TNBA MEMBERS WIN BIG WITH HAMMER AT REED-HAWTHORNE CLASSIC
CLEVELAND, OH— Novella Daniels of Detroit, Mich., won the Women’s Division of the TNBA Reed-Hawthorne Classic in Cleveland, and Adam Barta of Girard, Ohio, won the Men’s Division for the second time in a row last weekend. Both bowlers credit the opportunity TNBA and Hammer give them for their success.
Sponsored by Hammer bowling, The National Bowling Association (TNBA), exists to provide competitive opportunities to all bowlers, and to be a “Promoter of Sportsmanship, Fellowship and Friendship,” as its slogan states.
Hammer staff player Les Mann was on-hand to give advice and guidance to all participants, and he credits the format of the event for bringing out the best bowlers.
“The format was long and demanding,” explained Mann. “They bowled ten games on Saturday and half the field returned Sunday morning to bowl five more games. The field was then cut to a 1:8 ratio and they bowled another four games. The field was then cut to the top five bowlers for a step-ladder final. The pattern was easier than in recent years. The scoring pace was pretty high, but you still have to perform through the long format, which is both mentally and physically demanding.”
Barta, a five-year member of TNBA, has competed in the event seven times and has finished in the top five six times. This year, his goal was to stay focused on his game.
“I just tried to stay as focused as possible and not think about the back-to-back wins or the money at stake,” said Barta. “I was actually thinking about buying things for my baby due in July and my dad, who is home sick. I wanted this win for the baby and my Dad more than anything else.”
Daniels, a member of TNBA for 30 years, has competed in the Reed-Hawthorne Classic 13 times, and says it was the environment that was so challenging this year.
“The lanes were relatively dry with clean backends, but there were a few pair that played extremely different,” she explained. “There was also the variable of the size of the bowling center (84 lanes) because the lower end played tighter than the higher, and the center played unlike either end.”
Mann loved being there to answer any technical questions the bowlers or spectators had.
“I recommended products and layouts for bowlers on certain lane conditions, and if they chose I would lay out the balls at that time also,” said Mann. “Also, anything I could do to help the pro shop with finding a bowler’s PAP or equipment fit-checks. It’s the next-best thing to bowling, promoting the best products in bowling.”
Daniels appreciated his help.
“I want to thank the Hammer staff, especially Les Mann and Scott Hayes, for help with getting the right equipment to me and laying them out,” said Daniels. “The balls I used were clean through the front part of the lane and continued on the back. The Blue Vibe started sooner than the (Taboo) Jet Black but on the tighter lanes the Jet Black continued to hook and it helped that Les, myself and a few others discussed the variances and layouts on each ball.”
Barta used the Grape Vibe for most of the event, along with the Brick and the Black Widow Sting, his ‘old faithful.’
“I’ve been on Hammer staff now for ten years, and the Hammer product is perfect for my game,” Barta explained. “Hammer has a great staff of people, including Brand Manager Jeff Ussery and District Sales Manager Damon Sarrocco. I also have to thank my awesome family, friends, and all the supporters of the fast-growing ‘Barta Nation’ for all their support. Without them there is no way I would be where I am today.”
Daniels also thanked her family, who nursed her back to health from a stomach virus.
“I also thank TNBA for always providing a place for bowlers to shine and fellowship,” she said.
Both bowlers will be active this spring nearly every weekend with local tournaments, and are looking forward to the upcoming TNBA Rhodman Classic regional scratch tournaments in March.
“We’ll have a representative at every regional event,” said Ussery. “It’s important to us to be there to educate the bowlers and help them with their equipment in every way we can. TNBA does such a great job for its bowlers, and we honor and share in that commitment.”
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