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PBA 50 bowler Chris Barnes follows through on a shot during the David Small’s JAX 60 Open on Monday night.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

By Jeff Steers
JTV Sports

(August 16, 2022 7:07 AM) PBA 50 bowler Chris Barnes had a hard time finding a strike in his first three matches of the David Small’s JAX 60 Open on Monday night.

That was until there was money on the line.

Barnes rolled six consecutive strikes in the championship match at JAX 60 against Jack Jurek and easily won his second consecutive PBA 50 title.

He won $7,500 for his efforts and Jurek took home $4,000.

Barnes has been on a roll, finishing no lower than 11th in the last dozen tournaments on the PBA 50 Tour. That stretch includes three wins this season. 

“This is the best I have bowled in a couple of years,” Barnes said after accepting the top prize and trophy. “My kids are playing more and makes it easier to practice when someone goes with you.”

Barnes, a PBA Hall of Famer, is part of a bowling family as his wife is a member of the PWBA and one of his sons is interested in a career in bowling.

Barnes was the No. 4 seed in the five-man stepladder final at JAX 60 on Monday. He defeated Brian LeClair 209-198 in the opening round, beat Bryan Goebel 206-183 in round two, and Michael Haggitt in the semifinal 216-183.

He started the finals with six consecutive strikes after struggling to knock down all 10 pins in his three previous matches. Barnes finished the championship match with nine strikes in rolling a 257.

“Some days you are the dog and other days you are the hydrant,” Barnes quipped after the win. “It is hard to bowl against you friends.”

Professional bowling continues at JAX 60 with the PBA 60 Dick Weber Classic Tuesday through Thursday. Qualifying and matches are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

The stepladder finals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and  spectators are free to attend the finals at JAX 60. 

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