Aussie succeeds Rash as PBA's top bowler

Beth Bragg

Australia bowler Jason Belmonte, known for his rare two-handed delivery, was named the PBA Chris Schenkel Player of the Year on Friday, beating out Anchorage's Sean Rash, who had been the reigning player of the year.

It was the first such honor for Belmonte, who won two PBA titles during the season.

Belmonte was at the top of every major statistical category but one for the 2012-13 season -- prize money. Rash topped that category with $248,317 in winnings. Belmonte pocketed $186,465.

Rash, a Dimond High graduate who lives in Montgomery, Ill., won two PBA International Tour titles during the season.

Belmonte, Rash and 51-year-old Hall of Famer Pete Weber were the top three vote-getters in Player of the Year balloting.