Jason Belmonte became the first bowler in nearly 50 years to successfully defend a USBC Masters title on Sunday as he defeated E.J. Tackett, 221-177, in the championship match.
Belmonte, the reigning PBA Player of the Year, opened up a big lead early and coasted to the title at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.
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).
“This tournament is so difficult to win,” said Belmonte, who won his ninth career PBA title and 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.”
BJI will have full Masters coverage in the April issue.