Home » Navigation » PBA » Special Events » Wes Malott extends PBA King of Bowling reign with win over Jason Belmonte

Wes Malott extends PBA King of Bowling reign with win over Jason Belmonte

Ads


Ten-time PBA Tour winner and former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, successfully defended his PBA King of Bowling crown for the eighth time by defeating challenger four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, 2-0, in a best-of-three game match Tuesday at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio.

The kick-off to the PBA Tournament of Champions, which begins Wednesday with first round qualifying, was the first-ever PBA event streamed via Facebook Live on the PBA’s page on Facebook.

After winning the first game, 250-213, Malott came through with a clutch 10th-frame performance in the second game throwing three consecutive strikes to beat Belmonte 227-225. Belmonte, who finished the game first, threw the first two strikes in the 10th but left the 2-8 on his final ball leaving the door open for Malott.

“Anytime you can throw three strikes in the 10th to win it really makes the win more satisfying,” said Malott. “Bowling against a great player like Jason I felt I had to get it done right then and there. I didn’t feel good about it going another game.”

After the second strike in the 10th, Malott made a concerted effort to get into a positive mindset for the final shot.

“I’ve been in those situations where when you need eight or nine (pins) to win you throw it away with a six or seven count,” he said. “I cleared my mind of any negative thoughts and didn’t take a lot of time on the approach. I just focused on making the best possible shot.”

Since winning the inaugural King of Bowling challenge in 2009, Malott has successfully defended his crown with wins bowling against Chris Barnes, Patrick Allen, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Rhino Page, Parker Bohn III, EJ Tackett and Belmonte in a trios challenge and most recently, Tommy Jones.

Belmonte was chosen as Malott’s opponent by fan voting from a list of TOC champions on pba.com. The three other finalists in the voting were Barnes, Pete Weber and Norm Duke.

The 53rd PBA Tournament of Champions begins with first round qualifying Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Qualifying and match play continue Thursday and Friday which will determine the top five for Sunday’s live stepladder finals on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

Fans can catch TOC qualifying and match play rounds on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.

Related Articles

Malott vs. Belmonte PBA King of Bowling match set for Facebook Live
Wes Malott defeats Tommy Jones to retain King of Bowling crown
Wes Malott beats Tackett, Belmonte in revival of King of Bowling special event
Wes Malott records perfect game against Parker Bohn III to end King of Bowling series
Wes Malott escapes challenge by Rhino Page; retains King of Bowling crown
Wes Malott perfect in King of Bowling victory over Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Wes Malott rolls past Patrick Allen to retain King of Bowling crown
Wes Malott defeats Chris Barnes in inaugural King of Bowling telecast

Author: Herbert Bickel
Tags

Similar posts

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close