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

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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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