After winning a single-season, career-high five titles, including the 14th major of his career at the PBA Players Championship, Jason Belmonte was named the 2022 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year.
This award marks the seventh of Belmonte’s career, tying Walter Ray Williams Jr. for the most in PBA history. While Williams Jr.’s Player of the Year awards spanned from 1986-2010, a testament to his unprecedented longevity, Belmonte has won all seven awards in the past 10 seasons.
The 39-year-old Australian led the tour in 2022 with $302,525 in earnings, 34,230 points, five titles, eight top-5 finishes and 13 top-10 finishes. His 224.38 average over a tour-high 380 games ranked second behind EJ Tackett.
Belmonte separated himself from his peers in championship rounds: He compiled a 16-4 record on national television and a 20-4 overall record. Title match wins over Player of the Year contenders Simonsen (PBA Scorpion Championship), Dom Barrett (PBA Tour Finals) and Tackett (The Storm Cup: Lubbock Sports Open) proved critical to his campaign.
|2010||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|2003||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|2002||* Parker Bohn III|
|1999||Parker Bohn III|
|1998||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1997||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1996||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1993||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1986||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1970||Nelson Burton Jr.|