Michelle Secours, Rochester, N.Y./BJ Moore, Raleigh, N.C., 3,103.
52, T'Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa./Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,100.
53, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Kelly Ray, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,089.
54, Ashley Adams, Dallas, Texas/Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,077.
55, April Ellis-Murphy, Wichita, Kan./Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,075.
56, Jasmine Coleman, Manteca, Calif./Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,074.
57, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif./Chris Williams-Fikler, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,066.
58, Carolyn Dorin Ballard, Keller, Texas/Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,056.
59 (tie), Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif./Brian Valenta, Valparaiso, Ind., and Christi/Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas, 3,051.
61, Elizabeth Sienicki, San Jose, Calif./Eric Traylor, Cypress, Texas, 3,050.
62, Samantha Kelly/Eric Fritton, Milwaukee, Wis., 3,045.
63, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif./Blake Paris, Brentwood, Calif., 3,039.
64 (tie), Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y./Craig Nidiffer, Detroit, Mich., and Patricia De Faria, Venezuela/T.J. Thompson, Houston, Texas, 3,036.
66, Kaidee Sutphin/David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 3,034.
67, Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico/Jonathan Wiley, Houston, Texas, 3,030.
68, Kamilah Dammers, Aruba/Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,014.
69, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich./Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,012.
70, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La./Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,004.
71, Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas/Peter Wong, Houston, Texas, 3,001.
72, Mariana Alvarado, Alexandria, Va./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,987.
73, Crystal Boutotte, Montgomery, Texas, Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,981
74, Laura Hardeman, San Diego, Calif./Steve Smith, San Diego, Texas, 2,973.
75, Katie Garcia, Wichita, Kan./eoffrey Young, Keller, Texas, 2,971.
76, Brandy Silva, Fort Worth, Texas/David Tullos, Spring, Texas, 2,961.
77 (tie), Erica McPhail, Copperas Cove, Texas/Josh Maxson, Killeen, Texas, and Wendy Shelton, Albuquerque, N.M./Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,935.
79, Connie Esters/Jack Bevelhymer, League City, Texas, 2,934.
80, Nicole Parkhurst, Utica, N.Y./Steve Lemke, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2,933.
81, Maggie Adams/Kevin Lepler, Houston, Texas, 2,929.
82, Michelle Sterner, Buffalo, N.Y./Jason Miller, Baytown, Texas, 2,923.
83, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla./Bryan Viator, Seabrook, Texas, 2,909.
84, Cieara Watts/Tony Jones, Houston, Texas, 2,908.
85, Diana Jessie, Dallas, Texas/Toney Nelson, Grapevine, Texas, 2,904.
86, DeeDee Jeffery/Shane Gillmore, Little Rock, Ark., 2,892.
87, Cathy Nelson, Lakeside, Texas/Billy Fontenot, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,888.
88, Courtney/Kevin Bolin, Katy, Texas, 2,883.
89, Tristan Senegal, Baton Rouge, La./Omar Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 2,882.
90, Genie Franklin, Frisco, Texas/Brett Wolfe, Mesa, Ariz., 2,881.
91 (tie), Joi Bell , Pflugerville, Texas/Terence McQueen, Houston, Texas; Rachael Gittings, Glen Allen, Va./Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., and Kelly/David Jay, Katy, Texas, 2,877.
94, Bryanna Caldwell/Randy Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,867.
95, Debby Oulicky/Robert McBride, Dallas, Texas, 2,863.
96, Sandi Charles, Nolanville, Texas/CJ Thomas, Shreveport, La., 2,859.
97, Pam Lawrence, Pflugerville, Texas/Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,849.
98, Britney Russell, Houston, Texas/Will Werner, Montgomery, Texas, 2,845.
99, Jackie Fisher, Allen, Texas/Eddie Gaddison, San Dimas, Calif., 2,838.
100, Lil Johnson, Lawton, Okla./Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 2,831.
101 (tie), Brette Joseph, Pflugerville, Texas/Warren Waggett, Houston, Texas; Kiyoko McDonald, McKinney, Texas/AJ Rice, Phoenix City, Ala., and Wendy/Lee Arnold, Hockley, Texas, 2,825.
104, Gabriella Mayfield, Valparaiso, Ind./Mike Austin, Houston, Texas, 2,823.
105, Alice Hale, Austin, Texas/Ron Willard, Houston, Texas, 2,814.
106, Nichole DePaul Miller, Baytown, Texas/Mark London, La Porte, Texas, 2,810.
107, Mary Jo Cox/Lee Lorts, Houston, Texas, 2,806.
108, Tamara Dunning, Little Rock, Ark./Corey Bottos, Houston, Texas, 2,796.
109, Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas/John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 2,794.
110, Ashley Blakley, Houston, Texas/Nick Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 2,774.
111, Diva Gwiscz/Kevin Foerster, Houston, Texas, 2,773.
112, Deidra Johnson/Darrin Senegal, Baton Rouge, La., 2,770.
113, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo./Ben Howison-Johnstone, England, 2,745.
114 (tie), Rene Fleming, Oklahoma City/Carlos Gonzalez, Pearland, Texas, and Jaime Wells, Humble, Texas/Justin Maxwell, Houston, Texas, 2,737.
116, Kristine Falcon, Conroe, Texas/Robert Richardson, Humble, Texas, 2,732.
117, Norma Manns, Austin, Texas/David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 2,712.
118, Sue Jeziorski, West Seneca, N.Y./John Kroll, West Seneca, N.Y., 2,705.
119, Jessica Haynes/Charles Vaughan, Pasadena, Texas, 2,704.
120, Laura Godfrey, San Antonio, Texas/Chris Bryant, Austin, Texas, 2,697.
121, Tamara Thompson, Grand Prairie, Texas/Clint Land, Houston, Texas, 2,685.
122, Rocky Boubel, Selma, Texas/Mark Waldrep, Longboat Key, Fla., 2,680.
123, Taylor Evans, Katy, Texas/Jeremy Evans, Taylor, Texas, 2,675.
124, Lori Swanson/Randall Blackketter, Houston, Texas, 2,658.
125, Kim/Michiel Burnham, Pasadena, Texas, 2,618.
126, Pam/Rick Noftsier, Katy, Texas, 2,563.
x-Romeo and VanDaniker def. Thornton and Lavery-Spahr, 458-414, for the final place in the cashers’ round.
300 Games: Blake Paris.