ORANGE’S Jason Belmonte has qualified for the second round of the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship despite missing out on the Viper Championship.
Belmonte lined up in the Viper competition yesterday (AEDT), the fourth event in the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas.
Competitors rolled seven games, after which the top 24 moved into the second round.
Belmonte started slowly with games of 175, 188, 215 and 225, and was outside top 100 after the first four games on a lane condition many found tough.
His 235 in the fifth game moved him up to 89th, and he jumped up again to 60th after a 258 for the sixth game.
In his seventh game he rolled a 257 which allowed him to finish 29th.
His 1553 total was just three pins outside the top 24.
“Great comeback tonight but fell three little pins short of the cut for tonight,” Belmonte posted on Facebook.
“The comeback certainly helped my World Championship score though.
“Resting with the family tonight and going to enjoy their company! So it’s still kind of like a win.”
Belmonte still easily qualified for the PBA World Championship, which accommodates the top 24 bowlers after the four championship patterns (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion).
Belmonte had a 28-game total of 6389, while England’s Dom Barrett was the top qualifier on 6655.
The top 24 will bowl eight round-robin matchplay games at 5am (AEDT) today, followed by another eight at 12pm.
There will be a final eight round-robin matchplay games bowled at 8am tomorrow before the top five move on to the stepladder finals at 7.30am next Monday (AEDT).
Belmonte has also qualified for the top four stepladder final for the Viper Championship to be held at 9am on Sunday (AEDT).