Australia’s Belmonte Overtakes Williams for Top Berth in PBA Chameleon Championship Stepladder Finals

by Bill Vint November 5, 2012 19:03

LAS VEGAS – Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, ageless Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla.; California attorney Scott Norton and Bahrain’s Fawaz Abdulla advanced to the stepladder finals of the Professional Bowlers Association’s Chameleon Championship at South Point Bowling Center Monday.

In the third of four “animal pattern” championships that make up the qualifying portion of the PBA World Championship, Belmonte posted a 14-game total of 3,462 pins to claim the top berth in Sunday’s stepladder finals by 29 pins over the 53-year-old Williams, the all-time leader in PBA Tour titles with 47 victories.

Norton, who won his only title in the 2010 Chameleon Championship, qualified third with a 3,399 total and Abdulla, the first player from Bahrain to ever qualify for a PBA television final, advanced from sixth place in the final game to claim the fourth spot in the TV field with 3,333.

Belmonte, who won three of his five career PBA Tour titles during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling, made his first stepladder final in this year’s World Series after finishing 23rd in the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship Saturday and 25th in the Viper Championship Sunday.

“I like to be on TV and I like to be No. 1,” Belmonte said.

“Every day is so different, so you just have to let go of what happened the day before. I was kind of bummed with the way I bowled on the Cheetah pattern. The Viper isn’t one of my favorites, but today I came in as though this was the first day of the tournament, and that’s the way I bowled.

“There was a lot of friction on the lanes today. Everyone moved in and with my speed and rev rate, it played right into my game plan. I got off to a great start tonight (278), but in the second game, I realized the lanes were changing, so I made a ball change that worked and I never looked back.”

Williams, who saw a string of 26 consecutive years with at least one television appearance end last season, held the lead through 12 games before Belmonte overtook him. But it was a great comeback after a less-than-stellar start to the World Series in the two previous events.

“After yesterday I was thinking I shouldn’t be bowling here,” the PBA Hall of Famer said. “But today I was able to do what I like to do – throw it nice and firm, get a good reaction, and I actually threw the ball pretty well. And I got some pin carry.

“I’d like to think I’m still competitive, but it’s a matter of doing the right things on the lanes,” Williams added. “Yesterday (in the Viper Championship) I didn’t; today I did. I still have to shoot a lot tomorrow (in the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship) to sneak into top 24 (the match play field for PBA World Championship is based on 32 games – eight games in each of four “animal pattern” events), but it’s possible.”

Williams said he’s well aware of his advancing years, but right now, coming from the East Coast to the Pacific time zone has been a bigger pain.

“I’ve been waking up at 3 or 4 a.m. every night. I’m still on Eastern time,” he said, “so I think I’ll go take a nap.

“I’ve got a few aches and pains,” he added. “(Sunday) night my shoulder ached, but I woke up this morning and felt fine. It’s not uncommon. I’ve dealt with that for a long time, not just the past few years, and it doesn’t seem to affect my play. Actually, most of my body parts are still pretty decent.”

With 47 titles, more than $4 million in career earnings and more PBA records than any player in PBA history, what’s left for him to accomplish?

“Win another title,” he said matter-of-factly. “Not a Senior Tour title. A regular one. That would be nice, especially after last year. That was definitely a negative on my radar.”

After three rounds of PBA World Championship qualifying, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., maintained his lead, averaging at a 241.12 pace for a 24-game total of 5,787 pins, 60 pins ahead of Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, was third with 5,699.

Complete GEICO WSOB IV coverage is available on the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, or by watching the action live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling competition continues Tuesday with the fourth and final “animal pattern” event, the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship. Qualifying squads will begin at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by the Scorpion semifinal round at 8 p.m.

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday

SEMIFINAL ROUND (after 14 games; top four advance to stepladder finals Sunday, Nov. 11, at noon PT)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,462.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,433.
3, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3,399.
4, Fawaz Abdulla, Bahrain, 3,333.

Other Semifinal Round Cashers (after 14 games):
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,327, $4,000.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,326, $3,700.
7, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3,294, $3,300.
8, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 3,285, $3,000.
9, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,211, $2,700.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,188, $2,500.
11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,169, $2,300.
12, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 3,168, $2,100.
13, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,156, $2,100.
14, Stuart Williams, England, 3,100, $1,900.
15, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,051, $1,800.
16, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,933, $1,700.

Other Qualifying Round Cashers (after 8 games):
17, Bryan Viator, Friendswood, Texas, 1,814, $1,000.
18, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,813, $970.
19, (tie) Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,809, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,809, $930.
21, D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, 1,808, $900.
22, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,807, $890.
23, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,804, $880.
24, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,795, $870.
25, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,790, $860.
26, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,787, $850.
27, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,783, $840.
28, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 1,780, $830.
29, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 1,778, $820.
30, (tie) Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., and Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,777, $805.
32, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,776, $790.
33, Thomas Biniek Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 1,774, $780.
34, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,773, $765.
36, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,769, $750.

Failed to Cash:
37, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,768.
38, (tie) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,766.
40, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,764.
41, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,761.
42, Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 1,760.
43, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,759.
44, (tie) Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,756.
46, Scott Halvarson, Lakewood, Wash., 1,754.
47, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,752.
48, Chad Pojas, Wahiawa, Hawaii, 1,749.
49, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,748.
50, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,746.
51, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,740.
52, (tie) Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,737.
54, (tie) Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Brett Cooper, Newburyport, Mass., 1,736.
56, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,734.
57, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,732.
58, Matt Ramshaw, Longview, Wash., 1,730.
59, Dom Barrett, England, 1,729.
60, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,728.
61, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,727.
62, (tie) Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,725.
64, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,722.
65, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,709.
66, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,708.
67, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,707.
68, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,705.
69, (tie) Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,703.
72, (tie) Yousif Falah, Bahrain; Daniel Falconi, Mexico, and Ben Davis, Ashland, Ky., 1,701.
75, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,700.
76, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,697.
77, (tie) Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,695.
79, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,694.
80, Ahmed Saad Alhadyan, Saudi Arabia, 1,693.
81, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,692.
83, (tie) Andrew Frawley, Australia, and Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,689.
85, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 1,688.
86, Jin Han Kim, Korea, 1,685.
87, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,684.
88, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,682.
89, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,680.
90, (tie) Yeo Jin Yoon, Korea, and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,679.
92, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,678.
93, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,677.
94, Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1,675.
95, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,672.
96, (tie) Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, and Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,671.
98, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,668.
99, Jacob Heger, Houston, 1,666.
100, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,665.
101, Patrick Bohm, Sweden, 1,664.
102, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,663.
103, Kevin Morillo, Venezuela, 1,662.
104, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,660.
105, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,658.
106, Hernan Ramirez, Venezuela, 1,656.
107, Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,655.
108, (tie) Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz.; Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,654.
111, Philip Medley, Washington, Mich., 1,649.
112, Mohamed Sultan, Bahrain, 1,648.
113, (tie) Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., and Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,646.
115, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,645.
116, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,644.
117, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,642.
118, (tie) Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga.; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,641.
121, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,639.
122, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 1,637.
123, (tie) Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., and Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mt., N.C., 1,636.
125, Chad Vendeville, Arlington, Texas, 1,633.
126, (tie) Nam Yi Jo, Korea, and Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,632.
128, Kevin Henderson, Albany, Ore., 1,631.
129, (tie) David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., and  Allen Blansette, Napa, Calif., 1,630.
131, (tie) Adam Monks, Conway, S.C.; Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, and Nathan Urrutia, Banning, Calif., 1,629.
134, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,628.
135, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,626.
136, (tie) Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore.; Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, and Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala, 1,623.
139, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 1,622.
140, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 1,618.
141, (tie) Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,617.
143, (tie) Mathias Arup, Sweden, and Mohammed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia, 1,615.
145, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,611.
146, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,610.
147, Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 1,608.
148, (tie) Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, and Frederik Ohrgaard, Denmark, 1,603.
150, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 1,599.
151, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,598.
152, Mike Bailey, Allen, Texas, 1,596.
153, Dale Renken, St. Jacob, Ill., 1,595.
154, Paul Nilsen Sr., Murrieta, Calif., 1,591.
155, (tie) Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,590.
157, Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., 1,589.
158, (tie) Branden Lee, Chicago, and Eduardo Yzcaray Jr., Venezuela, 1,587.
160, (tie) Chris DosSantos, Fairhaven, Mass., and Roberto Silva, Mexico, 1,584.
162, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,582.
163, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,581.
164, (tie) Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Venezuela, and Gustavo Salinas, Mexico, 1,575.
167, (tie) Ji Hyun Cha, Korea; Kasey Normandin, Canada; Perttu Jussila, Finland, and Hyun Suk Kim, Korea, 1,574.
171, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,572.
172, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,569.
173, Travis Anderson, Washington, Ill., 1,568.
174, Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 1,566.
175, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,564.
176, Greg Knolton, Bartlett, Tenn., 1,562.
177, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,561.
178, (tie) Hyun Bum Kim, Korea, and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,558.
180, Robert Piroozshad, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,555.
181, Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 1,552.
182, John Perry, Nuevo, Calif., 1,550.
183, (tie) Kim Ojala, Sweden; Matt Taylor, Knightdale, N.C., and Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,549.
186, Dave Gillson, Phoenix, 1,548.
187, (tie) Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., and Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,547.
189, (tie) Isaac Amkie, Mexico, and Dustin Ochoa, Cibilo, Texas, 1,542.
191, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,540.
192, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,535.
193, Ted Sidehamer Jr., Newport News, Va., 1,533.
194, Chris Groom, Lancaster, Calif., 1,529.
195, Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 1,523.
196, James Hobson, Converse, Texas, 1,517.
197, Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland, 1,515.
198, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,512.
199, Meen Woo Kim, Korea, 1,508.
200, Mohamed Al Jahrami, Bahrain, 1,507.
201, Matt Meyer, Alexandria, Minn., 1,500.
202, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,499.
203, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,498.
204, Mike Armstrong Jr., Battle Ground, Wash., 1,497.
205, Sean Daniels, Aloha, Ore., 1,492.
206, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,489.
207, (tie) Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C., and Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,487.
209, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,485.
210, Kirk Sauro, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 1,480.
211, Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,478.
212, Michael Menard, Canada, 1,474.
213, Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 1,466.
214, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,465.
215, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,463.
216, Kyle Leiffer, Weed, Calif., 1,458.
217, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,457.
218, Richard Rezendes, Cumberland, R.I., 1,453.
219, Wes Newman, Panama City, Fla, 1,450.
220, Hakim AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,449.
221, Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1,448.
222, Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,442.
223, Shawn St. Andre, Garden Grove, Calif., 1,438.
224, MahdI Assad, Bahrain, 1,430.
225, Diego Lopez, Colombia, 1,429.
226, Rob Gotterbarn Jr., Garden City South, N.Y., 1,426.
227, Chris Ashworth, Gallatin, Tenn., 1,422.
228, Josh Willis, Orleans, Ind., 1,415.
229, Tim Arnold, Las Vegas, 1,414.
230, Troy Behanna, Pasadena, Texas, 1,412.
231, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,408.
232, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,389.
233, Jamar Lee, Livermore, Calif., 1,349.
234, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,326.
235, Masood Saberi, Bahrain, 1,323.
236, Doug Scheidig, Royersford, Pa., 1,317.
237, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,310.
238, Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill., 1,296.
239, Paolo Joquico, Philippines, 1,280.

300 Games: Dan MacLelland.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

QUALIFYING STANDINGS (top 50 after 24 of 32 games; top 24 after 32 games will advance to PBA World Championship match play)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,787.
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,727.
3, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,699.
4, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5,674.
5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,669.
6, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 5,634.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,623.
8, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,614.
9, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,611.
10 (tie), Mike Fagan, Dallas, and Stuart Williams, England, 5,596.
12, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,567.
13, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,540.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 5,521.
15, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,520.
16, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,517.
17, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,511.
18, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 5,506.
19, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 5,504.
20, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 5,499.
21, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 5,497.
22, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 5,475.
23, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 5,459.
24, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,451.
25 (tie), Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 5,445.
27, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,443.
28, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,425.
29 (tie), D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, and Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5,412.
31, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,411.
32, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,398.
33, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 5,397.
34, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,396.
35, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 5,389.
36, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 5,385.
37, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,384.
38, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 5,381.
39, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 5,362.
40 (tie), Patrick Girard, Canada; Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 5,352.
43, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5,347.
44, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,334.
45, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 5,329.
46, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,328.
47, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,325.
48, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 5,323.
49, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 5,320.
50, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,313.

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