December 4, 2004 19:00
Tommy Jones became the first player to win multiple titles this season as he defeated Brian Voss, 224-179, in the PBA Tour Denver Open Sunday at Brunswick Zone Lakewood.
Jones, who won the 2004 Dydo Drinco Japan Cup in September, capitalized on two open frames left by Voss in the 4th and 7th frames to take a 148-111 lead. Jones then struck in the 8th and clinched the win with a strike in the 9th, picking up his second career title, a $40,000 first-place prize and a one-year PBA Tour exemption.
“I bowled pretty good and stayed on top of the changes all week,” Jones, who failed to win a title in his first four seasons on Tour, said. “This is my dream and what I grew up doing.”
In one of the most anticipated match-ups of the year, Voss defeated Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 265-222, to advance to the title match for the second time this season. Voss opened with the front eight while Duke struggled with three consecutive spares and an open frame in 7th.
In the first semifinal, Jones advanced to the title match by defeating Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 234-200. Fleming started the game with two spares and an open frame, but it was Jones’ six strikes in the first seven frames that made the difference in this match.
Voss won $20,000 for his 2nd place finish. Fleming and Duke won $10,000 for 3rd place.
The Tour will continue next week with the PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic at Lava Lanes in Medford, Ore. The event begins with the PBA Tour Qualifying Round on Wednesday, Dec. 8. ESPN will televise the finals live Sunday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m. ET.
PBA Denver Open
Brunswick Zone Lakewood
Sunday, Dec. 5
Pos. Name, hometown Total/Games Money
1. Tommy Jones, Mauldin, S.C. 458 (2 games) $40,000
2. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga. 444 (2 games) $20,000
3. Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas 200 (1 game) $10,000
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 222 (1 game) $10,000
SCORES – In the semifinals, Jones def. Fleming, 234-200, and Voss def. Duke, 265-222; and in the finals, Jones defeated Voss, 224-179.
Big week for Brian
Brian Voss had several family members in town to witness his championship round appearance, including two brothers, one sister, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, and his sister’s two kids. His brother Mark came from North Dakota, while the others live in the Denver area.
Though Voss didn’t win the title, he accomplished a lot this week. As he put it, he “got rid of two gnats”. He had lost to Mike Edwards twice this season before beating him in the round of 32. He also beat Chris Barnes for the first time in his career.
Queen out for remainder of first half
Jason Queen will take the next two weeks off to tend to personal matters. Because of his absence there will be five qualifiers, instead of the usual four, taken from the PBA Tour Qualifying Round the next two weeks.
There will be an exciting match-up between two fiery competitors in the round of 64 next week in the PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic. Marshall Holman, a PBA Tour Hall of Famer who won 22 career titles, was given the Commissioner’s Exemption and will face Pete Weber, also a PBA Hall of Famer who has 31 career titles.
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