England's Dom Barrett takes first-round lead at PBA Tournament of Champions


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    2013 Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett trails by two pins after first 8 qualifying games

    2015PBADomBarrett.jpgEngland's Dom Barrett (pictured left), a four-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist, overtook EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by two pins in the final game to take the first-round lead in the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center Tuesday.

    Barrett, 30, rolled games of 217, 221, 290, 229, 226, 235, 223 and 228 for a 1,869 pinfall total to edge the 23-year-old Tackett, who posted his 1,867-pin total earlier in the day. The opening round of PBA's signature tournament saw the lead change after almost every game with nine players finishing within 23 pins of the leader.

    "I watch a lot of soccer, golf and tennis, and the majors are the pinnacles of all sports," Barrett said. "You don't hear all that much about Tiger Woods' 80-some titles; you hear about his majors. I've been working toward hitting my peak when tournaments like this come up. They're the ones you really look forward to."

    Barrett, who won the 2013 PBA World Championship for his only major title, has experienced a number of close calls more recently, including a 236-223 loss to Ryan Ciminelli in the title match of the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open. But he refuses to dwell in the past.

    "Everything that's happened in the past – I don't think too much about it," Barrett said. "I'm a kind of a look to the future kind of guy. I'm not thinking about being unlucky or whatever. I just want to be the best I can at the tournament I'm bowling at the moment."

    2015PBAEJTackett.jpgTackett said his focus is getting back to the TV finals in a PBA major championship for a third time, after leading in the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Masters and the 2015 PBA World Championship and losing both title matches.

    "I was probably the most confident I had ever been going into a TV show for the World Championship, and in practice, I got tricked into throwing the wrong ball," the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year said.

    "I'm still learning. Bowling on TV is a lot different than bowling during the event. I think the next time I made a TV show, I'll do better based on what I learned on that show.

    "I've finished second in two majors, but I look at it like Jack Nicklaus winning 18 majors and finishing second 19 times. That was a lot of opportunities. The thing is, you can't win unless you get there, so if I keep putting myself in position, I'm gonna win. You just have to be patient and let it happen."

    Right behind Barrett and Tackett were Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., with 1,864 pins; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., in fourth with a 1,855 total and Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., in fifth place with 1,854 pins.

    2016FireLakePBATournamentofChampionsLogo_small.jpg Two-time defending TOC champion Jason Belmonte of Australia sat in 48th place after eight games with 1,682 pins.

    The field of 77 PBA tournament champions will bowl its second 8-game qualifying round Wednesday and the top 27 players after 16 games will then advance to Thursday's 8-game cashers round.

    After 24 games, the top 24 will advance to three 8-game rounds of head-to-head match play to determine the top five for Sunday's live ESPN finals at 2 p.m. ET.


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    51st PBA FireLake Tournament of Champions - First Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; f-denotes female

    1, Dom Barrett, England, 1,869
    2, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,867
    3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,864
    4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,855
    5, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,854
    6, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,851
    7, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,849
    8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,847
    9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,846
    10, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,828
    11, Will Barnes, Wichita, Kan., 1,826
    12 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 1,822
    14, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,812
    15, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,811
    16, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,808
    17, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,806
    18, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,805
    19, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,781
    20, f-Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,775
    21 (tie), Jesper Svensson, Sweden, and f-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,771
    23, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,769
    24, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,768
    25, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,764
    26, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,761
    27, (tie) Paul Moor, England, and Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,760
    29, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,754
    30, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,752
    31, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,748
    32, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,745
    33, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,734
    34, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,730
    35, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,726
    36, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,725
    37, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,723
    38 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,721
    40, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,718
    41, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,707
    42, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,706
    43, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 1,705
    44, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,700
    45, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,697
    46, Stuart Williams, England, 1,696
    47, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,689
    48, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,682
    49, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,680
    50, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,673
    51, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,665
    52, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,660
    53, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,655
    54, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,649
    55, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,646
    56, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,637
    57, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,636
    58, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,629
    59, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,627
    60, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,625
    61, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,620
    62, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,613
    63, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,611
    64, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,606
    65, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,601
    66, Paul Brewbaker , Midwest City, Okla., 1,597
    67, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,586
    68, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,571
    69, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,548
    70, f-Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,542
    71, Joe Salvemini, Nevada City, Calif., 1,539
    72, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,508
    72, Brandon Bivens, East Ridge, Tenn., 1,508
    74, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,504
    75, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,483
    76, Lee White, Odessa, Texas, 1,466
    77, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,451

    300 games (1) - Kyle Troup.