Barnes Rolls 300 One Game Too Early; Belmonte Wins PBA GEICO Shark Open

Australian star wins second World Series of Bowling title, extends international dominance

LAS VEGAS (March 4, 2012)Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, rolled the 22nd nationally-televised 300 game in Professional Bowlers Association history during the GEICO Shark Open finals, but he bowled it one game too soon.

After his perfect effort in the semifinal round, Barnes lost in the GEICO Shark Open title to Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 244-213, in a match that extended the international dominance in the PBA World Series of Bowling to five consecutive titles. The finals, conducted at South Point Casino and Hotel, aired Sunday on ESPN.

The title was Belmonte’s second in the World Series and the third of his PBA career.

The GEICO Shark Open, the fourth and final PBA “animal pattern” championships contested during the third annual PBA World Series of Bowling, almost got the best of Belmonte, who had struggled in the opening game of three previous elimination-format finals. In the opening game of the “low man out” Shark finals, Barnes, who led the Shark field in qualifying, posted a 234. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., making his fifth straight final, was next with a 205. Belmonte, with a double in the ninth and 10th frames, finished with a 190 to advance when Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., failed to double on his first shot in the 10th, leaving a 2-10 split which he failed to convert for a 172 game. Read on HERE

PBA GEICO SHARK OPEN South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Round One (lowest score eliminated): Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 234; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 205; Jason Belmonte, Australia, 190; Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 172 ($4,000).

 Round Two (lowest score eliminated): Barnes 300, Belmonte 215, Rash 182 ($4,500).

Championship: Belmonte ($15,000) def. Barnes ($7,500), 243-213.

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