Masters final set

by Bob Johnson 0

Friday was an action-packed day at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, as the field gradually was whittled to just four for Sunday's nationally-televised championship round of the USBC Masters.

Here's how the ESPN telecast, scheduled to begin at 12 noon local time (3 p.m. Eastern), will unfold:

* Match 1: No. 3 Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., vs. No. 4 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas
* Match 2: No. 2 Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., vs. Match 1 winner
* Championship Match: No. 1 Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, vs. Match 2 winner

It will be Barnes' second consecutive title match in a PBA major tournament. In January, he lost to Kelly Kulick in the championship match of the PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Barnes was pretty impressive all day, but never more than in Round 4 of the Winners Bracket. Seemingly down for the count after two games, he came back to shoot a 300 in the third game to score a come-from-behind victory and remain undefeated.

And that's how he stayed the rest of the day, wrapping up with a win over Williams in the TV seeding match.

Complete results of Friday's action follow. For a sampling of the "concourse chatter" at the National Bowling Stadium, check out the latest entry in "Bob's Blog," which you can access under the "100 Years" heading.

ROUND 2 WINNERS BRACKET
#13 qualifier Rick Steelsmith def. #1 qualifier Chris Loschetter, 760-676
#25 Bill O'Neill def. #9 Pete Weber, 655-622
#19 Walter Ray Williams Jr. def. #35 Tom Smallwood, 734-594
#11 Mike Scroggins def. #59 Parker Bohn III, 662-640
#14 Joe Ciccone def. #2 Jason Belmonte, 666-649
#42 Ryan Ciminelli def. #26 Jeff Carter, 604-552
#4 Chris Barnes def. #52 Lennie Boresch Jr., 661-639
#8 Wes Malott def. #56 Doug Kent, 700-630

ROUND 3 LOSERS BRACKET
#40 Dan Bock def. #29 Ritchie Allen, 642-592
#3 Patrick Allen def. #17 Michael Haugen Jr., 740-628
#41 Jonathan Van Hees def. #33 Tony Reyes, 634-600
#57 Brad Angelo def. #5 Ryan Shafer, 678-640
#48 Scott Newell def. #28 Dave Wodka, 599-574
#22 Andres Gomez def. #51 John May, 731-594
#54 Erik Vermilyea def. #50 P.J. Haggerty, 622-549
#58 Mike Edwards def. #18 Jack Jurek, 617-593

ROUND 4 LOSERS BRACKET
Kent def. Bock, 618-609
Belmonte def. P. Allen, 695-601
Smallwood def. Van Hees, 611-590
Loschetter def. Angelo, 702-686
Weber def. Newell, 712-687
Gomez def. Carter, 663-627
Vermilyea def. Boresch Jr., 659-590
Edwards def. Bohn III, 707-646

ROUND 4 WINNERS BRACKET
O'Neill def. Steelsmith, 650-623
Williams def. Scroggins, 778-595
Ciminelli def. Ciccone, 694-594
Barnes def. Malott, 730-698

ROUND 5 LOSERS BRACKET
Belmonte def. Kent, 643-609
Smallwood def. Loschetter, 681-593
Weber def. Gomez, 675-592
Edwards def. Vermilyea, 672-657

ROUND 6 LOSERS BRACKET
Belmonte def. Malott, 610-574
Scroggins def. Smallwood, 607-544
Weber def. Ciccone, 692-601
Edwards def. Steelsmith, 704-654

ROUND 5 WINNERS BRACKET
Williams def. O'Neill, 714-669
Barnes def. Ciminelli, 711-635

ROUND 7 LOSERS BRACKET
Scroggins def. Belmonte, 662-615
Edwards def. Weber, 699-695

ROUND 8 LOSERS BRACKET
(Winners advanced to ESPN telecast)
Scroggins def. O'Neill, 716-649
Ciminelli def. Edwards, 685-636

ROLLOFF FOR TOP SEED
Barnes def. Williams Jr., 712-612

For more on the Masters, visit Bowl.com or PBA.com.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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