USBC Masters

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The USBC Masters is a championship ten pin bowling event conducted by the United States Bowling Congress. The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) began recognizing it as a title event in 1998, and it was designated one of the four majors in 2000.

History[edit]

Prior to 2005 the tournament was known as the ABC Masters, conducted by the American Bowling Congress (which merged with the WIBC and YABA, becoming the USBC in 2005). The Masters began as an invitational event showcasing national and local bowling stars and has grown to become one of bowling's most prestigious events.

While the event has evolved over the years, its trademark qualifying and double-elimination match play format has remained largely unchanged. All bowlers compete in 15 games of qualifying, with the top 63 qualifiers joining the previous year's champion in the double elimination match play bracket. All head-to-head matches consist of 3 games, highest total pinfall wins.[1]

Hundreds of competitors turn out for the Masters each year with their sights set on a prize fund that has recently been as high as $350,000, including a $50,000 top prize.[2] The field, which now includes women, also features representatives from all 50 states and a handful of foreign countries.

The Masters is open to any USBC member and is a part of the World Bowling Tour.

After the Masters in January 2004, the tournament was moved to the fall, resulting in two Masters events during 2004. (The first was part of the 2003–04 PBA season, and the second was part of the 2004–05 season.) Then in 2008, the tournament was moved back to the spring, which is why there was no Masters during 2008.

2014 Event[edit]

On February 23, 2014, Jason Belmonte became the first player to repeat as USBC Masters champion in nearly 50 years. (Billy Welu won back-to-back Masters in 1964–65.) Belmonte also became the first to win the Masters title while starting from the #5 seed in the TV finals.[3]

Results[edit]

  • Match 1: (5) Jason Belmonte def. (4) Ryan Ciminelli, 227–214
  • Match 2: Belmonte def. (3) Tom Smallwood, 202–173
  • Match 3: Belmonte def. (2) Michael Haugen Jr., 235–234
  • Title Match: Belmonte def. (1) E. J. Tackett, 221–177

Past Champions[edit]

NOTE: In May 2008, the PBA announced it was revising its all-time records to include ABC Masters championships prior to 1998 as PBA titles (and majors), if the champion was a PBA member at the time.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Masters website
  2. ^ "New formats for new era." Article at www.pba.com, August 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Schneider, Jerry (February 23, 2014). "Jason Belmonte Becomes First Player in Nearly 50 Years to Successfully Defend USBC Masters Title". PBA. 
  4. ^ All-time Denny's PBA Tour Titlists at www.pba.com