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USBC NEWS: Australia's Belmonte earns No. 1 seed for USBC Masters finals


February 23, 2013

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AUSTRALIA'S BELMONTE EARNS NO. 1 SEED FOR USBC MASTERSFINALS

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Australian two-handed star JasonBelmonte completed a sweep of six three-game matches Saturday at Brunswick ZoneCarolier to earn the No. 1 seed for Sunday's stepladder finals in the UnitedStates Bowling Congress Masters.

Belmonte, a five-time Professional Bowlers Associationtitle winner, is seeking his first major championship. He defeated StuartWilliams of England, 750-616, in a contest between the two remaining unbeatenplayers to complete his perfect record in the double-elimination, match-playbracket. Williams will be the No. 2 seed for Sunday's ESPN finals, which willair live at 3 p.m. ET.

In his previous matches, Belmonte defeated Brian Ziesig,Levittown, N.Y., 674-646; Dan MacLelland of Canada, 749-711; Hall of FamersWalter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 761-685, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson,N.J., 642-632; and Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., 687-686.

Earlier in the 2012-13 season, Belmonte finished secondin the PBA World Championship when he lost to Bohn in the title match, 254-227.A year ago, Belmonte finished third in the U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone Carolierfor his previous high finish in a major championship.

"I have unfinished business. I want that major titleso bad, but every bowler does," Belmonte said. "I'm extremely proudof my performances in the big events. I've made TV shows in five of the lastsix majors over the past two seasons. I've given myself the opportunities, butI have to put the experiences I've had - good and bad - together thistime."

Rounding out Sunday's ESPN stepladder field will be WesMalott of Pflugerville, Texas; Bohn and Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi ofHartland, Mich. Malott won the four-player final elimination match with a 773series to earn the No. 3 seed for the finals. Bohn was second with 732 andKoivuniemi was third with 704. Machuga shot 692 and was eliminated.

Koivuniemi, the 2000 Masters champion and a two-time PBAPlayer of the Year, ended Walter Ray Williams' bid for a record-tying thirdMasters title in the seventh elimination round, 753-676.

Bohn, who won the 2001 Masters, is hoping to become theseventh player in PBA history - and the first since Norm Duke in 2007-08 - towin two major titles in the same season. Duke won the PBA World Championshipand U.S. Open during the 2007-08 campaign.

The Masters, which features a total prize fund of$325,000 including a $50,000 first prize, is also part of the World TenpinBowling Association World Bowling Tour.

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UNITED STATES BOWLING CONGRESS MASTERS

Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.Y., Saturday

THREE-GAME, DOUBLE-ELIMINATION MATCH PLAY

WINNERS BRACKET ROUND THREE

Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Manuel Otalora,Colombia, 740-614.

Stuart Williams, England, def. John Janawicz, Lake Wales,Fla., 687-667.

Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson,N.J., 642-632.

Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., def. Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio,638-630.

ELIMINATION BRACKET ROUND FIVE

(Losers eliminated, earn $3,400)

Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. Chris Barnes,Double Oak, Texas, 714-586.

Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., def. Ryan Ciminelli,Cheektowaga, N.Y., 741-726.

Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., def. Patrick Allen,Wesley Chapel, Fla., 768-656.

Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., def. Matt McNiel,Prior Lake, Minn., 740-681.

ELIMINATION BRACKET ROUND SIX

(Losers eliminated, earn $4,000)

Kretzer def. Daugherty, 630-605.

Bohn def. Jones, 671-649.

Koivuniemi def. Janawicz, 717-715.

W.R. Williams def. Otalora, 731-681.

WINNERS BRACKET ROUND FOUR

S. Williams def. Malott, 711-664.

Belmonte def. Machuga, 687-686.

ELIMINATION BRACKET ROUND SEVEN

(Losers eliminated, earn $5,000)

Bohn def. Kretzer, 782-509.

Koivuniemi def. W.R. Williams, 753-676.

WINNERS BRACKET ROUND FIVE

(Winner earns No. 1 seed for Sunday's ESPN finals; loseris No. 2 seed) Belmonte def. S. Williams, 750-616.

ELIMINATION BRACKET ROUND EIGHT

(Three highest scores advance to ESPN finals, high scoreis No. 3 seed, second high is No. 4, third high is No. 5, lowest score iseliminated, earns $7,000) Malott 773, Bohn 732, Koivuniemi 704, Machuga 692.

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