Belmonte Named PBA Player of the Year for 2012-13

by Bob Johnson 0

Australia’s Jason Belmonte was named the 2012-13 PBA Chris Schenkel Player of the Year today during a special live presentation from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., beamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

In earning his first Player of the Year honor, Belmonte won two titles, including the USBC Masters — his first major — and had runner-up finishes in three other major championships: the 2012 PBA World Championship, 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions.

He won the George Young High Average Award, scoring at a 228.81 pace over 422 games, and the Harry Smith Point Leader Award with 238,903 points. The only major statistical category he didn’t top was earnings, where his $186,465 total ranked third behind 2011-12 Player of the Year Sean Rash’s $248,317 and Mika Koivuniemi’s $227,851.

We’ll have more on the Player of the Year results, including comments from Belmonte, in the February issue of Bowlers Journal International.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.