Oronamin C Japan Cup
$160,000 ORONAMIN C JAPAN CUP
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Sep 22-25, 1994
Voss Wins 14th PBA Title
Brian Voss merely loaned Takeo Sakai the lead for one-game of the 10th anniversary Oronamin C Japan Cup at Tokyo Port Bowl, then abruptly snatched his 14th title be defeating top-seeded Sakai of Osaka, 247-223. Voss, Atlanta, earned the $41,000 first prize after relinquishing the tournament lead to Sakai in the 32nd and final game of qualifying prior to the live NHK-TV finals.
Voss opened with a double and never trailed in the title game. After sparing in his third frame, he launched a five-bagger at Sakai, who stayed close until the eighth frame, but then he opened after failing to convert the 2-10 split, and had to settle for the $21,000 second-place check.
"Today was definitely a grudge match, despite the fact Sakai and I are friends," Voss said. "After finishing second twice this year and five times last year, this is a great relief and a monkey off my back," the PBA Hall of Famer said of posting at least one PBA victory in eight consecutive years,This international competition pairs 16 leading PBA players and a like number of Japanese pro bowlers, with PBA now having claimed the last six events. PBA leads the series, eight wins to two for JPBA, and the PBA contingent claimed the inaugural Nakano Cup team pinfall competitions, 113,666 to 112,456 for JPBA.
Voss continued, "The biggest difference between the two pro bowling tours is that the PBA is a year-round schedule and JPBA has only about half the number of our tournaments. Bowling is a full-time job and 1 still love it," he said.
The six-man stepladder championship round began with 1993 PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., defeating Tsuguo Tsukahara of Kanagawa, 220-204. In a battle between the 1991 and '92 Japan Cup champions, '92 winner Parker Bohn III bettered Williams, Stockton, Calif., 244-174. Bohn, Jackson, N.J., continued against Minoru Sendan of Osaka, 256-237, but then fell to Voss, 235-166, in the semifinal. Bohn earned $13,000 for third place, Sendan made $9,000 for fourth, Williams collected $6,000 for fifth and Tsukahara $7,000.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Williams defeated Tsukahara, 220-204; Bohn defeated Williams, 244-174; Bohn defeated Sendan, 256-237; Voss defeated Bohn, 235-166; and in the championship game, Voss defeated Sakai, 247-223. 32 GAME TOTALS #-Masanori Saitoh rolled a perfect game.
32 GAME TOTALS
#-Masanori Saitoh rolled a perfect game.