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.