Belmonte into World Bowling Tour finals and sizing up handsome pay day

ON A ROLL: Orange’s Jason Belmonte has qualified for the World Bowling Tour finals. Photo: PBA.COM

ON A ROLL: Orange’s Jason Belmonte has qualified for the World Bowling Tour finals. Photo: PBA.COM

ORANGE’S Jason Belmonte has booked a place in World Bowling Tour (WBT) finals this year.

Belmonte is one of three players to qualify for the men’s finals after the last event of the 2013-14 tour was held last weekend in Bangkok.

The 31-year old missed the Thai tournament as he was holidaying with his family in Europe, but his 538 points were still enough for him to earn a WBT finals berth.

Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi was the men’s top qualifier for the finals with 567 points.

Second qualifier is American Sean Rash on 549 points.

England’s Dom Barrett had a chance to move into the top three with a good result in Bangkok, however he didn’t reach the heights he needed and finished fourth with 531 WBT points.

Belmonte’s points received a significant boost when he won the 2013 and 2014 United State Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters crowns.

The WBT finals will be held in Las Vegas on November 1-2, during the Professional Bowlers Association’s (PBA) World Series of Bowling.

The WBT finals uses a stepladder format, with Belmonte needing to beat Rash for a chance to take on Koivuniemi in the decider.

The winner will pocket $20,000, with second taking home $10,000 and third claiming $5000.

The WBT is made up of events around the world and players earn points based on where they finish in each tournament.

This year’s finals come after a two-year cycle of tournaments covering 2013 and 2014.

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