Belmonte had a month to remember with an unprecedented three-peat win at the USBC Masters, followed up by a back-to-back win at the 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.
In the television stepladder final, fourth-seeded Pete Weber downed fifth-seeded Martin Larsen, 237-223, in the opening match. Weber then defeated third-seeded Mike DeVaney, 232-210. The second-seeded Belmonte ousted Weber in a tense semifinal, 232-210, before racing to a 202-157 victory over A.J. Johnson.
The following week in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, fourth-seeded Sean Rash defeated fifth-seeded Scott Norton, 237-215, in the television stepladder’s opening match. Rash then threw the 25th televised 300 game in PBA history against third-seeded Ryan Ciminelli, 300-214. Second-seeded Belmonte ousted Rash, 235-203, before claiming the title with a 232-214 win against top-seeded Rhino Page, 232-214.
Others obtaining votes this month were Tannya Roumimper, winner of the World Bowling Tour H.H. Emir Cup, and Parker Bohn III, winner of the PBA Players Championship.