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Voss defeats fellow PBA Hall of Famer Williams in regional Sarasota Open finale

PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss won the PBA50 Sarasota Open on Friday.
PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss won the PBA50 Sarasota Open on Friday.

When the field was narrowed to the Round of 2 in the Professional Bowlers Association's Sarasota Open on Friday, a pair of PBA Hall of Famers with a combined 72 Tour titles battled for the championship.

In the PBA50 South Regional event hosted by Sarasota Lanes, Brian Voss of Atlanta swept Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala 221-216, 257-247 in the best-two-of-three match-play finals, while another PBA Hall member, Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, finished in the No. 3 position.

Voss -- No. 10 on the lifetime PBA list with 25 titles and No. 5 on the lifetime earnings list with $2,477,062.88 -- had qualified second in Thursday's eight-game opening round with a pinfall of 1,843, behind top qualifier John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., who had a score of 1,898 before slipping to a fifth-place finish on Friday.

Voss pocketed the first-place prize of $2,000, while Williams -- who tops the lifetime PBA statistics in both titles (47) and earnings ($4,362,605.50) -- settled for the runner-up check of $1,000. Both Webb and the No. 4 finisher, Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, earned $800, while Dudak was one of three players who took home $625.

In his march to the championship, Voss opened Friday's match-play segment by defeating Terry Metzner of Kentwood, Mich., 3-2, in a best-three-of-five series. The 55-year-old righthander then bested Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio, 2-1, in a best-two-of-three, before ousting Webb 2-1 (180-189, 247-198, 212-167).

Williams opened match play with a 3-2 decision over Peter Knopp of Bremen, Germany, and a 2-1 verdict over Gary Morgan of Atlanta before sweeping Mohr 2-0 and setting up the finale against Voss.

The competition was contested on a PBA50 Regional Tour 35-foot Cheetah lane-condition pattern, and the tournament drew 63 entries.

Among Sarasota area bowlers, Leroy Wagler was the highest finisher, with his eight-game qualifying pinfall of 1,563 placing him 30th. Three area players -- Gil Sliker, Chuck Souzer and Manny Fontanot -- finished 37th through 39th, respectively.

To access a link to the complete, final tournament standings, including pinfall totals and prize money, click here.

Sam Smith victorious in Sarasota Open pro-am tournament

In an opening-day pro-amateur competition on Wednesday, Sam Smith claimed the $100 top prize with a net score of 1,509, including a 553 scratch total, added to 194 handicap pins and a 762 score by his pro partners.

Anthony Sessa was runner-up in the pro-am with 1,446, while the top five was rounded out by Kenneth Combs (1,425), Sandy Combs (1,405) and Bob Yoder (1,378). To view the complete pro-am standings, click here.

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