Orange, NSW, Australia
Orange Tenpin Bowl (Orange, NSW, Australia)
Age 32 - 7/29/1983
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Personal: Nickname “Belmo”…Married to Kimberly…Daughter Aria arrived in 2009; son Hugo in 2012…Took up the sport two-handed as a toddler when he was too small to roll the ball with one hand…Loves movies, plays a little golf, tennis, squash and Australian rules football...If there's one thing he likes to do more than throwing strikes is playing with his kids
2015: Became the first player to win the USBC Masters in three consecutive years (2013-15) by defeating amateur AJ Johnson in title match, 202-157...Won second consecutive Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions title defeating Rhino Page in Championship match 232-214 in title match...Became first player to win Masters and TOC in back-to-back season...TOC win was 12th Tour title and fifth major...Has 10 TV appearances in past 12 majors...Finished fourth in Players Championship losing to Tom Daugherty in second stepladder match 245-227...Teamed with Bill O'Neill to finish fourth in Roth/Holman Doubles Championship...Finished second to fellow two-hander Jesper Svensson in Bahrain International Open losing in championship match 258-244...Finished second in Maine Shootout losing to Josh Blanchard in three-game championship match 2-1...Was second fastest player to win 10 career titles (80 events)...Finished fourth in Bear Open losing to eventual winner Tommy Jones in second stepladder match 221-210...Finished second in Oklahoma Open losing to Bill O'Neill 247-172 in championship match.
Career: With 2014 Player of the Year Award, became sixth player to win consecutive POY crowns...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. 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...Masters win was second consecutive major title of the season having won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions by defeating Wes Malott 219-218 in championship match...While not an official Tour event, won 2014 PBA Super Clash special event telecast on ESPN by defeating Sean Rash 743-718...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: (5) 2013 - USBC Masters; 2014 - Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions; USBC Masters; 2015 - USBC Masters; Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.
Other achievements: Has won numerous titles on the world stage including the 2007 World Tenpin Masters…Finished second in 2007 QubicaAMF World Cup…Won Indonesian Open in 2008...Won 2011 Thailand Open defeating fellow PBA tour player Mike Fagan 300-205...First to qualify for World Ranking Masters in two zones…Gained enormous media attention in 2008-09 for his two-handed delivery…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...As part of Team Australia, won trios bronze medal in 2014 WBA Men's World Championship.
Awards: 2012-13 and 2014 Chris Schenkel Player of the Year; 2008-2009 PBA Rookie of the Year; 2011 and 2015 Bowling ESPY Award winner; 2012-13, 2014 George Young High Average Award; 2014 - Harry Smith Point Leader Award.
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