Edgewood bowler William Barlow led the 89-player field after qualifying yesterday in the Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship, the eighth stop on the PBA Tour, at Country Club Lanes.
Barlow, who lives about a 10-minute drive from the bowling center, finished with 1,597 pins over the seven-game block, averaging 228.14. Richard Fairley of Christiansburg, Va., finished second with a score of 1,538.
"I won a regional bowling this [Shark] pattern, so I felt pretty confident," Barlow said. "I'm pretty excited because I've competed in several [qualifying rounds], but this is the first time I led. This is also my first tournament of the season."
The Shark oil pattern is the longest of the five named animal patterns, measuring 44 feet of oil. This pattern forces bowlers to play deep inside the center of the lanes.
Barlow, 35, who works as a groundskeeper in Aberdeen, is trying to improve on his career-best finish of 21st in a PBA national event.
"My goal [today] is to make it past the Round of 32," Barlow said. "I like this pattern; it fits my game."
Also earning spots in today's Round of 64 were George Lambert IV of Hamilton, Ontario, with 1,528 pins; Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla., with 1,527; Brian Valenta of Lockport, Ill., with 1,514; amateur Derek Payne of Capitol Heights with 1,514; Brandon Robertson of Clinton, Conn., with 1,492; and Thomas Wall III of Fayetteville, N.C., at 1,472.
IF YOU GO
What: 2008 PBA Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship
Where: AMF Country Club Lanes, 9020 Pulaski Highway
Times: Today, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m; tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Pro-Am events and Fan Day, noon, 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, finals, 1 p.m.
TV: Sunday's finals are live on ESPN.