Jason Belmonte Takes Lead After First Day of Kia PBA Tournament of Champions Match Play

Jason Belmonte Takes Lead After First Day of Kia PBA Tournament of Champions Match Play

Posts 8-4 record to move to the top of the leaderboard through 36 games

Jupiter, Fla.—Jason Belmonte seized the lead in the 2021 Kia PBA Tournament of Champions after the first two rounds of match play. Belmonte, who was in second place through 24 games of qualifying, won eight of his 12 matches today in taking over the lead. Belmonte, one of three players (along with Mike Durbin and Jason Couch) to have won the Tournament of Champions three times, is looking to become the first player ever to win the event a fourth time.

Anthony Simonsen worked his way into second place and Tom Smallwood, who had been the leader after all four rounds of qualifying and the first round of match play, dropped to third after match play round two.

Sean Rash and Tom Daugherty sit in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Bill O’Neill, who started the day in 17th place, used a field-best 10-2 record to help him move up to eighth.

Match play resumes tomorrow on FloBowling with round three at noon ET and round four at 6 p.m. ET. To subscribe, visit FloBowling.com.

At the conclusion of the final round of match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals airing Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Broadcast Channel.

Kia PBA Tournament of Champions Standings Through 36 Games

Bowlero Jupiter – Jupiter, Fla.

Jason Belmonte +1,635

Anthony Simonsen +1,598

Tom Smallwood +1,547

Sean Rash +1,418

Tom Daugherty +1,394

François Lavoie +1,346

Jesper Svensson +1,341

Bill O’Neill +1,263

Nick Pate +1,249

Michael Davidson +1,248

Kyle Troup +1,219

Wes Malott +1,205

Jake Peters +1,183

Kris Prather +1,155

BJ Moore +1,152

Cristian Azcona +1,130

Brandon Novak +1,118

Jakob Butturff +1,048

Tommy Jones +1,046

Dick Allen +1,009

Richie Teece +956

Trevor Roberts +818

Shawn Maldonado +762

Andrew Anderson +720

Full Kia PBA Tournament of Champions standings: https://www.pba.com/node/118506

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com

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