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Bowling News USA - February 23, 2014 Belmonte Runs The Stepladder at USBC Masters....Storm Nation Erupts

Storm star Jason Belmonte became the first bowler in nearly 50 years to successfully defend a United States Bowling Congress Masters title on Sunday as he defeated EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 221-177.

Belmonte, the reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year, opened up a big lead early and eased to the title at Brunswick Zone Carolier. With the victory, Belmonte, who earned $50,000 for the win, is just the third player to successfully defend a Masters title, joining Billy Welu (1964 and 1965) and Dick Hoover (1956 and 1957).

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Belmonte's win was the sixth major in a row won by a Storm or Roto Grip staffer. (Belmonte - 2014 USBC Masters, Belmonte - 2014 PBA Tournament of Champions, Barrett - 2014 PBA World Championship, Malott - 2013 U.S Open, Weber - 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions, Belmonte - 2013 USBC Masters).

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"This tournament is so difficult to win," said Belmonte, who won his ninth career PBA Tour title and his third major. "I always have high expectations for myself, but to go down in history as the third one and first in 50 years to win back-to-back is a huge honor."

Belmonte used a Storm Hy-Road and Roto Grip Uproar on the telecast.

In the title match, Belmonte got out of the gates quickly and took advantage of a slow start by Tackett, the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year. Belmonte started with a spare before rattling off four consecutive strikes to take command.

The match wasn't settled, however, until the final frame when Belmonte converted the 4 pin and struck on his final ball to shut out Tackett.

"I wish I would have had a chance, but Jason did what he had to do to win," Tackett said. "I'm disappointed I didn't win, but it's an experience I'm going to learn from this and hopefully next time I can win."

In addition to making history with consecutive Masters victories, Belmonte also added his name to a short list of players who have won back-to-back major titles. He won the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in January and is the seventh player in history to win back-to-back majors.

In the semifinal, Belmonte hung on for a one-pin victory over Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 235-234, by putting a spare on the board in the final frame and getting nine pins on the fill ball.

Belmonte, who entered the championship round as the fifth seed, took down No. 3 seed Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 202-173, and opened the stepladder finals with a 227-214 win over fourth seed Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

The Masters, which featured a total prize fund of $315,000, is part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour. A sold-out field of 468 players from 15 countries started the week in their quest to take home the trophy.

2014 USBC MASTERS 
At Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J.

Sunday's results 
Final standings

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 885 (four games), $50,000 (Storm Staff)
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 177 (one game), $25,000 
3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 234 (one game), $15,000 
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 183 (one game) $10,000 
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 214 (one game), $8,000

Stepladder results

Match One - Belmonte def. Ciminelli, 227-214 
Match Two - Belmonte def. Smallwood, 202-173 
Match Three - Belmonte def. Haugen, 235-234 
Championship - Belmonte def. Tackett, 221-177

Storm All-Time Wins 

1st Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1996 Greater Hartford Open (Forest Fire)

2nd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Tucson Open (Lightning Storm)

3rd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Comfort Inn Classic (Blue Thunder Pro)

4th Win - First Major - Pete Weber - 1998 National Championship (Bolt)

5th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1998 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (Bolt)

1st Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 1998 Storm Flagship Open

6th Win - Brian Himmler - 1999 Albuquerque Open (Sky Bolt)

7th Win - Eric Forkel - 1999 Brunswick Long Island N.Y City PBA Experience (Meteor Flash)

8th Win - Pete Weber - 2000 Empire State Open (El Nino 2000)

9th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 2000 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (ThunderFlash Pro)

10th Win - Second Major - Robert Smith - 2000 U.S Open (Fire Power)

11th Win - Robert Smith - 2000 Flagship Open (Super Power)

12th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2001 Orleans Casino Open Championship (X-IT)

13th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Great Lakes Classic (X-IT/Eraser)

14th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Greater Louisville Open (Trauma Recovery)

15th Win - Pete Weber - 2002 Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open (Trauma ER)

16th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 PBA Empire State Open (Erase It/Super Power)

17th Win - Hugh Miller - 2002 PBA Dream Bowl 2002 (Erase It)

18th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 Japan Cup (Shock Trauma)

19th Win - Danny Wiseman - 2002 Miller High Life Open (Eraser/Eraser Blaze)

20th Win - Randy Pedersen - 2002 Pepsi Open (X Factor)

2nd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2003 Storm Las Vegas Classic

21st Win - Mike DeVaney - 2003 PBA GEICO Earl Anthony Classic (X Factor)

22nd Win - Pete Weber - 2003 PBA Tar Heel Open (X Factor Deuce)

23rd Win - Robert Smith - 2003 PBA Banquet Open (Eraser Boost)

24th Win - Brian Himmler - 2003 PBA Miller High Life Open (Hotwire)

25th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2003 PBA Empire State Open (X Factor Deuce)

26th Win - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA GEICO Open (X Factor)

27th Win -Third Major - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions (Flash Point/Hot Rod)

3rd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Earl Anthony Classic presented by Storm Products

28th Win - Pete Weber - 2004 PBA Medford Open (Super Charge/X Factor Re Loaded)

29th Win - Fourth Major - Pete Weber - 2004 U.S Open (X Factor)

30th Win - Robert Smith - 2004 PBA Odor Eaters Open (Eraser Boost)

31st Win - Brian Himmler - 2004 PBA Chicago Open ( X Factor Ace)

4th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Orange County Classic presented by Storm Products

32nd Win - Pete Weber - 2005 Bowlers Paradise.com Classic (Fired Up)

33rd Win - Pete Weber - 2006 PBA Etonic Championship (Special Agent)

34th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Lake County Indiana Classic ( X Factor Ace)

35th Win - Brian Himmler - 2006 PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic (Paradigm)

36th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Ace Hardware Championship (X Factor Ace)

37th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 Columbia 300 Classic (Spit Fire)

38th Win - Fifth Major - Pete Weber - 2007 U.S Open (Shift)

39th Win - Norm Duke - 2007 PBA Pepsi Championship (Spit Fire/Fired Up)

40th Win - Sixth Major - Norm Duke - 2008 PBA Denny's World Championship (Hy-Road)

41st Win - Seventh Major - Norm Duke - 2008 U.S Open (Shift)

42nd Win - Mike Machuga - 2008 PBA Chameleon Championship (Hy-Road)

43rd Win - Mike Wolfe - 2008 PBA Ultimate Scoring Championship (Dimension/T-Road Pearl)

44th Win - Rhino Page - 2008 Shark Championship (Hy-Road)

45th Win - Eighth Major Norm Duke - 2008 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)

46th Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship (T-Road Solid/Rapid Fire)

47th Win - Ninth Major - Patrick Allen - 2009 PBA H & R Block Tournament of Champions (T-Road Pearl/Rapid Fire)

48th Win - Norm Duke/Liz Johnson 2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)

49th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Dick Weber Open (Hy-Road)

50th Win - Jeff Carter - 2009 GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Plastic)

51st Win - Jason Belmonte - 2009 PBA Long Island Classic - (Hy-Road/Team Storm Plastic)

52nd Win - Tenth Major - Mike Scroggins- 2009 U.S Open (Hy-Road/T-Road Pearl)

53rd Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 Dydo Japan Cup (Hy-Road)

54th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship (Second Dimension)

55th Win - Rhino Page - 2009 PBA Viper Open (Natural)

56th Win - Mike DeVaney 2009 PBA Scorpion Championship (Natural/Street Rod)

57th Win - Jack Jurek - 2009 PBA Shark Championship (Virtual Energy)

58th Win - Brian Voss/Diandra Asbaty - 2010 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)

59th Win - Pete Weber - 2010 PBA Lumber Liquidators Marathon Challenge (Hy-Road)

60th Win - Yong Jin Gu - 2010 PBA Scorpion Championship (Anarchy)

61st Win - Osku Palermaa - 2010 PBA GEICO Shark Championship (Hy-Road)

5th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2010 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products

62nd Win - 11th Major - Tom Hess - 2011 USBC Masters (Virtual Gravity Nano)

63rd Win - 12th Major - Norm Duke - 2011 U.S Open (Prodigy)

64th Win - Stuart Williams - 2012 Bayer Viper Open (Victory Road Solid/Tropical Heat)

65th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Chameleon Open (Marvel Pearl)

66th Win - Dominic Barrett - 2012 WSOB Scorpion Open (Marvel Pearl)

67th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Shark Open (Marvel Pearl)

68th Win - 13th Major - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)

69th Win - Andres Gomez - 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Marvel Pearl)

70th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Elite Players Championship (Marvel Pearl)

6th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2012 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products

71st Win - Scott Newell - 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open (Victory Road Solid)

72nd Win - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open (Natural)

73rd Win - 14th Major - Pete Weber - 2012 U.S Open (Marvel Pearl/Frantic)

74th Win - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - 2012 PBA Roth/Holman Doubles (Anarchy/Frantic)

75th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)

76th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Australian Masters (Lucid)

77th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)

78th Win - Brad Angelo - 2012-13 PBA Viper Championship (Hy-Road)

79th Win - Tom Daugherty - 2012-13 PBA BJ Scorpion Championship - (Victory Road)

80th Win - Andres Gomez - 2013 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Hy-Road)

81st Win - Michael Haugen Jr. -  2013 PBA Mark Roth Classic - (IQ Tour Pearl)

82nd Win - 15th Major - Jason Belmonte -  2013 USBC Masters (Lucid)

83rd Win - 16th Major  - Pete Weber - 2013 Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions  (IQ Tour Pearl)

84th Win - Chris Loschetter -  2013 Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open (IQ Tour)

85th Win - 17th Major - Wes Malott - 2013 Lipton U.S Open (Hy-Road Pearl)

86th Win - Dom Barrett - 2013 Qatar Bowling Open (IQ Tour/Crossroad)

87th Win - 18th Major - Dom Barrett - 2013 PBA World Championship (BYTE)

88th Win - 19th Major - Jason Belmonte - 2014 USBC Masters (Hy-Road)

(courtesy: bowl.com)

 

 

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