- Home Town: Orange, NSW, Austrailia
- Birth Date: 7/29/1983
- Throws: Right
- Ball Weight: 15 lbs.
- 300 Games: 62
- Career National Titles: 8
- Career Earnings: $831,898
- Positive Axis Point: 5" x 1" up
- Favorite Layout: PAP: 5" x 1" up - Pin above bridge, CG kicked right about 1/2"; thumb offset from gripline 1" to the right.
I am a very relaxed and laid-back guy, I have to be, I am Australian. I have an amazing wife, Kimberly and 2 adorable children; daughter, Aria and son Hugo. I would do anything for all three of them and I know they would do the same for me. I love to play games of all types. I love to play all kinds of sports, as long as you have to use a ball in it. I am a big movie lover and my favorite movie is "Evil Dead 3- Army of Darkness." The worst movie I have ever seen is "Disaster Movie".
I will always take the time to shake a hand or sign anything for anyone. As for my journey through life, all I want is to one-day look back at my life and say I did everything I could have to be the best husband, father, friend, son and bowler.
Nickname “Belmo”…Married to Kimberly…Daughter Aria arrived in 2009; son Hugo in 2012…Took up the sport two-handed as a toddler when he was too small to roll the ball with one hand…Loves movies, plays a little golf, tennis, squash and Australian rules football...If there's one thing he likes to do more than throwing strikes is playing with his kids...Two-handed international star has won numerous titles on the world stage including the 2007 World Tenpin Masters…Finished second in 2007 QubicaAMF World Cup…Won Indonesian Open in 2008...Won 2011 Thailand Open defeating fellow PBA tour player Mike Fagan 300-205...First to qualify for World Ranking Masters in two zones…Gained enormous media attention in 2008-09 for his two-handed delivery…Won 2011 Qubica/AMF World Cup by defeating fellow PBA Tour player Tommy Jones 2-1 in best of three game match in Johannesburg, South Africa...As part of Team Australia, won trios bronze medal in 2014 WBA Men's World Championship.
2015: Became the first player to win the USBC Masters in three consecutive years (2013-15) by defeating amateur AJ Johnson in title match, 202-157...Won second consecutive Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions title defeating Rhino Page in Championship match 232-214 in title match...Became first player to win Masters and TOC in back-to-back season...TOC win was 12th Tour title and fifth major...Has 10 TV appearances in past 12 majors...Finished fourth in Players Championship losing to Tom Daugherty in second stepladder match 245-227...Teamed with Bill O'Neill to finish fourth in Roth/Holman Doubles Championship...Finished second to fellow two-hander Jesper Svensson in Bahrain International Open losing in championship match 258-244...Finished second in Maine Shootout losing to Josh Blanchard in three-game championship match 2-1...Was second fastest player to win 10 career titles (80 events)...Finished fourth in Bear Open losing to eventual winner Tommy Jones in second stepladder match221-210.
Career: With 2014 Player of the Year Award, became sixth player to win consecutive POY crowns...Came from fifth qualifying spot to win Oklahoma Open for 10th career title by defeating EJ Tackett in championship match 193-145...Successfully defended USBC Masters title for third major. Became first player since Hall of Famer Billy Welu in 1964-65 to win back-to-back Masters titles. Defeated reigning rookie of the year EJ Tackett 221-177 for the title. Was the first time that a reigning rookie of the year and player of the year faced off in a major championship match...Masters win was second consecutive major title of the season having won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions by defeating Wes Malott 219-218 in championship match...While not an official Tour event, won 2014 PBA Super Clash special event telecast on ESPN by defeating Sean Rash 743-718...2011-12 was a break out season for Belmonte winning three titles during the World Series of Bowling which included the Chameleon Open, GEICO Shark Open and Pepsi Elite Championship. Also finished third in U.S. Open, Tournament of Champions and Carmen Salvino Classic. Finished fourth in PBA World Championship, eliminated in the first match losing a roll-off to Osku Palermaa after tying the match 203-203. Advanced to World Championship finals by winning Mike Aulby Division finals bowling the 21st televised 300 game in Tour history. Narrowly lost in season's Player of the Year voting to Sean Rash...Won 2012 Australian Masters for his fifth PBA Tour title immediately preceding the PBA World Series of Bowling, defeating Sean Rash in the best-of-three title match. Belmonte won the first game, 174-172. Rash won game two, 255-223. In a dramatic comeback in the final game, Belmonte struck out in the 10th frame for a 256-243 win to claim the title..In his first partial year on Tour in 2008-09, became the first two-handed bowler to win a PBA Tour event by capturing the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic which helped him win Rookie of the Year honors…Had three runnerup finishes in 2009-10 season...In 2010-11 had seven top-10 finishes with best finish of third twice...Named 2012-13 Player of the Year...Won Lucas Oil Bear Open for seventh career and second title of the season by defeating Chris Barnes in championship match 235-211...Became third player to make TV finals in all four majors in one season...Won USBC Masters by defeating Wes Malott 258-245 in the championship match for his first major title. Became second foreign player to win Masters, Mika Koivuniemi was first...Finished second in PBA World Championship losing to Parker Bohn III in championship match 254-227...Finished second in Tournament of Champions losing to Pete Weber in championship match, 224-179...Finished second in U.S. Open, losing to winner Wes Malott 214-156 in championship match...Finished second in GEICO World Series of Bowling IV Chameleon Championship losing to Scott Norton 227-223 in championship match and third in Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship losing to eventual winner Tom Daugherty in semifinal match 256-187...Finished fourth in Summer Swing GEICO King of the Swing special event...Finished fourth in WSOB V Viper Championship losing to Stuart Williams 203-194 in opening TV match...Earned George Young High Average award with 228.81 season average.
PBA Career Standard titles: (7) 2008-09 -West Babylon, N.Y.; 2011-12 - Chameleon Open, Las Vegas; GEICO Shark Open, Las Vegas; Pepsi Elite Players Championship, Las Vegas; Australian Masters. 2012-13 - Lucas Oil Bear Open, Milwaukee; 2014 - Oklahoma Open, Shawnee, Okla.
PBA Major titles: (5) 2013 - USBC Masters; 2014 - Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions; USBC Masters; 2015 - USBC Masters; Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.
Awards: 2012-13 and 2014 Chris Schenkel Player of the Year; 2008-2009 PBA Rookie of the Year; 2011 Bowling ESPY award winner; 2012-13, 2014 George Young High Average Award; 2014 - Harry Smith Point Leader Award.
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I play many sports when I am home to keep fit. I love to run around the squash or tennis court or a touch football field. I also enjoy getting in the ring and working out with some boxing gloves on. I love to walk the golf course and get in the occasional cricket session.
I get bored quickly at the gym so I need things to entertain me while I try to stay fit. Before competition, I make sure my legs, arms, neck and back are stretched and relaxed. I practice bowling as often as I can when I am at home. I try to hit the lanes at least 3-4 times a week, normally at night when the bowling center is closed. I am always trying to learn more about the bowling balls I am throwing.
It is important to understand exactly your equipment when competing at any level, but especially at the professional level.
1. You have bowled all over the world. What is the best country you have ever bowled in excluding the US? I love to bowl in Sweden. They have great bowling centers and the competition is very tough.
2. Do you have any interesting superstitions or routines you go through before, during, or after bowling? What is the most interesting superstition or routine you have seen from another bowler on tour? No, not really. I actually don’t know of too many superstitions from other players, but I believe Ryan Shafer has a bunch of them I’m sure.
3. What is the best advice you have for a teenage bowler looking to make a career out of bowling? Belief in yourself. Believe that you have an unlimited amount of potential, work hard, and if you want it bad enough, you can achieve anything.
4. When do you know when you need to change bowling balls? Usually I change bowling balls once I see the reaction on the lane is not exactly what I am looking for.
5. If you had one piece of advice for bowlers trying to elevate their game to a higher level, what would it be? Find a certified coach, or come visit my coaching company IAB where we help all skill levels improve. For more information log onto internationalartofbowling.com. It’s so important to get instruction, no matter what level bowler you are.
6. How do you block out distractions around you during tournament play? I try not to look at scores or other people. I focus on my job and my plan of attack.
7. What is one valuable life lesson that you learned while on the PBA Tour that you believe would benefit the most people? Respect takes years to gain and seconds to lose. Choose your words carefully and remember that your actions always speak louder.
8. Are there any particular songs or bands that you listen to before you bowl to help you get pumped up? Nope, I just go with the flow.
9. If you got to choose a superhero ability, what would it be? To teleport across the world instantly.
10. What or who got you started in the sport of bowling? My family built a bowling center when I was only a few months old. I grew up in the center and spent most of my childhood there. I thank them every day for doing that.
4/08/2014: PBA League Elias Cup Finals Sunday on ESPN
3/12/2014: A Rash, Belmonte Showdown Brewing in Kuwait
3/06/2014: A Look Back at Belmo's Masters Win
3/04/2014: The Storm Zero Gravity is Available Today!