It was a nervy start for both the title contenders when Belmonte edged Rash, 174-172 to take the first game in the best-of-3 championship match. The American PBA pro settled down quicker to draw level with a 255-223 win in the second game to force a third decider.
But it was the two-handed Aussie who rose to the ocassion with a narrow win over Rash, 256-243 to win the Men's title. Belmonte, who pocketed AUS$25,000 (approx. US$25,870) was also awarded a PBA international title.
The champion ousted compatriot, Christian Purdue 221-181, 238-235 in the all-Aussie semi-finals while Rash had to go three games to beat Chris Castle of Australia, 256-247, 175-212, 259-170 to earn a spot in the finals.
Belmonte had earlier sailed past another compatriot and 2003 World Championships Masters gold medalist, Michael Little 202-154, 243-178 in Round 4 finals to advance to the semi. Rash advanced to the semi by beating Hong Kong's Eric Tseng, 191-180, 244-278, 244-203.