$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."
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 OTHER CASHERS *-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).
*-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).