Belmonte Leads after PBA Tour Field First Round Qualifying In Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles

by JThomas  |  Wednesday, February 17, 1:51 PM

Two-handed specialist Jason Belmonte of Australia finds himself at the top of the leader board after Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour first round qualifying Wednesday in the Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge.

Belmonte, last season’s Rookie of the Year who became the first two-hander to win a PBA Tour event had a 1,697 pinfall for seven games (242 average). He had games of 222, 256, 238, 237, 289, 220 and 235.

Having to negotiate an extreme inside shot in today’s first round matched up well with Belmonte’s technique as a two-handed player.

“You’ll find that most two-handers hook the ball a lot,” said the 26-year-old Belmonte. “So anytime we can use a lot of the lane it’s to our advantage.

“Obviously having a big hook is not conducive to all conditions on Tour but it’s nice to be able to take advantage of a condition where you can throw the big hook.” [more]

Later this afternoon the 32-player PBA Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM field will bowl its first seven-game qualifying round.

The PBA Tour male players and PBA Women’s Series players compete in separate qualifying rounds which will continue Thursday. Based on their qualifying ranking after qualifying concludes on Thursday, the top 16 men and top 16 women will be paired together to compete in match play on Friday. After 16 head-to-head doubles matches, the top five teams will advance to the stepladder finals. The finals format will use the Baker Format where each player will bowl five alternate frames to combine for one score.

The Mixed Doubles finals will be televised live by ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Mountain) on Sunday, Feb. 21.

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Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Field Round 1 Standings (7 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,697.
2, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,682.
3, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,672.
4, Tyler Jensen, Keller, Texas, 1,661.
5, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,650.
6, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,648., $100
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,640.
8, Jonathan Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,628.
9, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 1,619.
10, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,617.
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,616.
12, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 1,614.
13, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,609.
14, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,600.
Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,600.
16, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,599.
17, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,598.
18, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 1,596.
19, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,591.
20, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,558.
21, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,556.
22, Stuart Williams, England, 1,553.
23, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,543.
24, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,539.
Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 1,539.
26, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,536.
27, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 1,533.
28, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,531.
29, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 1,525.
Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 1,525.
31, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,519.
32, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,518.
Steven Black, Phoenix, 1,518.
34, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 1,509.
35, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,506.
36, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,501.
37, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,499.
38, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,490.
39, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,489.
40, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,487.
41, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 1,486.
42, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,485.
43, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,482.
44, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,480.
45, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,479.
46, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,475.
47, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,474.
48, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,473.
49, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,471.
Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,471.
51, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,468.
52, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,464.
53, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,458.
54, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,446.
55, Kris Koeltzow, Wheatridge, Colo., 1,441.
56, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,432.
57, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,416.
58, George Lambert IV, Canada, 1,412.
59, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,398.
60, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,393.
61, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,384.
62, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,379.
63, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,355.
64, Lawrence Marquez, Lakewood, Colo., 1,257.