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Lynda Barnes, the most tenured and one of the most successful bowlers in the history of the Team USA program, will retire from Team USA at the end of the year.

Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, has been a member of Team USA a record 12 times and will step aside to spend more time with her family.

"I think it is time to focus more on my life and on my children," said Barnes, 42, who is married to professional bowling star Chris Barnes and has twin 7-year-old boys, Ryan and Troy. "When Troy was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes last year, it really changed the way I started to look at things.

"We are now very involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and that has given me something to focus my attention on. Plus, I don't want to miss anymore of watching the kids play baseball, bowling or basketball."

Barnes first joined Team USA in 1989 and left the program twice (1992 and 1998) to turn pro but has been on the team since 2005. After she returned from her short professional bowling stints, Barnes returned to win the U.S. Amateur title each time, claiming the title in 1995 and 2005 and then again in 2007.
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What a classy lady. She truely has her life prioritized in the best of ways. God bless her.

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I remember when she abruptly retired upon learning she was expecting twins. She is a class act, I will miss her, but family always comes first!

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I hear Carolyn Dorin Ballard is close to retiring to be with her child too so women's bowling is going to lose 2 of their best bowlers here soon.

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Another bowler who retired prematurely due to family responsibilities was John Gant.  His wife was a doctor, and apparently the bread winner of the family.  He left tour in the late 80s to raise the kids while she worked.  The Buzz-Saw (Gant) made a comeback in the early-mid 90s, even winning the Tournament of Champions...only to dissapear again.  He sure was fun to watch.

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Dave Ferraro retired from the tour for good in 1997 for family reasons as well. Steve Cook retired around 1993 - early as well - though I don't know why. Of course Earl Anthony abruptly retired in August, 1983 too.

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High Game (ABC Sanctioned League, April 11, 2006) - 276
High Series (ABC Sanctioned League, April 16, 2018) - 725 (256, 236, 233)
High Average (ABC Sanctioned League) - 192
Bowled 226 in front of Dave Ferraro at his place in Kingston

"He needs three" - Billy Welu
"Trust is a must, or your game is a bust" - Billy Welu / Nelson Burton Jr.
"I wonder if he wants some butter to go with that sweet role" - Randy Pederson "That's back to back jacks" - Rob Stone
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