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 pba.com.
For more information on the Masters, visit BOWL.com/Masters.
- 2012 Mike Fagan
- 2011 Tom Hess
- 2010 Walter Ray Williams, Jr.
- 2009 John Nolen
- 2008 not contested due to PBA schedule change
- 2007 Sean Rash
- 2006 Doug Kent
- 2005 Mike Scroggins
- Oct. 2004 Danny Wiseman
- Jan. 2004 Walter Ray Williams, Jr.
- 2003 Bryon Smith
- 2002 Brett Wolfe
- 2001 Parker Bohn III
- 2000 Mika Koivuniemi
- 1999 Brian Boghosian
- 1998 Mike Aulby
- 1997 Jason Queen
- 1996 Ernie Schlegel
- 1995 Mike Aulby
- 1994 Steve Fehr
- 1993 Norm Duke
- 1992 Ken Johnson
- 1991 Doug Kent
- 1990 Chris Warren
- 1989 Mike Aulby
- 1988 Del Ballard, Jr.
- 1987 Rick Steelsmith
- 1986 Mark Fahy
- 1985 Steve Wunderlich
- 1984 Earl Anthony
- 1983 Mike Lastowski
- 1982 Joe Berardi
- 1981 Randy Lightfoot
- 1980 Neil Burton
- 1979 Doug Myers
- 1978 Frank Ellenburg
- 1977 Earl Anthony
- 1976 Nelson Burton, Jr.
- 1975 Ed Ressler, Jr.
- 1974 Paul Colwell
- 1973 Dave Soutar
- 1972 Bill Beach
- 1971 Jim Godman
- 1970 Don Glover
- 1969 Jim Chestney
- 1968 Pete Tountas
- 1967 Lou Scalia
- 1966 Bob Strampe
- 1965 Billy Welu
- 1964 Billy Welu
- 1963 Harry Smith
- 1962 Billy Golembiewski
- 1961 Don Carter
- 1960 Billy Golembiewski
- 1959 Ray Bluth
- 1958 Tom Hennessey
- 1957 Dick Hoover
- 1956 Dick Hoover
- 1955 Buzz Fazio
- 1954 Eugene Elkins
- 1953 Rudy Habetler
- 1952 Willard Taylo
- 1951 Lee Jouglard
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