#TeamEBI is continuing its winning ways with an amazing display of skill and product performance at the 2018 U.S. Open as Dom Barrett and Jakob Butturff finished first and second respectively.
In the finals, Barrett edged out Butturff 207-206. The final match ended on a dramatic note as Buttruff converted a spare and struck on his fill ball in the tenth, forcing Barrett to strike on his first shot for a chance at the title.
On his first ball, Barrett threw the strike he needed, but left a 4-6 split on his second shot, needing just one pin for the win. In a seemingly made-for-TV moment, his spare attempt looked as if it was going to go left, but ended up being just enough.
“I told myself I didn’t want to miss it right,” Barrett said. “I certainly didn’t do that.”
Barrett visited the Ebonite International’s world-wide headquarters in Hopkinsville, KY just a couple of weeks before the event, which he credits for helping him get prepared for the event.
“I went to the plant, just went to see everybody and they really helped me get prepared for the event,” he said. “This is obviously my trophy, I won it, but it is as much theirs as mine.”
“It’s a whole team effort and I’m very fortunate to be part of a very successful team,” he said.
Barrett’s progression of balls during the event consisted of the Ebonite Matrix Solid, Hammer Diesel Torque, Web and Web Tour.
“I had four Hammer Webs in my bag out of 10 balls, so that says a lot about this bowling ball,” he said.
Second place finisher, Columbia 300’s Jakob Butturff, led the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year to earn the one seed for the TV show, in so doing, he joined Earl Anthony as the only bowlers to earn the top seed in consecutive years at the Open since 1971.
Butturff, who was disappointed in the second place finish after coming so close two years in a row, was also very complimentary of his #TeamEBI compatriot’s performance.
“It definitely hurts, especially losing by one, but at least I can say I led this tournament two years in a row, by a lot,” Butturff said.
“Dom bowled phenomenal this week,” he said.
The U.S. Open performance is yet another highlight to an amazing PBA and PWBA season by #TeamEBI