Australians Jason Belmonte & SamCooley, Swede Jesper Svensson, and England's Dom Barrett of Team World dominated the two-day competition at the World Series of Bowling XIV at Bowlero Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, to win the Hall of Fame Cup.
After sweeping Saturday's singles matches to take a 5-0 lead, Belmonte and Svensson prevailed in a baker doubles match against Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett, but Cooley and Barrett lost to American's Tommy Jones and Kyle Troup in the alternate-shot doubles match.
It was, however, the only victory that Team USA could secure. The World won the team baker match, which featured a Race To Two format with a clean sheet, to clinch the Hall of Fame Cup, the inaugural trophy that will live at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.
Team World captain Jason Belmonte was happy with his teammates' performance during the WSOB XIV' USA vs. the World' event.
'The three of these boys performed really well,' Australian said. 'I definitely underperformed, but that's one of the things that you can afford to do in a team environment. If one of the boys at any stage throughout the day isn't performing great, you can rally behind that person and lift them up. That's exactly what these guys did for me today.'
Each member of the winning World team received a prize of $10,000, while the Americans received a payout of $5,000.
DAY 1 RESULTS
Match 1: Sam Cooley def. Tommy Jones, 214-200 (one point)
Match 2: Jesper Svensson def. Kyle Troup, 220-210 (one point)
Match 3: Jason Belmonte def. Anthony Simonsen, 255-244 (one point)
Match 4: Dom Barrett def. EJ Tackett, 239-202 (one point)
Total Pinfall: World def. USA, 928-856 (one point)
DAY 2 RESULTS
Baker Doubles: Jason Belmonte and Jesper Svensson def. Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett, 215-205 (two points)
Alternate Shot Doubles: Kyle Troup and Tommy Jones def. Sam Cooley and Dom Barrett, 220-217 (two points)
Baker Team (Race to Two): World def. USA, 209-188; 212-175 (five points)
Final result: 12-2
The WSOB XIV action continues with singles championships over the next three nights. The PBA Cheetah Championship is tonight on FS1 at 1pm CET.