ROCKVILLE CTR, NY – JohnHodge topped the Friday NightMixed League firing games of 262-269-278 for a high series of 809 at Rockville Centre Lanes.Rick Boremski shot 289-682,Alan Salem 277-214, John LaBau267-723, Paul Smith 259, StevenBattino 257-212, and JarvisSkellington 255-243-706.
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -Australia's Jason Belmonte became thefirst bowler in nearly 50 years to suc-cessfully defend a United StatesBowling Congress Masters title whenhe defeated EJ Tackett of Huntington,Ind., 221-177.
Belmonte, the reigningProfessional Bowlers AssociationPlayer of the Year, opened up a big lead early and eased to thetitle at Brunswick Zone Carolier.With the victory, Belmonte, whoearned $50,000 for the win, is justthe third player to successfullydefend a Masters title, joiningBilly Welu (1964 and 1965) andDick Hoover (1956 and 1957)."This tournament is so difficultto win," said Belmonte, who wonhis ninth career PBA Tour title andhis third major. "I always havehigh expectations for myself, butto go down in history as the thirdone and first in 50 years to win back-to-back is a huge honor."In the title match, Belmonte gotout of the gates quickly and took advantage of a slow start byTackett, the reigning PBA Rookieof the Year. Belmonte started witha spare before rattling off four con-secutive strikes to take command.The match wasn't settled, howev-er, until the final frame whenBelmonte converted the 4 pin andstruck on his final ball to shut outTackett."I wish I would have had achance, but Jason did what he hadto do to win," Tackett said. "I'mdisappointed I didn't win, but it'san experience I'm going to learnfrom this and hopefully next timeI can win."In addition to making historywith consecutive Masters victoriesBelmonte also added his name to ashort list of players who have won back-to-back major titles. He wonthe Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in January and is theseventh player in history to win back-to-back majors.In the semifinal, Belmonte hungon 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 get-ting nine pins on the fill ball.Belmonte, who entered thechampionship round as the fifthseed, took down No. 3 seed TomSmallwood of Saginaw, Mich.,202-173, and opened the steplad-der finals with a 227-214 win over fourth seed Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.The Masters, which featured atotal prize fund of $315,000, is part of the World Tenpin BowlingAssociation World Bowling Tour.A sold-out field of 468 playersfrom 15 countries started theweek in their quest to take homethe trophy.
LODI, NJ - Matt Donders tossed a300-762 high series in the FridayG&L League at Lodi LanesJohn Seoane rolled near perfectwhen he posted a 298 game fol-lowed by Ed Smith rolling 276.FARMINGDALE, NY – JoeTraina, Jr. and Mike Gelman each blasted a 300 game in theThursday 3-Man League atFarmingdale Lanes. Curtis Brownshot a near perfect 299 game fol-lowed by Rob Haines posting 296245-267 to tally an 808 for the ses-sion high set.Jeremy Schaffer rolled 279-241-735, Joe Novara 289-730, SeanMott 216-256-258-730, DougFeldman 225-234-279-738, andAndrew Carrig 248-249-232-729.
Joe Traina, Jr., Mike Gelman 300 At Farmingdale LanesJoe Austin, Jason French, Gary Robertson Roll 300 At Rockville Centre Lanes
LEVITTOWN, NY - Tony Olivofount the line to tally a 300 gamewhile competing in the ThursdayCharles McShane League at SouthLevittown Lanes.Chris Vogel bowler a 274 fol-lowed by Brian Amodeo rolling270, Ed Stadtlander 269, TomGallagher 269, Jas Santoro 266-735, Brian Werbeck 259-717, LeeKruger 259, Mike Willis 258-258-704, Joe Paciullo 257, BradCammarano 257, and Ed Werbeck with a 257 in a 711 set.
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John Hodge 809 at Rockville Centre Matt Donders 300 at Lodi Lanes
ROCKVILLE CTR, NY – JoeAustin, Jason French, and GaryRobertson rolled 300in theMonday RVC 4-Man Classic.Mark Slade and Ben Gregorettishot 279, Sunil Kochar 278-277-766, Mark Deluca 276, TomSaitta, Bob Froehlich, andMatthew Rose 268, and JohnSchilling and Tim Swanson 267.
Tony Olivo 300 at South Levittown
STATEN ISLAND, NY - TomBarnes hit a 300 game for a highseries of 793 at the 39th Annual New Year Singles Classic TopQualifiers at Rab’s Country Lanes.Tim McAuliffe, Jr. shot 793,Dean Dunleavy and Steve Soss772, Mike Endress 766, GeorgeCretella 762, Joe Aballo 759, JoeConiglio 752, Tom Dinardo 278-751, Robert Rosas 748, DanTwomey 742, Joe Lamp 737, JohnEadicicco 736, Joe Stillman 735,Joey Weissenstein 734, JohnBeranello, Jr. 732, and RobynBuschini 730.
Tom Barnes’ 300 Tops New Year Classic at Rab’s