Chris Barnes takes lead in PBA Tournament of Champions heading into final match play round


    2009-10 PBA Tour #10

    Red Rock Lanes, Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. (Jan. 19-24, 2010)

    200910PBA01ChrisBarnes2.jpg200910PBA01PeteWeber.jpgAveraging 225.3 and compiling a 13-3 record after two rounds of match play, 2007-08 Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Chris Barnes (pictured left) of Double Oak, Texas, vaulted into the lead in the 45th PBA Tournament of Champions Friday at Red Rock Lanes.

    Barnes, the 2006 Tournament of Champions winner, has a 9,403 40-game overall total and holds a 30-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer and 1987 Tournament of Champions winner Pete Weber, who is in second heading into Friday evening's final eight-game match play round.

    Barnes started the tournament in 37th after the first eight-game qualifying round on Wednesday.

    "One of my strengths is that I'm able to do a lot of different things to adjust," said Barnes, who owns 12 career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titles. "I just don't always pick the right one.

    "I've been getting better at attacking the lanes here in the later rounds. I got off to a slow start so I decided to take a few risks and it has paid off."

    Weber, a 34-time PBA Tour titlist, is trying for his ninth major. He is currently tied for second with Mike Aulby in career majors with eight. Earl Anthony is the all-time leader with 10 major titles.

    2007PITTonyReyes.jpg200910PBA06WesMalott.jpgTrailing Barnes and Weber are Tony Reyes (left) in third with 9,332, followed by reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott (right) in fourth with 9,308 and Rhino Page in fifth with 9,264.

    Kelly Kulick, the 2009 PBA Women's World Championship winner and the only woman competing in the tournament, is in sixth place with 9,235. She is making a bid to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour event but will have to finish in the top four after this evening's match play round for a chance to accomplish the feat.

    The top four after the third match play round advance to the stepladder finals on Sunday which will be televised live by ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).


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