Hammer Pro Staff member Bill O’Neill was the talk of the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, even without winning the 2014 Barbasol Tournament of Champions.
O’Neill, who finished 7th overall, made waves in celebrating with eventual champion Jason Belmonte at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. After winning a 219-218 decision over Wes Malott in the title match, O’Neill greeted Belmonte with a shaving Barbasol shaving cream pie to the face during his post-match interview.
“Has anyone got a razor?” Belmonte said after the pie in the face.
O’Neill would have rather bowled Belmonte for the title, but fell 101 pins short of the ESPN-televised finals. Although he didn’t make the TV show, O’Neill was pleased with his week in Suburban Detroit.
“Physically it’s the best I’ve bowled in a long time,” said O’Neill. “I’ve been working through some timing issues, so while I wish I would have made the show, I’m pleased with my performance.”
The errors for O’Neill were not physical, but more on the mental side. He figures that the mental errors cost him a chance at the title.
“I made a few mental errors in regards to lane play. I put myself in the wrong part of the lane. I only had four games under 200, and they were all 180 and lower. It was more physical than mental.”
One of the balls O’Neill used during the week was the Black Widow Assassin, the latest ball release from Hammer Bowling’s most popular ball series. The Black Widow Assassin combines the venerable Widow core and the First Blood coverstock, for aggressive hook and continuous ball motion.
“I had very good looks with the Assassin,” O’Neill said. “It’s a high-flare core, and I can always find a great look with it.”
O’Neill says that the Black Widow Assassin will be a must-have for true Hammerheads.
“People are really going to like this ball,” he said. “Bowlers like balls with a high-flare core, and the Black Widow core matches up to a variety of different styles. It will go down as one of the best from Hammer Bowling!”