2016 PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr Averages 232.5 to Top Qualifying in PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open

by Jerry Schneider April 16, 2017 18:40

Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, and defending PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, averaged 232.5 to top qualifying in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open at Lane Glo Bowl leading 32 players into Monday’s match play round.

Mohr, who is still trying for his first title in a PBA60 event (for players 60 and over), finished with a 1,401 pinfall total in the first six-game block Sunday and followed it up with 1,390 in the second for a 2,791 overall pinfall to edge four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., in second with 2,785.

“I bowled really well last year but could never finish the deal,” said Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner. “That’s why I’ve really been excited about getting back out here and see what I can do about that.

“I don’t know how much I can tell from qualifying today but it’s a good start and a good confidence builder to be sure,” Mohr added. “I had a bad fourth game in the second block mainly because I didn’t have a good read on that pair but overall things were good.”

Last season Mohr had a combined eight top-five finishes in PBA50 and PBA60 events with a best of second in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and the PBA60 Dick Weber Classic. His last win on the PBA50 Tour came in the 2012 PBA Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open.

Rounding out the top five were Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2,778; Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 2,769, and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,764.

After Monday’s match play round, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at noon ET.

The PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, for players 50 and over, begins Tuesday at Lane Glo Bowl with first round qualifying. Qualifying continues on Wednesday which will determine the top 32 players who will advance to match play on Thursday. The top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 4 p.m.

Both tournaments are streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA60 KILLER ‘B’ OPEN 

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Sunday

Second Round Standings (after 12 games)

Top 32 players advance to match play

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,791.
2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,785.
3, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2,778.
4, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 2,769.
5, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,764.
6, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 2,717.
7, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 2,690.
8, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,687.
9, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 2,680.
10, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 2,679.
11, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,667.
12, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,666.
13, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,660.
14, n-Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,649.
15, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,647.
16, n-John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 2,634.
17, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,630.
18, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 2,629.
19, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,627.
20, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2,619.
21, David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 2,616.
22, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2,615.
23, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 2,614.
24, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,603.
25, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2,596.
26, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 2,584.
27, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,582.
28, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,575.
29, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 2,573.
30, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 2,572.
31, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,568.
32, n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,567.

Failed to advance:
33, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 2,565.
34, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla., 2,564.
35, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,561.
36, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,559.
37, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 2,552.
38, (tie) Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,549.
40, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,543.
41, n-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2,522.
42, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,517.
43, ss-Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 2,510.
44, n-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 2,503.
45, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,500.
46, n-Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., 2,497.
47, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,494.
48, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 2,490.
49, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2,482.
50, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,467.
51, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 2,465.
52, n-Chuck Ludwig, Treasure Island, Fla., 2,463.
53, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 2,457.
54, Donald MacDonald Jr., Seminole, Fla., 2,453.
55, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,448.
56, Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,444.
57, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,440.
58, (tie) Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., and Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 2,435.
60, Mark McNutt, Alpharetta, Ga., 2,427.
61, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 2,422.
62, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,419.
63, n-Frank Cascio, Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,411.
64, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,410.
65, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,401.
66, n-Kenneth Smith, Spring Hill, Fla., 2,393.
67, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,380.
68, n-Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,379.
69, Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,372.
70, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,366.
71, n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2,364.
72, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,362.
73, n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 2,359.
74, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 2,347.
75, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 2,339.
76, (tie) William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 2,336.
78, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 2,326.
79, n-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2,321.
80, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,308.
81, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 2,306.
82, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 2,296.
83, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,287.
84, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 2,285.
85, n-Ron Wagner, Cinnaminson, N.J., 2,282.
86, (tie) Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., and n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 2,263.
88, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,261.
89, Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,224.
90, n-Chris Patton, Park City, Utah, 2,205.
91, John Thomas, Fort Myers, Fla., 2,194.
92, Lonnie Dyer, Charlotte, N.C., 2,175.
93, Sidney Stafford, Texas City, Texas, 2,148.
94, n-David Titer, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 2,114.
95, Randy Mitchell, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 2,101.

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2017 PBA50 Tour Season Begins With PBA50/PBA60 Doubleheader April 15-20 in New Port Richey, Fla.

by Jerry Schneider April 6, 2017 08:25

The 2017 PBA50 Tour season opens with a PBA50/PBA60 doubleheader when Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., hosts the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open and the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open back-to-back April 15-20.

The inaugural Killer ‘B’ Open, for players ages 60 and over, will take place April 15-17 and will be followed by the Pasco County Florida Open April 18-20. Both events will be covered live in their entirety by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., highlights the list of approximately 150 players ages 50 and over who are entered in the Pasco County Florida Open which will be the first of 13 tournaments during the 2017 season.

Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, won his 10th career PBA50 Tour title in Pasco County last year by defeating fellow PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 245-225, in the title match.

The Pasco County win was part of another milestone chapter in the Hall of Famer’s more than three decade career in which he won his record 100th career overall title in PBA competition (including PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA regional and PBA50 regional wins). He achieved the century mark last December in the Decker Appraisal Services Trios regional tournament in Harrisonburg, Va.

Williams’ win total now stands at 101 after winning the PBA50 Fayetteville Southern Open regional tournament in Fayetteville, N.C., in March.

Other PBA50 Tour stars expected to compete in New Port Richey will be a host of other Hall of Famers including Tom Baker, 2015 winner Parker Bohn III, 2014 winner Amleto Monacelli, Dale Eagle, Bryan Goebel and Brian Voss. Baker and Eagle will be doing double duty as they will also compete in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open. Also competing in both events will be defending PBA60 Player of the Year and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas.

Two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber is not expected to compete in New Port Richey, but plans to begin his Player of the Year defense in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in the Villages presented by Radical April 22-25.

The tournament will also mark the return of former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher John Burkett, who missed most of last year following ankle surgery. Five-time PBA Tour champions Michael Haugen Jr. and Ryan Shafer are expected to make their PBA50 Tour debuts.

Competition begins with PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open qualifying on Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m. ET and continues with match play on Monday, April 17 that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals at noon. PBA50 Pasco County Open qualifying begins Tuesday April 18 at 8 a.m. and continues on April 19 before match play gets underway April 20 which will determine the top five for the stepladder final that will get underway at 4 p.m.

For admission and pro-am information contact Lane Glo Bowl at (727) 376-1164.

For Xtra Frame subscription information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA60 KILLER ‘B’ OPEN SCHEDULE

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.

(All times Eastern)

Saturday, April 15
9 a.m. - Practice Session
3, 5 p.m. - Pro-Am Squads
Sunday, April 16
8 a.m. - Qualifying (6 games)
3 p.m. – Qualifying (6 games)

Top 32 players advance to match play
Monday, April 17
8 a.m. - Match Play (8 games)
Top 5 bowlers advance to a stepladder final

Noon – Stepladder finals

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA OPEN SCHEDULE

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.

Monday, April 17
3 - 5 p.m. - Practice Session
Tuesday, April 18
8 a.m. - A squad qualifying (7 games)
1 p.m. - B squad qualifying (7 games)
Wednesday, April 19
8 a.m. - B squad qualifying (7 games)
1 p.m. - A squad qualifying (7 games)
Top 32 bowlers advance to match play

Thursday, April 20
8 a.m. - Match Play Round One (6 games) 
Noon - Match Play Round Two (6 games)
Top 5 bowlers advance to a stepladder final

4 p.m. - Stepladder finals

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Josh Blanchard Wins Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic for Third Career PBA Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider March 19, 2017 13:19

Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., breezed through all three of his stepladder matches to win the PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic Sunday at Sawgrass Lanes for his third career PBA Tour title.

Streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame, Blanchard beat former McKendree University collegiate star and finals top seed AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 232-204, in the title match for his first title of the season and first in two years. For Johnson, it was his third career runner-up finish.

“It feels unbelievable,” said Blanchard, who won his last title in the 2015 PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout. “Sometimes you doubt yourself but I have a lot of support from my family, friends and fans so I think it was just a matter of time before I could bring home another win.”

IMG_0392By winning, Blanchard also takes the early lead in the Storm Cup points race which will award $50,000 in bonus prize money at the end of the season. All eight Storm Cup events are streamed live on Xtra Frame.

Needing a strike on the first ball of the 10th frame to win the semifinal match, Blanchard struck out to beat four-time Tour winner Dom Barrett of England, 279-258, to advance to the title match.

In the opening match, Blanchard, who was the No. 3 seed, beat Shawn Maldonado of Houston, who was trying for his first Tour win, 236-175.

Upcoming Storm Cup Xtra Frame events this season will include stops in North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Delaware before its final event in Coldwater, Ohio, in late August. The next stop for the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series will be the Xtra Frame Wilmington Open in Wilmington, N.C., May 26-29.

For Xtra Frame subscription information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA XTRA FRAME REALITY CHECK CLASSIC

Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac, Fla., Sunday

Final Standings: 1, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., $10,000. 2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., $5,500. 3, Dom Barrett, England, $3,000. 4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, $2,000.

Stepladder Results: Match One – Blanchard def. Maldonado, 236-175. Semifinal – Blanchard def. Barrett, 279-258. Championship – Blanchard def. Johnson, 232-204.

Final Qualifying Standings (after 17 games, top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):

1, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,128.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 4,053.
3, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 4,012.
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,994.
5, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,957, $1,750.
6, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,926, $1,500.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,902, $1,400.
8, Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,864, $1,300.

Other Round of 16 Cashers (after 15 games):

9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,462, $1,250.
10, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 3,429, $1,200.
11, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,414, $1,150.
12, Cristian Azcona, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,409, $1,100.
13, n-Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,401, $1,075.
14, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,395, $1,050.
15, n-Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 3,360, $1,025.
16, Michael Azcarate, Coral Springs, Fla., 3,325, $1,000.

Other Cashers (after 12 games):

17, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,671, $700.
18, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,669, $700.
19, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2,661, $700.
20, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,656, $700.
21, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,654, $700.
22, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,644, $700.
23, n-Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 2,633, $700.
24, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 2,631, $700.
25, n-Sean Riccardi, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,621, $700.
26, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,615, $675.
27, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 2,610, $675.
28, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,600, $675.
29, n-Thomas Bosquez Jr., Springhill, Fla., 2,598, $675.
30, n-Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,597, $675.
31, (tie) n-Reggie Pierson, Miami, Fla., 2,594, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,594, $675.
33, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,586, $675.
34, (tie) EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,584, and n-Matt Russo, Millstone Township, N.J., 2,584, $663.
36, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,567, $650.
37, Daria Pajak, Poland, 2,563, $650.
38, (tie) n-Sebastian Charry, Colombia, 2,561, and n-Danny Battles, Zephyrhills, Fla., 2,561, $650.
40, n-Vince Grudinsky Jr., Jupiter, Fla., 2,541, $650.
41, Cody Mullis, Homosassa, Fla., 2,537, $650.
42, n-Kristijonas Sergejevas, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,536, $650.
43, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2,526, $650.
44, Mike Moore, Orlando, Fla., 2,515, $625.
45, n-Daniel Vasquez, Colombia, 2,512, $625.
46, n-John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,511, $625.
47, (tie) Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2,505, n-Wyatt Smith, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,505, and n-Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,505, $625.
50, n-Shawn Naumann, Orlando, Fla., 2,504, $625.
51, n-Andraunick Simounet, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,503, $625.
52, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 2,502, $625.
53, n-Taylor Bulthuis, Coral Springs, Fla., 2,482, $600.
54, (tie) n-Anthony Veney, San Antonio, Texas, 2,481, and n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 2,481, $600.
56, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,476, $600.
57, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 2,464, $600.
58, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 2,461, $600.
59, (tie) Carlos Tobon, Plantation, Fla., 2,456, and n-Jason Ferrill, Venice, Fla., 2,456, $600.
61, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,448, $600.
62, n-James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 2,370, $600.

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2017 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

by Jerry Schneider March 10, 2017 11:57

The PBA has announced it is now accepting applications for the 2017 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award which recognizes exemplary qualities in male or female college students who compete in the sport of bowling.

To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintain at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. Applications must be postmarked by June 15.

The scholarship, which awards $1,000 to the winner, was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence. Welu, who passed away in 1974, was best known for his expert analysis alongside legendary ABC broadcaster and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Schenkel on the “Pro Bowlers Tour” series. Welu was a two-time PBA Tour champion and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class in 1975.

Additional information and the application can be retrieved by clicking on http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships. The application is a PDF file and requires Acrobat Reader to view and print. Nominations can be sent to scholarships@pba.com or through the U.S. mail at PBA Billy Welu Scholarship, 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 401, Chicago, IL 60604.

HISTORY OF PBA BILLY WELU SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

2016 – Sydney Brummett (Wichita State)

2015 – Ramon Hilferink (Webber International)

2014 – Melanie Hannon (Fairleigh Dickinson)

2013 – Katie Thornton (Webber International)

2012 – Danielle McEwan (Fairleigh Dickinson)

2011 – Kristina Frahm (Maryland Eastern Shore)

2010 – Kim Yioulos (Pikeville)

2009 – Elizabeth Seibel (Penn State)

2008 – Heather D’Errico (Robert Morris-Illinois)

2007 – Ricki Williams (Wichita State)

2006 – Jerrod Reece (Creighton University)

2005 – Mandy Pezzano (U of Penn)

2004 – Holly Pusok (University of Houston)

2003 – Robby Spigner (Indiana University)

2002 – N/A

2001 – Jennie Snoddy (Notre Dame College of Ohio)

2000 – Jackie Edwards (Cal State-Fresno)

1999 – Steven Svetlik (University of Illinois-Chicago)

1998 – Nicholas Hoagland (Indiana University)

1997 – Preston Brunswig (Wichita State)

1996 – Brenda Dosher (University of Southern Indiana)

1995 – Michael Lamont (University of Florida)

1994 – Joe Ciccone (Erie Community College)

1993 – N/A

1992 – Stephen Dale Jr. (Northeastern University)

1991 – Kari Murph (Morehead State)

1990 – Kimberly Berke (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

1989 – Ronni Shehorn (San Jose State)

1988 – Julie Powell (University of Michigan)             

1987 – N/A

1986 – Paul Kaib (University of Florida)

1985 – Curt Pezzano (University of Miami (Fla))

1984 – Michelle Mullen (University of Illinois)

1983 – Jeri Edwards (Penn State)

1982 – Patricia Bowie (Arizona State)

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Australia’s Jason Belmonte Dominates USBC Masters, Wins Record Fourth Title, Eighth Career PBA Major

by Jerry Schneider February 26, 2017 14:08

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Public Relations Manager

LAS VEGAS - Australia's Jason Belmonte has been a trailblazer in the sport of bowling his entire career, and he added another milestone to his growing list of accomplishments by becoming the first bowler to win the United States Bowling Congress Masters four times.

The 33-year-old entered the event's stepladder finals Sunday as the No. 1 seed and started the championship match at The Orleans Bowling Center with seven consecutive strikes, before a 7 pin ended his run at the first perfect game in a USBC Masters final.

The 279-212 win over amateur Michael Tang of San Francisco gave Belmonte his eighth major title, and second in three events, tying him with USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famers Mike Aulby and Walter Ray Williams Jr. for second all-time behind fellow hall of famers Earl Anthony and Pete Weber, who have 10 apiece.

"Honestly, it hasn't sunken in yet, and I'm really speechless," Belmonte said. "I love this tournament and think it really brings out the best in me. To have my name etched on this trophy four times and be the only person to do that is unbelievable. It doesn't seem real."

Belmonte, who won the recent Barbasol PBA Players Championship, now has 14 PBA Tour titles in nine seasons. He won the Masters three-consecutive times in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Heading into Sunday, Belmonte knew his game plan would be dependent on who else made the show and how they attacked the lanes in the games leading up to the final. Even as practice ended before the title match, Belmonte was uncertain about his look and made an educated guess.

"I struck once in practice and nothing looked like I was going to have that kind of game," said Belmonte, a three-time PBA Player of the Year. "With two shots left, Tim Mack hit the surface with 1,000 grit, and it looked OK. I hadn't thrown it on the other lane, so I had to make a guess on that lane. I told myself just to hit that spot. With urethane, the game Michael bowled easily could have been the game I had. He bowled a great game and didn't give anything away. He's an amazing talent."

Tang, the No. 4 seed for Sunday's championship round, was looking to become the first amateur since 2002 to win the Masters. He also would've been the first bowler to win from the fourth spot. Only two times since the Masters went to a stepladder format in 1980 has anyone lower than the second seed won the event.

Tang's ticket to the final came with a 227-217 win over amateur Alex Hoskins of Brigham City, Utah.
The two were even through five frames, with neither player throwing a double, but both rallying with late strings of three strikes.

Tang finished first, giving Hoskins the opportunity to win the game with a strike and nine-spare in his final frame, but Hoskins went light and left a 2 pin on his first offering. Hoskins, who made his first appearance at the Masters, finished third.

"The right lane got a little tight downlane," said Tang, the 2015 Intercollegiate Singles champion. "In the match against Hoskins, I rang a couple of 10s, which were worrisome, but I thought I had something figured out. The lanes kind of transitioned differently than through the week, so I had to make some different moves. Belmo is Belmo. It's hard to beat him when he has that kind of look. I feel like I bowled well, so there's nothing to be mad about."

In two wins on the way to the semifinal matchup with Hoskins, Tang tossed 18 strikes to get past his brother, Darren, and Sweden's Martin Larsen.

Tang's nine-strike performance against Darren ended in a 248-212 victory. The two were separated by just two pins after four frames, but four consecutive strikes from Michael in frames five through eight allowed him to pull away for good. Darren Tang finished fourth.

It was the first TV meeting between brothers since the 1994 PBA National Championship, when David Traber defeated his brother Dale in the title match. The last time two brothers met in the stepladder at the Masters was 1980 when Neil Burton defeated his brother, Nelson (Bo), in the semifinal, before topping hall of famer Mark Roth for the title.

clip_image001"It was fun," Michael Tang said. "I think he was trying to keep things a little looser, while I tried to stay in my zone and treat it like any other match. But it will be fun to watch back home."
In the opening match Sunday, Michael Tang also struck nine times, including the first five frames, to defeat Larsen, 264-229. Larsen, who's still searching for his first PBA Tour title, finished fifth.

Competitors in the 395-player field this week bowled 15 games of qualifying, before a cut was made to the top 63, who joined defending champion Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, in the double-elimination match-play bracket.

2017 USBC MASTERS
At The Orleans Bowling Center, Las Vegas
Sunday's Results
Final standings

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 279 (one game), $30,000
2, Michael Tang (a), San Francisco, 951 (four games), $22,500
3, Alex Hoskins (a), Brigham City, Utah, 217 (one game), $15,000
4, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 212 (one game), $11,500
5, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 229 (one game), $9,000

Stepladder results
Match One - M. Tang def. Larsen, 264-229
Match Two - M. Tang def. D. Tang, 248-212
Semifinal - M. Tang def. Hoskins, 227-217
Championship - Belmonte def. M. Tang, 279-212

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