In a tense championship match, Brian Voss survived one bad shot Monday to win the PBA60 Dave Small’s Jax 60 National Championship.
Voss, 61, bowled a near-perfect game to defeat Harry Sullins, 264-256, in Jackson, Michigan, in a match that came down to the final frame.
“I get old but it never gets old winning,” Voss said. “Let me tell ya, it’s a beautiful feeling. It was a fabulous match. I hope you folks enjoyed that. That’s why I bowl. For that right there.”
Sullins had a chance to win with a double and count. He got the first one but then left a wicked ringing 10 pin to lose as he fell to the approach in disappointment.
Voss, meanwhile, started with the front eight before leaving a 4-6-7 split for an open in the ninth frame that nearly cost him the victory.
“I wanted to make it exciting, come on, what do you think?” Voss joked after the match. “It was a little bit slow. I really wanted 300, but it made for a good match. You suck it up, you double in the 10th and that’s what turned out to be the winner.”
Voss, a PBA Hall of Famer and 25-time winner on the PBA Tour, recovered after leaving the split and delivered a clutch double in the final frame to put maximum pressure on Sullins.
Outside of a pocket 7-10 split in the second frame, Sullins tossed a spectacular game, stringing together eight consecutive strikes after the open to keep pace with Voss. But the 10 pin to end his string also ended his hopes of victory.
Sullins nearly didn’t even make the championship match as he survived a heart-stopping semifinal against lefty Jerry Sikora, 235-234.
After Sullins doubled in the final frame, Sikora needed nine, spare, nine for the win. He left and barely converted the 4-7 and then, needing a strike to win, left a 3-9 to lose.
Sikora took down fellow left-hander Mike Dias, 227-190, in the second match of the stepladder. Sikora built a big lead after six frames and a 6-8 split for an open by Dias in the seventh sealed his fate.
In the opening match of the stepladder, Dias took down Ron Mohr, 211-200. Dias, needing nine, spare, strike to win, popped a perfect strike in the final frame to advance.
There’s one more event left this season for players age 60 and older on the national tour as they will head to Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship. That event begins Wednesday with the first round of qualifying live on FloBowling.