PBA Spare Shots: PBA-WBT Thailand May Influence PBA Clash Qualifiers, World Bowling Tour Rankings

by Bill Vint September 26, 2018 12:25

The PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, which concludes Friday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok, may have a significant influence on the top eight places on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings list as well as the 2018 World Bowling Tour points race.

The PBA Tour earnings list involves eight spots in the end-of-season PBA Clash that will be televised on Sunday, Dec. 23, on FOX as the first event in PBA’s historic television package with FOX Sports. WBT Thailand’s US$32,250 first prize is likely to impact the 2018 earnings race. Heading into the Thailand tournament, the top 10 in 2018 PBA Tour earnings are: Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen, Dom Barrett, Andrew Anderson, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Kyle Troup, Jakob Butturff, Bill O'Neill and Tom Smallwood.

(PBA.Com feature photo: Bowlers in Thailand had a little fun as the PBA-WBT Thailand prepared to get underway. The melting pot of players included, from left, American Darren Tang, South Africa’s Francois Louw, Canada’s Francois Lavoie, defending champion Jojoe Yannaphon of Thailand and, in the background, Thai photo-bomber Annop Arromsaranon. Asian Bowling Federation photo by Terence Yaw.)

The PBA-WBT Thailand is also a WBT points event. The top three men and top three women in WBT points for the 2018 season will compete in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

The current top five in men’s WBT points are: Anthony Simonsen 1,589; Jason Belmonte 1,118, Kyle Troup 974; Stuart Williams 963, and Andrew Anderson 894. The women’s top five are: Danielle McEwan 2,314; Liz Johnson 1,960; Daria Pajak 1,428; Shannon O’Keefe 1,140 and Clara Guerrero 1,100.

PBA fans can follow the Thailand tournament online through the Asian Bowling Federation’s website: http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm. WBT points standings are posted on World Bowling’s official website: https://www.worldbowling.org/events-results/world-bowling-tour/.

NEXT UP: XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING VISITS NORTH CAROLINA, CALIFORNIA

Closing out the month, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will visit North Carolina and California to cover another weekend doubleheader: the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., and a PBA Regional event, the PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Saturday and Sunday.

The PBA50 Invitational will involve a field of 14 including 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer, PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber, Harry Sullins, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. A final reminder: existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA STARS TO COMPETE IN WORLD BOWLING MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HONG KONG

Several PBA stars from around the world will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the World Bowling Men’s World Championships Nov. 24-Dec. 5 in Hong Kong, including Team USA members Andrew Anderson, Chris Barnes, Jakob Butturff, Tommy Jones, EJ Tackett and Kyle Troup. Barnes and Jones are the veterans on Team USA, having made their debuts in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Butturff also was a member of the 2017 gold medal winning U.S. team. Anderson, Tackett and Troup will be making their debuts as members of adult Team USA.

The Men’s World Championships are held every four years. Competition includes singles, doubles, trios, five-man team, all-events and Masters events.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY WILLIAMS JR. WINS 108TH PBA TITLE IN CANTON

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 237-203, to take the first prize in the PBA50 Canton South Open presented by Roto Grip at Cherokee Lanes in Canton, Ga., Sunday, improving his all-time PBA titles record to 108.

The 58-year-old Williams qualified in fourth place for the stepladder finals with a 3-5 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,699 pins, including match play bonus pins, and then won three consecutive matches to earn the $1,500 first prize. Kretzer posted an 8-0 match play record and had 4,059 pins to qualify first, 360 pins ahead of Williams, but had to settle for the $900 second prize.

Williams, the all-time PBA Tour titles leader with 47, also has won 33 standard PBA Regional titles, 12 PBA50 Tour and 16 PBA50 Regional titles.

In the first stepladder match Williams defeated Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 10-9 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied, 195-195. Williams then disposed of Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., 226-181, in the semifinal match.

Kyle Mayberry of Mechanicsburg, Ohio defeated Zach Doty of Campbellsville, Ky., 204-189, to win the PBA Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky., Saturday.

Mayberry, who earned his second regional title and $2,000 for the one-day event, downed JR Raymond of Clinton Twp., Mich., 2-1, while Doty blanked Graham Fach of Canada, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Brad Miller of Lees Summit, Mo., defeated Tony Manna Jr. of Papillion, Neb., 2,930-2,854, to win the PBA Mockingbird Lanes Midwest Open and Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill., defeated Steve Rogers of Manteno, Ill., 3,045-2,922, to win the PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes Midwest Open in Omaha in a Sunday PBA Midwest Region doubleheader.

Miller won his third career regional title along with a $2,300 prize for his 13-game pinfall total. Johnson won his first PBA50 regional title and $2,000.

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. and partner Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., defeated Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y. and Jeff Voght of Canajoharie, N.Y., 388-460, 421-384, 431-406, in the best-of-three-game title match of the PBA50/PBA Millsboro Lanes Doubles Sunday in Millsboro, Del.

The win was the 21st career regional title for Edwards, the reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year, and the third for Ostrander. Each earned $2,000.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Edwards and Ostrander defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa. and Kerry Smith of New Holland, Pa., 2-0, while Herrington and Voght eliminated Mike Taylor of Havertown, Pa. and Dave Knight Jr. of Glassboro, N.J., 2-1.

Jacob Cutler from College Station, Texas, completed his quest for his first PBA title, throwing three strikes in his 10th frame for a 258-254 victory over Trey Sledge of Amarillo, Texas, to win the PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge presented by Ebonite Sunday at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

After Sledge, a non-member, struck out in his half of the final frame, Cutler matched Sledge to claim the winner’s check of $2,000 with a 21-game total of 5,067 pins, 52 ahead of Sledge. Cutler had built a sizable lead by winning his first six games, averaging 252, but in game seven of the eight-game round robin match play finals, Cutler hit his first road bump, falling to Brian Bledsoe of Albuquerque, N.M., 200-172. At the same time, Sledge was winning his fifth match in a row, 267-253, over Scotty Pope from Midland, Texas, to set up the pivotal position round match.

Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz.; Barry Tate of Wenatchee, Wash., and Catherine Rawsthorne of Federal Way, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Paradise Lanes Sunday.

Blanchard posted a 10-2 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,959 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win the PBA Always Painting Northwest Open, a standard PBA Regional event. Blanchard held off red-hot Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., to win his 10th PBA regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Tate won the PBA50 Gary Mage Northwest Open portion of the tripleheader with an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,061 pins to top Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., by 31 pins for his second PBA50 Regional title and a $1,500 first prize.

Rawsthorne had a 5-3 match play record and knocked down 3,469 total pins for her 16 games to top fellow non-PBA member Courtney Couch of Puyallup, Wash., for the win in the Diamondback Delivery Service Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open to earn the $1,000 prize.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes this weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

● A footnote involving Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s 108th PBA victory in Canton, Ga., over the weekend was the fact that he also bowled his 107th 300 game in PBA competition en route to the title. He remains second on the all-time PBA perfect game list behind fellow Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III who has bowled 114 perfect games in PBA competition at all levels. Bohn has bowled 21,748 games in PBA Tour, PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour and PBA50 Regional events which means he has bowled a 300 game once in every 190.7 games.

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PBA Spare Shots: Next Stop for PBA International-World Bowling Tour is WBT Thailand in Bangkok Sept. 22-28

by Bill Vint September 13, 2018 13:36

The next stop for PBA Tour players who are chasing the top eight places on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings list for a berth in the end-of-season PBA Clash will be the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, Sept. 22-28, at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok where the tournament’s US$32,250 first prize could play a significant role in the 2018 earnings race.

The WBT Thailand format includes three three-game qualifying blocks with nine-game pinfall totals determining the 42 players who will advance to Round Two which involves qualifiers 25-42 bowling six games (all previous pins are dropped). The top 10 from Round Two will join qualifiers 9-24 for another six-game block in Round Three. The top 12 from Round Three will join qualifiers 1-8 for the six-game Round Four.

Round Four will decide the seven players who will join the highest-qualifying Thai player for the final round on Friday, Sept. 28, that will be a modified stepladder schedule. Match One will include Finalists 6, 7 and 8. The winner moves on to Match Two along with finalists 4 and 5. That winner bowls Finalist 3 in Match Three. The Match Three winner bowls Finalist 2 in the Semifinal Match. The Semifinal winner advances to the championship match where he/she has to beat Finalist 1 twice in order to win the event.

The winner will earn a PBA Tour title if he/she is a PBA member and doesn’t accept handicap pins (like many WBT events, WBT Thailand offers women 8 handicap pins per game.

PBA fans can follow the Thailand tournament online through the Asian Bowling Federation’s website: http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm. Thailand’s Jojoe Yannaphon, a PBA member, is the defending champion. In 2017, Yannaphon was high qualifier and defeated Sweden’s two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, 212-202, to earn his first PBA Tour title.

The WBT Thailand is also a WBT points event. The top three men and top three women in WBT points for the 2018 season will compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

NEXT UP: XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING VISITS NORTH CAROLINA, CALIFORNIA

Closing out the month, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will visit North Carolina and California to cover another weekend doubleheader: the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., and a PBA Regional event, the PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30.

The PBA50 Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.29-30, will involve a field of 14 including 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer, PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber, Harry Sullins, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. One last reminder: existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ANDY PATTERSON WINS GRAND CASINO INVITATIONAL

Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas defeated Chris Hibbitts II from Keller, Texas, to win the fifth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday. The entire event was live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

Patterson, who earned his sixth PBA Regional title, was able to string strikes while Hibbitts had trouble adjusting to the final pair’s conditions, topping him, 220-158, to claim the $4,000 winner’s check.

After 12 games of qualifying, both players had long roads to the final match. After qualifying 13th, Patterson started his road to victory by downing Houston PBA50 player David Scardaville, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game Round of 16; David Krol from Nixa, Mo., 2-1, in the Round of 12, and Tyler Albracht of Amarillo, Texas, 2-1 in the Round of 8. In the semifinal round, he eliminated newly-inducted PBA Southwest Hall of Famer Mark Scroggins of Canyon, Texas, 279-243.

Hibbitts, who had won two previous PBA Regionals at FireLake, qualified 14th and defeated Sean Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 2-1; Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, 2-0; Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 2-1, and Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., 236-160, before Patterson ended his bid for another PBA title.

As part of the tournament weekend, Scroggins and Junction City Bowl proprietor and long-time PBA Regional tournament host Joe Ellison from Junction City, Kan., were inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame.

Steve Lickliter of Beckley, W.Va., won the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Open title in Mooresville, N.C.; Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., notched his 31st PBA regional win in the PBA50 Samuel Adams Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300, and Bill Peters of Dayton, Ohio, won his first PBA title in the PBA60 Kingsport Southern Open presented by Storm to complete the PBA South Region’s annual extended Labor Day “tripleheader” at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn.

Lickliter kicked off the series by defeating Sam Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 214-207, in the final of the PBA60 Wilson & Sons event at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., on Sept. 1. Two days later, Stoney Baker came out striking with the front five to defeat PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Tom Baker (no relation) of King, N.C., 258-220, in the PBA50 event, also at Victory Lanes in Mooresville.

Along with his 15th regional title, Lickliter earned $2,200. Stoney Baker earned $2,300 in the PBA50 event.

The South Region players then traveled to Tennessee where Peters was the top qualifier. A recent “super senior” after turning 60 on Dec. 27, Peters defeated no. 2 qualifier Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 259-181, to win the PBA60 title and $1,600 in Kingsport.

● Also in the PBA South Region, Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C. won his first PBA title Sunday, defeating Matt Martin of Axton, Va., 278-246, to win the 15th annual PBA Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.

Curtis, who qualified in the fourth-and-final position for the four-man stepladder finals with a 17-game total of 4,199 pins – one pin ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. – disposed of Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., in opening match, 268-245, and easily defeated Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 265-226, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match.

In the title match Curtis started with nine strikes to grab a healthy lead while Martin fumbled early. Despite a six-strike rally from the fourth frame to the 10th, it wasn’t enough to catch Curtis who earned $2,400 along with his title.

Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa. compiled a 6-1-1 match play record on his way to a 69-pin victory over tournament sponsor Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y. in the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday.

Graham, who finished second in last year’s event, survived a 178 final game in qualifying to advance to the semifinal round. He then led the semifinal round to advance to the round robin finals, where he retained the lead to the end, posting a total of 2,083 pins for the eight-game final round, including match play bonus pins, to out-distance LeClair’s 2,014 total.

The win was Graham’s fourth in PBA Regional competition, but his first in PBA50 competition. He earned $1,500 for the win while LeClair, who rolled a 279 in the position round to move into second place, earned $900.

John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., defeated Brian Menini of Brookfield, Mo., 254-163, to win the PBA50 Diamond Jo Casino Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday, for his first PBA title after competing in more than 200 events as a “senior” bowler.

The 64-year-old Dudak, a veteran of 103 PBA50 Tour and 115 PBA50 regional events, earned a $1,600 prize. He defeated Menini after Menini eliminated Jon Schure of Ripon, Wis,. 259-223, in the first match and Dean Mueller of Arlington Heights, Ill., 222-180, in the semifinal contest.

● PBA Regional events on the Sept. 14-16 weekend schedule include the Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich., and the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 21-23 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

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Kyle Troup Upsets Jason Belmonte to Win PBA-WBT Lucky Larsen Masters Title in Sweden

by Bill Vint September 9, 2018 11:07

MALMO, Sweden – Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., threw strikes on seven of his first eight shots on his way to upsetting top qualifier and defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, 248-232, in the title match of the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Baltiska Bowlinghallen Sunday.

Troup, a 27-year-old 10th-year PBA member, earned his third PBA Tour title along with a $16,500 first prize, completing a sweep of the top three positions by two-handed players. Belmonte, who led qualifying as well as the “Step Three” round leading into the stepladder finals, saw his hopes for a title repeat when he failed to convert the 2-10 split in the fourth frame and left the 2-8 in the ninth frame after rallying behind a string of four strikes.

The colorful Troup, dressed in matching jersey and slacks in Sweden’s blue-and-yellow national colors, also bowled without his trademark “afro” hairdo in denying Belmonte his third title of the 2018 season.

“This is my first trip to Sweden,” Troup said. “I couldn’t ask for a better result.”

In the first stepladder match, Ireland’s Christopher Sloan opened in the seventh frame of a close match, but recovered by throwing six strikes to close out the contest and eliminate nine-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 236-234.

Troup advanced to the title match with a 235-187 win over Sloan, a 24-year-old third-year PBA member from Dublin, who was unable to sustain his first-game momentum. Sloan threw one strike and had an open in his first six frames while Troup started with four strikes. A pocket 7-10 in the sixth frame slowed Troup, but he came right back with another three strikes to roll to an easy win.

The Malmo tournament – named in honor of Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – was a World Bowling Tour points event. The tournament format involved multiple six-game qualifying squads to arrive at 60 finalists. Qualifiers 34-60 bowled the four-game Step One, with the top 11 advancing to Step Two along with qualifiers 9-33. The 36 players in Step Two bowled another four-game block, with the top 16 joining qualifiers 1-8 in Step Three for an eight-game round to determine the four stepladder finalists. In each “Step” round, pinfall from all previous rounds was dropped. Under tournament rules, women bowling in the event were entitled to eight handicap pins per game.

The final PBA International-WBT event on the 2018 schedule is the WBT Thailand which will take place in Bangkok Sept. 22-28. Thailand’s Jojoe Yannaphon is defending champion. Fans can follow the event on the Asian Bowling Federation website (http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm).

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR STORM LUCKY LARSEN MASTERS
Baltiska Bowlinghallen, Malmo, Sweden, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $16,498.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $12,099.
3, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, $8,799.
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $6,599.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Sloan def. O’Neill, 236-234.
Semifinal Match – Troup def. Sloan, 235-187.
Championship – Troup def. Belmonte, 248-232.

Step Three Cashers (after 8 games; top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Belmonte, 1,916.
2, Troup, 1,810.
3, O’Neill, 1,800.
4, Sloan, 1,776.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,774, $4,949.
6, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,767, $3,850
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,765, $3,300.
8, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,733, $2,750.
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,726, $2,200.
10, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,720, $1,980.
11, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,714, $1,870.
12, Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 1,678, $1,787.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 1,671, $1,732.
14, Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 1,658, $1,677.
15, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,645, $1,650.
16, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,634, $1,622.
17, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1,615, $1,595.
18, Jimmy Dan Mortensen, Denmark, 1,593, $1,567.
19, Jojoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 1,591, $1,540.
20, w-Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 1,571, $1,512.
21, w-Daria Pajak, Poland, 1,544, $1,485.
22, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,541, $1,457.
23, Mikael Roos, Sweden, 1,535, $1,430.
24, Tore Torgersen, Norway, 1,516, $1,375.

Step Two Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
25, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 855, $1,320.
26, Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, 849, $1,265.
27, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 849, $1,237.
28, Gustaf Johansson, Sweden, 844, $1,210.
29, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 839, $1,182.
30, Richie Teece, England, 835, $1,155.
31, Joonas Hahl, Finland, 821, $1,127.
32, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 811, $1,100.
33, Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 810, $1,072.
34, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 809, $1,045.
35, w-Li Jan Sin, Malaysia, 807, $1,017.
36, Emanuel Jonsson, Sweden, 790, $990.
37, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 773, $962.
38, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 771, $935.
39, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 762, $907.
40, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 749, $880.
41, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 731, $852.
42, AJ Chapman, St. Paul, Minn., 724, $825.
43, Kim Andersson, Sweden, 709, $797.
44, Pyry Puharinen, Finland, 624, $770.

Step One Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
45, w-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 840, $715.
46, Tomas Kayhko, Finland, 837, $660.
47, Kevin Lindbladh, Sweden, 825, $660.
48, Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 824, $660.
49, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 814, $605.
50 (tie), Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, and Viktor Albihn, Sweden, 808, $525.
52, Niko Oksanen, Finland, 796, $495.
53, Bendt Petersson, Sweden, 795, $495.
54, Jorgen Roos, Sweden, 780, $440.
55, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 779, $440.
56, Francois Louw, South Africa, 776, $440.
57, Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 769, $385.
58, Eric Ahlstrand, Sweden, 752, $385.
59, Robin Persson, Sweden, 714, $385.
60, Thor Morten Bjorge, Norway, 694, $385.

w-denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game).

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Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon Defeats Texas Two-Hander Anthony Simonsen to Win Korea’s Busan Cup

by Bill Vint May 26, 2018 07:22

BUSAN, Korea – Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon defeated top qualifier Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 221-208, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Busan Cup Saturday on bowling lanes constructed outdoors in Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park in Busan, becoming the second bowler from Thailand to win a PBA Tour title.

In the soaring heat of the outdoor setting, Simonsen left splits he was unable to convert in the fourth and fifth frames as the 33-year-old Thai opened a 44-pin lead and raced away to victory despite leaving a “big four” 4-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame. He claimed the 30 million won (US$27,875) first prize and joined 2017 PBA-WBT Thailand winner Jojoe Yannaphon as Thailand’s second PBA Tour title winner.

Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-hander, had earned the top qualifying position for the four-man stepladder finals with a six-game, 1,480 total posted at Rainbow Square Bowling Center.

In the preliminary matches, Korea’s Choi Seokbyeong defeated countryman Choi Wonyoung, 247-217, to start the Busan Cup’s Open Division finals. Arromsaranon then eliminated Choi Seokbyeong in the semifinal match, 215-203.

The Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s next event will be the PBA Xtra Frame Tour Greater Jonesboro Open at Hijinx in Jonesboro, Ark., June 1-3. For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), 30 days ($7.99) or for a full year at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR BUSAN CUP
Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park, Busan, Korea, Saturday

Final Standings:
1, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, $27,875.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $13,900.
3, n-Choi Seokbyeong, Korea, $7,430.
4, n-Choi Wonyoung, Korea, $4,645.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – S. Choi def. W. Choi, 247-217.
Semifinal Match – Arromsaranon def. S. Choi, 215-203.
Championship – Arromsaranon def. Simonsen, 221-208.

n-denotes non-member.

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Sweden’s Jenny Wegner wins Brunswick Euro Challenge over Anthony Simonsen

by Bill Vint March 18, 2018 11:35

MUNICH, Germany – Thanks to the assistance of eight handicap pins awarded to all women bowlers in the tournament, Sweden’s Jenny Wegner won the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Brunswick Euro Challenge Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace, thwarting a 10th frame comeback bid by tournament leader Anthony Simonsen.

Simonsen, the top qualifier, quickly fell behind when Wegner, the 2016 Qubica AMF World Cup women’s champion, started the title match with five strikes. But the contest changed direction when the 23-year-old Swedish kindergarten teacher failed to convert the 1-2-4-10 washout in the seven frame. She still had the match under control until she left the 2-8 in both the ninth and 10th frames. Despite failing to convert the 1-8 spare in her final frame, the eight handicap pins-per-game awarded to all women in the tournament allowed Wegner hold off Simonsen for the title.

Simonsen, who had thrown only one strike on the right lane previously in the match, threw two strikes before leaving the 10 pin on his final shot for an actual 213-211 margin, but with her handicap pins, Wegner won by a 219-213 margin.

Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-handed player from Austin, Texas, started the seven-game Step Three match play round with games of 300, 287 and 278 – an 865 series – to expand his lead and he comfortably maintained his position all the way to the championship match.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat dug himself into a 21-pin hole after failing to convert a pair of splits, and Wegner had a double and a turkey in a clean game for a 233-214 win to advance to the title match.

Next on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s 2018 schedule will be the United States Bowling Congress Masters April 8-15 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., where defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia will try for an unprecedented fifth Masters title, which also would result in a PBA record-tying 10th major championship.

PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel will live stream all qualifying and three-game double-elimination match play rounds of the Masters before the finals air live on ESPN on April 15 at 1 p.m. EDT. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE
Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, w-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, $14,150.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $10,460.
3, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, $6,700.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Wegner def. Larpapharat, 233-214. Championship – Wegner def. Simonsen, 219-213.

Final Step 3 Standings (after 13 games, including 30 match play bonus pins for each match win; prize money is converted from Euros to U.S. dollars):
1, Simonsen, 5-2, 3,408.
2, w-Wegner, 6-1, 3,281.
3, Larpapharat, 5-2, 3,271.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 2-5, 3,217, $4,180.
5, w-Siti Safiyah Amirah, Malaysia, 2-5, 3,210, $3,690.
6, w-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 3-4, 3,150, $3,440.
7, David Simard, Canada, 3-4, 3,119, $3,080.
8, w-Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 2-5, 3,107, $2,710.

Step 2 Cashers (after six games):
9, w-Daphne Tan, Singapore, 1,420, $2,340.
10, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,410, $2,340.
11, w-Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1,409, $2,340.
12, w-Ghislaine Stigter-Van Der Tol, Netherlands, 1,408, $2,340.
13, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,395, $1,970.
14, w-Bernice Lim, Singapore, 1,393, $1,970.
15, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,390, $1,970.
16, Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1,385, $1,970.
17, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,380, $1,720.
18, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,372, $1,720.
19, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,371, $1,720.
20, w-Anggie Ramirez Perea, 1,358, $1,720.
21, w-Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 1,351, $1,600.
22, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,345, $1,600.
23, Jaroslav Lorenc, Czechoslovakia, 1,343, $1,600.
24, Emil Ågren, Sweden, $1,600.
25, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 1,289, $1,480.
26, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1,286, $1,480.
27, Timmy Tan, Malaysia, 1,270, $1,480.
28, w-Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 1,243, $1,480.

Step 1 Cashers (after six games):
29 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 1,405, $1,350.
31 (tie), w-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, and Hassan Alshaikh, Saudi Arabia, 1,401, $1,350.
33, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,400, $1,350.
34, Patrick Weichert, Germany, 1,397, $1,350.
35, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,387, $1,230.
36, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,370, $1,230.
37, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,367, $1,230.
38 (tie), John Wells, England, and Niko Oksanen, Finland, 1,361, $1,230.
40, Dom Barrett, England, 1,360, $1,230.
41, Oliver Morig, Germany, 1,351, $1,230.
42, Jamie McDermott, Jamie, Germany, 1,350, $1,230.
43, w-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,349, $1,230.
44, Richie Teece, England, 1,347, $1,230.
45, w-Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 1,340, $1,107.
45, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,338, $1,107.
46, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,337, $1,107.
48, w-Hui Fen New, Singapore, 1,336, $1,107.
49, Raymond Teece, England, 1,335, $1,107.
50, Nathan Ruest-Lajoie, Canada, 1,332, $1,107.
51, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1,316, $1,107.
52, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,300, $1,107.
53, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,299, $1,107.
54, Tobia Börding, Germany, 1,296, $1,107.
55, w-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,284, $984.
56, Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 1,270, $984.
57, Kwun Ho Lau, Hong Kong, 1,240, $984.
58, Christoph Schurian, Germany, 1,231, $984.
59, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,228, $984.
60, Timo Schroeder, Germany, 1,223, $984.
61, Andres Juliusson, Israel, 1,221, $984.
62, w-Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 1,216, $984.
63, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1,211, $984.
64, Moued Saad Alqahtani, Saudi Arabia, 1,121, $984.

w–denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game except during the championship round).

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