JASON Belmonte will kick off the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling by representing the world.
The Orange bowler will captain the world team when they take on the USA in the High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge today (AEDT) in Las Vegas.
Belmonte will be joined by England’s Dom Barrett and Stuart Williams, Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Mika Koivuniemi, Colombia’s Andres Gomez and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli in the world team.
They will take on the USA team - made up of captain Sean Rash, Chris Barnes, Norm Duke, Mike Fagan, Bill O’Neill and Pete Weber - in singles, doubles, trios and team matches.
The winner of each match will win a point for his team, but the winners in the Baker teams will win three points.
After this Belmonte will launch into the PBA World Series of Bowling starting with the Cheetah Championship from 2am on Sunday (AEDT).
This will be followed by the Viper Championship, the Chameleon Championship, the Scorpion Championship and the World Championship.
The different names refer to different oil patterns on the lanes, so the bowlers have to make adjustments for every event within the series.
Belmonte said his preparation has mainly included time with family.
“I decided to spend a little more time at home rather than compete around the world,” Belmonte said.
“The amount I have travelled so far this year I need a good break from travel to get ready for the WSOB. Didn’t want to burn out there.”
At the 2012 PBA WSOB, Belmonte finished second in the World Championship and the Chameleon Championship and third in the Scorpion Championship.
Despite his previous achievements, Belmonte said he didn’t have specific goals for this year’s series.
“I just want to bowl well. If I do that my goal will be met,” he said.
“I’m not looking to set actual goals because I think it puts too much pressure on me to achieve them. What will be, will be.”
A highlight for the 30-year-old at this year’s event is his family, wife Kimberly and children Aria and Hugo, are there to cheer him on.
“It’s the most important. Traveling with them is how I wish it could be every time,” he said.
“Knowing that no matter the day’s performance, my wife and children will be there to hug and kiss, makes it so much better.
“They are also my biggest fans so I’m sure they’ll be cheering the loudest!”
The High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge starts at 9am today (AEDT) in Las Vegas.
The Cheetah Championship will begin at 2am Sunday (AEDT) and will be followed by the other events throughout the week.