USBC Masters Finalists: Who Are These Guys?

LAS VEGAS – When the United States Bowling Congress Masters stepladder finals take place tonight, bowling fans will see a few new faces.

To help you prepare for the finals, which airs live tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on FS1 for U.S. viewers and on FloBowling for international viewers, here’s a little bit of info about each finalists.

No. 1 Jakob Butturff

Resides: Tempe, Arizona
Age: 24
Throws: Left
PBA Tour titles: 5
Years pro: Fifth
Career TV record: 5-5
Noteworthy: This is his fourth TV show of the 2019 season, winning the PBA Oklahoma Open and finishing second at the PBA World Championship and PBA Hall of Fame Classic. Three of Butturff’s titles have come in non-televised events, and he was the top seed in all three of those events. He’s made the championship match of three majors in his career and finished second in all three.

No. 2 Mykel Holliman

Resides: Collierville, Tennessee
Age: 26
Throws: Left
PBA Tour titles: 0
Years pro: First
Career TV record: 0-0
Noteworthy: Holliman is a rookie on the PBA Tour and is making his first career finals appearance tonight. He has only bowled 11 PBA Tour events and has never won a PBA Regional title. Holliman lists his biggest accomplishment as winning the 2018 Memphis City Tournament all-events and singles.

No. 3 Jake Peters

Resides: Henderson, Nevada
Age: 29
Throws: Right
PBA Tour titles: 1
Years pro: Eighth
Career TV record: 2-0
Noteworthy: A former collegiate star at Wichita State, Peters won his first and only career PBA Tour title in 2013 at the Lucas Oil PBA Badger Open in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This will be just his second career PBA Tour television finals appearance. His best finish so far in 2019 was 11th at the PBA Tournament of Champions.

No. 4 Mitch Hupe

Resides: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Age: 24
Throws: Right
PBA Tour titles: 0
Years pro: Second
Career TV record: 0-0
Noteworthy: Hupe will be making his television debut tonight. Last season was his rookie year on tour and he had a best finish of fifth at the PBA Greater Jonesboro Open (only the top four made the stepladder). He was the 2018 PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year and was a standout at Wichita State from 2014-2017.

No. 5 Christopher Sloan

Resides: Dublin, Ireland
Age: 25
Throws: Two-handed (right)
PBA Tour titles: 0
Years pro: Seventh
Career TV record: 0-0
Noteworthy: Sloan is the third player on the show making his television debut. The Irish two-hander finished third at the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters last year for his best finish in a PBA Tour event. He joined the PBA in 2013 and competed in the World Series of Bowling in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019.

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