Bryan Goebel beat Steve Hoskins, 245-235, in the championship match of the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, the PBA tour's marquee event, at Overland Park, Kan.
Goebel won his first PBA major in his only television appearance of the year and earned the tour's largest prize, $60,000. Goebel also receives a five-year exemption into the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.
Hoskins defeated Mark Williams, the 1985 and 1988 winner of the Tournament of Champions, 204-174. Hoskins then defeated third-seeded Mike Miller, 268-178 and Walter Ray Williams Jr., the tour leader in earnings and wins, 226-216.
In Las Vegas, fourth-seeded Julie Gardner of Huntington Beach, Calif., won four straight matches to earn the $35,000 first-place prize in the PWBA's $200,000 Sam's Town Invitational.
Gardner concluded her run by beating top seed Dede Davidson, 268-226. She averaged 238 in the four victories. Gardner opened the finals with a 223-208 win over Ann Marie Duggan, then ousted Debbie Rinella, 229-215, and defeated Marianne DiRupo, 231-203, before meeting Davidson.
In Kobe, Japan, Janette Piesczynski of Cheektowaga, the fourth seed, won her opening match in the finals of the AMF World Cup but lost to Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia, 222-176, to finish fourth. Piesczynski, the women's U.S. Amateur champion, opened the finals with a 213-163 victory over Ross Greiner, Netherlands.