Bowling News USA - October 27, 2012 Belmonte, Asbaty Power To Australian Masters Titles...
Jason Belmonte of Australia defeated PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash United States, two-games-to-one, to win the World Bowling Tour's AMF Australian Masters Saturday at AMF Bowling Rooty Hill RSL in Sydney, Australia.
Belmonte pocketed $25000 Australian Dollar (approx. USD 25,860) for the victory and was awarded a PBA international title, his fifth career PBA title.
Belmonte made a ball change in the third game (Lucid™) of the match for the win.
The two-hander from down-under won a low-scoring first game by two pins, 174-172, but Rash, who was looking for his sixth career PBA title, leveled the match with a 255-233 win in game two to force a deciding third game.
Belmonte won the high-scoring game, 256-243, to hand Rash his second consecutive defeat in a WBT title match after the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.
Rash, who finished qualifying in 11th place to bypass the first round of the finals, led the second and third round to earn the No. 1 seed for the single-elimination best-of-three games finals in bracket system. The American defeated both No. 8 Eric Tseng of Hong Kong and No. 4 Chris Castle of Australia, 2-1, to advance to the title match.
Belmonte, seeded third, swept his compatriots No. 6 Michael Little and No. 2 Chris Purdue to bowl rash for the title. Rash received $12,500 for second place while Purdue and Castle earned $5,000 apiece for third and fourth place, respectively.
In an all U.S.-affair Diandra Asbaty swept Missy Parkin two-games-to-none, to win the women's title and the AUD15,000 top prize (approx. USD15,515). Both players were targeting for their third win on the 2012 World Bowling Tour.
Asbaty won the first game by four pins, 204-200, and wrapped up her third title of the season after the USBC Queens and the World Bowling Tour Thailand with a 221-192 in game two.
"The Lucid helped me get to the finals," said Asbaty. "I used the Roto Grip Nomad Dagger™ to win. Such an exciting tournament!"
Asbaty, seeded fifth, survived a strong charge by 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist, Carol Gianottiof Australia, in the quarterfinals, 2-1, including a 245-221 win in the decider.
Asbaty then rolled games of 235 and 248 to sweep two-time World Champion Ann-Maree Putney, Australia, 2-0. Putney stunned top seeded Kelly Kulick, United States, in the Round of 8, 2-0 (269-203 and 237-193).
No. 3 Parkin, who was the women's winner at the United States Bowling Congress Masters and the 69th U.S. Open, rolled games between 254 and 220 to sweet Singapore's Kristel Oh and Kate Pilkington, Australia, on her way to the title match.
Parkin took home $7,500 for second place while Pilkington and Putney earned $3,000 apiece for third and fourth place, respectively.
The tournament offered total prize fund of 112,400 Australian Dollar or approx. USD116,270 with $25,000 and $15,000 going to the men's and women's champion, respectively. Applicable taxes will be withheld from prize-funds paid to non-resident entrants.
Qualifying was over six games, using the two highest three-game series in singles or doubles attempts bowled during the 2012 Adult National Championships.
A total of 40 men and 40 women advanced to the finals. The Australian and New Zealand State representatives couldn't be eliminated from qualifying but were seeded by their pinfall..
The top 4 in each division received two byes to Round 3 while bowlers seeded positions 5 through 16 received one bye to Round 2. Bowlers filling qualifying positions 17 through 40 competed in Round 1. All final rounds started from scratch.
Bowlers seeded 17th to 40th bowled 6 games to cut to the top 12 bowlers who joined qualifiers 5 to 16 in Round 2. These 24 bowlers then played 6 games with the top 12 bowlers advancing to meet the top 4 qualifiers in Round 3.
After another 6-game round the top 8 bowlers determined the champion in single-elimination best-of-three games match play. The field was cut to four and then two players who bowled for the titles.
The 2012 WBT consisted of 12 tournaments in America, Asia, Europe and Australia - five in the United States and one each in Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Kuwait and Thailand.
Players earned ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points earned in 2011 are added to points earned in 2012 to determine the points list.
The top three men and top three women will be invited to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the Professional Bowlers Association to kick off the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling featuring total prize fund of $70,000.
The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.
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