Tommy Jones Reflects on 18th Tour Title
Tommy Jones Captures PBA Scorpion Championship for 18th National Title
Not to state the obvious, but Ebonite’s Tommy Jones steps up his game when competing on a TV broadcast.
Jones, who holds a phenomenal TV record of 40 wins vs just 23 losses, was able to hold off BJ Moore by a score of 211-168 to bring home his eighteenth national title, moving him into a tie for fifteenth place all-time.
“Winning is always an amazing feeling and it certainly makes the World Series and the two weeks in Reno well worth it,” Jones said.
One of the most impressive things about this victory is something you may not have been able to notice with the naked eye.
“The key to the Scorpion pattern is always about staying out of the friction and attempting to have hold while playing the oil line. I never could really play the hook. The tricky part of all of that is that I am not very good at throwing the ball slow. It most certainly is not my “A” game,” he said.
Well, you could have fooled us.
Using a combination of a Columbia 300 Tyrant and a Hammer Dark Legend Solid, Tommy qualified in eleventh place with an average of just over 228 before working his way through Nicholas Kruml, Sam Cooley and EJ Tackett in the match play rounds to advance to the telecast.
The opening match saw TJ battle back from an open in the second frame by tossing strikes in five of the next six frames to secure his spot in the championship round.
The title match saw Jones string the first four strikes helping him cruise to the 43 pin victory.
“Rob Gotchall, our tour rep, did a great job of staying on top of things this week. He was spot-on with keeping us with the proper surfaces and pieces this week to help everyone stay ahead of the moves for the entire team,” Jones said. “I really can’t say enough or give him enough credit for his hard work. We will just say this: Mission accomplished.”