Brunswick World Tournament Of Champions
BRUNSWICK WORLD TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Incred-A-Bowl, Overland Park, KS, Nov 14-21, 1998
Goebal Wins Brunswick World Tournament Of Champions
The PBA Tour's most prestigious event came down to the final frame and, in the end, it was a hometown hero who walked away with the Tour's biggest prize.
Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., defeated Steve Hoskins, 245-235, to win the $300,000 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions at Incred-A-Bowl (located just minutes from Shawnee). The win, which was the ninth of Goebel's career, earned him $60,000 and a five-year exemption into the event.
"When Steve left that 10-pin in the 10th frame, it took awhile for it to trigger that this was the T of C," said Goebel. "It's just hard to believe I won. There was not one guy out there who didn't deserve to win. This is just incredible."
Goebel started the title match with an open frame after he failed to convert the 2-4-10 split. Hoskins thrilled the capacity crowd by starting with the first six strikes. The string of strikes came to an abrupt end in frame seven as Hoskins left the 3-9-10 split and was unable to convert the spare.
Meanwhile, Goebel had kept pace with Hoskins as he followed his open frame in the first with strikes in frames two through eight.
Hoskins followed his open frame with a spare in the eighth and a strike in the ninth. Goebel, who finished the match first, had a chance to shut Hoskins out, but could only manage single-pin spares in frames nine and 10, and then got nine of his "fill ball."
Hoskins got up in his 10th frame needing two strikes and one pin for the win, but left a stubborn 10-pin on his first shot. He collected $33,000 for second place.
Goebel's win was a pleasant ending to what had been a frustrating year. He even missed much of the Spring/Summer Tour, going home to "work on his game and spend some time with my family."
Goebel said, "At first, I was trying to correct so many things, I couldn't figure out what was broken. I owe a lot to my family. They have been great and I know without their support I wouldn't have even been here today. It's also nice to have that five-year exemption, in case I don't bowl full-time over the next five years."
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Hoskins defeated M. Williams, 204-174; Hoskins defeated Miller, 268-178; Hoskins defeated W. Williams Jr., 226-216; and in the championship game, Goebel defeated Hoskins, 245-235. 48-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS *-Match play alternate. #-Carl Fietek, Marshall Holman, Mark Williams Randy Pedersen, Steve Hoskinsand Doug Kent rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-David Traber, Dennis Jacques, RickyWard, Jess Stayrook, Norm Duke, George Branham III and Mark Roth ($50 each). t--Non-PBA member.
*-Match play alternate. #-Carl Fietek, Marshall Holman, Mark Williams Randy Pedersen, Steve Hoskinsand Doug Kent rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-David Traber, Dennis Jacques, RickyWard, Jess Stayrook, Norm Duke, George Branham III and Mark Roth ($50 each). t--Non-PBA member.