Roto Grip staffer Wes Malott leads a field of eight players who made it through three rounds of matches undefeated Friday at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Masters.
Malott will bowl Manuel Otalora of Columbia in the Winners bracket on Saturday morning. Otalora is a Roto Grip Advisory staff member.
A total of 16 players remain in the bracket with eight players undefeated and eight players in the elimination bracket. Another series of matches Saturday will determine the five players who will advance to the live ESPN finals on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern.
Parker Bohn III and Storm staffer Jason Belmonte will also face off in the winners bracket Saturday morning. Other winners bracket matches include John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., vs. Roto Grip's Stuart Williams of England; and Roto Grip's Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, vs. Mike Machuga of Erie, Pa.
Janawicz, a four-time Team USA member, and Otalora, a member of the Colombian national team, are the only non-professional bowlers left in the winners bracket.
Defending champion Mike Fagan of Dallas was eliminated Friday after losing his first two matches. He lost to Malott in the opening round, 770-695, and then fell to Martin Larsen of Sweden, 749-718.
Among the players still alive in the elimination portion of the bracket is Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who would join Norm Duke and Mike Aulby as the only players to complete the PBA’s Grand Slam with a victory this week. The Grand Slam is made up of the four majors on the PBA Tour - the USBC Masters, PBA Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and the PBA National/World Championship.
Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., who also is still alive in the elimination bracket, has a chance to join Aulby as only the second player to win three Masters titles.
The Masters, which features a total prize fund of $325,000 including a $50,000 first prize, is a major event on the PBA Tour and is part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour for the third consecutive season.
SATURDAY’S PAIRINGS (9 a.m. ET)
WINNERS BRACKET, ROUND THREE
Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas vs. Manuel Otalora, Colombia.
John Janawicz, Lake Wales, Fla. vs. Stuart Williams, England.
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., vs. Jason Belmonte, Australia.
Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, vs. Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa.
ELIMINATION BRACKET, ROUND FIVE
Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, vs. Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., vs. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., vs. Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., vs. Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn.
(segments courtesy: pba.com)