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Jason Belmonte shoots into lead in 2017 men’s WBT point ranking

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With his victory in the Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmö, Sweden, Jason Belmonte of Australia did not only win his 15th PBA title and second on the European Bowling Tour, but also took the lead in the 2017 men’s World Bowling Tour point ranking.

The three-time PBA Player of the Year (above, and right with the trophy) added 50 points from Malmö to the 35 points from the Oklahoma Open to sit atop the annual ranking list with total 85 points.

The top three men and top three women in 2017 WBT points will bowl in the WBT Men’s and Women’s Final during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX on Nov. 19 in Reno, Nevada. Two additional qualifying events, the WBT Thailand in September and the PBA World Championship in Reno, remain on the schedule prior to the finals.

Marshall Kent (left), United States, slipped to second place with 72 points and was followed by Stuart Williams (right) of England, who was mere three points behind in third place with 69 points.

Kent held onto the lead in the 2017 WBT men’s point ranking with 273 points. Kent has earned ranking points in 11 out of 13 events in the past two years. Dominic Barrett (left) of England was second with 249 points. Both did not compete in Malmö.

Martin (Lucky) Larsen (right) narrowed the gap to 22 pins in third place with 227 points, closely followed by Belmonte, who jumped into fourth place on that list with 220 points.

The World Bowling Tour is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling. The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.

Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

The World Bowling Tour 2017 consists of five stops in Germany, Sweden, Thailand and USA (2).

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format. “Majors” award double points.

The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals which will be held on November 19 in conjunction with PBA World Series of Bowling IX at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

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Author: Herbert Bickel
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