Monday, June 8, 2009

Defending Champ Webb Catches Voss For Senior Title

In a battle of two of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)’s all-time greats, Wayne Webb defeated Brian Voss, 214-188, in the championship match to win his second consecutive PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast title Friday at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

Webb, who defeated Johnny Petraglia to win last year’s Senior U.S. Open, joins Tom Baker as a two-time and back-to-back winner of the event. “It’s definitely harder to win back-to-back than to win the first one,” said the 51-year-old PBA Hall of Famer, who was the top qualifier in the stepladder finals.

“I was really a nervous wreck because I wanted to win it more than anything.”

In addition to winning his second senior title and major, Webb earned a $20,000 first prize, the largest on the Senior Tour. In the eighth frame, Webb left the 2-4-5-8 which he converted, but that spare leave rattled the 20-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist.

“Things were going well and then I leave the bucket on what I thought was a good shot and now I’m scared,” said Webb. “My heart was pounding so fast I had to work hard to keep myself calm.”

Webb also had to work through some back problems that developed during the tournament. “I was having to deal with some back pain and in a tough long format like this you have to be in good shape,” Webb said. “With the physical and mental demands of this tournament I don’t mind telling you I’m tired.”

In his first year on the Senior Tour, the 50-year-old Voss was trying for his first senior title. His second-place finish equaled his best of the season having also finished second in the Senior Dayton Classic. “I’ve got no problems with what happened here today,” said Voss, a PBA Hall of Famer who owns 24 PBA Tour titles. “It was a good tournament.”

In the semifinal match, Voss defeated PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams, 216-187, to advance to the championship match.

In the opening match, Williams defeated Harry Sullins, 232-213. Voss earned $11,000 for second while Williams earned $7,000 for third and Sullins $5,000 for fourth.

Williams owns seven PBA Tour titles, which includes two Tournament of Champions, and one Senior Tour title, while Sullins has won five titles on the PBA Tour.

In all, the four stepladder finalists represented 56 PBA Tour titles.

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev.,
June 5 Final Standings
1, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif. 214 (one game) $20,000
2, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga. 404 (two games) $11,000
3, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas 419 (two games) $7,000
4, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich. 213 (one game) $5,000

Stepladder Results Match One – Williams def. Sullins, 232-213;
Semifinal match – Voss def. Williams, 216-187;
Championship – Webb def. Voss, 214-188.

Top 24 final standings after match play
(Includes match play record, total pins and money earned)
1, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 18-5-1, 11,665
2, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 14-9-1, 11,596
3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 15-9, 11,553
4, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 15-9, 11,461
5, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 14-10, 11,367, $4,000
6, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 12-12, 11,283, $3,600
7, Mike Terrell, Newport News, Va., 15-9, 11,251, $3,400
8, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 13-11, 11,232, $3,200
9, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 12-11-1, 11,201, $3,000
10, Jimmy Johnson, Bellevue, Neb., 13-9-2, 11,108, $2,800
11, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 11-13, 11,093, $2,600
12, Dennis Psarapolous, Lake Worth, Fla., 12-11-1, 11,079, $2,400
13, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 12-12, 11,067, $2,300
14, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 12-12, 11,054, $2,200
15, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 10-14, 11,013, $2,100
16, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 11-13, 10,977, $2,000
17, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 10-14, 10,903, $1,900
18, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 9-15, 10,897, $1,850
19, Mitch Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 9-15, 10,837, $1,800
20, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 10-14, 10,829, $1,750
21, Mike Mineman, Belleville, Ill., 8-15-1, 10,805, $1,700
22, Curt Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 9-14-1, 10,704, $1,650
23, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 10-14, 10,683, $1,625
24, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 10-14, 10,595, $1,600

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