Patrick Allen - Sean Rash - Steve Jaros - Walter Ray Williams, Jr.
These four gentlemen represent the final round of the 2007-08 USBC Masters, which will be held at Noon on Sunday at Miller Park. Allen, who qualified in 61st place out of 63 players that made the cut into match play, and Rash were the two players that went undefeated through the winner's bracket. Williams averaged 260.44 in his last 3 matches (9 games) of the loser's bracket to advance to the rolloff bracket, where he defeated Greenfield's Derek Eoff.. Jaros, who lost to Rash in the last match in the winner's bracket, won his rolloff bracket match against Steve Weber.
But first things first. Tonight will be the third BowlFest, which is held the Saturday before the finals. BowlFest is really two events running simultaneously. First, while the four Masters finalists are taking part in a practice session on the tournament lanes, the concourse is buzzing with booths and exhibits of bowling ball reps, local businesses (the past two years, Chipotle has been there with some fabulous food samples), drawings, USBC and PBA logoed merchandise, and games for the kids. Although once the practice ends and the exhibitions start, this side stuff winds down. The booths do stay open until the end. This year, author Doug Schmidt will have a booth where he will be signing copies of his book They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital. He also has designed T-shirts that will be for sale tonight.
Although there are other exhibitions going on this evening, they pale in comparison to the match between Marshall Holman and Mark Roth. Two of my favorite bowlers growing up, these two are the ones I watch for on YouTube and on ESPN Classic. Roth has been doing some competitive bowling lately, but Holman has been more in the public eye lately. If you are anywhere near Miller Park tonight, stop in to watch these stars square off.
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