Cal Bowl, Lakewood, CA, Jun 16-20, 1998

Strong Finish Powers Hoskins In AC-DelcoClassic

All Steve Hoskins needed was a break, and he got one...literally.

Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., was able to collect his thoughts during the only commercial break during the title match of the PBA Tour's $330,000 ACDelco Classic. The result was five consecutive strikes down the stretch on his way to a 230-202 win over Tim Criss.

Hoskins, the 1989 PBA Rookie of the Year, earned his first title of 1998 (the seventh of his career) and the first-place check for $52,000.

"That commercial break was crucial," commented Hoskins. "I had some time to stop and think about what I was doing and to sort of compose myself. I added some tape to my ball which gave me a better feel, and I was able to put together some big shots when I needed them."

Criss, who threw some big shots himself Friday night when he struck out in the 10th frame of his final match to make the championship round by one pin, looked like he had the magic again Saturday. He knocked off No. 2 seed Ricky Ward and No. 3 seed Robert Smith in the opening match by firing a 230 to Ward's 202 and Smith's 196.

The win was especially tough since Smith, who used to bowl out of Lakewood and now makes his home in Simi Valley, Calif., was performing in front of a partisan crowd. The rookie was making his first PBA telecast as a member, but had finished second in this event In 1994 when he lost to Norm Duke after qualifying as the tournament leader.

With the local favorite out of the way, Criss set his sights on Hoskins. Hoskins converted a difficult 4-10 split in frame four which helped keep him within three pins of Criss through five frames. Criss caught a bad break in frame six when he left a pocket 7-10 split, which he was unable to convert.

Criss, Bel Air, Md., followed the open frame with three consecutive strikes. Hoskins followed his clutch spare conversion in frame four with two more spares, then collected himself after the commercial break and fired five strikes in a row, the last three of which closed the door on Criss.


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL230 (1 game)$52,000
2Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD432 (2 games)26,500
3Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL202 (1 game)17,000
4Robert Smith, Simi Valley, CA196 (1 game)12,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Match one: Criss (230) defeated Ward (202) and Smith (196); and in the championshipgame, Hoskins defeated Criss, 230-202.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9643 229.6 17-7-0 510 10153 
2Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9537 227.1 15-9-0 450 9987 
3Robert Smith, Simi Valley, CA 9489 225.9 14-10-0 420 9909 
4Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9538 227.1 11-71-2 360 9898 
5Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 9447 224.9 15-9-0 450 9897 $10,000
6Ricky Corona, Yorba Linda, CA 9506 226.3 12-11-1 375 9881 9,000
#7Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS 9411 224.1 14-9-1 435 9846 8,500
8Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9440 224.8 13-11-0 390 9830 8,000
9Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX 9392 223.6 13-10-1 405 9797 7,500
10Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 9305 221.6 13-11-0 390 9695 7,100
11W.R. Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9315 221.8 12-12-0 360 9675 6,700
*12Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9282 221.0 13-11-0 390 9672 6,300
13Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9288 227.1 9-14-1 285 9573 5,900
14Warren Guernsey, Cobleskill, NY 9157 218.0 13-11-0 390 9547 5,600
15Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 9288 221.1 8-15-1 255 9543 5,300
16Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9171 218.4 11-13-0 330 9501 5,000
17Richard Wolfe, Falls Church, VA 9121 217.2 12-12-0 360 9481 4,700
18Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9202 219.1 9-15-0 270 9472 4,400
19Brian Voss, Atlanta 9119 217.1 11-13-0 330 9449 4,200
20Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9037 215.2 13-11-0 390 9427 4,000
#21Bob Spaulding, Portland, OR 9083 216.3 11-13-0 330 9413 3,800
22Wayne Webb, Akron, OH 9119 217.1 8-15-1 255 9374 3,600
23Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS 9035 215.1 10-14-0 300 9335 3,500
24Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, NY 8899 211.9 7-17-0 210 9109 3,400


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Curtis Odom, Coldwater, MI$3,270
26Patrick Healey Jr., Chesterfield, MI3,000
27Dave Wodka, S. Setauket, NY2,900
28James Wallace, Hicksville, NV2,800
29Kelly Coffman, Topeka, KS2,680
 Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY2,680
31Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ2,600
#32Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, CA2,500
 Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL2,500
 Kevin McGerr, Lincoln, NE2,500
#35Greg Thomas, Old Town, ID2,410
36Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA2,380
37Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, NC2,360
38Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR2,340
39Brian LeClair, Chatham, NY2,320
40Kurt Pilon, Clinton Township, MI2,300
41Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX2,280
42Jeff Smith, Little Falls, MN2,270
43Brad Snell, Itasca, IL2,260
44Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela2,250
45David Traber, Woodstock, IL2,240
46Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY2,230
47John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC2,220
48Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL2,210
49Mike Devaney, Escondido, CA2,200

*-Randy Pedersen and Curtis Odom tied (3940) for 24th place. Pedersen defeated Odom, 203-157. Odom served as the alternate. 49th place-Mike Devaney, 3865. #--Gene Bruihl, Lonnie Waliczek, Greg Thomas, Del Ballard Jr. and Bob Spaulding rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Pete Weber, Danny Wiseman, Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jack Jurek and Chris Hayden ($50 each).