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Storm's Jason Belmonte continued his scorching pace averaging 249 and retaining his lead after four qualifying rounds of the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Belmonte finished the fourth round with a 4,983 20-game pinfall total to hold a 160-pin lead over Dan MacLelland of Canada, who moved into second with 4,823. In Sunday’s fourth round, Belmonte had a 1,196 pinfall with games of 279, 242, 248, 224 and 203. In the third round earlier Sunday, Belmonte had a 1,251 pinfall with games of 233, 290, 242, 243 and 243.

“There have been tournaments where I have led from the start and others where I’ve come from deep in the field to make it to match play or to the finals and this is one where I’m obviously getting off to a big start,” Belmonte said. “I kind of like chasing guys down in a tournament so when I have a big lead I kind of have to put myself in a mindset that I’m in second or further down so I don’t get complacent.”

Belmonte, who was named 2012-13 PBA Player of the Year on Friday, has his game hitting on all cylinders despite having to make an equipment adjustment just prior to competing in the Tournament of Champions.

“I intended to bring equipment from overseas but couldn’t because it wasn’t approved for this tournament so I had to have new equipment drilled up when I got here,” Belmonte said. “I got set up with two balls (Uproars) which have been a great one-two punch so far. I haven’t used any other equipment other than those two balls.”

The seven-time Tour winner hopes this will be the year he breaks through for a win in PBA’s signature tournament after finishing second in 2013 and third in 2012.

During Sunday’s qualifying rounds Belmonte once again provided “Belmo-Vision” through his revolutionary Google Glass headset that gives bowling fans an unprecedented point-of-view look during competition.

Qualifying continues with one more round Monday morning after which the field will be cut to the top 24 for the first round of match play that will begin Monday evening at 6 p.m. ET. Two more eight-game match play rounds will be contested on Tuesday that will determine the five players who will advance to the ESPN-televised stepladder finals at noon ET on Jan. 26.

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49th BARBASOL PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.

Sunday’s results

FOURTH ROUND (after 20 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,983. 

2, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 4,823. 

3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,781.

4, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 4,780. 

5, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,732. 

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6, Dom Barrett, England, 4,731. 
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,676. 
8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,673. 
9, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 4,664. 
10, Stuart Williams, England, 4,660. 
11, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4,648. 
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,637. 
13, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 4,633. 
14, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4,630. 
15, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4,623. 
16, Bob Learn Jr, Macomb, Mich., 4,621. 
17, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 4,620. 
18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,619. 
19, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 4,611. 
20, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,578. 
21, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,577. 
22, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,576. 
23, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 4,574. 
24, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 4,564. 
25, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 4,549. 
26, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 4,539. 
27, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,527. 
29, (tie) Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 4,504. 
31, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,491. 
32, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 4,489. 
33, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4,487. 
34, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 4,477. 
35, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 4,473. 
36, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,466. 
37, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,448. 
38, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4,444. 
39, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,442. 
40, Dick Allen, Columbia, SC, 4,441. 
41, Michael Haugen Jr, Phoenix, 4,439. 
42, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 4,436. 
43, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4,417. 
44, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 4,415. 
45, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 4,410. 
46, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 4,408. 
47, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 4,401. 
48, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 4,383. 
49, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 4,378. 
50, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4,377. 
51, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,366. 
52, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,364. 
53, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,354. 
54, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 4,345. 
55, Walter Ray Williams Jr, Ocala, Fla., 4,340. 
56, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 4,338. 
57, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 4,333. 
58, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4,330. 
59, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 4,325. 
60, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 4,324. 
61, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 4,320. 
62, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 4,317. 
63, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 4,305. 
64, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4,303. 
65, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 4,302. 
66, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 4,297. 
67, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md., 4,285. 
68, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 4,275. 
69, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 4,260. 
70, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 4,257. 
71, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 4,236. 
72, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 4,235. 
73, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 4,163. 
74, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 4,119. 
75, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 4,068. 
76, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4,037. 
77, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, IL, 3,697.

 

 

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