Northwest Classic



$110,000 NORTHWEST CLASSIC
Fiesta Bowl, Richland, WA, Feb 18-22, 1997

Voss Extends Winning Streak

Another year, another title. That's how it's gone for Brian Voss for more than a decade now.

Voss extended his streak of winning at least one PBA title each year to 11 by capturing the PBA Northwest Classic at Fiesta Bowl in Richland, Wash. The PBA Hall of Famer from Atlanta qualified as the top seed and turned away Norm Duke in the ESPN championship match, 227-185, to earn his 17th career title and $18,000.

The win was a fitting end to a dominating tournament for Voss. He led the field by 239 pins and was never threatened the last three rounds. By his own admission, Voss was on "cruise control" for the final day of match play and the title match was simply more of the same.

Duke, Clermont, Fla., started the match with an open frame following a 4-6-7-9-10 split. He quickly righted himself with a pair of strikes, but it would be his only double the entire match.

Voss started slowly, converting a pair of 10-pins for spares in frames one and two, before striking in frame three and converting the 3-10 "baby split" in the fourth frame. Duke alternated spares and strikes in frames four through seven as Voss strung together a four-bagger beginning in the fitth frame. Voss sealed the match sitting down as Duke failed to convert the 3-6-9-10 in frame eight.

Voss' run of 11 consecutive years with at least one win is the longest active streak on tour and leaves him just three years shy of Earl Anthony (1970-1983). To keep the streak alive, Voss had to survive a star-studded field. The five players combined for 71 titles (the most on a telecast since 1981 when there were 87 at the PBA National Championship).

Voss was emotional after the win. "I don't know why I cried," said Voss. "I haven't made alot of shows lately and this meant alot because the streak is important to me."

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Brian Voss, Atlanta227 (1 game)$18,000
2Norm Duke, Clermont, FL400 (2 games)9,500
3Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD429 (2 games)7,000
4Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO459 (2 games)5,000
5Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA244 (1 game)4,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Weber defeated Williams, 258-244; Criss defeated Weber, 218-201; Duke defeated Criss, 215-211; and in the championship game, Voss defeated Duke, 227-185.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Brian Voss, Atlanta 9652 229.8 18-6-0 540 10192 
2Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9533 226.9 14-10-0 420 9953 
3Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9426 224.4 17-7-0 510 9936 
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9403 223.9 16-7-1 495 9898 
5Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9458 225.2 13-11-0 390 9848 
6Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 9246 220.1 15-9-0 450 9696 $3,200
7Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9313 221.7 12-11-1 375 9688 2,800
8Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 9326 222.1 11-13-0 330 9656 2,600
9Don Moser, Murrieta, CA 9163 218.2 14-10-0 420 9583 2,400
10Scott Alexander, Seattle 9168 218.3 12-12-0 360 9528 2,300
11Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9078 216.1 14-10-0 420 9498 2,200
12Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 9173 218.4 10-13-1 315 9488 2,100
13Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9126 217.3 12-12-0 360 9486 2,000
14Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 9146 217.8 11-13-0 330 9476 1,900
15Brian LeClair, Hudson, NY 9108 216.9 12-12-0 360 9468 1,800
16Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9072 216.0 10-13-1 315 9387 1,700
17Greg Thomas, Old Town, ID 9025 214.9 12-12-0 360 9385 1,650
18Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL 9096 216.6 9-15-0 270 9366 1,575
 Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ 9066 215.9 10-14-0 300 9366 1,575
20Joe Firpo, Grapevine, TX 9022 214.8 11-13-0 330 9352 1,500
21Paul Koehler, Mechanicsburg, PA 9088 216.4 8-15-1 255 9343 1,450
22Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA 8960 213.3 8-16-0 240 9200 1,400
23Bob Davidson, Seattle 8913 212.2 9-15-0 270 9183 1,350
24Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY 8616 205.1 7-16-1 225 8841 1,300

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ$1,220
26Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ1,040
27Eugene McCune, Munster, IN1,010
28Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX995
 Dave Wodka, Las Vegas995
30C.K. Moore, Chehalis, WA980
31Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY970
32Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ480
 Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX480

*-Match play alternate. t 8-game qualifying leader-Brian Voss, 4230. 23rd place-Bob Davidson and Dennis Jacques, 3947. 32nd place-Butch Soper and Mark Williams, 3889. PRO-AM CASHERS-Brian Himmler, Dave Wodka, Eric Forkel, Justin Hromek, C.K. Moore and Eugene McCune ($50 each).