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Bowling News USA - February 18, 2013 USBC Masters Rolls This Week in New Jersey


A field of 468 of the world's top amateur and professional bowlers will look to dethrone Mike Fagan when the 63rd USBC Masters takes place this week at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.

The Masters will have some minor format changes this year, allowing all players to bowl 15 qualifying games (instead of 10 games in previous years, with only the cashers bowling 15 games). After 15 games, the top 63 players will join Fagan in the unique three-game, double-elimination match-play bracket.

Storm's Pete Weber is seeking his first Masters title. The Storm brand will be seeking it's 15th major title. Since the company's inception one player, Tom Hess, has won a USBC Masters title throwing Storm equipment (2011 - Virtual Gravity™ Nano).

The top five players at the conclusion of the bracket competition will compete in the live two-hour championship round on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. ET.

To accommodate the change from four to five players making the television show, the final match in the Masters elimination bracket will consist of four players battling for the final three spots on the show. The four players will bowl one three-game match on the same pair of lanes on Saturday afternoon with the high score earning the No. 3 seed, the second high score No. 4 and third high score No. 5. The lowest scoring player will be eliminated.

The top two seeds on the TV finals will be awarded to the final two players in the winners bracket who then will bowl a three-game match to determine the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.

The Masters, which features a first-place prize of $50,000 and a total prize fund of at least $300,000, is a major event on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour and is part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour for the third consecutive season. 

All qualifying and match play rounds of the Masters are being covered live on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit

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