Australia's Jason Belmonte earns No. 1 seed for USBC Masters finals


    2012-13 PBA Tour #11

    England's Stuart Williams takes No. 2 seed; rounding out the top 5 are Wes Malott, Parker Bohn III and Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi; stepladder finals air live on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. ET



    201213PBAJasonBelmonte.jpgAustralian two-handed star Jason Belmonte (pictured left) completed a sweep of six three-game matches Saturday at Brunswick Zone Carolier to earn the No. 1 seed for Sunday's stepladder finals in the United States Bowling Congress Masters.

    The picture above shows the finalists: R-L Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Wes Malott, Parker Bohn III and Mike Koivuniemi. Photo Joan Taylor.

    201213PBAStuartWilliams.jpgBelmonte, a five-time Professional Bowlers Association title winner, is seeking his first major championship. He defeated Stuart Williams (right) of England, 750-616, in a contest between the two remaining unbeaten players to complete his perfect record in the double-elimination, match-play bracket. Williams will be the No. 2 seed for Sunday's ESPN finals, which will air live at 3 p.m. ET.

    In his previous matches, Belmonte defeated Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 674-646; Dan MacLelland of Canada, 749-711; Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 761-685, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 642-632; and Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., 687-686.

    Earlier in the 2012-13 season, Belmonte finished second in the PBA World Championship when he lost to Bohn in the title match, 254-227. A year ago, Belmonte finished third in the U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone Carolier for his previous high finish in a major championship.

    201213PBAWesMalott.jpg"I have unfinished business. I want that major title so bad, but every bowler does," Belmonte said. "I'm extremely proud of my performances in the big events. I've made TV shows in five of the last six majors over the past two seasons. I've given myself the opportunities, but I have to put the experiences I've had - good and bad - together this time."

    201213PBA11ParkerBohnLeslieJustinSydneyBrandon.jpgRounding out Sunday's ESPN stepladder field will be Wes Malott (left) of Pflugerville, Texas; Parker Bohn III (pictured right with his family; photo Joan Taylor) and Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich. Malott won the four-player final elimination match with a 773 series to earn the No. 3 seed for the finals. Bohn was second with 732 and Koivuniemi was third with 704. Mike Machuga shot 692 and was eliminated.

    201213PBAMikaKoivuniemi.jpgKoivuniemi (left), the 2000 Masters champion and a two-time PBA Player of the Year, ended Walter Ray Williams' bid for a record-tying third Masters title in the seventh elimination round, 753-676.

    Bohn, who won the 2001 Masters, is hoping to become the seventh player in PBA history - and the first since Norm Duke in 2007-08 - to win two major titles in the same season. Duke won the PBA World Championship and U.S. Open during the 2007-08 campaign.

    The Masters, which features a total prize fund of $325,000 including a $50,000 first prize, is also part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour.


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    Winners Bracket Round Three

    Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to losers bracket.

    Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 740-614
    Stuart Williams, England, def. John Janawicz, Lake Wales, Fla., 687-667
    Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 642-632
    Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., def. Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 638-630


    Losers Bracket Round Five

    Winners remain in losers bracket. Losers eliminated, earn $3,400.

    Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 714-586
    Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., def. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 741-726
    Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., def. Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 768-656
    Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., def. Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 740-681


    Losers Bracket Round Six

    Winners remain in losers bracket. Losers eliminated, earn $4,000.

    Kretzer def. Daugherty, 630-605
    Bohn def. Jones, 671-649
    Koivuniemi def. Janawicz, 717-715
    W.R. Williams def. Otalora, 731-681


    Winners Bracket Round Four

    Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to losers bracket.

    S. Williams def. Malott, 711-664
    Belmonte def. Machuga, 687-686


    Losers Bracket Round Seven

    Winners remain in losers bracket. Losers eliminated, earn $7,000.

    Bohn def. Kretzer, 782-509
    Koivuniemi def. W.R. Williams, 753-676


    Winners Bracket Round Five

    Winner earns No. 1 seed for Sunday's ESPN finals; loser is No. 2 seed.

    Belmonte def. S. Williams, 750-616.


    Losers Bracket Round Eight

    Three highest scores advance to ESPN finals, high score is No. 3 seed, second high is No. 4, third high is No. 5, lowest score is eliminated, earns $7,000.

    Malott 773, Bohn 732, Koivuniemi 704, Machuga 692.