Belmonte in the swing of things after pair of victories at home and abroad

NEXT STEP: Orange's Jason Belmonte will be hunting more success in America next week. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0502sgtenpin12

NEXT STEP: Orange's Jason Belmonte will be hunting more success in America next week. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0502sgtenpin12

ORANGE’S Jason Belmonte will be coming off two wins when he lines up in next week’s Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Summer Swing.

Belmonte claimed his fifth Orange Open crown on the first weekend in May, before heading to Sweden where he helped Team Pergamon win the Swedish League final this week.

From Monday night (AEST) the 30-year-old will be hoping to maintain his lead in the various PBA standings when he competes in the first of four events in the Summer Swing in the United States.

Belmonte currently leads this season’s PBA Tour earnings with $US99,800, while England’s Dom Barrett ($US47,181) is next best.

The Orange bowler also leads the scoring averages with 236.51, with Barrett second on 228.84.

The Aussie is also on top on the competition points with 80,000, while Texan Wes Malott is next on 30,199.

Winning back-to-back majors (the PBA Tournament of Champions and the USBC Masters) has been key in leading all three stats.

The Summer Swing is made up of four events - the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens and the Oklahoma Open.

The winner of each open, along with a wild card entry, then qualifies for the Summer King of Swing.

Belmonte is the defending Bear Open champion, after he toppled Chris Barnes 235-211 in last season’s title match.

The Summer Swing has a full field of 120 bowlers representing 11 countries.

The event starts on Monday (AEST) with the Wolf Open.

This will be followed by the Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens with the winners progressing to the Summer King of Swing stepladder final.

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