Belmonte Has Strong Start After Two Rounds to Take PBA Players Championship Lead

by Jerry Schneider February 13, 2019 12:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte got off to a strong start in his bid to win a record 11th career PBA major title, averaging 234 after two rounds Wednesday to lead the PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

The 35-year-old Belmonte finished with a 2,817 12-game pinfall total, firing 1,508 in the first six-game round earlier in the day with games of 268, 279, 267, 245, 231 and 218, followed by 1,309 in the second round with games of 232, 209, 214, 204, 193 and 257.

“The lanes got really tricky starting at the end of the first round,” said the 19-time tour winner. “The friction was really building up in the middle of the lane, so it was time to make an adjustment. You had to go way right or way left. My strength is moving left so that’s what I did.

“At this point in the tournament I’m not trying to necessarily shoot 260 every game,” he added. “The guys are playing the lanes quite a bit differently, so you just have to find that part of the lane where you can be most effective.”

Belmonte is also trying for his second consecutive major title on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour, after winning his third PBA Tournament of Champions title last Sunday to tie Earl Anthony and Pete Weber with 10 majors . He is also trying to become the first three-time winner of the Players Championship.

Belmonte holds a 50-pin lead over defending champion Tom Smallwood of Saginaw Mich., in second with 2,767. Smallwood, a three-time tour winner defeated Belmonte 259-239 in the title match of the 2018 Players Championship for his second major and third career tour title.

Coming off a third-place finish in the Tournament of Champions, four-time tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., finished third after two rounds with 2,723.  Kent also finished third in the 2018 Players Championship.

Qualifying continues with the third round at 10 a.m. on Thursday with a cut to the top 24 players who will advance to the first match play round at 6 p.m. Match play continues Friday with rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. which will determine the top five players for Sunday’s live stepladder finals on FS1 at 1 p.m. ET.

The Players Championship will offer a $1 million bonus if a player can bowl a 300 game in Sunday’s title match.

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

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 12 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,817.
2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,767.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,723.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,719.
5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,709.
6, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,658.
7, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,639.
8, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,632.
9, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,631.
10, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,628.
11, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,624.
12, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,618.
13, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 2,614.
14, Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 2,613.
14, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,613.
16, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,607.
17, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,606.
18, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,599.
19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,596.
20, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,595.
21, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,593.
22, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,590.
23, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,584.
24, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,580.
25, Stuart Williams, England, 2,578.
26, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,575.
27, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,568.
28, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,565.
29, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,564.
30, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 2,557.
31, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,556.
32, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,555.
33, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,553.
34, (tie) Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,549.
36, (tie) Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,544.
38, (tie) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,543.
40, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,540.
41, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,539.
42, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,535.
43, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,527.
44, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,522.
45, (tie) Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,511.
47, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,508.
48, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,506.
49, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,502.
50, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,500.
52, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,496.
53, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,486.
54, Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, 2,483.
55, Richie Teece, England, 2,477.
56, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,473.
57, (tie) Gaetan Mouveroux, France, and Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,469.
59, Dom Barrett, England, 2,468.
60, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,459.
61, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,454.
62, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,451.
63, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,450.
64, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,446.
65, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,444.
66, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,443.
67, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,439.
68, (tie) Sam Cooley, Australia, and Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,437.
70, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,435.
71, (tie) Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, and Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 2,432.
73, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,430.
74, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,428.
76, (tie) Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,425.
78, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,420.
79, (tie) John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,419.
81, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,417.
82, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,411.
83, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,401.
84, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 2,394.
85, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,391.
86, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,389.
87, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 2,387.
88, (tie) Rhino Page, Orlando, and Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,377.
90, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 2,368.
91, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 2,365.
92, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,361.
93, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,358.
94, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,349.
95, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,347.
96, (tie) Greg Young, Viera, Fla., and David Harold, Columbus, Ohio, 2,345.
98, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 2,334.
99, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 2,321.
100, Samuel DeWitt, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2,311.
101, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,305.
102, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,304.
103, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,298.
104, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,292.
105, Kyle Gillum, Columbus, Ohio, 2,282.
106, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,281.
107, Jason Lundquist, Columbus, Ohio, 2,280.
108, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,277.
109, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,276.
110, JoJoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 2,265.
111, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,257.
112, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 2,247.
113, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 2,246.
114, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,220.
115, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,217.
116, Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., 2,179.
117, Joshua Weiner, Hilliard, Ohio, 2,142.
118, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 2,128.
119, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico.., 2,119.
120, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,070.

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