Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks Conn., Mar 30-Apr 3, 1993

Couch Puts Voss To Sleep For Tums Victory

"Mom and dad, pack your bags, because we're going to the Tournament of Champions!" Jason Couch exclaimed, upon winning his first PBA title in the 10 000 Tums Classic at Bradley Bowl. Couch, the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year, outshot 1988 PBA Player of the Year Brian Voss, 226-173, for the $34,000 first prize and further stated his case in ousting two-time "King of the Hill" winner Ricky Ward, 237-227, to collect the $5,000 "winner take all" stakes.

Couch, Winter Garden, Fla., showed a poise and aggressiveness that hadn't been present in his two previous championship round appearances. Against Voss, the strong lefthander started with a strike, opened in the second frame, and then added a fivebagger. Voss, Boca Raton, Fla., led early, but couldn't string strikes together and a second open frame in the ninth guaranteed his fate and $18,000 runnerup payday.

In the "battle of rookies" (Ward was voted PBA's 1991 Rookie of the Year), Couch started with a six-bagger and never looked back. Ward, N. Fort Myers, Fla., closed the gap to one pin in the seventh frame, but Couch came back with a double to build his lead.

The ABC Sports' broadcast began with 1991 Turns Classic champ Billy Young trouncing Kelly Coffman, Topeka, Kan., 257169, after starting with seven strikes. Voss then entered and survived against Young, Tulsa, Okla., 227-224, when Young left a solid 10-pin in the 10th frame, needing a strike to advance.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Jason Couch, Winter Garden, FL226 (1 game)$34,000
2Brian Voss, Boca Raton, FL400 (2 games)18,000
3Billy Young, Tulsa, OK481 (2 games)10,000
4Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS169 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Young defeated Coffman, 257-169; Voss defeated Young, 227-224; and, in the championship match, Couch defeated Voss, 226-173. KING OF THE HILL -Couch defeated Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL, 237-227, for $5,000.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Jason Couch, Winter Garden, FL 10001 238.1 16-8-0 480 10481 
#2Brian Voss, Boca Raton, FL 9918 236.1 17-6-1 525 10443 
3Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS 9909 235.9 13-11-0 390 10299 
4Billy Young, Tulsa OK 9389 234.3 15-9-0 450 10289 
#5Steve Fields, Stockton, CA 9696 230.9 14-10-0 420 10116 $6,000
6Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ 9752 232.2 12-12-0 360 10112 5,000
7Jeff Germann, Warren, OH 9632 229.3 15-9-0 450 10082 4,500
8Bob Vespi, Coral Springs, FL 9708 231.1 12-12-0 360 10068 4,000
9Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX 9647 229.7 13-10-1 405 10052 3,500
#10Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 9727 231.6 10-14-0 300 10027 3,200
11Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9600 228.6 13-10-1 405 10005 3,000
12Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL 9622 229.1 11-11-2 360 9982 2,800
13Jim Johnson, Wilmington, DE 9591 228.4 12-11-1 375 9966 2,700
14Bryan Goebel, Merriam, KS 9620 229.1 11-12-1 345 9965 2,600
15Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 9551 227.4 12-11-1 375 9926 2,500
#16David Ozio, Vidor, TX 9593 228.4 11-13-0 330 9923 2,400
17Adam Cotton, Coral Springs, FL 9571 227.9 10-13-1 315 9886 2,300
18Del Ballard Jr., Richardson, TX 9478 225.7 13-11-0 390 9868 2,200
19George Branham III, Indianapolis 9543 227.2 10-13-1 315 9858 2,100
20Rich Dodge, Woodbridge, VA 9557 227.6 7-16-1 225 9782 2,000
21John Hricsina, Franklin, PA 9516 226.6 8-16-0 240 9756 1,900
22Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 9453 225.1 10-14-0 300 9753 1,800
23Mike Shady, Ripon, WI 9433 224.6 10-14-0 300 9733 1,750
#24Brian McClure, Wichita Falls, TX 9013 214.6 7-16-1 225 9238 1,700


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Philip Ringener, Big Springs, TX$1,530
#Dave Smalley, Louisville, KY1,410
27Dave Ferraro, Kingston, NY1,360
28Martin Letscher, Bel Air, MD1,330
 Mark Turney, Corpus Christi, TX1,330
30J. Hickenbottom, Thousand Oaks, CA1,300
31Bob Spaulding, Harrisburg, PA1,280
32Dave D'Entremont, Midburg. Hts., OH1,260
33Marshall Holman, Medford, OR1,240
34Brad Snell, Elk Grove, IL1,230
35Rick Miller, Lincoln, NE1,220
36Joe Baca, Dublin, CA1,210
37Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,200
38Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI1,190
39Gary Dickinson, Edmond, OK1,180
40Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL1,170
41Bill Oakes, Lawton, OK1,160
42Joe Hutchinson, Scranton, PA1,150
43Joe Firpo, Lake Worth, FL1,140
44Tony Westlake, Edmond, OK1,130
45Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ1,120
46Dave Wodka, Milwaukee, WI1,110
47Myron Tkaczuk, Edison, NJ1,100
48Charlie Standish, Kalamazoo, MI1,090
49Henry Gonzalez, Cob. Springs, CO1,080
50Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX1,070
51Gary Hulsenberg, San Jose, CA1,060
52Bob Belmont, Clearwater, FL1,050
53Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,045

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader- Bob Benoit, 4356. 24th place - Adam Cotton, 4125. 53rd place Tim Criss, 4019. #-Mark Mosayebi, Dave Smalley, Stephen Hardy, Bob Benoit (2), Ryan Shafer, Gary Schluchter, Steve Fields, Brian McClure, John Losito, Pete McCordic, Scott Poe, Mark Thayer, Steve Wilson, Brian Voss and David Ozio rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS Jimmy Keeth, Ricky Ward, Curtis Odom, Pete Couture, Bob Spaulding, Jeff Lizzi, Eric Forkel, Billy Young, Brad Snell, Butch Soper, Mark Bowers and Dave Ferraro ($50 each).
Not-so-poor Walter Ray Williams Jr. again fell victim to Del Ballard Jr. in an important championship final, as Ballard captured his second BPAA U.S. Open title at Roseland Bowl. Second-seeded Ballard downed leading qualifier Williams, 237-193, after Williams had lapped the field by more than 500 pins over the 56-game format. Williams' $22,000 check as runnerup vaulted him atop the Tour's yearly earnings list, while Ballard collected the $40,000 first prize plus $5,000 as the new "King of the Hill".
Ballard stopped reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Jason Couch, 227191, in the winner-take-all "King of the Hill" match.
Williams started the championship game with a strike and was in or around the pocket throughout, including an inopportune 4-9 leave in his fourth frame, which he nearly converted. Ballard held a slight lead at that point, but immediately pounced on Williams' open by firing a four-bagger and pulled away.
Williams led the 240-man field in average by more than five pins per game over second place Ballard. The field was made up of 144 leading PBA players and 96 Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) league qualifiers.