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Belmonte Sweeps End-of-Year Stats & Smashes PBA Average Record

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

News arrived from the Professional Bowlers Association in Chicago overnight that Australian bowling star Jason Belmonte has won his third PBA George Young Memorial High Average Award.

Australia’s Jason Belmonte put an exclamation mark on another sensational year in Professional Bowlers Association competition by sweeping the PBA Tour’s two most defining statistical categories for 2017 – official earnings and scoring average, which included a record scoring pace.

Belmonte concluded his 2017 season with a victory in the PBA World Championship in Reno, Nevada to become the first player in PBA history to win three major championships in a single season.  The finishing touches to his four-title season included a Tour-best US$238,912 in total earnings, and a third George Young Memorial High Average Award after posting a record 229.39 average for 380 games bowled.

Belmonte, who previously won George Young High Average Awards for the 2012-13 and 2014 seasons, broke his own scoring record of 228.81 set during the 2012-13 season.  He won the average contest by 2.5 pins-per-game over fellow two-handed competitor Jesper Svensson of Sweden, who scored at a 226.88 pace for 308 games in 2017.  Svensson was the 2016 George Young Award winner with a 226.07 average.

Belmonte, who also led the PBA in earnings in 2012-13 and 2014, finished that race more than US$7,000 ahead of runner-up EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who took US$220,708 to the bank last season.

For complete lists of PBA earnings and average leaders for 2017, as well as other stats and records, visit (


    PBA Tour    Earnings    Titles    Total
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia    4    $238,912
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind.    4     $220,708
3, Jesper Svensson, Sweden    2     $128,816
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.    2     $112,480
5, Dom Barrett, England    1     $84,300
6, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas    1     $81,534
7, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla.    2     $80,990
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.    0     $76,630
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.    0     $76,020
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.    1     $74,787

(Min. 200 Games) Games    Average
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia    380    229.39*
2, Jesper Svensson, Sweden    308    226.88
3, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.    328    224.46
4, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind.    457    223.34
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.    266    222.42
6, Dom Barrett, England    466    222.39
7, Thomas Larsen, Denmark    242    221.77
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.    396    221.65
9, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla.    370    221.60
10, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas    372    221.59

*PBA record; old record 228.81 by Jason Belmonte, 2012-13 season

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