Belmonte, Duke Enjoying Early Success in PBA Players Championship

by Jerry Schneider, Professional Bowlers Association 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 20, 2018) –  Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia began work on winning a record-tying 10th Professional Bowlers Association major title by averaging 249 after the first two rounds in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship Tuesday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

In the second major of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, the four-time PBA Player of the Year, who is also trying for his third Players Championship title, leads the 120-player field with a 2,494 10-game pinfall total. He bowled a 1,274 five-game pinfall in Tuesday’s first round with games of  243, 255, 229, 300 and 247 and followed with a 1,220 pinfall in the second round on games of 213, 257, 247, 224 and 279.

“I’m leading right now but that’s not my goal at this point,” said the 34-year-old Belmonte, a 16-time Tour winner.  “The scoring pace is pretty high and because of that nothing is guaranteed. You can shoot 210 or 220 and lose 50 or 60 pins. Thankfully, I was making good guesses on the adjustments and ball choices I needed to make today.”

With a win, Belmonte, who also won the 2011 Players Championship, would join Pete Weber and Earl Anthony who are tied for most PBA major titles.

Belmonte holds a 97-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. in second, who finished with a 2,397 pinfall. Duke, the 53-year-old winner of seven PBA majors, bowled 1,215 for five games in the first round and 1,182 in the second.

Competition continues with two five-game qualifying rounds Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET.  After Thursday’s sixth qualifying round (30 games), the field will be cut to the top five players for the live ESPN finals Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The qualifying rounds of the Players Championship will also determine the standings for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com. After Thursday’s final qualifying round, the top 14 doubles team will advance to two Baker format qualifying rounds on Friday which will determine the top five doubles teams for the taped ESPN telecast that will follow the Players Championship finals at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to catch the doubles final via livestream on ESPN3.

Belmonte, along with doubles partner eight-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., also lead the Doubles Championship standings with a 4,873 combined 10-game pinfall total. They hold a 133-pin lead over Duke and his partner 10-time Tour winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who combined 4,740.

All qualifying rounds for the Players Championship and Doubles Championship are streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.  For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 10 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,494.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,397.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,379.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,374.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,373.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,361.
7, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,348.
8, (tie) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,343.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 2,340.
11, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 2,334.
12, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2,325.
13, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,297.
14, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,294.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,293.
16, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,290.
17, Richie Teece, England, 2,289.
18, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,284.
19, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,283.
20, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,278.
21, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,275.
22, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,274.
23, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,268.
24, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,267.
25, Dom Barrett, England, 2,266.
26, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,265.
27, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,261.
28, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,256.
29, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,255.
30, (tie) Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., and Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,253.
32, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,248.
33, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,242.
34, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,236.
35, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,226.
36, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,223.
37, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,221.
38, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,218.
39, (tie) Osku Palermaa, Finland, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, and Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,206.
42, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,202.
43, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,200.
44, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,197.
45, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,194.
46, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,191.
47, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,183.
48, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,180.
49, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 2,179.
50, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,176.
51, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,169.
52, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,168.
53, Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 2,167.
54, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,165.
55, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,156.
56, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,154.
58, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,153.
60, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2,152.
61, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 2,142.
62, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,139.
63, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,138.
64, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,136.
65, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,129.
66, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,127.
68, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,125.
69, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,124.
70, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,123.
71, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,119.
72, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,116.
73, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., Napatra Buspanikonkul, Thailand, and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,115.
76, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,113.
77, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,112.
78, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,107.
79, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 2,104.
80, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,101.
81, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,099.
82, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,097.
83, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,096.
84, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,094.
85, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,089.
86, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,083.
87, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,082.
88, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,078.
89, (tie) Ray Teece, England, and Graham Fach, Canada, 2,076.
91, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,075.
92, (tie) Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, and Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,074.
94, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,060.
95, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,057.
96, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 2,056.
97, (tie) Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,049.
99, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,048.
100, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,043.
101, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,037.
102, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,029.
103, (tie) Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,027.
105, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,023.
106, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,019.
107, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,011.
108, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,005.
109, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 1,988.
110, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,981.
111, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,970.
112, Robert Mushtare, Carthage, N.Y., 1,963.
113, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,938.
114, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,911.
115, Timothy Steria, Watertown, N.Y., 1,908.
116, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,888.
117, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,887.
118, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,827.
119, Matthew Ward, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,713.
120, Eric Cottrell, Grove City, Ohio, 1,647.

300 games – Patrick Girard, Michael Tang, Jason Belmonte, Trey Ford III, Stuart Williams

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by BowlerX.com

Second Round Standings (after 10 games)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,873.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,740.
3, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,657.
4, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,621.
5, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,609.
6, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4,505.
7, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,499.
8, Daniel Fransson, Sweden/Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,494.
9, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,474.
10, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,472.
11, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 4,459.
12, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 4,455.
13, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa./Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,453.
14, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo./Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 4,448.
15, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 4,445.
16, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,435.
17, (tie) Shota Kawazoe, Japan/Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 4,420.
19, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,419.
20, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 4,416.
21, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,413.
22, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,411.
23, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,394.
24, Ray Teece, England/Richie Teece, England, 4,365.
25, Darren Tang, San Francisco/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,357.
26, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,352.
27, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,349.
28, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,333.
29, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,329.
30, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,317.
31, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill./Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,308.
32, Markus Jansson, Sweden/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,293.
33, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia/Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 4,290.
34, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y./Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 4,284.
35, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore./David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,281.
36, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn. /Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 4,272.
37, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 4,261.
38, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,250.
39, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill./Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 4,246.
40, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,242.
41, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,231.
42, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Canada, 4,173.
43, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 4,165.
44, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 4,149.
45, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C./Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 4,135.
46, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,126.
47, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 4,124.
48, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,109.
49, Andrew Cain, Phoenix/Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,072.
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C./Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,039.
51, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla./Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 3,969.
52, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich./Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,962.

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