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Josh Blanchard at the 2014 Barbasol Tournament of Champions.
Josh Blanchard spoke about patience in regards to his performance at the 2014 Barbasol Tournament of Champions.
“You have to have patience when you bowl long-format tournaments,” said Blanchard of the 49-game preliminaries of the event for PBA champions in Allen Park, Mich. “My goal was to stay patient and put myself in a good spot to win.”
Blanchard has exhibited patience throughout the 2012-13 PBA season. He finished second at the PBA Badger Open in Milwaukee to Jake Peters on a demanding 52-foot oil pattern. Blanchard’s tenacity showed in his third-place finish at the PBA World Series of Bowling V Scorpion Championship. After tying at 232, he matched Tom Smallwood shot for shot before losing a five-frame sudden death roll-off.
The resolve of Blanchard showed throughout his 21st place finish at the Tournament of Champions. He says that while the scoring pace was high, host Thunderbowl Lanes could throw a curve ball or two.
“There were some bad pairs in that center,” he said. “When you cross a center like that, there’s no way to avoid them. The people that got them out of the way early were the ones who did well.”
During the tournament week, Blanchard averaged 220.43 for his 49 tournament games. He says found his best reactions with the Columbia 300 Take Down. The latest release from Columbia 300 uses the same core from the successful Smack Down, and pairing it with the Bring-It Pearl coverstock.
“The Take Down is a cleaner version of the Smack Down,” said Blanchard. “It’s smooth through the front part of the lane, and gave me great length and recovery.”
With the United States Bowling Congress Masters convening February 16-23 in N. Brunswick, N.J., Blanchard figures it’s time to rest.
“There's a time to work hard and a time to recover,” he said. “With the break in-between tournaments, I’ll have time to allow my wrist to get stronger and be physically ready for the Masters.”
The USBC Masters will give Blanchard another chance to test his patience. After 15 games of qualifying from more than 400 bowlers, the field is cut to the top 63 and the defending champion for double-elimination match play.
“The Masters is definitely a test,” Blanchard said. “There are three-game matches where 520 is a winner, and 700 is a loser. So I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m eager to win my first PBA title.”