Bowling News USA - December 9, 2012 Liz Johnson Returns to the Storm Nation at WTBA Women's Championships...
Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., successfully concluded two years of international travel when they captured Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s finals titles to kick off the 2012-13 Professional Bowlers Association television season at South Point Hotel and Casino.
In the women’s finals, Liz Johnson, who is back under contract with Storm, advanced to the title match after a thrilling 267-260 victory over PBA Tour titlist Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. But Johnson’s strike shot evaporated in the title match. A 4-6-7 split in the second frame and a 4-6 in the fourth put her in a hole she couldn’t escape.
"I made an adjustment but it wasn't quite enough," said Johnson after the show. "I bowled good today and I am so happy to be back with Storm. I've spent half of by career with Storm and it's great to be back. It's like coming home."
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Barnes, a 14-time PBA Tour champion, defeated reigning WBT men’s champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, 244-228, while Parkin defeated Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 238-190, in the women’s finals during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. Both finals, which featured three players who qualified by earning points in World Tenpin Bowling Association-PBA International Tour events over a span of two years, aired Sunday on ESPN. Both champions earned $20,000.
“I only had one game, and I needed to throw 10 really good shots, and I feel like I did. Luckily the pins fell my way and it was enough to win.”
But for Parkin, the victory made her international travels worth the effort.
“This year all of the travel has been particularly hard being away from family and friends,” she said. “It’s really hard; a lot of people don’t understand how much we travel. Winning this tournament after two years and having to accumulate all those points means so much.”
Barnes, a 14-time PBA Tour champion, defeated reigning WBT men’s champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, 244-228, while Parkin defeated Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 238-190, in the women’s finals during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. Both finals, which featured three players who qualified by earning points in World Tenpin Bowling Association-PBA International Tour events over a span of two years, aired Sunday on ESPN. Both champions earned $20,000.
The second annual Bayer Advanced Aspirin WBT Finals presented by the PBA also signaled the start of a new points cycle for the international series. Points earned in WTBA-PBA International Tour events over the next 12 months will replace points earned in the first year of the qualifying cycle, leading into the third WBT Finals which will be part of PBA WSOB V in November 2013.
The 2012-13 PBA Tour season on ESPN continues next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship. Stepladder finalists will include Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio; Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., and top qualifier Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind.
Pre- and post-telecast shows for all PBA-ESPN telecasts will be available on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.
BAYER ADVANCED ASPIRIN WORLD BOWLING TOUR FINALS
presented by the PBA
South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Men’s Final Standings: 1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $20,000. 2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $10,000. 3, Mike Fagan, Dallas, $5,000
Stepladder Results: Semifinal Match – Barnes def. Fagan, 258-244. Championship – Koivuniemi, 244-228.
Women’s Final Standings: 1, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., $20,000. 2, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $10,000. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., $5,000.
Stepladder Results: Semifinal Match – Johnson def. Kulick, 267-260. Championship – Parkin def. Johnson, 238-190.
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