Look who’s coming to town?
It’s Jason Belmonte, that’s who!
At least the expectation is that he’ll be here – collecting a well-deserved “Best Bowler” ESPY award during the live telecast July 16 from Nokia Theater LA Live in Los Angeles.
Belmonte, a two-handed bowler from Australia, is one of four candidates under consideration for the prestigious award.
Others include Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who bowled this season for the Elias Cup champion Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters in the Professional Bowlers Assn. League; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.
Weber won the ESPY award in 2013, Rash earned the honor in 2012 and Belmonte won the award in 2011.
Simply, Belmonte deserves the award. He’s won four PBA major titles over the past two seasons and recorded the tour’s highest scoring average at 228.81 last year.
Belmonte, the franchise player for the Los Angeles X the past two years, also won the 2013 Chris Schenkel PBA player of the year award.
Belmonte’s prowess is indisputable. He put on a powerful display last week when he claimed the PBA Oklahoma Open title by running the table in the stepladder finals, which included a 193-145 victory over top qualifier E.J. Tackett in the championship match.
Belmonte not only is the world’s best bowler, but he’s a classy down-to-earth champion as well.
It’s this type of person who would be willing to spend time promoting his sport during his visit to L.A.
So here’s an invitation to Jason Belmonte:
Jason, take some time during your L.A. visit to bowl some head-to-head matches against some of L.A.’s finest amateur bowlers – both men and women.
In so doing, Belmonte could give the city a huge shot in the arm and provide a huge boost for its bowling image.
Remember, it was just last week that L.A. was snubbed by the PBA as a site for its new Women’s Regional Tour program, which begins this month.
If he bowls just one day around the L.A. area, Jason Belmonte will not only be the best bowler in the world, but he’ll be the most admired one in the City of Angels.