ORANGE’S Jason Belmonte led the World team to victory on Saturday (AEDT) in the Professional Bowlers Association High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge: USA vs. The World.
Belmonte captained the World team, which was made up of seven players from around the world, across singles, alternate ball doubles and Baker trios and teams at the event in Las Vegas.
The World team was down early but came back to the USA 4-2.
In the singles match, the USA’s Chris Barnes defeated Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi 265-233.
The international team hit back in the alternate-ball doubles, where England’s Dom Barrett and Stuart Williams defeated PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Norm Duke 257-166.
The USA took a 2-1 lead after Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill and Mike Fagan toppled Belmonte, Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli 234-219 in the Baker trios, where players take turns to bowl a frame to make up a game.
It was the teams event that decided the winner and Belmonte played a key role.
The two-hander bowled a strike in the fifth frame, which was followed by another strike in the sixth by Palermaa.
Monacelli and Barrett bowled a strike each and Belmonte delivered two more in the final stages of the game to give the World a 211-183 teams win.
The World side earned three points for the team win to give them the 4-2 victory.
The PBA World Series of Bowling kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas, but Belmonte didn’t have the start he hoped for.
Belmonte missed the cut for the Cheetah Championship by 25 pins.
He finished the qualifying round in 35th, with only the top 24 making it through to the next stage in the event.
Belmonte rolled 1649 for the seven games.
He started slowly with 199, but improved with 227 and 237 before 198 slowed his progress.
He finished strongly with 220, 279 and 289.
Still, it wasn’t enough with 1674 marking the cut off to the top 24.
Belmonte will be back on the lanes today for the Viper Championship.
The different names refer to the different lane conditions for each event.
Qualifying started at 2am today (AEDT) with the top 24 moving on to the second stage at 1.30pm.
The Chameleon Championship will be bowled tomorrow followed by the Scorpion Championship on Wednesday.