There's good news and bad news for the Professional Bowlers Association.
The good? It's announced it will hold several events in the US through June and July. The bad? The best player in the world won't be there.
Jason Belmonte will be at home in Orange instead of on the world stage due to strict travel restrictions imposed by the government.
And while the situation might be seen as an excruciating one for the 13-time major championship winner, and he admits it is uncomfortable, he's looking at it with a positive lens.
"This isn't the first time I've been at home while PBA events have been running, so that makes it easier to live with," Belmonte said.
"It's impossible for me to get there right now and that does make it frustrating from a personal level but it's great news for the PBA and for fans who are itching for some kind of sport.
"It's a little bit more frustrating watching because you know it isn't the choice you've made, rather one that's required.
While one part of Belmonte wants to push to return to competition in the USA, he won't do it at the detriment of himself and his family and says he's not sure the travel is worth the possible 14-day isolation period that's required after travelling.
"Before going over there I'd need to make sure of the rules and whether or not I've got to be quarantined when I come back or stuck in a hotel room when I go over," he said.
"That's a month of my life where I'm stuck in a hotel room and my family needs me to be mobile.
"It's not as simple as 'I really want to go bowl and life will be dandy again'."
Being forced to leave the USA early this season did cut Belmonte's extremely successful campaign short but it also allowed himself to spend more time with his family and he's particularly cherished the role he's had in his kid's home-schooling regime.
"It's really great to be able to have an influence in their remote learning, that's been really cool," he said.
Belmonte loved mentoring his kids but knew it wouldn't have been possible without help from the school's "crucially important" online learning programs
"Nashdale Public School and their teaching system has allowed non-teachers to maintain their kids' learning so I'd like to give a shout out to them," he said.
Since he was 16, Belmonte's dedicated much of his life to tenpin bowling but says even the most committed athletes need to have a healthy mix of training and family time.
"Everyone in life needs to have a balance," he said.
"If you spend too much time at home and not enough time competing, it can outweigh that balance."
He doesn't know what the restrictions will dictate in six months time so for now, Belmonte's going to do his best to stay composed while the PBA tour is on and he'll savour the extra time he's got with his loved ones.
"I might get edgy and agitated while the PBA events are on but I'll embrace the time I have with my family," he said.
"My son and I like to go for motorbike rides and as a family, we love going for walks around town."
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