Orange, NSW, Australia
Orange Tenpin Bowl (Orange, NSW, Australia)
Age 30 - 7/29/1983
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Personal: Nickname “Belmo”…Married to Kimberly…Daughter Aria arrived in 2009; son Hugo in 2012…Two-handed international star has won numerous titles on the world stage including the 2007 World Tenpin Masters…Finished second in 2007 QubicaAMF World Cup…First to qualify for World Ranking Masters in two zones…Gained enormous media attention in 2008-09 for his two-handed delivery…Took up the sport two-handed as a toddler when he was too small to roll the ball with one hand…Loves “B” movies, plays a little golf and has an unhealthy fondness for cheesecake...Defeated good friend and fellow tour player Mike Fagan, 300-205, in the second game to win the 2011 Thailand Open...Won 2011 Qubica/AMF World Cup by defeating fellow PBA Tour player Tommy Jones 2-1 in best of three game match in Johannesburg, South Africa.
2014: Came from fifth qualifying spot to win Oklahoma Open for 10th career title by defeating EJ Tackett in championship match 193-145...Successfully defended USBC Masters title for third major. Became first player since Hall of Famer Billy Welu in 1964-65 to win back-to-back Masters titles. Belmonte defeated reigning rookie of the year EJ Tackett 221-177 for the title. Was the first time that a reigning rookie of the year and player of the year faced off in a major championship match... Was second consecutive major title of the season having won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions by defeating Wes Malott 219-218 in championship match...Masters title was ninth of his career and third major title in last four major events...Introduced Belmo-Vision through Google Glass headset giving fans a first-ever point-of-view look during competition...While not an official Tour event, won first PBA Super Clash special event telecast on ESPN by defeating Sean Rash 743-718...Finished fourth in Kuwait International Open.
Career: Prior to 2012-13 Player of the Year season, 2011-12 was a break out season for Belmonte winning three titles during the World Series of Bowling which included the Chameleon Open, GEICO Shark Open and Pepsi Elite Championship. Also finished third in U.S. Open, Tournament of Champions and Carmen Salvino Classic. Finished fourth in PBA World Championship, eliminated in the first match losing a roll-off to Osku Palermaa after tying the match 203-203. Advanced to World Championship finals by winning Mike Aulby Division finals bowling the 21st televised 300 game in Tour history. Narrowly lost in season's Player of the Year voting to Sean Rash...Won 2012 Australian Masters for his fifth PBA Tour title immediately preceding the PBA World Series of Bowling, defeating Sean Rash in the best-of-three title match. Belmonte won the first game, 174-172. Rash won game two, 255-223. In a dramatic comeback in the final game, Belmonte struck out in the 10th frame for a 256-243 win to claim the title..In his first partial year on Tour in 2008-09, became the first two-handed bowler to win a PBA Tour event by capturing the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic which helped him win Rookie of the Year honors…Had three runnerup finishes in 2009-10 season...In 2010-11 had seven top-10 finishes with best finish of third twice...Named 2012-13 Player of the Year...Won Lucas Oil Bear Open for seventh career and second title of the season by defeating Chris Barnes in championship match 235-211...Became third player to make TV finals in all four majors in one season...Won USBC Masters by defeating Wes Malott 258-245 in the championship match for his first major title. Became second foreign player to win Masters, Mika Koivuniemi was first...Finished second in PBA World Championship losing to Parker Bohn III in championship match 254-227...Finished second in Tournament of Champions losing to Pete Weber in championship match, 224-179...Finished second in U.S. Open, losing to winner Wes Malott 214-156 in championship match...Finished second in GEICO World Series of Bowling IV Chameleon Championship losing to Scott Norton 227-223 in championship match and third in Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship losing to eventual winner Tom Daugherty in semifinal match 256-187...Finished fourth in Summer Swing GEICO King of the Swing special event...Finished fourth in WSOB V Viper Championship losing to Stuart Williams 203-194 in opening TV match...Earned George Young High Average award with 228.81 season average.
PBA Career Standard titles: (7) 2008-09 -West Babylon, N.Y.; 2011-12 - Chameleon Open, Las Vegas; GEICO Shark Open, Las Vegas; Pepsi Elite Players Championship, Las Vegas; Australian Masters. 2012-13 - Lucas Oil Bear Open, Milwaukee; 2014 - Oklahoma Open, Shawnee, Okla.
PBA Major titles: (3) 2013 - USBC Masters, N. Brunswick, N.J.; 2014 - Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions; USBC Masters.
Awards: 2012-13 Player of the Year; 2008-2009 PBA Rookie of the Year; 2011 Bowling ESPY award winner...2012-13 George Young High Average Award.
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