Australia’s Belmonte Leads Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions After First Round of Match Play

by Jason Thomas January 20, 2014 14:30

With a 5-3 record, 2012-13 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, held a 249–pin lead over Dom Barrett of England after the first round of match play in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Monday night at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The 24 players still in contention will bowl two more eight-game match play rounds Tuesday to determine the five players who will compete in Sunday’s live stepladder finals on ESPN at noon ET.

Belmonte, a seven-time Tour winner, who is trying for his first Tournament of Champions title after finishing second in 2012 and third in 2013, finished with an 8,239 33-game pinfall including bonus for match wins. A win would also be his second major title after having won the United States Bowling Congress Masters in 2013.

“I started slow and finished strong, said Belmonte, who has led since the tournament’s second round. “I thought the conditions would play more into my hands toward the end of the round and I would have the opportunity to put up some big numbers. That’s the goal put up the big numbers and add to the lead.”

Barrett, the winner of the PBA World Championship last November in Las Vegas had a 6-2 match play record and finished the round with 7,990. Sixteen-time Tour titlist and 2006 Tournament of Champions winner Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, is in third finishing the round with a 5-3 record and a 7,880 total.

Rounding out the top five were 2013 U.S. Open winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who finished the round in fourth with a 6-1-1 record and 7,876 total, and Dan MacLelland of Canada who ended the round with a 5-3 record 7,861 total.

Among other Tournament of Champions winners in the top 24 were defending champion and 1987 winner Pete Weber in 7th, 2011 winner Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich. in 15th, 2007 winner Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., in 16th, and 2012 winner and 2011-12 Player of the Year Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., in 17th.

First alternate, 2009 PBA World Championship winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who was runner-up to Koivuniemi in the 2011 Tournament of Champions, replaced 2009 winner Patrick Allen who qualified 24th but had to withdraw because of injury. Smallwood made the most of the opportunity with a 6-2 record and finishing the round in 10th.

Bowling legend and 17-time PBA Tour titlist Carmen Salvino of Schaumburg, Ill., who is the oldest player to compete in a PBA Tour event at age 80, completed competition in his record 29th Tournament of Champions after Monday’s final qualifying round. His best career finish was in the inaugural event in 1962 in Indianapolis finishing third.

“It was a great experience and honor to bowl in a field like this,” said Salvino, who finished 77th with a 4,516 pinfall total for 25 games. “But after the way I bowled I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board, get the barbells out, get more sleep, eat better and throw it like you’re supposed to.”

49th BARBASOL PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.

Monday’s results

SIXTH ROUND (after 33 games, including won-lost records and match play bonus pins)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 8,239.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 6-2, 7,990.
3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5-3, 7,880.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6-1-1, 7,876.
5, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5-3, 7,861.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-4, 7,773.
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-4, 7,759.
8, Stuart Williams, England, 5-3, 7,713.
9, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 3-5, 7,712.
10, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6-2, 7,685.
11, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 5-3, 7,678.
12, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 7,675.
13, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 4-4, 7,668.
14, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3-5, 7,645.
15, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 4-3-1, 7,636.
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3-5, 7,608.
17, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4-4-0, 7,578.
18, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 4-4, 7,568.
19, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4-4, 7,566.
20, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2-6, 7,537.
21, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 3-5, 7,536.
22, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 2-6, 7,494.
23, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3-5, 7,341.
24, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1-7, 7,338.

FIFTH ROUND QUALIFYING (after 25 games)

Top 24 advanced to match play

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6,168.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 5,949.
3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,941.
4, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 5,896.
5, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5,885.
6, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,877.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,870.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,800.
9, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,789.
10, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,786.
11, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 5,772.
12, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,764.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,752.
14, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 5,749.
15, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,742.
16, Stuart Williams, England, 5,723.
17, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 5,721.
18, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 5,714.
19, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,711.
20, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5,706.
21, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 5,685.
22, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 5,684.
23, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,655.
*24, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,648.

*First alternate Tom Smallwood replaced Patrick Allen in first game who withdrew because of injury.

25, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,641.

Did not advance to match play
26, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,629, $1,550.
27, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,621, $1,500.
28, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5,617, $1,450.
29, Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 5,610, $1,400.
30, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,593.
31, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,585.
32, (tie) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 5,583.
34, Dick Allen, Columbia, SC, 5,577.
35, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 5,564.
36, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 5,538.
37, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 5,534.
38, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, OH, 5,531.
39, (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,528.
41, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,521.
42, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,518.
43, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 5,515.
44, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,512.
45, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 5,504.
46, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 5,494.
47, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 5,488.
48, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,485.
49, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 5,481.
50, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,476.
51, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 5,470.
52, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,457.
53, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,456.
54, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 5,441.
55, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5,423.
56, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 5,422.
57, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 5,421.
58, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5,406.
59, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 5,400.
60, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,392.
61, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,387.
62, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 5,383.
63, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 5,382.
64, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5,378.
65, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,356.
66, Walter Ray Williams Jr, Ocala, Fla., 5,330.
67, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5,325.
68, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 5,305.
69, (tie) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., and Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 5,302.
71, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 5,246.
72, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,236.
73, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md., 5,213.
74, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 5,129.
75, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 5,121.
76, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5,117.
77, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 4,516.

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