SCOTT NORTON AVERAGES 252 FOR FIRST ROUND LEAD IN BARBASOL PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
INDIANAPOLIS (March 27, 2013) – Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., threw back-to-back games of 300 and 296, and averaged 252.25 for eight games to take the first round lead in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions lead Wednesday at Woodland Bowl.
Norton, who is trying for his third title of the 2012-13 season, and his first major win, said “my pin carry today was ridiculous. It wasn’t a case of the conditions favoring left-handers. It was a matter of, if I hit the 1-2 pocket, I got a strike. It didn’t matter if I was high in the pocket, light or whatever, the pins fell.
“But if you’re going to win out here, you have to have days like that. Lord knows I’ve had enough of the other kind.”
Norton finished the opening round of qualifying with a total of 2,018 pins for a 37-pin lead over the all-time PBA Tour titles leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. Williams, a 47-time titlist, has never won win the Tournament of Champions. If he can win this week, he’ll become the eighth player in PBA history to complete the “Triple Crown” (Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and PBA World Championship), and the third ever to complete the “Grand Slam” (Triple Crown plus USBC Masters).
Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., was in third place with 9,159 pins followed by Osku Palermaa of Finland with a 1,940 total and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., in fifth place with 1,932 pins.
The 2013 continues with the second of three eight-round qualifying squads today at 5 p.m. ET. After a third eight-game qualifying round Thursday at 10 a.m., the top 24 players based on 24-game pinfall totals will advance to round-robin match play. Match play rounds will be held Thursday at 5 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. After a total of 48 games, the top five players will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals at 2:30 p.m. ET.
All qualifying and match play rounds of the Tournament of Champions (and the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday night) will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com.
BARBASOL PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Round One (after 8 qualifying games)
300 Games: Mike Scroggins, Scott Norton, Scott Newell.
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