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Melbourne Tenpin Cup Thriller Sees Frilingos Claim Victory

Monday, June 12, 2017

Two time winner of the Schweppes Melbourne Tenpin Cup, George Frilingos has claimed his third victory at the historic event, with the tournament going down to the wire in the final game yesterday.

For Frilingos, who came into the tournament chasing his first national ranked event victory of 2017, it was always going to be a tough two days with world number one Jason Belmonte eyeing a record 8th victory at the tournament.  

On day one Frilingos began his tilt for the title at Oz Tenpin Chirnside Park, coming out of the blocks fast, bowling 257 in game one to then go on and average 217.3 across the 12 games and sit 33 pins behind Belmonte, who was in 1st place averaging 220.1.

In stage 2, Frilingos started slowly bowling 193 in game one to then bowl 234, 217, 214, 206 and finish strong with 255 in game six to take the lead from Belmonte by 1 pin heading into the match play rounds.

With the world number one hot on his tail, Frilingos claimed the maximum bonus points in matches one, two and four with Belmonte winning his first four matches and leaving everyone thinking that the PBA Champion will perform one of his customary late charges to take the title.

But with both bowlers not claiming any bonus points in game 6, the tournament went down to the wire and with the pressure on Frilingos shot 256 to claim the bonus 40 pins with Belmonte bowling 141, his lowest scoring game of the tournament.  This saw Frilingos take victory by 53 pins and claim the $3000 prizemoney.

Finishing in third place was Australia’s leading female bowler, Bec Whiting who averaged 212.5 over the two days to finish 91 pins off the lead.

2017 Melbourne Tenpin Cup
Jason Belmonte (2nd) George Frilingos (1st) Bec Whiting (3rd)

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