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The 11th Frame: For second time in a year, Jason Belmonte a game from taking a step toward top of bowling’s major mountain after earning top seed for 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 10:00 pm

The stepladder finalists for the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions, left to right and in order from first to fifth: Jason Belmonte, Marshall Kent, E.J. Tackett, Josh Blanchard and Sean Lavery-Spahr. Photo by Pro Bowlers Association.
On Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, Tom Smallwood beat Jason Belmonte 259-239 in the title match of the PBA Players Championship, denying the 2-handed Australian a step toward the top of bowling’s major mountain, as I detailed in this story. Just over a week shy of a year later, Belmonte finds himself in almost the same situation after earning the top seed for the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions. As I detailed in this story, Belmonte remains one major title from tying the PBA record of 10...

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