$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.
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 OTHER CASHERS *-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.
*-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.