Jason Belmonte, you know him the guy who bowls with both hands, finished with a string of seven strikes to rally past Chris Barnes 235-211, and capture his seventh Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open at AMF Bowlero.
Belmonte couldn't convert the 2-4 in the second frame and trailed Barnes by nine pins in the fifth frame. After that fifth frame though Belmonte rolled seven straight strikes to overtake Barnes for the title and a berth in the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event.
“I just needed to calm down,” Belmonte said. “I think I came out of the gate pressing a little, trying to get an early lead. Barnes opened a couple of times, and I thought that would be my chance to jump on him, but I threw the ball a little too quick.
“After he started to strike, I could see his ball motion was much slower than mine, so I said, you know what – he’s moved left and slowed down a little bit, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do, too. Once I let the ball do its thing, it looked amazing going through the pins. It looked like if there were 20 pins down there, it would have struck.”
It was the second time Belmonte has met Barnes in a title match, and his second win.
“Chris Barnes, in my opinion, is one of the greatest bowlers on the planet for the last five years,” Belmonte said. “It makes the win just a little more important for me.
“I enjoy playing against guys like Chris,” Belmonte added. “You want to walk off the lanes feeling like you’ve beaten the ultimate. It’s very rewarding.”
With his second title of the 2012-13 season, Belmonte has established himself as a leading contender in the PBA Player of the Year race. “Player of the Year is on my radar, but it’s a little dot that is very faint and very far away at this point,” he said. “There’s still a lot of bowling left, including the U.S. Open and the entire World Series of Bowling this fall. Anything can happen. After being so close last year, I’m certainly not going to count my chickens before they hatch. If I win the U.S. Open and a couple of times at the World Series, I’ll put it beyond doubt and relax a little.”
We love watching Jason bowl. We know you've tried bowling with two hands at least once and it's not as easy as he makes it look.