Kingpin Classic



$120,000 KINGPIN CLASSIC
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, KS, Jun 18-22, 1996

Jess Stayrook Is "Kingpin" For A Day

Jess Stayrook provided his own movie script as he performed his way to the PBA "Kingpin" Classic at Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kansas. Stayrook, a 37-year-old lefthander from Tempe, Ariz., beat veteran Butch Soper, 228-214, in the title match to earn his first win of the year, the sixth of his career and $27,000.

Stayrook, who qualified as the tournament leader, was emotional and intense throughout the championship match and managed to finish strong to knock off Soper, who was seeking his second win in three weeks.

"I tried to handle the No. 1 seed the same way I did earlier this year in Toronto. I was pumped up and intense and this time I got the win instead of finishing second," said Stayrook.

The role of victor did not come easy for Stayrook. Soper, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., came into the final match on a roll having won the PBA National Championship two weeks prior and almost became the first to roll two 300 games on TV when he beat Brian Voss in match one, 290-257. Voss, a PBA Hall of Famer from Atlanta, earned $5,000 for fitth. Soper continued his march to the championship game with a 247-188 win over Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, Fla., 247-188. Ward collected $6,500 for fourth. Soper then sent Tom Baker packing, 222-214, leaving the eight-time champion from Buffalo, N.Y., with the third-place check for $8,000.

Stayrook and Soper battled through six frames and were dead even at that point. After striking in frames seven and eight, Soper converted a spare in the ninth, leaving the door open for Stayrook who spared in frames seven and eight.

Stayrook, finishing first, got up in the ninth frame knowing that four consecutive strikes would shut-out Soper by one pin. He followed the script to perfection as Stayrook, reacting with whoops and clenched fists to each strike, buried all four shots to leave Soper with second-place earnings of $14,000.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ228 (1 game)$27,000
2Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ985 (4 games)14,000
3Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY222 (1 game)8,000
4Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL188 (1 game)6,500
5Brian Voss, Atlanta257 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Soper defeated Voss, 290-257; Soper defeated Ward, 247-188; Soper defeated Baker, 234-222; and in the championship game, Stayrook defeated Soper, 228-214.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9615 228.9 16-8-0 480 10095 
2Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9545 227.3 16-7-1 495 10040 
3Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9442 224.8 14-9-1 435 9877 
 Brian Voss, Atlanta 9412 224.1 15-8-1 465 9877 
5Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ 9455 225.1 14-10-0 420 9875 
#6David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9355 222.7 15-9-0 450 9805 $4,000
7Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9356 222.8 14-9-1 435 9791 3,800
8Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 9288 221.1 15-9-0 450 9738 3,650
9Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9374 223.2 11-13-0 330 9704 3,500
10Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, FL 9152 217.9 15-9-0 450 9602 3,350
11Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9264 220.6 11-13-0 330 9594 3,200
12Don Moser, San Jose, CA 9218 219.5 11-13-0 330 9548 3,050
13Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA 9126 217.3 14-10-0 420 9546 2,900
14Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9230 219.7 9-14-1 285 9515 2,750
15Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 9114 217.0 12-10-2 390 9504 2,600
16Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9173 218.4 10-13-1 315 9488 2,450
17Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 9105 216.8 10-13-1 315 9420 2,300
18Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9119 217.1 10-14-0 300 9419 2,150
19Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9055 215.6 10-14-0 300 9355 2,000
20Wayne Webb, Barberton, OH 9043 215.3 9-15-0 270 9313 1,850
21Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, TX 9070 215.9 6-16-2 210 9280 1,750
22Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., OH 8953 213.2 8-15-1 255 9208 1,650
23Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI 8864 211.1 8-16-0 240 9104 1,550
24Jason Stroud, Granite City, IL 8684 206.8 9-15-0 270 8954 1,450

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
t*25Raif Terry, Wichita, KS$1,350
26Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR1,190
27Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA1,160
28David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,140
29Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX1,130
30Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL1,120
31Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,110
32AN Arizala, Tualatin, OR1,100
33Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE1,090
34Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM1,080
35Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,070
36Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC1,060
37Rich Abboud, Omaha, NE1,050
38Tim Scheerer, Newark, DE1,040
39Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, OH1,030
40Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY1,020
41Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY1,010
42Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS500
 Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ500

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Tom Baker, 4084. 24th place-Richard Wolfe, 3908. 42nd place-Bryan Goebel and Norm Titus, 3829. ft-David Traber rolled two 300 games and earned $200. PRO-AM CASHERS-Bill Oakes, Pete Weber, Brian Himmler, John Gant, Ricky Ward and Ron Williams ($50 each). t-Non-PBA member.