Belmonte strikes out

ORANGE’S Jason Belmonte missed out on lifting a trophy in yesterday’s Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling finals.

Bowling in Las Vegas, Belmonte played in all three of yesterday’s stepladder finals but could do no better than second.

He was top qualifier and defending champion in the Chameleon Championship but lost the final to third qualifier Scott Norton 227-223.

Belmonte was second qualifier in the Scorpion Championship but was beaten by fourth qualifier Tom Daugherty 256-287, and the American went on to take the title.

The Australian was the top seed for the PBA World Championship final and went down to fifth qualifier Parker Bohn III 254-227.

Belmonte had mixed emotions about his results yesterday.

“What a great, fantastic, awesome @pbatour WSOB,” he posted on Facebook.

“Disappointed of course not to take a title home with me, but I am realising that my abilities are growing every time I lace up. 

“I will take away as much as I can from this to become that much better of a bowler.”

They started yesterday with the Chameleon Championship stepladder final.

Norton downed fourth qualifier, Bahrain’s Fawaz Abdulla, and second seed, American Walter Ray Williams Junior to earn a place in the final with top seed Belmonte.

The final was tight but Belmonte bowled a nine-spare-seven in the final frame and Norton struck out in the 10th to steal the four-pin victory.

Belmonte never found his form in his Scorpion final against Daugherty and only delivered five strikes.

Daugherty was consistent and won 256-187 before going on to beat top seed, Finland’s Osku Palermaa 200-182 in the final.

Belmonte was hoping it would be third time lucky for the PBA World Championship final.

Fifth seed Bohn downed Canada’s Dan MacLelland and America’s Rhino Page and Sean Rash to book a spot in the final against Belmonte.

It was the last frame where Bohn locked in the win as Belmonte wasn’t able to strike out.

Belmonte conceded his opponents deserved to win.

“Congrats to Parker, Tom and Scott for out-bowling me and making great shots when you had to,” his post read.

The two-handed bowler didn’t come away from the WSOB empty-handed.

He won $US7000 for his third in the Scorpion, $US10,000 for his second in the Chameleon and $US25,000 for his runner-up finish in the PBA World Championship.

His next event is the PBA Japan Cup at the end of this month.

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