September 11, 2005 at AMF Auburn Lanes. Steve Hardy went undefeated in match play to become NEBA's first Masters Champion. Tony Lopes defeated Nick Miseno in the last round of the loser's bracket to earn the spot in the championship bracket. In a tight, low scoring match, Steve marked in the tenth for a 178-170 victory. Steve won $2,500 for 1st, Tony $1,500 for 2nd and Nick took home $1,000 for third. Jon Van Hees, Brian Boghosian and rookie Tony Federici rounded out the top 6.