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2015: My Year in Review.

January 04, 2016 | 0 comments

When I reflect back on 2015 there are many things that stand out. I didn’t have a great end to my season, but when you take a step back and reflect on the entire year, you can see the whole picture. 

These are the things on the lanes I am most proud of in 2015:

I had 11 top 5 finishes. That's 48% of the season. I am really proud that nearly half my season on the lanes was spent in the top 5. It's an amazing accomplishment, but a goal for next year is to work even harder and get that to 50%.

I had TWO back-to-back MAJOR wins. The first was my USBC Masters win. A 3rd straight Masters win which re-wrote the history books. Noone has ever won 3 in a row and I still can’t believe that I was able to do it. I am dedicated to giving it my all to make it 4 in a row!

I followed that win with defending my TOC title. Another milestone that no player in the history of the PBA has been able to do - successfully defend both the Masters and the TOC in the same season and become the first player in history to win 2 majors in back to back years. 

I led the PBA in earnings, and championship round appearances (TV shows). I am really proud of these accomplishments. (And those categories I'm not leading, I'm in the top 3!) Every time I lace up my shoes on the PBA tour I am bowling against the most talented bowlers in the world. To lead these categories for an entire year worth of bowling, against the greatest bowlers on Earth means a lot to me. 

I qualified 2nd for the World Bowling Tour Finals which will be contested on ESPN in Feb next year. Living in Australia makes traveling to events much harder than most. The time zone changes and the distance I have to travel to get there make it a little harder on my body than most. I’m not getting any younger and Australia isn’t getting any closer to anywhere in the world. Can someone please invent a tele-porter already? :) 

What was the biggest disappointed off the lanes?

Bowling not being included into the Olympics. What a bummer that was. You can read my thoughts on that here. BUT, bowling did make the short list to be considered! That's a huge positive. We need to keep pushing. I believe we will get there. 

What are my goals for 2016?

To win the USBC Masters a 4th time.

To win the TOC 3 times. 

But, here's a little secret. I'd give up those to win the US Open or the World Championships. 

While we are entering 2016, I want to remind you all about how important it is to set goals for yourself. Now is a good time to think about the year ahead. How will you ever get to where you want to go if you aren't sure where you want to go? WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS! And, look at them often. Believe in them and remember: you get out what you put in. 

Cheers to a BRIGHT 2016,

Belmo 

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