Jason Belmonte shoots first 300 game of 47th Bowling World Cup in South Africa


    2011 BWC

    Australian two-hander averages over 255 to lead men's division after 5/20 qualifying games


    2011BWCKimmoLehtonen.jpgFresh off am outstanding performance in the PBA World Series of Bowling Jason Belmonte (pictured left) fired a 1278 series, an average of 255.60 for five games, to take a commanding lead in the men's division of the 47th Bowling World Cup Thursday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The two-hander from Down Under, who made six out of eight TV shows in the WSOB, started his series with 248, 279 and 233 before he posted the first 300 game of the 47th BWC. Belmonte closed things out with 218 to hold a 69-pin lead over Finland's top lefty bowler, Kimmo Lehtonen (right).

    The past World Ranking Masters champion was second with 1209 and an average of 241.80 including five games between 224 and 256. Third place belonged to Israeli Ben Fishler with 1184.

    2011BWCTommyJones.jpg2011BWCMichaelSchmidt1.jpg13-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year 2005-06, Tommy Jones (left), United States, was close behind in fourth with 1182. Rounding out the top 5 was past world champion and last year's BWC runner-up, Biboy Rivera, Philippines, with 1180.

    Defending champion, two-time World Cup winner Michael Schmidt (right), Canada, was tied for 19th place with 1097. The youngest participants, 15-year-old Alexandr Panchenko of Kazakhstan holds the 24th and last place to advance with 1083 or an average of 216.60.

    All 81 men will bowl 20 games of qualifying over four days beginning ending on Sunday. The field will then be cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Monday, Dec. 5.

    The top eight after 28 games advance to the Round of 8 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, where the field will be paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    Photos: Beat Grauwiler.


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    Men's Division - Standings after Block 1/4

    The top 24 after 20 qualifying games will advance to the next round