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Bowling News USA - December 29, 2013 Dom Barrett Wins PBA World Championship with the BYTE!



England’s Dom Barrett became the second international player ever to win the PBA World Championship when he held off reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 238-235, in the title match at the South Point Hotel and Casino complex.

Barrett used the Storm BYTE™

The 55th World Championship, which aired Sunday on ESPN, was the fifth and final PBA Tour championship event held as part of PBA World Series of Bowling V.

“Right now I couldn’t be happier,” Barrett said after joining Finland’s Osku Palermaa, the 2011 World Champion, as the second international player to win the event. “It’s a very special feeling, one you don’t often get in bowling, so I’m going to make the most of it.”

Barrett, the leading qualifier over 52 games of qualifying and match play, locked up his third PBA Tour title with three strikes in the 10th frame, although he prematurely began to celebrate after his second strike, thinking that shot had clinched the victory.

“I tried to stay calm all week, not get ahead of myself, trying to keep my heart rate the same and my emotions in check,” the 28-year-old British star said of his emotional outburst. “I know some Americans come across as a bit brash, but I consciously try not to do that. I try to stay very much in the moment, but I guess that was two weeks’ worth of joy and excitement coming out.

“I couldn’t see the scoreboard from where I sat. I thought I had enough, but my corner man said I needed some more, so I got myself composed again. I knew I had count in my favor, so it was a matter of hitting the pocket one more time.”

Barrett, who lost to Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in the title match of the Chameleon Championship earlier in the World Series, and failed to advance to the television finals in the 2012 World Championship after leading the tournament going into the final round of match play, said he put those disappointments to good use.

“I was pretty disappointed in the Chameleon, but I really didn’t have a chance because (Ciminelli) bowled so well,” Barrett said. “You always learn more from your failures than your successes, but it’s still important to have success. If you go around losing all the time, you’re not going to want to do this much longer.

“Last year’s World Championship really hurt, too. The pain makes you go home, knuckle down a little more, try a little bit harder, and bowl for days like today.”

Rash, who needed the title to bolster his chances for a second straight PBA Player of the Year award, is one of those emotional players Barrett was referring to, so he didn’t fault Barrett for his emotional display.

“Dom made some great shots toward the end,” Rash said. “He apologized (for his outburst) because he thought he had shut me out and he got a little excited.

“He bowled good, I bowled good,” said Rash, who finished the match with six strikes, but couldn’t overcome a missed 6-10 spare conversion in the third frame over an otherwise error-free game. “It could have gone either way. I guess the good news is, I finished second instead of third like I have in four out of the last five World Championships, so maybe next year I can win this thing.”

Another finalist who saw his PBA Player of the Year hopes fade was PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. At age 51, Weber fought his way into the final field as the No. 5 qualifier and struck on eight of his first nine shots to eliminate 2009 World Champion Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 258-237, in the first match. Weber, trying for a record 11th PBA major championship, did exactly the same thing in edging Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 258-246, in the second match.

Weber used a Storm Marvel-S and Roto Grip Defiant Soul. Fagan used a Marvel Pearl.

Despite starting the semifinal match with six strikes, Weber’s hopes ended when Rash struck on 11 of 12 shots on his way to a 279-249 victory.

Coverage of the PBA World Series of Bowling resumes on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. ET with the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA. Each final features the three point leaders from a two-year rolling points list based on tournaments held around the world. In the women’s final, points leader Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., will bowl for the title against the winner of a preliminary match between fellow Americans Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif. In the men’s final, Rash is the top qualifier and will bowl the winner of a preliminary match between 2011 WBT Men’s champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland and Fagan.

A recap of the PBA World Championship and a preview of the WBT events, along with other features, will be available Monday on “The Bowling Center” on Xtra Frame subscribers who may have missed Sunday’s telecasts will be able to watch the finals “on demand” in the Xtra Frame archives three days after the original show airs.

South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas, Nov. 3 (ESPN telecast Dec. 29)

Final Standings: 
1, Dom Barrett, England, $50,000. 
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $25,000. 
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $15,000. 
4, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, $12,000. 
5, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., $10,000.

Stepladder Results: 
Match One – Weber def. Smallwood, 258-237. 
Match Two – Weber def. Fagan 258-246. 
Semifinal Match – Rash def. Weber, 279-249. 
Championship Match – Barrett def. Rash, 238-235.


Storm Products All-Time Wins

1st Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1996 Greater Hartford Open (Forest Fire)

2nd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Tucson Open (Lightning Storm)

3rd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Comfort Inn Classic (Blue Thunder Pro)

4th Win - First Major - Pete Weber - 1998 National Championship (Bolt)

5th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1998 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (Bolt)

1st Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 1998 Storm Flagship Open

6th Win - Brian Himmler - 1999 Albuquerque Open (Sky Bolt)

7th Win - Eric Forkel - 1999 Brunswick Long Island N.Y City PBA Experience (Meteor Flash)

8th Win - Pete Weber - 2000 Empire State Open (El Nino 2000)

9th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 2000 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (ThunderFlash Pro)

10th Win - Second Major - Robert Smith - 2000 U.S Open (Fire Power)

11th Win - Robert Smith - 2000 Flagship Open (Super Power)

12th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2001 Orleans Casino Open Championship (X-IT)

13th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Great Lakes Classic (X-IT/Eraser)

14th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Greater Louisville Open (Trauma Recovery)

15th Win - Pete Weber - 2002 Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open (Trauma ER)

16th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 PBA Empire State Open (Erase It/Super Power)

17th Win - Hugh Miller - 2002 PBA Dream Bowl 2002 (Erase It)

18th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 Japan Cup (Shock Trauma)

19th Win - Danny Wiseman - 2002 Miller High Life Open (Eraser/Eraser Blaze)

20th Win - Randy Pedersen - 2002 Pepsi Open (X Factor)

2nd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2003 Storm Las Vegas Classic

21st Win - Mike DeVaney - 2003 PBA GEICO Earl Anthony Classic (X Factor)

22nd Win - Pete Weber - 2003 PBA Tar Heel Open (X Factor Deuce)

23rd Win - Robert Smith - 2003 PBA Banquet Open (Eraser Boost)

24th Win - Brian Himmler - 2003 PBA Miller High Life Open (Hotwire)

25th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2003 PBA Empire State Open (X Factor Deuce)

26th Win - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA GEICO Open (X Factor)

27th Win -Third Major - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions (Flash Point/Hot Rod)

3rd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Earl Anthony Classic presented by Storm Products

28th Win - Pete Weber - 2004 PBA Medford Open (Super Charge/X Factor Re Loaded)

29th Win - Fourth Major - Pete Weber - 2004 U.S Open (X Factor)

30th Win - Robert Smith - 2004 PBA Odor Eaters Open (Eraser Boost)

31st Win - Brian Himmler - 2004 PBA Chicago Open ( X Factor Ace)

4th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Orange County Classic presented by Storm Products

32nd Win - Pete Weber - 2005 Bowlers Classic (Fired Up)

33rd Win - Pete Weber - 2006 PBA Etonic Championship (Special Agent)

34th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Lake County Indiana Classic ( X Factor Ace)

35th Win - Brian Himmler - 2006 PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic (Paradigm)

36th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Ace Hardware Championship (X Factor Ace)

37th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 Columbia 300 Classic (Spit Fire)

38th Win - Fifth Major - Pete Weber - 2007 U.S Open (Shift)

39th Win - Norm Duke - 2007 PBA Pepsi Championship (Spit Fire/Fired Up)

40th Win - Sixth Major - Norm Duke - 2008 PBA Denny's World Championship (Hy-Road)

41st Win - Seventh Major - Norm Duke - 2008 U.S Open (Shift)

42nd Win - Mike Machuga - 2008 PBA Chameleon Championship (Hy-Road)

43rd Win - Mike Wolfe - 2008 PBA Ultimate Scoring Championship (Dimension/T-Road Pearl)

44th Win - Rhino Page - 2008 Shark Championship (Hy-Road)

45th Win - Eighth Major Norm Duke - 2008 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)

46th Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship (T-Road Solid/Rapid Fire)

47th Win - Ninth Major - Patrick Allen - 2009 PBA H & R Block Tournament of Champions (T-Road Pearl/Rapid Fire)

48th Win - Norm Duke/Liz Johnson 2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)

49th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Dick Weber Open (Hy-Road)

50th Win - Jeff Carter - 2009 GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Plastic)

51st Win - Jason Belmonte - 2009 PBA Long Island Classic - (Hy-Road/Team Storm Plastic)

52nd Win - Tenth Major - Mike Scroggins- 2009 U.S Open (Hy-Road/T-Road Pearl)

53rd Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 Dydo Japan Cup (Hy-Road)

54th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship (Second Dimension)

55th Win - Rhino Page - 2009 PBA Viper Open (Natural)

56th Win - Mike DeVaney 2009 PBA Scorpion Championship (Natural/Street Rod)

57th Win - Jack Jurek - 2009 PBA Shark Championship (Virtual Energy)

58th Win - Brian Voss/Diandra Asbaty - 2010 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)

59th Win - Pete Weber - 2010 PBA Lumber Liquidators Marathon Challenge (Hy-Road)

60th Win - Yong Jin Gu - 2010 PBA Scorpion Championship (Anarchy)

61st Win - Osku Palermaa - 2010 PBA GEICO Shark Championship (Hy-Road)

5th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2010 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products

62nd Win - 11th Major - Tom Hess - 2011 USBC Masters (Virtual Gravity Nano)

63rd Win - 12th Major - Norm Duke - 2011 U.S Open (Prodigy)

64th Win - Stuart Williams - 2012 Bayer Viper Open (Victory Road Solid/Tropical Heat)

65th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Chameleon Open (Marvel Pearl)

66th Win - Dominic Barrett - 2012 WSOB Scorpion Open (Marvel Pearl)

67th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Shark Open (Marvel Pearl)

68th Win - 13th Major - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)

69th Win - Andres Gomez - 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Marvel Pearl)

70th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Elite Players Championship (Marvel Pearl)

6th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2012 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products

71st Win - Scott Newell - 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open (Victory Road Solid)

72nd Win - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open (Natural)

73rd Win - 14th Major - Pete Weber - 2012 U.S Open (Marvel Pearl/Frantic)

74th Win - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - 2012 PBA Roth/Holman Doubles (Anarchy/Frantic)

75th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)

76th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Australian Masters (Lucid)

77th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)

78th Win - Brad Angelo - 2012-13 PBA Viper Championship (Hy-Road)

79th Win - Tom Daugherty - 2012-13 PBA BJ Scorpion Championship - (Victory Road)

80th Win - Andres Gomez - 2013 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Hy-Road)

81st Win - Michael Haugen Jr. -  2013 PBA Mark Roth Classic - (IQ Tour Pearl)

82nd Win - 15th Major - Jason Belmonte -  2013 USBC Masters (Lucid)

83rd Win - 16th Major  - Pete Weber - 2013 Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions  (IQ Tour Pearl)

84th Win - Chris Loschetter -  2013 Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open (IQ Tour)

85th Win - 17th Major - Wes Malott - 2013 Lipton U.S Open (Hy-Road Pearl)

86th Win - Dom Barrett - 2013 Qatar Bowling Open (IQ Tour/Crossroad)

87th Win - 18th Major - Dom Barrett - 2013 PBA World Championship (BYTE)

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