Jason Belmonte beats Sean Rash to win his fifth PBA title in Australian Masters

    10/28/12

    2012 World Bowling Tour #12

    Diandra Asbaty defeats Missy Parkin in all-U.S. affair to claim women's title

    2012EBT16SeanRash.jpg 201112PBA15JasonBelmonte2.jpg Jason Belmonte (pictured left) of Australia defeated PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash (right), 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.

    The 50th edition of the tournament drew a field of 198 players from five countries, 187 from Australia and New Zealand, five from Hong Kong, four from the U.S. and two from Singapore.

    Belmonte pocketed $25,000 Australian Dollar (approx. USD 25,860) for the victory and was awarded a PBA international title, his fifth career PBA title.

    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.

    2002USBCQDiandraAsbaty.jpg 2012EBT16MissyParkin2.jpgIn an all U.S.-affair Diandra Asbaty (left) swept Missy Parkin (right), 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.

    Asbaty, seeded fifth, survived a strong charge by 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist, Carol Gianotti of 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. It was the third consecutive win for the United States in the women's division after Lynda Barnes (2010) and Shannon Pluhowsky (2011).

    2012AUSMastersLogo2.jpg The AMF Australian Masters was the 12th and last stop of the 2012 World Bowling Tour and ran Oct. 26-27 at AMF Bowling Rooty Hill RSL in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

    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.

    2012AUSMastersJasonBelmonteDiandraAsbaty.jpg 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.

    The photo shows 2012 Australian Masters champion Jason Belmonte and Diandra Asbaty. Photo: Jacqueline Heldoorn.

    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.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg 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.

    2011WTBALogo_small.jpg 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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    Men's Division - Top 40 (Cashers)


    Players with position, Country/State and Earnings (Australian Dollar)

    1. Jason Belmonte, Australia, $25,000
    2. Sean Rash, United States, $12,500
    3. Christian Purdue, Australia, $5,000
    4. Chris Castle, Australia, $5,000
    5. Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, $2,500
    6. Michael Little, Australia, $2,500
    7. Jason Walsh, Australia, $2,500
    8. Michael Tsang, Hong Kong, $2,500
    9. George Frilingos, Australia, $800
    10. Craig Nevatt, New Zealand, $800
    11. Jarrod Lean, Australia, $800
    12. Glen Loader, Australia, $800
    13. Sam Cooley, Australia, $800
    14. Matt Watson, Australia, $800
    15. Morty Douglass, Australia, $800
    16. Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, $800
    17. Michael Muir, Australia, $300
    18. Brendan Meads, Australia, $300
    19. Paul Trotter, Australia, $300
    20. Rob Chinner, Australia, $300
    21. David Porto, Australia, $300
    22. Robert Townsend, Australia, $300
    23. Chris Batson, Australia, $300
    24. Stephen Cowland, Australia, $300
    25. Robbie Buckley, Australia, $300
    26. Ross Brown, Australia, $300
    27. Aaron Stack, Australia, $300
    28. Brandon Qualischefski, Australia, $300
    29. Ashley Warren, Australia, $200
    30. Robert Alston, Australia, $200
    31. Caine Thompson, Australia, $200
    32. James Kelly, New Zealand, $200
    33. David Brooks, Australia, $200
    34. Ron Voukolos, Australia, $200
    35. Luke Rafton, Australia, $200
    36. James Kyriacou, Australia, $200
    37. Ryan Burton, Australia, $200
    38. Phillip Ramsay, Australia, $200
    39. Shaun Dunn, Australia, $200
    40. Andrew Phillips, Australia, $200

     


    Women's Division - Top 40 (Cashers)


    Players with position, Country/State and Earnings (Australian Dollar)

    1. Diandra Asbaty, United States, $15,000
    2. Missy Parkin, United States, $7,500
    3. Kate Pilkington, Australia, $3,000
    4. Ann-Maree Putney, Australia, $3,000
    5. Kelly Kulick, United States, $1,200
    6. Carol Gianotti, Australia, $1,200
    7. Geraldine Ng, Singapore, $1,200
    8. Kristel Oh, Singapore, $1,200
    9. Lexi Nicoll, Australia, $400
    10. Bec Voukolos, Australia, $400
    11. Jessica Ryan, Australia, $400
    12. Tracey Madden, Australia, $400
    13. Jenny Notman, Australia, $400
    14. Chloe Harradine-Hale, Australia, $400
    15. Nicole Williams, Australia, $400
    16. Natarsha Vella, Australia, $400
    17. Samantha Edwards, Australia, $300
    18. Bianca Flanagan, Australia, $300
    19. Rochelle Mottlee, Australia, $300
    20. Bonita Muir, Australia, $300
    21. Louise Ingoe, Australia, $300
    22. Michaela Oehler, Australia, $300
    23. Dena Buxton, Australia, $300
    24. Rachelle Flynn, Australia, $300
    25. Amy Farrell, Australia, $300
    26. Jacinta Gilliland, Australia, $300
    27. Narelle Baker, Australia, $300
    28. Lindsay Schuler, Australia, $300
    29. Nell Kieseker, Australia, $200
    30. Kaitlyn Commane, Australia, $200
    31. Natalie Shelley, Australia, $200
    32. Rebekah Meads, Australia, $200
    33. Krystal King, Australia, $200
    34. Janet Baker, Australia, $200
    35. Clare Stephens, Australia, $200
    36. Melissa Fisher, Australia, $200
    37. Sam Day-Johnston, Australia, $200
    38. Kassey Fechner, Australia, $200
    39. Teagan Nairn, Australia, $200
    40. Ashley Lorigan, New Zealand, $200

     


    Men's Division - Single-Elimination Finals


    Best-of-three games; bracket system.

     


    Women's Division - Single-Elimination Finals


    Best-of-three games; bracket system.

     


    Men's Division - Final Round Three


    The top 8 advance to the single-elimination finals. Places 9-16 eliminated, earn $800.

     


    Women's Division - Final Round Three


    The top 8 advance to the single-elimination finals. Places 9-16 eliminated, earn $400.

     


    Men's Division - Final Round Two


    The top 12 advance to the next round. Bowlers ranked 13th to 24th finish 17th to 28th, earn $300.

     


    Women's Division - Final Round Two


    The top 12 advance to the next round. Bowlers ranked 13th to 24th finish 17th to 28th, earn $300.

     


    Men's Division - Final Round One


    The top 12 advance to the next round. Bowlers ranked 13th to 24th finish 29th to 40th, earn $200.

     


    Women's Division - Final Round One


    The top 12 advance to the next round. Bowlers ranked 13th to 24th finish 29th to 40th, earn $200.

     


    Men's Division - Standings after Qualifying


    The top 40 will advance to the finals. The Australian State and New Zealand Representatives (State Reps) cannot be eliminated from Qualifying but are seeded by their pinfall.

     


    Women's Division - Standings after Qualifying


    The top 40 will advance to the finals. The Australian State and New Zealand Representatives (State Reps) cannot be eliminated from Qualifying but are seeded by their pinfall.