Belmonte, Page Take Early Leads in Key 2015 PBA Tour Stat Categories

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Bill Vint
Professional Bowlers Association

RhinoCHICAGO – At the conclusion of the third annual Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup team competition and heading into the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer Swing, two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte held the lead in 2015 PBA earnings while Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., jumped into the lead in scoring averages.

Thanks in great part to his victories in the United States Bowling Congress Masters and 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, Belmonte had banked $152,161 in PBA Tour earnings for a comfortable lead over DHC Japan Invitational winner Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who has earned $106,710 after 10 of 30 PBA Tour-title events on the 2015 schedule.

Belmonte also ranks third in averages, a category led by Page, the Tournament of Champions runner-up who is scoring at a 234.59 pace for 105 games. PBA Players Championship winner Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., is second with a 233.50 average for 102 games.

Belmonte and Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., are the only two-title winners thus far in 2015. Blanchard won the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, followed by the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout.

Official PBA Tour statistics include earnings and titles only for PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour events.

PBA Tour competition resumes with the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer Swing at FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Event Center May 9-17. All preliminary rounds will be video-streamed live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. The finals of the Wolf, Badger, Bear and Oklahoma Open events, plus the King of the Swing special event, will be televised by CBS Sports Network on dates to be announced.

2015 PBA TOUR STATISTICS (as of April 19)

AVERAGES (min. 70 games)

Games/Average

1, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla. 105 234.59

2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. 102 233.50

3, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz. 80 232.25

4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa. 78 231.81

5, Jason Belmonte, Australia 168 231.46

6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 80 231.32

7, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas 99 230.71

8, Dom Barrett, England 149 229.24

9, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla. 81 228.60

10, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich. 120 228.37

11, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind. 91 228.25

12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas 135 227.36

13, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. 136 227.08

14, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas 75 226.91

15, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla. 99 226.77

16, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. 73 226.56

17, Dan MacLelland, Canada 121 226.23

18, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 76 225.99

19, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 108 225.83

20, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. 72 225.69

EARNINGS

Titles/Total

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia 2 $152,161

2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas 1 $106,710

3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. 0 $41,055

4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. 1 $40,790

5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas 1 $36,397

6, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas 0 $36,170

7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich. 0 $35,990

8, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla. 0 $35,750

9, Jesper Svensson, Sweden 1 $33,170

10, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla. 0 $32,700

11, Martin Larsen, Sweden 0 $29,550

12, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz. 2 $29,100

13, Dom Barrett, England 0 $29,049

14, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. 0 $26,793

15, Osku Palermaa, Finland 0 $26,740

16, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. 0 $24,779

17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 1 $24,100

18, Stuart Williams, England 0 $23,860

19, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 0 $21,550

20, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich. 0 $20,350

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