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Rochester USBC Masters

Date: Sun, Dec 4th, 2016

MIKE ROSE JR. WINS HIS 4th ROCHESTER MASTERS TITLE!


Mike Rose Jr. edged John Martorella, 185-181, to win the 33rd annual Rochester NY USBC Masters Championship Tournament held at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes on Sunday, December 4. For Rose Jr., it was his unprecedented 4th Rochester Masters title. Martorella was looking to become only the second bowler to win back-to-back Masters titles having won in 2015 at AMF Empire Lanes. The title match was close throughout. Martorella marked in his 10th frame to force Rose Jr. to get a mark and 7 pins to take the crown. Rose Jr. struck on the first ball and then spared to luck up the title, breaking a tie with three-time champions Jerry Brunette Jr. and Norm Bialuski. Bialuski is the event's only back-to-back champion. Martorella was the top seed after 12 games of match play, totaling 2734 pins (which includes 30 bonus pins for each match win). The stepladder began with two-time Rochester Senior Masters champion Pat Donaghue (2617 pins) edging 2014 Masters winner Dan Keenan (2653), 205-200. Third-seeded Jeff Wallace (2662) then entered and eliminated Donaghue, 203-192. Rose Jr. (2671), also a two-time USBC National Tournament champion, slipped past Wallace, 193-186, to earn the right to face Martorella. Rose earns $1,000, a champion's crystal pin, a championship ring and an entry into the 2017 New York State Masters. Martorella cashed for $500, Wallace $425, Donaghue $370 and Dan Keenan $310. Qualifying leader Jon Keenan made a late run to finish 6th (2583). He earned $290.00 plus an entry into next year's event for being high qualifier on Saturday. Brian Stotts placed 7th for $270 (2542), Bill Stoddard was 8th for $250 (2464), Mark Scuderi 9th for $230 (2434), Bill Hasiotis 10th for $210 (2354), Dom Tubolino 11th for $190 (2305) and Rob Gustke 12th for $170 (2134). Josh Means was top score out of the cut for $100 (1191 for 6 games). The prize checks have been mailed.

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