Oh Oklahoma: Belmonte digs deep to claw his way to victory in Open

KING PIN: Jason Belmonte has won the Oklahoma Open.
KING PIN: Jason Belmonte has won the Oklahoma Open.

JASON Belmonte has proven once again, you should never count him out.

The Orange bowler on Monday (AEST) came from fifth to win the Oklahoma Open.

Belmonte qualified in fifth place for the Oklahoma Open stepladder finals, which were part of the Professional Bowlers Association Summer of Swing series.

In the stepladder final Belmonte beat fourth qualifier Tommy Jones 187-171, and then accounted for third qualifier Bill O'Neill 199-191.

In the semi-final, Belmonte downed second seed Chris Loschetter 194-175.

Then in the final, in another low-scoring match, Belmonte beat top qualifier EJ Tackett 193-145.

The final was a repeat of the 2014 USBC Masters decider where Belmonte came from fifth to beat Tackett in the final 221-177.

By winning the Oklahoma Open, Belmonte became the second seed for the PBA Summer King of Swing stepladder finals.

The winner of each of the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma opens qualified for the King of Swing, along with wildcard Tommy Jones.

In the stepladder final, Jones toppled Bear Open winner Ronnie Russell 236-206.

Jones then fell to Wolf Open winner Sean Rash 257-212.

Arch rivals Belmonte and Rash played out a tight semi-final.

Belmonte started well with four strikes before Rash came back with five consecutive strikes.

This gave Rash a 199-196 lead after eight frames.

Belmonte delivered a strike in the ninth frame and Rash bowled a nine-spare to retain this three-pin lead.

In the last frame, Rash bowled a nine-spare-eight, while Belmonte bowled a nine which he couldn't spare and this allowed Rash to take the win 235-224.

In the final Rash lost to Badger Open winner Bill O'Neill 245-181.

Belmonte won $US18,000 for taking out the Oklahoma Open and another $US4000 for finishing third in the King of the Swing.


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