The final round of the PBA/WBT Columbia 300 Vienna Open was held on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Vienna, Austria. The chance to win a PBA Tour title brought all of the PBA greats to Austria as they battled against the best bowlers that Europe has to offer. Chris Barnes, Stuart Williams, Sean Rash, Tommy Jones, Kelly Kulick and Mika Koivuniemi were just some of the PBA members that made the trip to Austria, and they did not disappoint. While nearly every PBA Tour bowler performed well in Vienna, none of them were able to top Chris Barnes.
Chris Barnes was able to survive the extremely long qualifying process to advance to the championship round on Sunday. Barnes was joined by Stuart Williams, Sean Rash and Tommy Jones in the title round. Since Barnes was at the top of the standings heading into the championship round, he was automatically entered in the title match. The first match on Sunday saw Sean Rash squeak out a win against Stuart Williams by the score of 191-181. Rash would struggle to shoot a high score in his next match against Tommy Jones, but was still able to survive by winning the match 189-158. Chris Barnes was averaging over 230 throughout the tournament, so Rash would have to step up his game if he wanted a chance to win the title. Rash was able to improve his score in the title match, but Barnes proved why many believe he is the best bowler in the world. Barnes would nearly throw every shot perfect to win the title match 257-214.
A lot of the PBA members have been bowling overseas the past few weeks, but no one has been able to bowl as good as Chris Barnes. Barnes was able to win a tournament in Cyprus two weeks ago, and he finished second at a tournament in Thailand last week. It is tough to get those type of performances in any three bowling tournament, but to do it against the best bowlers in the world in three different countries is very impressive. Barnes has been surpassed as the best bowler on the PBA Tour the past few seasons, but it appears that he is ready to dominate the tour again. Chris Barnes has more talent than just about every bowler in the world, and I think he is primed to have the best PBA Tour season in his career.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
Source: pba.com, bowlingdigital.com
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