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Chris Barnes has known a lot of success in bowling establishments all over the world, first as a collegiate, then as a member of Team USA and, in the last decade, on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.

The 40-year-old bowler from Double Oak, Texas:

  • Was a first-team Collegiate All-America at Wichita Sate in 1990 and 1992.

  • Was a member of Team USA for four years, and had a return to the Team USA Dream Team in 2008 when international play was opened to professionals.

  • Has won 12 PBA titles, including two majors, and $1,644,279 since turning pro in 1998.

  • Has won both PBA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.

  • Has, well the list goes on and on and ...

    With all that Barnes has accomplished, you'd think there isn't much left to achieve.

    No so.

    "I have three major goals," Barnes said Friday night after defeating Walter Ray Williams Jr., 712-612, in a three-game match to determine the top two seeds in Sunday's ESPN-televised finals of the 2010 USBC Masters at National Bowling Stadium.

    With that victory over Williams, he took a step closer to one of those goals.

    "One, I want to win the Masters. Two, the World Championship, and three, I want to win Player of the Year again. If I can win those three, it puts me in pretty rarified air."

    Barnes knows the odds of winning his first Masters improved quite a bit with his atypical victory over Williams.

    "It's pretty rare that he shoots 610 (for three games). It just doesn't happen that often," Barnes said of winning the No. 1 seed and not having to bowl until the final TV match. "It's a lot easier to beat the best guys in the world once than to have to beat them twice."

    Both Barnes and Williams are extremely competitive. You can see it in Barnes every time he has stepped on the lanes for all those aforementioned accomplishments. You also saw the competitiveness in an earlier match Friday against Wes Malott.

    Down 54 pins in the third and final game, Barnes rolled a 300 on the way to a 730-698 victory.

    You can see the same fire in Williams in his PBA-record 46 championships, including seven majors. This from a 50-year-old who could be competing on the PBA Senior Tour. Against Barnes, Williams didn't quite have the line he needed for three games.

    "I moved a little left and tried to play close to where Chris was playing," Williams said. "I think I had a better look at 5 or 7."
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  • The televised finals start at noon Sunday with left-handers Mike Scroggins and Ryan Ciminelli squaring off for the right to bowl Williams, the tournament's No. 2 seed. The winner of that second match will bowl Barnes for the title and the $60,000 first-place check.

    "I was just really getting by in my earlier matches," said Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who has won seven PBA titles since 1989, including two majors. "I wasn't real comfortable. After I beat (Tom) Smallwood (607-544), my ball rep said, 'We have to get you something to play out.'"

    The change of equipment resulted in a 662-615 victory over two-handed bowler Jason Belmonte and a 718-649 over Bill O'Neil for the No. 4 seed Sunday.

    Ciminelli, who won a PBA exemption for the 2010-11 season in December by finishing third in the Sands Regency PBA Regional Players Invitational at National Bowling Stadium. The Cheektowaga, N.Y., bowler has two second-place finishes in his career and is the No. 3 seed in the Masters' televised finals. He defeated Mike Edwards Friday night, 685-636.

    2010 USBC Masters

    When: 3pm (ET) Sunday
    Where: National Bowling Stadium
    Seeds: 1. Chris Barnes, 2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 3. Ryan Ciminelli, 4. Mike Scroggins.
    First match: Scroggins vs. Ciminelli
    Prize fund: $350,000 with $60,000 for first place
    Tickets: $10 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.pba.com

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    Go Scroggins!



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    I generally like the lefties, but this time, I'm rooting for Ciminelli, the underdog.  Scroggy rubs me the wrong way.  Besdies, if Nolen can do it last year, Ryan can do it this year.

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    It would be nice to see the three game match continue all the way to the championship.  If a player has a bad game in the TV finals, he's gone.  Under the way the entire tournament has been contested, with 3 game totals, you would have time to recover from a bad game.  TV trumps everything, so I guess that's how it is.

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    It would be nice to see the three game match continue all the way to the championship.  If a player has a bad game in the TV finals, he's gone.  Under the way the entire tournament has been contested, with 3 game totals, you would have time to recover from a bad game.  TV trumps everything, so I guess that's how it is.

    I agree - that's the way the GoRving Match Play tournament is...all match play, including the 3 game total final.  I bet Barnes would rather have a 3 game total match, after all, last year at the GoRving, WRW beat him 2 out of 3 games, but Barnes had a huge middle game when WRW had a bad one and Barnes took total.

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    Ring em' Deadeye!
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    I generally like the lefties, but this time, I'm rooting for Ciminelli, the underdog.  Scroggy rubs me the wrong way.  Besdies, if Nolen can do it last year, Ryan can do it this year.



    Ciminelli's a southpaw, isn't he?

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    He is!  And that's all the better!


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    Another major for barnes to choke away...  I can hardly contain my excitement.
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    LOL.....Too funny on the Barnes comment.  What do you think the odds are in Vegas on that.   I'd say 60% chance he does.  He'll let one soft somewhere from the 8th frame up.


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    Another major for barnes to choke away...  I can hardly contain my excitement.


    LOL!


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    Hopefully Ciminelli can dump that 7-pin curse he had last time on TV and do some winning.  He has a very nice style...far smoother than Scroggies.
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