BARTA STRONG IN BTM TOURNAMENT WITH JET BLACK TABOO
Hammer Staff member Adam Barta made his presence known at the Bowling This Month Tournament in Reno, NV.
Barta, Girard, OH, left Reno in late April with the lead in the Regular Singles competition, which is hosted this year at the Grand Sierra Bowling Center. Along with the Singles lead, the 33-year-old right-hander also holds the lead in Regular Doubles, while placing in five of the top 10 spots in Doubles.
“We always make it a point to bowl the BTM,” said Barta, who was in town to roll in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships Tournament. “We bowl lots of side action, and the BTM is always on our list of side tournaments to hit.”
In the Singles competition on April 20th, Barta used the Hammer Taboo Jet Black to post a 932 four-game total on games of 184-258-231-259. If the score holds, he would receive the first prize of $5,000.00.
“My look wasn’t very good the first game,” admitted Barta. “I decided that I needed to move left and throw it softer to allow the ball a chance to hook a little more and sooner. It seemed to work out pretty well with 748 for my last three games.”
Barta proved to be the player everyone wanted to bowl Doubles with. By the time he was done, he held the first and fourth spots with Scott Pohl, Burnsville, MN at 1,848 and 1,807. He was also in second place with Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, MI, at 1,829, seventh place with Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, NY at 1,757, and ninth place with Patrick Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, NY, 1,731.
“I usually bowl as much as possible while I’m at USBC,” he said. “We were bowling as a team for the first time this year, and tune-up events like the BTM helped us get more comfortable with each other.”
Along with the BTM, Barta also took part in the Bowlers Journal Championships at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. Again it was the Taboo Jet Black that took center stage, giving Barta and Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, NE, a 1,413 score, which was good for second on the standings list.
“I had my best look with the Black Taboo at the BTM and Bowlers Journal,” he said. “The ball gets through the fronts smooth, and created a great angle to the pocket at both tournaments.”
In the USBC Team Event, Barta bowled with NABRankings.com and moved into 9th place in Regular Team with a 3,361 total. Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., leads with a score of 3,538. Barta rode the hot hand of Gotchall in Regular Doubles, and they moved into 5th place with 1,373. Gotchall led with a 764 score with Barta shooting 609.
“I know that I bowled much better than the score indicates,” said Barta, who recorded a 1,919 All-Events total. “I had some games with really bad carry.”
Even with his carry issues, Barta says he kept his head in the game the entire time, and made the best shots he could.
“I didn’t let the carry get me down. I gave 100% all the time as I always do. Even in the last game of doubles, I threw the last four strikes for a 181 game, which saved us a lot of spots in the Doubles Event.”
Although he did not score the way he hoped at the USBC, Barta says his week was a great success, and he’s proud of his NABRankings.com team.
“We came in with the mindset that we have one of the strongest teams in the event,” he said. “All of us were on different teams in years past, and after last year we all talked and decided to give this dream team a try.”
According to Barta, communication was the key.
“The key in this event is to have a team and companion team that are all willing to work with each other. The goal is to break the lanes down right to give the teams a chance to win. We knew if we worked as a team and communicated as a team, we would have great success together. And our 3,361 proves it.”
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