Team Canada member Dan MacLelland, Windsor, Ontario, lost in the first match of the televised final of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters tournament, one of the Professional Bowlers Association major events. ESPN televised the final, live.
Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Oregon defeated him 251 – 212. It was MacLelland’s first TV appearance. Smith won the 2003 Masters.
Smith was defeated in match #2 by the eventual winner Mike Fagan, Dallas, Texas 228 – 180.
Fagan met the tournament leader Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas in the final and won 246 – 213.
The competition took place at Station Casino in Henderson, Nevada and featured 305 of the top professional and amateur bowlers from around the world. They were vying for a piece of the $250,000 prize fund and $50,000 first-place prize.
The tournament was a double loss knock-out format. The competition began with three blocks of five games each to qualify. The top 63 plus the defending champion then bowled three game total pins against another qualifier. The winner moves to another round and the loser moves to the Loser’s bracket and continues until he/she is defeated again.
MacLelland qualified for the final, #3 as winner of the Loser’s bracket. Smith who he defeated in the Losers bracket was #4. Fagan lost to Barnes in the Winners bracket, #2 and Barnes, the qualifying leader, #1. Barnes was going for his Triple Crown – three majors. Fagan won the top prize of $50,000, Barnes, $25,000, Smith $15,000 and MacLelland $10,000.
MacLelland was naturally disappointed – he started the game with five strikes out of six and was leading Smith until the 7th frame when he left the 2-4-8 and took only one pin. Smith threw six strikes from the 7th to 10th frame.
Said MacLelland “ Guess I’ll just have to win the $75,000 in Japan”. MacLelland has been invited to participate in the DHC International Bowling Championships which will be held in Fukuota, Japan from February 7 – 12. He was invited as the 2011 Pan American Bowling Confederation Masters champion.