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Preview of PBA Elite Players Championship: A Fan’s Take
The bowlers that advanced to the final round of the PBA Elite Players Championship were announced on Tuesday, Apr. 3, and it is an impressive field. The participants include Jason Belmonte, Norm Duke, Mike DeVaney and Mike Scroggins. There is only one tournament left after the PBA Elite Players Championship, so all four bowlers will be eager to get another title before the end of the season. Belmonte and Duke are sitting near the top of the PBA Player of the Year standings, and are both looking to separate themselves from the rest of the field.
Mike DeVaney and Mike Scroggins have won multiple tournaments in their PBA career, but they are both looking for their first title this season. This will be the seventh championship round appearance this season for Jason Belmonte, which is more than any other player on the tour. Belmonte will be looking to win his third title this season and the fourth of his career. Norm Duke currently leads the PBA tour with three titles this season, and is coming off of a victory at the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs last week. The PBA Player of the Year race is currently very tight, and a win this week will be very beneficial for Duke and Belmonte. If Duke is able to win the Player of the Year award, it will be the third time he has won the award in his career. Jason Belmonte is looking to become the first international player to win the award, and only the fourth bowler that has won the PBA Player of Year and PBA Rookie of the Year awards in their bowling career.
My prediction is that either Jason Belmonte or Norm Duke wins this tournament. This tournament is going to mean a lot more, and they are going to do whatever they can to win. If there is going to be a spoiler, then it will be Mike Scroggins. Scroggins is the only left-handed bowler in the final round, so he may have a clear advantage. If he is able to find a good line early in the tournament, then he will be tough to be beat because he will not have to make any major adjustments. No matter who wins the tournament, you know that we will all get a chance to experience some great bowling.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and he regularly watches the PBA telecasts each week.
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