Belmonte will take on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour’s current Player of the Year points leader Wes Malott (aka The Big Nasty) of Pflugerville, Texas in a match to preview the upcoming Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open on an outdoor lane provided by Storm Bowling Products, Inc.
The event is free and open to the public from 7 a.m. to noon Eastern at the Fox Plaza, 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
With his season-opening appearance on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour at the PBA World Championship in October, the two-handed Aussie sensation lapped the field in qualifying then finished in 10th place, launching a media blitz for pro bowling.
A cover story profiling Belmonte graced the front page of the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 5 and he has since been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Boston Globe, ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine in addition to appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today program.
Belmonte will be featured in an upcoming edition of ESPN’s TV magazine E-60 and will make an appearance on Saturday from 7-10 a.m. Eastern on Fox & Friends, the top-rated cable morning show on the Fox News Network.
In a busy February tour across the United States, Belmonte added a 15th place finish at the Denny’s Dick Weber Open in Fountain Valley Calif., earned a 12th place check at the GEICO Plastic Ball Championship in Wheat Ridge, Colo. and an 11th place finish at the Etonic Marathon Open in Indianapolis. And, presently Belmonte is in Fifth Place after six games in the Tour Qualifying Round (TQR) of the PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic being held in West Babylon NY.
“I am very excited about the American media (coverage) being generated by my first year on the PBA Tour”, said Belmonte. “With Wes Malott stirring up conversations on ESPN’s Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption plus my involvement, professional bowling is getting more mainstream opportunities and we are creating a buzz."