PBA National Championship



$185,000 PBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Ducat's Imperial Lanes, Toledo, Ohio, Mar 22-29, 1997

Steelsmith Tough As Iron In PBA National Championship

The labels "talented" and "potential star" have followed Rick Steelsmith since he joined the PBA in 1987. Finally, those accolades turned into a PBA title.

Steelsmith, Wichita, Kansas, won the PBA National Championship with a 218-190 victory over tournament leader Brian Voss. The win was the first singles title of his career (he won the 1991 Touring Pro/Senior Doubles with Teata Semiz) and his second win in a "major" (1987 ABC Masters). It also earned the former PBA Rookie of the Year $30,000 and a three-year exemption into the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.

"This is an unbelievable feeling," said a very emotional Steelsmith. "It's been a long eight years of overcoming shoulder surgery and all kinds of other frustrations."

Fourth-seeded, the 32-year-old opened the ABC-TV televised championship round against one of the hottest players on tour, then had to defeat a former PBA Player of the Year in match two and a pair of PBA Hall of Famers in the semifinal and final matches.

In the title match, Voss started the match with an open frame after failing to convert the 2-4-7-8. Steelsmith never doubled in the first eight frames, throwing only three strikes, but never had an open frame.

Voss' first shot in the fifth frame found the channel, but fortunately he was on a strike and recovered by sparing on his next shot. Voss' final error came in frame seven when he did not convert the 2-5-8. Steelsmith finished with the last four strikes to seal the win. The win requalified Steelsmith for the 1998 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS888 (4 games)$30,000
2Brian Voss, Atlanta190 (1 game)15,500
3Wayne Webb, Las Vegas197 (1 game)9,500
4Norm Duke, Clermont, FL203 (1 game)7,000
5Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD201 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Steelsmith defeated Criss, 211-201; Steelsmith defeated Duke, 222-203; Steelsmith defeated Webb, 237-197; and in the championship game, Steelsmith defeated Voss, 218-190.

56-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Brian Voss, Atlanta 12173 217.4 14-9-1 435 72608 
2Wayne Webb, Las Vegas 12068 215.5 16-8-0 480 12548 
3Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 12114 216.3 12-12-0 360 12474 
4Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 12016 214.6 14-9-1 435 12451 
5Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 12006 214.4 13-11-0 390 12396 
6Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 11895 212.4 15-8-1 465 12360 $4,000
7George Branham III, Indianapolis 12104 216.1 8-16-0 240 12344 3,800
8Andy Neuer, Milton, PA 12037 214.8 9-15-0 270 12301 3,600
9Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 12010 214.5 9-15-0 270 12280 3,400
10Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 11856 271.7 14-10-0 420 12276 3,200
#11Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 11854 211.7 14-10-0 420 12274 3,100
12Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City. AZ 11762 210.1 16-8-0 480 12242 3,000
13Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ 11884 212.2 10-14-0 300 12184 2,900
14Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 11834 211.3 11-12-1 345 12179 2,750
 Bob Spaulding, Greenville, SC 11789 210.5 13-11-0 390 12179 2,750
16Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 11826 211.2 11-13-0 330 12156 2,600
17Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, TX 11798 210.7 11-13-0 330 12128 2,500
18Dale Traber, Cedarburg, WI 11660 208.2 13-10-1 405 12065 2,400
19Ken McNeely, Morganton, NC 11683 208.6 11-11-2 360 12043 2,300
20David Traber, Woodstock, IL 11740 209.7 9-14-1 285 12025 2,200
21Don Genalo, Perrysburg, OH 11716 209.2 10-14-0 300 12016 2,150
22Doug Spicer, West Bloomfield, MI 11683 208.6 11-13-0 330 12013 2,100
23Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ 11564 206.5 10-14-0 300 11864 2,050
24John Bauerle Jr., Indianapolis 11516 205.6 10-14-0 300 11816 2,000

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI$1,750
*26Ed Richardson, Corpus Christi, TX1,820
27Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL1,650
28Jimmy Davis, Houston1,600
29Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,550
30Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ1,500
31Bryon Smith, Sutherlin, OR1,450
32Dennis Horan, San Diego1,375
 Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,375
34Jim Wolcott, Niles, OH1,300
35Eugene McCune, Munster, IN1,250
36Dale Albert, Kenton, OH1,220
37Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS1,190
38Pat Nolan, Las Vegas1,160
39Dale Strike, Saginaw, MI1,130
40Clinton Fairchild, Youngstown, OH1,100
41Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX1,080
42Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA1,060
43John May, Iron Station, NC1,040
44Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,020
45Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL1,000
46Tom Baker, Buffalo, NV980
47Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NY960
48Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY950
49Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL940
50Joe Firpo, Grapevine, TX930
51Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA920
52Don Moser, Murrieta, CA910
53Mitchell Beasley, Benton, AR900

*-Match play alternate. 24-game qualifying leader-George Branham III, 5477. 32-game qualifying leader-George Branham III, 7329. 53rd place--Mitchell Beasley, 6366. #-Emilio Mora Jr. and Tommy Delutz rolled 300 games ($500 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Michael Luft, Ron Williams, David Ozio, Brian Himmler, Kelley Bennett, Bill Oakes, Bryan Goebel, Steve Wilson and Bob Learn Jr. ($50 each).