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Belmonte Misses Out on Fifth USBC Masters Title

Monday, April 16, 2018

Australia’s Jason Belmonte has missed out on claiming his 5th USBC Masters title in Syracuse, New York, finishing 25th overall, with fellow Aussie Sam Cooley finishing down the leaderboard.

Despite an injury scare leading up to the tournament Belmonte qualified through to the double elimination match play rounds on Friday but went down to 2015 US Open winner Ryan Ciminelli. This loss saw the world number one fail to progress to the final stages of the tournament and see Belmonte finish equal 25th. Having won the tournament last year the 34-year-old was guaranteed a place in the top 64 but finished in 42nd following a qualifying average of 206.60 and progressed through to the match play rounds.

For Sam Cooley whose best finish at a PBA major was 3rd back at the 2016 Barbasol Players Championship, the Masters was another chance to test himself against the best in the world. Following an 892 pinfall across the first five game block of qualifying, Cooley lined up on the pattern to bowl 916 in the second five game block to then finish with 1026 in the final five games to average 188 and finish in 214th place.

In the TV finals this morning it was 22-year-old Andrew Anderson who stole the show winning his first career PBA tour title this morning Australian time.

Anderson who went undefeated in the match play at the Oncenter Convention Centre this week, held off Alex Hoskins in the championship match, 213-199, to win the coveted title and the $30,000 (USD) top prize.

Bowlers will now focus their attention on the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout and the PBA League with Belmonte to make a special trip to Florida to support a family involved in the Douglas School shootings.

For the final standings visit www.bowl.com/masters