Jason Belmonteof Australia ran over the competition during Round Four of qualifying, leading the field by 240 pins at the PBA World Championship at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.
“I just kept moving left all day and was able to play a part of the lane that most players can’t get to,” said Belmonte who averaged 233 .93 for the 27 games.
Belmonte, who by the end of the qualifying block was lofting the left gutter cap, will be seeded into the Super 16, thus earning two byes in match play.
The top eight bowlers after Round Four of qualifying received automatic berths into the Super 16 and the top 40 bowlers advanced to single-elimination best 4-out-of-7 match play.
In addition to Belmonte, the top eight qualifiers include Norm Duke (Clermont, Fla.), Sean Rash (Wichita, Kan.), Steve Harman (Indianapolis, Ind.), Pete Weber (St Ann, Mo.), Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.), Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.) and Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.).
No one was more excited than Book who narrowly secured the coveted eighth spot. Book had to double in the 10th frame in order to finish ahead of Brad Angelo who was on the same pair.
“Brad and I were neck and neck all day, going into the 10th Brad struck in his fill ball, forcing me to get the first two (strikes) in the 10th. Every bowler dreams of being in clutch situations, and I’m glad I was able to come through in the clutch.”
Duke, who can make history this week by winning three consecutive Majors, is seeded second going into match play.
Tommy Delutz Jr. (Flushing, N.Y.) and Randy Weiss (Columbia, S.C.) tied for the 40th spot, forcing a one game roll-off, in which Delutz Jr. came out victorious shooting 234-160.
Friday’s competition continues with the first round of match play at 6 p.m. CT.
PBA World Championship Format:
There are three squads of qualifying (A, B and C). Each squad will bowl one 6-game block each day over three days, completing 18 total games of qualifying. The field will then be cut to the top 53 on Thursday night, Oct. 23. Bowlers making the cut will return on Friday morning, Oct. 24 for nine games of semi finals. Upon completion of the nine games, the field will then be cut to the top 40 bowlers, with the top eight bowlers receiving two byes and an automatic berth into the Super Round of 16. The 40 bowlers will then compete in a best 4-out-of-7 single elimination match play format starting Friday at 6 p.m. and continuing on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. until four bowlers remain. The top four finalists will advance to the live ESPN finals on Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon. All times CT.