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Jason Belmonte Leads Group 1 into PBA Tour Finals Semifinal Round
Tuesday on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (May 31, 2018)– After leading his four-player group in the positioning round portion of the PBA Tour Finals, reigning PBA Player of the Year and 2017 PBA Tour Finals runner-up Jason Belmonte will enter the Group 1 stepladder semifinal round as the top qualifier Tuesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.
Belmonte, a 17-time PBA Tour winner, posted a 974 four-game pinfall total on four different lane conditions at historic Thunderbowl Lanes to earn the top spot in the Group 1 stepladder round by 21 pins over three-time PBA Tour winner Anthony Simonsen (953), six-time tour winner Dom Barrett (825) and 12-time tour winner Sean Rash (819).
The opening match will feature Rash against Barrett with the winner taking on Simonsen for the opportunity to meet Belmonte in the final match.
The Group 1 players are among the eight PBA Tour stars who led the Go Bowling! PBA Tour in total earnings between 2016 and the first four months of 2018. Group 2 includes semifinal round top qualifier and defending champion EJ Tackett along with Jesper Svensson, Marshall Kent and Tommy Jones. They will compete in their stepladder round on Tuesday, June 12 at 8 p.m.
At this point in the tournament, all competitors have bowled one game each on the PBA’s 36-foot Johnny Petraglia, 42-foot Mark Roth, 39-foot Don Carter and 45-foot Dick Weber lane conditions. As top qualifier in Group 1, Belmonte earned the right to select the oil pattern for the semifinal round, and he selected the Dick Weber 45 pattern.
The semifinal stepladder rounds, as well as the championship round, will feature a best-of-two-game championship match with ties broken by a 9th and 10th frame roll-off. The two group winners will then meet in the best-of-two-game championship match which will air June 19.
CBS Sports Network PBA Tour Finals Remaining Schedule
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. (all times Eastern)
June 5 – 8 p.m. – PBA Tour Finals Semifinal Stepladder Round 1
June 12 – 8 p.m. – PBA Tour Finals Semifinal Stepladder Round 2
June 19 – 8 p.m. – PBA Tour Finals Championship
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