Shannon Pluhowsky and Jason Belmonte top the WBW Bowler of the Year poll


    WBW News

    By Keith Hale

    2004WYCJasonBelmonteL.jpg 2004WCSINShannonPluhowsky.jpg Shannon Pluhowsky of the United States and Australia's Jason Belmonte were handsomely voted 2004 WBW Bowlers of the Year by the association’s board of directors.

    Three-time U.S. National Amateur Champion Shannon Pluhowsky, 22, from Phoenix, Ariz., added yet another AMF Bowling World Cup title to her long list of achievements during the year. The lefthander won the silver medal with Team USA at the 2004 World Tenpin Team Cup in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, and became the women's most valuable player (MVP). Other prestigious titles included Collegiate Singles Champion in Milwaukee, Wis.

    21-year-old Belmonte, the renowned Aussie bowler with the unique two-handed action, had an outstanding year, including being the top seed for the finals of the 40th AMF Bowling World Cup in Singapore, eventually finishing in fifth place. Top tournament wins in 2004 included the South Pacific Classic, Melbourne Cup and Belmonte stood atop the podium in Guam to collect gold medals in singles and all events and silver in masters of the World Youth Championships.