“Bowlers from the Wichita State and Newman programs packed the stands at Northrock Lanes in Wednesday’s televised final to watch Barrett, who is from England, win four straight stepladder matches to capture the title. Barrett defeated Jakob Butturff in the final match, 207-206.

“Wichita is my favorite city in the United States now,” Barrett joked afterward.

It not only made for good television for the CBS Sports Network cameras, but it was the perfect conclusion for a monumental week for bowling in Wichita. The U.S. Open was by far the largest PBA Tour event the city has hosted.

‘I’m so proud of the city of Wichita and the bowlers of Wichita coming out and doing a great job supporting this event,” Northrock general manager Brent Bowers said. “The greatest athletes on earth have been here for a week now. They’ve been in our community, they’ve eaten our food, they’ve enjoyed our entertainment and I’ve heard nothing but praise about the city.’

Marshall Holman, a PBA Hall of Famer, was in Wichita for three days as he was the color analyst for the televised broadcasts, and he echoed those sentiments.”

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