Patrick Allen became the first Professional Bowlers Association
PBA Tour player since 2000 to win back-to-back titles after defeating
Mike DeVaney, 218-216, Sunday in the 2005 PBA Birmingham Open at
Allen, who won last week's 2005 PBA Dallas Open, moved into the top
spot in the PBA World Point Rankings this week, overtaking Danny
Wiseman, who defeated Allen in the title match of the season??s first
event, the Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling
Congress. DeVaney, Escondido, Calif., had a chance to win with a double in the
10th, but after striking on his first shot, he left a 10 pin to give
Allen the narrow victory.
"It would have been nice to make a better shot in the 10th," said
Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., who is the first left-hander since Parker Bohn
III in 1997 to win back-to-back titles. "He made a good shot but it
just didn't fall. I??m just getting the breaks."
Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, fell for the eighth straight time on
TV as he lost to DeVaney, 213-183, in the second semifinal. DeVaney was
up by 31 pins after the 6th frame when he left back-to-back open frames
giving Barnes the opportunity to strike out to tie. Barnes struck in
the 9th but had a six count with his first shot in the 10th. DeVaney
then marked twice in the 10th to advance to the final for the first
time since 2003.
In the first semifinal, Allen defeated Tore Torgersen, 221-189. Allen
lead by 20 pins after eight frames when Torgersen, Vanersborg, Sweden,
left a 2-4-10 split in the 9th, opening the door for Allen. Allen
converted a spare in the 9th and struck with his first shot in the 10th
Allen won $40,000 while DeVaney won $20,000 for his 2nd place finish. Torgersen
and Barnes won $10,000 for 3rd place.
The Tour will continue next week with the 2005 PBA Atlanta Classic at
Brunswick Zone Norcross in Norcross, Ga. The 2005 PBA Atlanta Classic
will begin with the PBA Tour Qualifying Round on Feb. 2. and conclude
with live televised finals live on ESPN Sunday, Feb. 6 from 2 -3:30
PBA Birmingham Open
Sunday, Jan. 30
Pos. Name, hometown Total/Games Money
1. Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y. 439 (2 games) $40,000
2. Mike DeVaney, Escondido, Calif. 429 (2 games) $20,000
3. Tore Torgersen, Vanersborg, Sweden 189 (1 game) $10,000
Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas 183 (1 game) $10,000
SCORES In the semifinals, Allen def. Torgersen, 221-189, and DeVaney
def. Barnes, 213-183; and in the final, Allen def. DeVaney, 218-216.
Allen is the first bowler since 2000 (Walter Ray Williams Jr.) to win
back-to-back PBA Tour titles and the first left-hander since 1997
(Parker Bohn III) to win back-to-back titles.