IT wasn’t the ending to the Detroit Open Orange’s two-handed tenpin bowling star, Jason Belmonte, would have envisaged.
But he gets the chance to bounce back from his second place when the 2016 Professional Bowlers Association Fall Swing boots up on Thursday, Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
In what can be considered the all-star event, Belmonte will be joined by Tom Daugherty, Wes Malott, EJ Tackett and Sean Rash, the quintet having distinguished themselves as the top players overall in the multi-event series and as a result will battle for the King of the Swing crown.
Rash, Tackett and Daugherty punched their tickets to the finals by winning Fall Swing titles. Belmonte and Malott earned spots as the top non-winners in Fall Swing points.
The King of the Swing, a special event that does not award a PBA Tour title, will be contested at historic Thunderbowl Lanes on a dual lane condition – the long 52-foot Badger oiling pattern on the left lane and the short 32-foot Wolf pattern on the right lane.
Competition gets underway with a matchup featuring two PBA Players of the Year. Three-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Belmonte will face off against Malott, the 2009 Player of the Year, in the opening stepladder match.
Belmonte secured his spot in the finals thanks to a third-place finish in the Wolf Open, fourth in the Badger Open and second in the Detroit Open. Malott got a boost from his second-place finish in the Badger Open and third-place finish in the Detroit Open.
The winner of the opening match will face Daugherty, the Wolf Open winner, in the second match with the winner meeting Bear Open winner EJ Tackett in the semifinal match.
The semifinal winner will take on top qualifier 2012 Player of the Year Rash who won back-to-back titles in the Badger and Detroit Opens.