Belmonte and Koivuniemi Top PBA Stats

May 1st, 2013  |  Published in Pro Bowling

Heading into the GEICO PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee May 20-June 2, Jason Belmonte and Mika Koivuniemi top the three key PBA statistical categories — averages, earnings and competition points — as of the conclusion of the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions and the PBA League Elias Cup finals.

The 2012-13 PBA statistical races began with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV in Las Vegas last November, and will continue through this Dec. 31 — an extended 14-month “year” as the PBA Tour heads toward a return to a calendar-year schedule beginning Jan. 1, 2014. PBA statistics will play a critical role in the eventual selection of the 2012-13 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year.

Belmonte, who won his only title of the season in the USBC Masters, leads the race for the George Young Memorial Average Award with a 234.97 average for 216 games bowled in domestic PBA Tour events. Wes Malott is second at 233.55 for 202 games, and Sean Rash is third at 232.58 for 239 games. Games bowled in the Round1 Japan Cup and PBA International Tour events are not included in the average competition.

Belmonte also tops the Harry Smith Points Leader race with 133,476 competition points. Malott is second with 112,779 points, and Rash is right behind at 111,549.

Koivuniemi, with two big international wins in the Round1 Japan Cup and the Qatar Open, tops the earnings list with $158,412. Rash, the reigning PBA Player of the Year, is second with $145,473 — boosted by a victory in the Kuwait Open — and Belmonte is third with $131,586.

Other statistics of interest:

• Rash and England’s Dom Barrett have cashed in 11 events, while Belmonte, Scott Norton and Bill O’Neill have 10 cashes each.

• Rash and Belmonte are tied with five television appearances; four others have three TV finals each.

• Rash and Norton each have qualified for match play eight times, one ahead of Belmonte.

• Koivuniemi and Norton are the only two-time PBA Tour title winners; 13 others have won one title each this season.

• Malott, now with $997,179 in career earnings, is $2,821 shy of becoming the 41st member of the “PBA Millionaires Club.”

 

AVERAGES (Games/Average — Minimum of 120 Games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 216, 234.97

2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 202, 233.55

3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 239, 232.58

4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 199, 229.97

5, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 195, 229.65

6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 172, 228.99

7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 175, 228.91

8, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 216, 228.85

9, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 201, 228.16

10, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 125, 228.11

11, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 169, 227.99

12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 202, 227.37

13, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 203, 227.23

14, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 148, 227.03

15, Dom Barrett, England, 189, 226.93

16, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 134, 226.62

17, Stuart Williams, England, 195, 226.16

18, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 178, 226.04

19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 132, 225.19

20, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 133, 224.32

 

EARNINGS (Titles/Amount Won)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich. 2 $158,412

2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. 1 $145,473

3, Jason Belmonte, Australia 1 $131,586

4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. 1 $115,540

5, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. 2 $87,970

6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. 1 $82,307

7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. 1 $77,689

8, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas 0 $63,259

9, Osku Palermaa, Finland 0 $60,263

10, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. 1 $54,531

11, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. 1 $49,930

12, Stuart Williams, England 0 $38,290

13, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla. 1 $36,525

14, Dom Barrett, England 0 $35,462

15, Mike Fagan, Dallas 0 $34,403

16, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla. 0 $33,463

17, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga. 1 $32,050

18, Andres Gomez, Colombia 1 $28,020

19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. 0 $27,522

20, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich. 0 $27,065

 

COMPETITION POINTS (Events/Points)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia 14 133,476

2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas 12 112,779

3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. 16 111,549

4, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. 11 102,874

5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. 13 93,407

6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. 14 74,056

7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich. 16 71,885

8, Stuart Williams, England 13 71,294

9, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla. 12 70,587

10, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla. 11 68,282

11, Dan MacLelland, Canada 11 61,666

12, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa. 11 59,800

13, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. 12 59,693

14, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. 14 59,304

15, Dom Barrett, England 15 58,938

16, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio 12 56,963

17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. 12 55,998

18, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga. 11 52,699

19, Osku Palermaa, Finland 15 51,126

20, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif. 10 49,084

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