Belmonte Extends Lead, Tops 24 Players Heading Into PBA Tournament of Champions Match Play

by Jerry Schneider February 7, 2019 13:01

FAIRLAWN, Ohio  – As the PBA Tournament of Champions leader after Wednesday’s second round Australia’s Jason Belmonte was looking for opportunities to bowl even better and it seems he found them.     

The two-time Tournament of Champions winner who is trying for a record-tying 10th major, extended his lead after Thursday’s third qualifying round with a 4,279 18-game pinfall total (237 average) to lead 24 players who advanced to the match play portion of the tournament this evening at AMF Riviera Lanes.

Belmonte, who bowled games of 242, 277, 190, 240, 238 and 268 in the third round extended his lead to 225 pins over Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, in second with a 4,054 pinfall.

Rounding out the top five after qualifying were 2016 PBA Player of the Year and 2017 TOC winner  EJ Tackett, 4,046; Josh Blanchard, 4,043, and 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson, 4,029.

PBA Lubbock Sports Open winner Dick Allen and 18-time tour and 2007 TOC winner Tommy Jones tied for 23rd to take the final match play spots with 3,862.

IMG_3568With support from his Avon Lake High School bowling team, Chris Loschetter, who is an assistant coach for the team, jumped from 33rd after the second round to 17th bowling games of 211, 186, 245, 220, 261 and 254 in the third round.

The 30-plus member Avon Lake team made a field trip to the TOC to see the second day of competition.

“I’d like to say it was all for me but this was an opportunity for our players to see the greatest bowlers in the world,” Loschetter said. “It’s one thing for us as coaches to teach the game but for young bowlers to have the opportunity to see what we teach them at the highest level is an invaluable experience.”

“This is as much fun as I’ve had bowling in a long time,” Loschetter added. “I don’t know if I would have made it to this point without their support.”

The first match play round gets underway at 6 p.m. ET. Match play continues Friday with rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. that will determine the top five players who will advance to Sunday’s live stepladder finals on FOX at 4:30 p.m.

Fans can follow all the match play rounds through PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For schedule and subscription information visit

AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Thursday


(after 18 games. Top 24 players advance to match play)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,279.
2, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,054.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,046.
4, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,043.
5, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,029.
6, Dom Barrett, England, 4,027.
7, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4,012.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,000.
9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,990.
10, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 3,971.
11, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 3,963.
12, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,950.
13, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,946.
14, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,939.
15, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,936.
16, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,933.
17, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,919.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,903.
19, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,900.
20, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,890.
21, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,865.
22, Rhino Page, Orlando, 3,864.
23, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,862.

Did not advance
25, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,861, $2,500.
26, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,853.
27, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,848.
28, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 3,838.
29, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,829.
30, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,820.
31, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,819.
32, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,815.
33, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,807.
34, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,805.
35, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 3,796.
36, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,779.
37, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 3,774, $100.
38, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,764.
38, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,764.
40, (te) Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., and Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,758.
42, Stuart Williams, England, 3,747.
43, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,734.
44, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,722.
45, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,716.
46, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,704.
47, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,703.
48, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,695.
49, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 3,662.
50, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,647.
51, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,637.
52, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,630.
53, Richie Teece, England, 3,613.
54, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,573.
55, JoJoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 3,548.
56, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,542.
57, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,516.
58, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 3,509.
59, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,474.
60, Anthony LaCaze, Hanover Park, Ill., 3,403.
61, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,360.
62, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,357.
63, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,301.
64, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 2,985.

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