Butturff must be fed up with his second ranking for consecutive three times in major events, so he made it the first champion in the Monday night. After defeating Mykel Holliman 228 to 196, Jakob Butturff received his first title in the career in 2019 US Bowling Congress Masters, also claimed the sixth titles until now.
Before the night against Mykel Holliman, Butturff had became runners-up in three major events at the 2017 US Open, 2018 US Open and again at the PBA World Championship last week. Butturff was so down when he completed his second US Open as runners-up. He thought that it was the last time he had got such a good opportunity to win a title. But with this championship, he has changed the all.
Although he was struggling with the upper back pain during the end period of the Masters, Butturff did not give up and finally got his fruits the first time in the career. He was absolutely emotional after making the winning shot in the final frame last Monday night. By making spares and being clean, he kept leading throughout the match without a significant opponent.
The only player who had the chance to make pressure on Butturff was Holliman. He then could not keep the advantage and lost his chance to make a change due to the prior damage he had caused. However, it is still a big hit for Holliman, as it marked the first time he was in the finals appearance throughout 11 PBA Tour events. Also as the runners-up, Holliman becomes the leader of PBA Rookie of the Year this season.
There are also interesting matches for the semifinal between Jake Peters and Holliman. With the final perfect strike, Holliman achieved his victory. Peters, after that, entered another match with Chris Sloan, and he won with a 254-226 victory.
The Australian bowler has become the first professional player to win 11 major championships throughout his career. By defeating Jakob Butturff 236 over 227, he finally won the 2019 PBA World Championship, taken place at Thunderbowl Lanes on Thursday.
Since he has successfully tied the record with Earl Anthony and Pete Weber, Belmonte needs six weeks to make the new records in his bowling career.
Earlier before this match, Belmonte was believed to win the title easily, as he entered the championship as one of the top seeds. Although his component, Butturff, was struggling during the match, he made a huge attempt to make pressure on Belmonte when it came to the final frame.
Belmonte revealed that he teared up when seeing the video showing how cheerful the students in his children’s school was through a TV broadcast, though he is not an emotional guy. He felt the love and admiration in the kids, including his own children, and that made him a hero in the eyes of the kids.
The 35-year-old father of two kids won the PBA Tour season’s third major that way. Jason Belmonte had got the chance to win the 11th major a week later, when he attended the Players Championship. However, he was defeated by Anthony Simonsen in the title match.
Still, with the title received in this 2018 PBA World championship, Belmonte has reached a new goal, ranking highest for the finals in three tournaments in a season in a row. He also marked himself the first winner in this season three times. On Tuesday, he has already won his trophy for Chameleon Championship. In sum, Belmonte has received six wins in World series of Bowling competition. Now he is officially a legendary name in bowling championships with the hard-to-break series of records.
With the quick growth lately, World Bowling marked on the highest list of sport organizations and sport events by Sportcal’s Social Media Index. In detail, World Bowling is the most popular on social sites such as Instagram, Youtube and Facebook.
The index includes data collected from January 2017, by carrying out an analysis via social accounts. The analysis is about the top concern on sport organizations and events mentioned on Facebook, Youtube, Instagrams and Twitter, the top four popular social networking sites at the moment.
The most outstanding lists which mention World Bowling via social accounts consist of Youtube percentage growth with the 7th place in ranking, and Facebook highest International Federation for growth with the 6th place.
Mentioned by Sportcal, World Bowling is said to fail in an effort to be included in categories for Olympic recently. Nonetheless, the unsuccessful attempt does not make it less popular among other sports, especially on social sites. In detail, it has made the rankings in top lists of most popular and most growing federations on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Megan Tidbury, director of World Bowling’s Marketing and PR, talked zbout the implementation of new digital strategies to improve the popularity of the federation back from 2016. In fact, bowling is the sport which already attracts tremendous attention of the population. To make a significant integration, they just have to deliver the content of bowling’s athletes and events to the enthusiasts and start to join their community. To make it possible, they cooperated with Penceo digital agency from 2016 and produced valuable contents. With the development and spreading success of the current strategies, World Bowling expects to continue this growth and reach more fans throughout the globe.
You can see the details of Sportcal’s Social Media Index in 2017 by purchasing GSI Report 2017, which gives data to analyze the sport impact in three years from 2013 to 2016 with the comparison among 313 events and sport federations.