Australian star Jason Belmonte made pro bowling history with his fourth victory in the United States Bowling Congress Masters at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Belmonte started the final with seven strikes in a row in defeating amateur Michael Tang, a former collegiate champion at San Jose State, 279-212, in the championship match. The title broke a tie the two-handed stylist from Queensland was in with former pro Mike Aulby. It was his eighth major title, including three straight Masters 2013-15. He is now tied with Aulby and Walter Ray Williams Jr. with eight major titles. Only the late Earl Anthony and Pete Weber have more. Each has 10.
"I love this tournament and think it really brings out the best in me," Belmonte said after the win.
Tang, was trying to become the first amateur to win the Masters 2002 and the first to win from the No. 4 spot on the stepladder since the tournament format was changed in 1980. Tang advanced to the final with a 227-217 victory over another amateur, Alex Hoskins of Brigham City, Utah.
Tang defeated Martin Larsen of Sweden, 264-229, in the first stepladder match. Then Michael defeated his brother, Darren Tang, 248-212, in the first brother-versus-brother match since Neil Burton and Nelson "Bo" Burton Jr., clashed on the Tour years ago.