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."


Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS245 (1 game)$60,000
2Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL933 (4 games)33,000
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Orlando216 (1 game)24,000
4Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM178 (1 game)18,000
5Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX174 (1 game)12,000

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.


 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, KS 11042 230.0 16-8-0 480 11522 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Orlando 10953 228.2 15-8-1 465 11418 
3Mike Miller, Albuquerque, NM 10991 228.9 14-10-0 420 11411 
#4Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 10886 226.8 13-11-0 390 11276 
#5Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX 10837 225.8 14-10-0 420 11257 
#6Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 10787 224.7 15-9-0 450 11237 $10,000
7Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 10783 224.6 13-11-0 390 11173 9,000
8Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 10792 224.8 12-12-0 360 11152 8,000
9David Traber, Woodstock, IL 10638 221.6 16-7-1 495 11133 7,500
#10Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 10796 224.9 10-12-2 330 11126 7,000
11Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 10667 222.2 14-8-2 450 11117 6,500
12Andy Neuer, Milton, PA 10623 221.3 12-12-0 360 10983 6,000
13John Mazza, Bay City, MI 10576 220.3 12-12-0 360 10936 5,500
14Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 10526 219.3 13-10-1 405 10931 5,000
15Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 10637 221.6 9-15-0 270 10907 4,500
16Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 10550 219.8 11-13-0 330 10880 4,000
17Wayne Webb, Akron, OH 10581 220.9 9-15-0 270 10851 3,500
t18Akio Harada, Japan 10535 219.5 10-13-1 315 10850 3,200
19Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, WA 10425 217.2 12-12-0 360 10785 3,000
20Dennis Horan, San Diego 10408 216.8 10-14-0 300 10708 2,800
t#21Carl Fietek, USA 10369 216.9 9-15-0 270 10685 2,700
#22Marshall Holman, Medford, OR 10369 216.0 8-16-0 240 10609 2,600
23Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR 10390 216.5 7-17-0 210 10600 2,500
24Roger Bowker, Ocala, FL 10269 213.9 10-14-0 300 10569 2,400


Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Jess Stayrook, San Diego$2,150
26David Ozio, Beaumont, TX2,050
27Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,950
t28Biboy Rivera, Philippines1,860
29Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL1,800
30Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL1,750
*31Mike Durbin, Boulder City, NV1,820
32Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ1,660
33Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, AZ1,620
34Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH1,590
35George Branham III, Indianapolis1,560
t36Michael Sassen, Holland1,530
37Dennis Jacques Brooklyn, NY1,510
38Mike Edwards, Oklahoma City1,490
39Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS1,480
40Scott Alexander, Seattle1,470
41Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY1,460
42Dave Arnold, Gilbert, AZ1,450
43Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela1,440
44Mike Aulby, Indianapolis1,430
45Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, MI1,420
46Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ1,410
47Brian Voss, Atlanta1,400
48Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL1,390
49Justin Hromek, Andover, KS1,380
50Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ1,370
51Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD1,360
52Danny Wiseman, Baltimore1,350
53Joe Firpo, Grapevine, TX1,340
54Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, TX1,330
55Larry Laub, Tucson, AZ1,320
56Robert Lawrence, Austin, TX1,310
t57Tobias Gabler, Germany1,300
58Philip Ringener, Big Spring, TX1,290
59John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC1,280
60Jason Hurd, Visalia, CA1,270
61Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, OH1,260
62Bob Spaulding, Portland, OR1,250

*-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.