Wichita Open



$110,000 WICHITA OPEN
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, KS, Jun 10-14, 1997

Voss Claims Wichita Open Title

Brian Voss was in 66th place with six games of qualifying remaining In the Wichita Open at Northrock Lanes. The PBA Hall of Famer then put together a sensational final round of qualifying, three solid blocks of match play and went onto claim his second PBA title of the year.

Voss, Atlanta, defeated tournament leader Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 226-201, for his 18th career win and $18,000. Voss would not have even made match play had it not been for a third round which saw him go from 66th to 22nd. From there he climbed to sixth after round four, fifth after round five, and actually held the lead with one game of match play remaining before Bohn grabbed it back with a 269-204 win in the position round game.

"I had my bags packed not expecting to make it out of match play," said Voss. "1 doubled in the 10th frame of the last game of the block just to make the cut. You know, you play in hundreds and hundreds of tournaments and it's just an incredible feeling when you win."

The ABC-TV telecast started with Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif., going for his third consecutive win in the Showboat "King of the Hill" match against Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, Fla., only to be bettered by Ward, 257-246.

Bohn was trying to become the first player to win three times In 1997 while Voss' incentive was to give his son (Cameron) a happy birthday present.

Both Bohn and Voss started with open frames in the title match after failing to convert splits. Bohn then spared and struck, but fell victim to another open in frame four. He recovered by striking on his next four shots. Voss threw a "threebagger" atter his open frame in the first, then converted a pair of single-pin spares before striking in the seventh and sparing again in the eighth. Bohn led by four pins after eight frames, but a failed split conversion in frame nine cost him the title. Voss struck three more times leaving Bohn with the second place check.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Brian Voss, Atlanta455 (2 games)$18,000
2Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ201 (1 game)9,500
3Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR450 (2 games)7,000
4Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL214 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Husted defeated Wilson, 234-214; Voss defeated Husted, 229-216; and in the championship game, Voss defeated Bohn, 226-201. SHOWBOAT "KING OF THE HILL--Ricky Ward defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr., 257-246. Ward earned $10,000.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9602 228.6 14-10-0 420 10022 
2Brian Voss, Atlanta 9520 226.7 16-8-0 480 10000 
#3Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 9464 225.3 15-9-0 450 9914 
4Steve Wilson, Tamarac, FL 9416 224.2 15-9-0 450 9866 
5Andy Neuer, Milton, PA 9514 226.5 10-14-0 300 9814 $4,000
6David Ozio, Vidor, TX 9418 224.2 13-11-0 390 9808 3,300
7Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9330 222.1 14-10-0 420 9750 2,800
8Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9318 221.9 13-10-1 405 9723 2,600
9Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9249 220.2 13-11-0 390 9639 2,400
10Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9242 220.0 13-11-0 390 9632 2,200
11Marshall Holman, Medford, OR 9161 218.1 15-9-0 450 9611 2,100
12Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9251 220.3 11-13-0 330 9581 2,000
13Ryan Shater, Elmira, NY 9185 218.7 13-11-0 390 9575 1,900
14John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 9175 218.4 13-11-0 390 9565 1,850
15Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 9245 220.1 10-14-0 300 9545 1,800
16Mike Scroggins' Amarillo, TX 9193 218.9 10-14-0 300 9493 1,750
17Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX 9083 216.3 11-13-0 330 9413 1,700
18Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 8985 213.9 12-12-0 360 9345 1,650
19Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY 9081 216.2 8-15-1 255 9336 1,600
20David Traber, Woodstock, IL 9063 215.8 8-16-0 240 9303 1,550
#21Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 8993 214.1 9-15-0 270 9263 1,500
22Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI 8833 210.3 14-10-0 420 9253 1,450
23Harry Sullins, Roseville, MI 8792 209.3 7-17-0 210 9002 1,400
*24Tommy Delutz Jr., Jamaica, NY 5020 209.2 2-4-0 60 5080 1,330

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Mitchell Beasley, Benton, AR$1,240
 Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ1,115
27Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX1,080
28Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, OH1,065
*Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ1,095
30Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE1,045
 Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA1,045
32Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,030
33Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL1,020
34Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook ,IL1,010

*-Mitchell Beasley withdrew after 36 games and was replaced by Tommy Delutz Jr. who was penalized 35 pins, the difference between their qualifying totals. Butch Soper then became the alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Andy Neuer, 4218. 24th place-Ron Williams, 3871. 34th place-Steve Jaros, 3824. #-Tim Criss, Dave Husted and Bob Spaulding rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-David Ozio, Wayne Webb, Curtis Odom, Eugene McCune ($50 each), Randy Pedersen, Bryon Smith and Walter Ray Williams Jr. ($34 each).