Australia’s Jason Belmonte Races into Third Round Lead in U.S. Open

by Jason Thomas February 25, 2010 14:24

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jason Belmonte, Australia’s two-handed star, made one of the most difficult scoring conditions in bowling look easy Thursday as he raced into the third round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl.

Belmonte, who sat in sixth place after the first 12 qualifying games, averaged a blistering 248.33 for his six qualifying games Thursday to finish with an 18-game total of 4,117 pins and a 178-pin lead over Dave Beres of Waukesha, Wis. At one point in his round, Belmonte rolled consecutive games of 280, 278 and 278 to break away from the field.

Andres Gomez of Colombia was in third place with 3,920 pins followed by 2005 U.S. Open champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, at 3,915 and Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., at 3,914. O’Neill was in 185th place after the first six games.

"I grew up bowling long-format tournaments in Australia where there was lots of qualifying and match play games,” the 26-year-old said. “I think most bowlers will tell you that if you're consistently bowling well, you have a better chance in a long format competition.

“Today, for those three big games, I think that’s the best 36 shots I’ve ever thrown. You can’t bowl any better than that.”

Belmonte, an established international champion with his unusual method of rolling a bowling ball with both hands, is bowling his first full season on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour after winning his first and only title in the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic last March to earn a PBA Tour exemption.

His ability to generate significantly higher ball revolutions and hooking power than most conventional bowlers dazzled the near-capacity crowd watching the first of three squads Thursday morning.

“The general consensus is that I would bowl better on the ‘burn’," he said, referring to the second squad of the day when lane oil is moved around by the first squad to sometimes create a higher scoring environment. “Actually I've never done that well on the conditions where there's lots of carrydown oil. When I bowled on that condition yesterday I was 40 over and very happy to do that well.

“On the fresh condition like we had today I'm usually more confident. If I can play an area where nobody has played, that can be an advantage for me.”

The top 88 in the field of 352 advance to a nine-game cashers’ round Friday morning. The top 24 after 27 games will advance to eight-game match play rounds Friday night and Saturday to determine the four finalists for Sunday’s live ESPN telecast at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

At stake is the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s final major title of the 2009-10 season, a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.

67TH LUMBER LIQUIDATORS U.S. OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 25

THIRD ROUND (after 18 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,117.
2, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,939.
3, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,920.
4, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,915.
5, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,914.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,905.
7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,895.
8, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 3,894.
9, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 3,877.
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,861.
11, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,857.
12, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,853.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,846.
14, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,837.
15, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,832.
16, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,820.
17, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,819.
18, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,816.
19, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,804.
20, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 3,803.
21, (tie) Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, and Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,801.
23, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,783.
24, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,780.
25, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,775.
26, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,774.
27, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,754.
28, Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., 3,752.
29, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,744.
30, Daniel Hannagan, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 3,739.
31, (tie) Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., and Anthony Jordan, Sycamore, Ill., 3,738.
33, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3,734.
34, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 3,732.
35, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,730.
36, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,729.
37, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,719.
38, Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 3,717.
39, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 3,709.
40, Rick Hara, Darien, Ill., 3,700.
41, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 3,698.
42, (tie) Steve Harman, Indianapolis, and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,696.
44, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,692.
45, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,690.
47, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3,686.
48, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,684.
49, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,680.
50, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,678.
51, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,677.
52, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,675.
53, Scott Gilmore, Lafayette, Ind., 3,674.
54, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 3,665.
55, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 3,651.
56, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3,646.
57, J.R. Raymond, Belleville, Ill., 3,643.
58, John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., 3,642.
59, (tie) Patrick Girard, Canada, and Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,640.
61, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3,638.
62, George Brooks, Loveland, Colo., 3,636.
63, Terry Krawec, Canada, 3,633.
64, Antonio Medina, Davenport, Iowa, 3,632.
65, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,631.
66, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 3,627.
67, Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,621.
68, (tie) Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., and Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,618.
70, Michael Christensen, Great Falls, Mont., 3,615.
71, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 3,613.
72, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 3,612.
74, (tie) John May, Lincolnton, N.C., and Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 3,609.
76, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,608.
77, (tie) Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., and Matthew Zasowski, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,607.
79, Andro Simounet, Babson Park, Fla., 3,605.
80, Josh Brown, Molalla, Ore., 3,604.
81, Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla, 3,603.
82, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 3,602.
83, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,600.
84, Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio, 3,599.
85, (tie) Corey Young, Steeleville, Ill., and Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,597.
87, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,596.
88, Chris Hansen, Chicago, 3,594.

DID NOT ADVANCE

89, Jeffrey Thomas, Indianapolis, 3,590.
90, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 3,588.
92, (tie) Fero Williams, Fairfield, Ohio, and Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La., 3,586.
94, Steven Black, Phoenix, 3,583.
95, Peter Spreadbury, Oak Forest, Ill., 3,582.
96, Jeff Clark, Indianapolis, 3,581.
97, Joe Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 3,580.
98, Jason Timmermann, Breese, Ill., 3,577.
99, Jim Thomas, Binghamton, N.Y., 3,576.
100, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,575.
101, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,573.
102, (tie) Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., and Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,572.
104, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 3,571.
105, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,569.
106, George Lambert IV, Canada, 3,563.
107, Andrew Koff, Miami, 3,560.
108, Luke Matthys, Lafayette, Ind., 3,558.
109, (tie) Stuart Williams, England, and E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,557.
111, Jeffrey Voght, Canojahaire, N.Y., 3,555.
112, (tie) Scott Lavy, Troy, Mo., and Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 3,550.
114, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 3,548.
115, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 3,546.
116, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla, 3,543.
117, Jonathan Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 3,542.
118, (tie) Jim Wolcott, Hendersonville, Tenn., and Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich., 3,541.
120, Joseph Steiner, Saginaw, Mich., 3,539.
121, (tie) Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, and Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 3,537.
123, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,535.
124, Daniel Farish, Louisville, Ky., 3,532.
125, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 3,531.
126, (tie) Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., and Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,530.
128, Philip Duncan, Dayton, Ohio, 3,528.
129, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,527.
130, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,526.
131, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,525.
132, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,519.
133, Matthew Gasn, Laurel, Md., 3,518.
134, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill.; Justin Williams, Bartlett, Tenn., and Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,517.
137, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 3,512.
138, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,506.
139, (tie) Tim Lockett, Louisville, Ky., and Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3,498.
141, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,496.
142, George Branham III, Indianapolis, 3,495.
143, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 3,492.
144, Michael Marsico, Chesapeake Beach, Md., 3,490.
145, Vincent Yoder, Wooster, Ohio, 3,489.
146, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 3,486.
147, Jason Flaugh, Avilla, Ind., 3,483.
148, (tie) Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill.; Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,482.
151, Chris Tomlinson, Franklin, Tenn., 3,477.
152, Austin Marsh, Anderson, Ind., 3,475.
153, Bruce Falcon, Bay City, Mich., 3,474.
154, (tie) Joe Ambrosini, Lockport, Ill. and Terry Buckner, Anderson, Ind., 3,473.
156, Jeffrey Segneri, Tucson, Ariz., 3,467.
157, Manuel Otalora, Weston, Fla., 3,466.
158, (tie) Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind. and Nick Harnish, Hamilton, Ohio, 3,459.
160, Michael Lisch, Zionsville, Ind., 3,455.
161, Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 3,454.
162, (tie) John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del. and Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,449.
164, Larry Richardson, Muscatine, Iowa, 3,437.
165, Joe Massey, Lafayette, Ind., 3,436.
166, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 3,432.
167, Robert Moss, Indianapolis, 3,430.
168, Brian McMahon Jr., Saginaw, Mich., 3,428.
169, Amanda Beck, Oakdale, N.Y., 3,425.
170, Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 3,420.
171, Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 3,419.
172, (tie) Mike DeVaney, San Diego and Richard Wolfe, Culpepper, Va., 3,416.
174, Jerry Gentry Jr., Topeka, Kan., 3,414.
175, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,413.
176, Patrick Kendall, Greentown, Ind., 3,412.
177, (tie) Stephen Flynn, Sioux Falls, S.D. and Luis Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 3,411.
179, Christopher Uffman, Dubuque, Iowa, 3,409.
180, Matt Dammann, Canada, 3,407.
181, (tie) Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill. and Aaron Buss, Freeport, Ill., 3,406.
183, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 3,405.
184, Chris Werner, Rochester, N.Y., 3,403.
185, Tyler Selden, Kettering, Ohio, 3,402.
186, Alan Telling, Cleveland, 3,400.
187, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo, 3,398.
188, Ron Schoenbachler, Indianapolis, 3,396.
189, Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill., 3,395.
190, Richard Horodecki Jr., Jackson, Mich., 3,394.
191, JJ Owens, Ithaca, N.Y., 3,393.
192, (tie) Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., and Ryan Yanel, Kenosha, Wis., 3,392.
194, Terry Norton, Omaha, Neb., 3,391.
195, Andy Mortensen, Fort Smith, Ark., 3,389.
196, Dan Bachar, Minooka, Ill., 3,387.
197, Shawn Naumann, Orlando, Fla., 3,385.
198, Howard Ridgeway, Cleveland, 3,375.
199, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,368.
200, (tie) Jim Rood, Algonquin, Ill., and Ted Rosenquist Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 3,367.
202, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 3,364.
203, Jeff Strong, Franklin, Ind., 3,363.
204, Justin Buford, Orlando, Fla., 3,360.
205, Mark Decman, Canada, 3,359.
206, Timothy Behrendt, St Louis, 3,358.
207, Brandon Robertson, Clinton, Conn., 3,349.
208, Douglas Lakey, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,348.
209, Donald Lee, Canada, 3,346.
210, (tie) Bill Crane, Mishawaka, Ind., and Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 3,345.
212, Joseph Litton, Marion, Ind., 3,343.
213, Anibal Marin, Puerto Rico, 3,341.
214, Matt Ogle, Shephersville, Ky., 3,335.
215, Brian Checkle, Stockbridge, Ga., 3,330.
216, Andrew Horodecki, Jackson, Mich., 3,327.
217, Jeremy DelCamp, Elkhart, Ind., 3,326.
218, Eric Aquila, Indianapolis, 3,323.
219, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 3,322.
220, (tie) Daniel Keenan, Endicott, N.Y., and George Juszczyk, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 3,319.
222, Mike Ragon, Marion, Ind., 3,314.
223, (tie) Jerry Anderson, Smithton, Ill., and Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,313.
225, Richard Ness, Belleville, Ill., 3,310.
226, Eddie Frederick, Indianapolis, 3,304.
227, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 3,301.
228, Jan Kravcheno Jr., O'Fallon, Ill., 3,297.
229, Mike Eaton Jr., Cincinnati, 3,294.
230, (tie) Patrick Helmecy, Beech Grove, Ind., and Timothy Gillick, Milford, Conn., 3,292.
232, Daniel Freeman, Indianapolis, 3,291.
233, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 3,290.
234, Shane DuFresne, Clio, Mich., 3,287.
235, Dave Han, Orlando, Fla., 3,280.
236, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 3,279.
237, Jason Baker, Sharon Springs, N.Y., 3,278.
238, Bradley Branam, Bloomington, Ind., 3,274.
239, Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 3,271.
240, Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 3,268.
241, Todd Minotti, Oviedo, Fla., 3,256.
242, Steven Meyer, Rochester, N.Y., 3,255.
243, (tie) Daniel Cline, Lansing, Mich., and Shawn Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,250.
245, John Schnur, Oconomowoc, Wis., 3,248.
246, Jon Mesecher, Des Moines, Iowa, 3,246.
247, Rodney English, Noblesville, Ind., 3,245.
248, Michael Svilar, Munster, Ind., 3,244.
249, (tie) Bruno Diaz, Puerto Rico; Matt Hartigan, Tupelo, Miss., and Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 3,236.
252, Roy Woods Jr., Beech Grove, Ind., 3,235.
253, (tie) John Bright, Tontitown, Ark., and Steven Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 3,228.
255, (tie) Aaron Ramsden, Tomah, Wis., and Alain Bouchard, Canada, 3,224.
257, Scott Weber, La Salle, Ill., 3,220.
258, B.J. Wynn III, Warner Robins, Ga., 3,219.
259, Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., 3,218.
260, Eric Villagomez, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 3,217.
261, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,214.
262, Kenneth Galitsky, Plainfield, Ind., 3,213.
263, Charles Rott, Indianapolis, 3,211.
264, Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,208.
265, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 3,206.
266, (tie) Sun Kim, Flushing, N.Y., and Richard Woodall, Rushville, Ind., 3,205.
268, Tim Gilbert, Saginaw, Mich., 3,202.
269, David Romero, Colombia, 3,195.
270, Jeff Walther, St. Cloud, Minn., 3,194.
271, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 3,193.
272, (tie) Matthew Priore, North Arlington, N.J., and Jon Dow, Benton, Me., 3,187.
274, Terrance Bell, Pontiac, Mich., 3,182.
275, Cale Young, Steeleville, Ill., 3,181.
276, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, 3,178.
277, Stephen Michael Conn, Crestwood, Ky., 3,176.
278, Nakoma Arvin, Hamilton, Ohio, 3,168.
279, Thomas Bates, S. Boston, Va., 3,167.
280, Bill Shouldice, Joliet, Ill., 3,165.
281, Mark Dobek, Huntley, Ill., 3,164.
282, T.J. Arnold, Montgomery, Ill., 3,161.
283, Tyler Ward, Brownberg, Ind., 3,151.
284, Gregg Getzlow, St. Charles, Mo., 3,146.
285, Steve Ryan, Lansing, Ill., 3,143.
286, Allan Pomatto, Goose Creek, S.C., 3,139.
287, Derek Brashear, Indianapolis, 3,138.
288, Jason Phillips, Greenwood, Ind., 3,130.
289, Shane Higgins, Louisville, Ky., 3,126.
290, Joseph Bevelacqua, Endicott, N.Y., 3,125.
291, Wes Gamblin, Kokomo, Ind., 3,118.
292, (tie) Steven Frank, New Palestine, Ind., 3,115.
292, Roger Stedge, Freeville, N.Y., 3,115.
294, Zach Cole, Deerfield, Ill., 3,107.
295, Dameon Edwards, Lawrence, Kan., 3,104.
296, Tony Richardson, Lawrence, Kan., 3,101.
297, Michael Sucena, Philadelphia, 3,096.
298, (tie) Marcus Henderson, Dayton, Ohio, and Chad Vendeville, North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,094.
300, Tony Meibers, Louisviile, KY, 3,089.
301, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 3,087.
302, (tie) Scott Bowland, Indianapolis and James Grago, Rome, N.Y., 3,086.
304, Matthew Woods, Indianapolis, 3,084.
305, Aaron Loveless, Bedford, Ind., 3,080.
306, Robert Graci, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,075.
307, Hector Medina II, Woodbridge, Va., 3,071.
308, Ike Brownfield, Lowell, Ind., 3,069.
309, Ed Campbell, Rochester Hills, Mich., 3,063.
310, Scott Falkner, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,060.
311, Jerry Bohlman, Milton, Fla., 3,040.
312, Marek Przezpolewski, Poland, 3,037.
313, Alan Wilson, Martinsville, Ind., 3,034.
314, Nick Korte, Highland, Ill., 3,032.
315, James Erlenbach, Glenford, Ohio, 3,028.
316, Michael Carroll, Muncie, Ind., 3,014.
317, Maurice Bell, Chicago, 3,013.
318, Tom Popielarz, Saginaw, Mich., 3,011.
319, Randy Rudzinski, Columbus, Ind., 3,007.
320, (tie) Justin Erdly, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Cory Monroe, Kokomo, Ind., 3,001.
322, Chris Mays, Muncie, Ind., 2,992.
323, Scott Nelson, Lafayette, Ind., 2,985.
324, John Nemes, Berkley, Mich., 2,970.
325, Michael Young, Gloucester Point, Va., 2,968.
326, Rickey Coleman, Cleveland, 2,967.
327, Samuel Montalvo, Puerto Rico, 2,964.
328, Michael McPhearson, Fairmount, Ind., 2,957.
329, Tamario Amey, Lawrence, Kan., 2,955.
330, Jenny Stevens, Houma, La., 2,950.
331, Pierre Boivin, Canada, 2,944.
332, Christopher Ohnesorge, Dunlap, Iowa, 2,917.
333, (tie) Les Crump, Noblesville, Ind., and Mark Cornelius, Peru, Ind., 2,913.
335, (tie) Paul Kahrs, Charlotte, Tenn., and Sylvain Brisson, Canada, 2,902.
337, Chris McClintic, Parma, Mich., 2,896.
338, Joshua Shriver, Winchester, Va., 2,874.
339, Robert French, Warner Robins, Ga., 2,858.
340, Joshua Ward, Beloit, Wis., 2,853.
341, Andrew Branham, Clarksville, Ind., 2,851.
342, John Gimbel Jr., Greenwood, Ind., 2,841.
343, Kevin Akemon, Elkhart, Ind., 2,813.
344, Chris Case, Indianapolis, 2,777.
345, John Gould Jr., Kansas City, Kan., 2,756.
346, Emmett Jeter, Cheboygan, Mich., 2,568.
347, Sean Couse, Indianapolis, 2,555.
348, Anthony Dompe, Georgetown, Ill., 2,498.
349, Blake Mushen, Noblesville, Ind., 2,233.
350, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,119.
351, Kyle Kalbus, Oconomowoc, Wis., withdrew.
352, Michael Reyes, Chicago, withdrew.

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