Now, six months later, Josh is doing a pretty good imitation of Belmonte, a six-time PBA Tour champion from Australia.
And Josh is 13 years old.
In just the few months since he’s taken part in league bowling, Josh has become one of the shining stars of L.A. youth bowling. Josh has served notice that he has a bright bowling career ahead of him and a legitimate chance for a college bowling scholarship.
The two-handed style is getting more converts, in part because of the widespread success of Belmonte, the franchise player of the Los Angeles X in the PBA League. When Belmonte won the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Masters title in late February with his two-handed approach, people took notice.
“A lot of kids want to do it because of Jason Belmonte,” said Bob Englehart, an L.A. bowling legend. “If you’re going to do it, you should start young and get used to it.”
Josh, a Woodland Hills resident, recalls that he tried the two-handed style after he was bowling with a “reverse spin and it was not going well.”
Josh has posted a high game of 226 and a 605 series.
Josh understands why his game has been elevated with the two-handed approach. “I’m getting more revolutions and that leads to more pin action and that leads to more strikes and that leads to higher scores,” he said.
Said his mother, Carol: “The first time I saw it, I asked if it was legal, and it is.”
Interestingly, Josh said he gets more satisfaction from converting difficult splits than racking up high scores. He said he is considering doing a YouTube video titled “101 Splits.”
Said Josh: “Making some of the hardest splits is one of the best feelings in the world.”
Josh is devoted to his sport, often practicing seven days a week. He has bowled as many as 43 games at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Josh has developed into a bowling talent. His father, Bob, was the New England collegiate bowling champion at UMass Amherst in the early 1980s, Carol reports.
Josh has several goals, such as bowling a 300, averaging over 210 and he’d like to win a bowling scholarship.
“What I like most about bowling,” said Josh, “is the environment. It makes me happy.”