PBA Spare Shots: Jason Belmonte Escapes Serious Injury on Eve of USBC Masters Title Defense

by Bill Vint April 5, 2018 13:19

Australia’s Jason Belmonte, arguably the most successful bowler in USBC Masters history, may limp into Syracuse, N.Y., next week after escaping serious injury earlier this week while helping his grandmother move.

Belmonte, in a Facebook post where he included a photo of his foot covered with colorful ice packs, said his father accidentally ran over his right (push away) foot with a one-ton trailer.

“It’s fine,” the defending Masters champion reported. “A little sore, but I can walk just fine. (I) was helping my grandmother move house and my foot got in the way of the trailer. But no breaks. All good.”

In addition to trying to defend his 2017 Masters title, the Australian two-handed star also will be trying to win the Masters for a fifth time (he’s the only four-time winner), and if he’s successful, he will join the late Earl Anthony and Pete Weber as the third player in PBA history to win 10 major championships.

Belmonte will bowl the qualifying rounds beginning Tuesday, but because he’s automatically seeded into the 64-player double-elimination match play field, his real competition will begin next Friday. All qualifying and three-day match play elimination rounds of the Masters will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel.


Now that the “madness” is over, PBA’s Xtra Frame will resume its exclusive coverage of PBA action in a big way, beginning with coverage of all qualifying and three-game match play elimination rounds of the USBC Masters from the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, Tuesday, April 10, through the final matches on Saturday, April 14, to determine the five finalists for Sunday’s live ESPN telecast at 1 p.m. ET.

Following the Masters, Xtra Frame heads to Portland, Maine, for the “draw party” to determine the bracket positions for the 64 players enter in the PBA Xtra Frame Port Property Management Maine Shootout. Coverage of the draw party on Monday, April 16, at 12:50 p.m. will be followed by the elimination matches Tuesday and Wednesday, including the semifinal and title matches beginning at 5:50 p.m. The XF Maine Shootout will be the final qualifying event to determine the eight-player field for the PBA Tour Finals May 4-6 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

On the heels of the Maine Shootout, Xtra Frame will cover all eight OceanView at Falmouth PBA League teams as they bowl a “seeding” tournament on Friday, April 20, to determine the matchups for Saturday’s opening round of best-of-two-game Baker team matches.

Following its Maine schedule, Xtra Frame heads south to kick off the 2018 PBA50 Tour season with start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Florida Open from New Port Richey, Fla., April 21-23; the PBA National Championship presented by Radical – the senior tour’s first major of the year – from The Villages, April 24-28, and the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open from Mooresville, N.C., April 29-May 2.

Also in April will be the first event of the 2018 PWBA season, the Las Vegas Open, April 27-28.

Fans can watch the entire month of coverage for only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available, for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. To sign up for the plan that works best for you, visit xtraframe.tv.


The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. Last week, “memorable moments” 36 through 40 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

36) At age 50, Walter Ray Williams Jr. swept every major statistical category during the 2009-10 PBA Tour season en route to a record seventh Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year honor. Williams also was named Bowler of the Decade for the second consecutive decade – a feat unprecedented in the sports world.  A season earlier Williams became the first player to surpass $4 million in PBA career earnings.

37) PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber became the first player to complete the PBA Triple Crown for a second time when he defeated Jason Belmonte, 224-179, to win the 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. He also became the oldest player to win the TOC at age 50.

38) The 1991 PBA Tournament of Champions was delayed 40 minutes due to a bomb threat at Riviera Lanes. It turned out to be a hoax and David Ozio went on to defeat Amleto Monacelli, 236-203, for the title which led to 1991 PBA Player of the Year honors.

39 In 2016 at age 20 years and 357 days, Jesper Svensson defeated Mitch Beasley, 231-221, to become the youngest player to win the PBA Tournament of Champions. The previous record was set in 1976, 40 years earlier, when Marshall Holman won the TOC at age 21 years, 207 days.

40) In 1994, Bryan Goebel defeated Norm Duke, 296-280, in the title match of the PBA True Value Open in Peoria, Ill. Goebel left the 3-6-9-10 on his final shot to lose a $200,000 perfect-game bonus offered by True Value in its own tournament and Duke’s 280 game still remains the highest losing score in a televised title match.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.


Baltimore’s Danny Wiseman has had his share of time in the spotlight as a 12-time PBA Tour champion wiseman w balland PBA Hall of Fame inductee, but he got an unexpected “15 minutes of fame” on opening day of the Major League Baseball season when he attended the Orioles’ home opener against the Minnesota Twins – and caught the game-winning 11th-inning walk-off home run by Baltimore’s Adam Jones.

Well, he sort of caught the ball. Wiseman admitted the sizzling line drive went right through his hands and hit him the chest. But, he noted, he got the ball…and a sizeable welt.

“It won’t out-rank my (USBC) Masters win (at Miller Park in Milwaukee) or my title in Baltimore in 1990, but in terms of excitement, yah, it ranks right up there,” Wiseman said.

For a more detailed explanation, check out Wiseman’s television interview: https://www.facebook.com/107752155919763/videos/2011323902229236/


Houston’s Jay Nephew won his last seven matches in the eight-game modified round robin finals to pull away from the field and win his first PBA title in the Houston Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by 900 Global, on Easter Sunday.

Nephew, who finished second in last year’s Copperfield event, had previously won a Challenge event as a non-member, but didn’t earn a PBA title because he was an amateur until 2015. Along with his title he earned the $2,000 winner’s check.

After qualifying fifth in the 13-game qualifying portion of the event, Nephew started the match play finals with a loss in his first match, but won his next six matches to build a 24-pin lead over amateur Jacob Heger from Spring, Texas, going into the final position round match where he defeated Heger, 247-183, for the win. Heger maintained second place over former USBC Queens champion Maria Rodriguez, a Colombia native now living in Austin, Texas, who finished third.

● April’s busy regional schedule continues over the April 6-8 weekend with the PBA Grand Casino/Hotel/Resort Southwest Open, presented by Hammer, at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial doubleheader at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

● The only PBA Regional event on the April 13-15 calendar is the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open, presented by Hammer, at AMF Towson Lanes in Towson, Md.

● As the PBA50 Tour season closes in, PBA50 players will have a final tuneup opportunity in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla., April 18-20.

● The April 20-22 PBA Regional calendar includes the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; and PBA South Point West Challenge for non-champions plus the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Brunswick, in Las Vegas.

● Closing out the month over the April 27-29 weekend will be the PBA Rockaway Lanes East Open, presented by Storm, in Rockaway , N.J., and the PBA Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).


Martha Smith of Clyo, Ga., is the winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8, Dennis LeFevre of Los Banos, Calif., will receive a new high-performance ball from MOTIV and Marvin Toennies of Arnold, Mo., wins a new Brunswick ball as March sweepstakes winners for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

Ted Bogumil is the March winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

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