National Finance Championship



$125,000 NATIONAL FINANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Virginia Beach Pavilion, Virginia Beach, VA, Oct 3-7, 1998

Voss Bags 20th Career Title

Brian Voss joined an elite group of players as he earned his 20th career PBA Tour title by winning the inaugural National Finance Championship at the Virginia Beach Pavilion.

Voss, Atlanta, defeated tournament leader Walter Ray Williams Jr., Orlando, Fla., 265-257, before a raucous crowd in the PBA Tour's first arena finals of the year. The win was the second by Voss this year, earning him a $20,000 payday and qualifying him for the National Finance Challenge in Indianapolis. That event concluded with a winner-take-all challenge match between Voss and the winner in Indianapolis.

"Not many pros get to 20 wins," said Voss, who became just the 11th player to accomplish the feat. "I wasn't thinking about it in the 10th frame when I needed those strikes to win, but I can savor it now. Plus, it qualified me for the challenge match in Indy."

The title match featured 20 strikes and was close throughout as neither player led by more than 13 pins. Voss opened with three consecutive strikes, then fell victim to a pocket 7-10 split in the fourth, leading to an open frame. Williams started with two strikes, converted a 4-pin for a spare in the third, then reeled off four consecutive strikes before converting the 2-8 combination in frame eight for another sare.

Voss rebounded from his open frame in the fourth by striking on each shot through frame nine. Williams, finishing first, put the pressure on Voss by closing with four consecutive strikes, forcing Voss to get two strikes in the 10th frame and get two pins on his "fill ball" to win.

Voss took full advantage as he threw two perfect shots in the 10th to double, then got nine pins on his last shot to wrap up the win, leaving Williams with the second-place check worth $10,500.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Brian Voss, Atlanta768 (3 games)$20,000
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Orlando, FL257 (1 game)10,500
3Pat Healey Jr., Chesterfield Township, MI216 (1 game)7,000
4Danny Wiseman, Baltimore473 (2 games)5,500
5Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL204 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Wiseman defeated Hoskins, 236-204; Voss defeated Wiseman, 269-237; Voss defeatedHealey, 234-216; and in the championship game, Voss defeated Williams, 265-257.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Walter Ray Williams Jr., Orlando, FL 9682 230.5 15-6-3 495 10177 
2Patrick Healey Jr., Chesterfield Twp., MI 9595 228.5 12-11-1 375 9970 
3Brian Voss, Atlanta 9408 224.0 17-7-0 510 9918 
4Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9502 226.2 13-11-0 390 9892 
5Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 9496 226.1 12-12-0 360 9856 
6Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9267 220.6 16-7-1 495 9762 $4,000
7Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS 9344 222.5 13-11-0 390 9734 3,500
8Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9256 220.4 15-8-1 465 9727 3,200
9Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 9282 221.0 13-11-0 390 9672 3,000
10Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City 9361 222.9 10-14-0 300 9661 2,800
71Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9224 219.6 14-9-7 435 9659 2,600
12Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9277 220.9 10-14-0 300 9577 2,400
13Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9797 218.9 12-12-0 360 9557 2,200
#14Dennis Horan, San Diego 9190 218.8 11-13-0 330 9520 2,100
15David Ozio, Beaumont, TX 9240 220.0 8-14-2 270 9510 2,000
16Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA 9102 216.7 13-11-0 390 9492 1,900
17Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 9143 217.7 11-12-1 345 9488 1,850
18Kurt Pilon, Clinton Township, MI 9109 216.9 12-11-1 375 9484 1,800
19Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE 9072 216.0 12-10-2 390 9462 1,750
20Wayne Webb, Akron, OH 9097 216.6 8-16-0 240 9337 1,700
21Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ 8983 213.9 10-14-0 300 9283 1,650
22Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 8890 211.7 11-12-1 345 9235 1,600
23John Mazza, Bay City, MI 8941 272.9 7-17-0 210 9151 1,550
24Dave Wodka, S. Setauket, NY 8761 208.5 6-18-0 180 8947 1,500

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*#25Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ$1,375
25Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH1,370
26Joe Barket, Morro Bay, CA1,280
*27Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NY1,380
28Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM1,240
29Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, NC1,220
30Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA1,200
31Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS1,180
32Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY1,170
33Mike Aulby, lndianapolis1,160
34Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI1,150
35Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ1,140
36Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,125
 Chris Hayden, Carlstadt, NJ1,125
38Dennis Jacques, Brooklyn, NV1,110

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4229 24th place-Len Blakey, 3895 38th place Dennis Jacques, 3858. #-Dennis Horan rolled a 300 game ($100). PRO-AM CASHERS-Jeff Lizzi, Bryan Goebel, Steve Jaros, Mike Luft, Brian Himmler and Rick Steelsmith ($50 each).