ORANGE’S Jason Belmonte has eight more games to work his way into the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship final.
The top 24 bowlers in the PBA World Series of Bowling bowled 16 games of round-robin matchplay yesterday in Las Vegas.
Belmonte qualified for the round-robin matches in fourth and held his place after the first eight matchplay games.
He won games against top qualifier Dom Barrett (277-215), Tom Smallwood (274-205), Mike Fagan (221-201) and Pete Weber (219-218).
He had similar results in the second round of eight games, recording wins against Thomas Larsen (258-217), Johnathan Bower (224-164), Michael Machuga (227-223) and Jake Peters (258-187).
The pinfall from the qualifying games carried over, so Belmonte was sixth on a 10,232 total for 44 games.
He was just 17 pins behind fifth-placed Tom Smallwood.
England’s Dom Barrett held on to top spot, winning nine of his 16 matchplay games to be leading with 10,649.
American Sean Rash was the big mover, winning his first eight games to jump from 12th to second after the first round.
He then won another six games in the second block to remain in second on 10,550.
The field will bowl another eight matchplay games from 8am today (AEDT), after which the top five bowlers will qualify for Monday’s stepladder final.
Belmonte has already qualified for the Viper final, to be bowled at 9am Sunday.
Belmonte qualified fourth for the Viper final and will take on third seed, England’s Stuart Williams, in the first game.