Cho Young-Seon defeats Chris Barnes to win World Bowling Tour Thailand


    2012 World Bowling Tour #10

    Top seeded Korean earns approx. $32,000 for the victory

    2011AsCM1ChoYoungSeon.jpg201112PBAChrisBarnes.jpgCho Young-Seon (pictured left) of Korea defeated 13-PBA champion Chris Barnes (right), United States, in the title match of the World Bowling Tour Thailand event Monday at Blu-O-Paragon in Bangkok, 234-212, en route to win his first WBT title and the $32,258 top prize.

    Barnes, who missed the top seeded position by one pin finishing second in Final Round Three, eliminated Cho's compatriot Jang Dong-Chul in the semifinal, 245-235, received $16,129 for second place, while Jang pocketed $9,677 for third place.

    In the opening shoot-out match of the TV stepladder finals, Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon delighted the local fans as he ousted Chris Loschetter, United States, and UAE's Naif Oqab, 237-214-209.

    In the second match, Jang, seeded fifth, flew past two-time PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Finland and Annop, 257-200-184. Jang carried the momentum into the third match against third-seeded Ryan Ciminelli, United States, defeating the qualifying leader, 236-210.

    Jang's winning streak came to an end in the semifinal match when Barnes denied his bid for an all-Korean title match.

    WBTLogo.jpg The World Bowling Tour Thailand 2012 was held from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1, 2012 at Blu-O-Paragon bowling center in Bangkok, Thailand. The tournament was the 10th stop of the 2012 World Bowling Tour and offered total prize fund of 4.215 million Baht or approx. 132,000 USD with 1 million Baht ($32,250) going to the winner and 500.000 Baht to the runner-up.

    The World Bowling Tour Thailand 2012 also awarded a PBA Tour title (winner must be a PBA member or a PBA international member).

    Women received eight pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament. Qualifying ran from Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 30 with 42 of the 72 players from 16 countries advancing to the finals. Eight players received two byes and another 16 got one.

    Final Round Two, Three and Four each featured a six-game series from scratch. Ties in Round 1-4 were broken by a one-ball roll-off. The field was trimmed to 34, 20 and eight players, who determined the champion in the TV finals.

    The eight finalists will be placed into an eight-player stepladder, with the No. 6, 7 and 8 seeds meeting in the first match and the winner facing the No. 4 and 5 in the second match. The survivor will face the No. 3 seed, with that winner taking on No. 2. The winner earns the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title. The top seed has the advantage that he must be defeated twice to win the title.

    After the Bahamas Classic has been postponed and the Daejeon International Open 2012 in Korea has lost its WBT status, the 2012 World Bowling Tour consists of 12 tournaments in America, Asia, Europe and Australia - five in the United States and one each in Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Kuwait and Thailand.

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points earned in 2012 will be added to points earned in 2011 to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women will be invited to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the Professional Bowlers Association at the end of 2012 featuring total prize fund of $70,000.

    2012VOLogo.jpgThe next stop of the World Bowling Tour is the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open which starts Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The tournament is also the 16th stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and offers a PBA title for PBA members.

    Live coverage commences Oct. 1 with the no-tap tournament, which traditionally kicks off the tournament on Monday evening. Live streaming of the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open will go online Friday morning, Oct. 5, during qualifying squad 10 and will continue for the rest of the qualifying and all rounds of the finals.

    Bowling fans around the world will be able to watch the stepladder finals on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. CEST (11.00 a.m. EDT; 11.00 p.m. Hong Kong Time) live on Bowlingdigital TV. The award ceremonies are scheduled for 6.00 p.m. CET.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit

    Results courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.


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    World Bowling Tour Thailand

    Blu-O-Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand (Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2012)

    Championship Round:
    1. Cho Young-Seon, Kores, 234 (1 game), $32,258
    2. Chris Barnes, United States, 457 (2 games), $16,129
    3. Jang Dong-Chul, Korea, 728 (3 games), $9,677
    4. Ryan Ciminelli, United States, 210 (1 game), $6,451
    5. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 200 (1 game), $3,225
    6. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 421 (2 games), $2,903
    7. Chris Loschetter, United States, 214 (1 game), $2,741
    8. Naif Oqab, UAE, 209 (1 game), $2,580

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 6 Arromsaranon (237) def. No. 7 Loschetter (214) and No. 8 Qqab (209)
    Second Match: No. 5 Jang (257) def. No. 4 Koivuniemi (200) and Arromsaranon (184)
    Third Match: Jang def. No. 3 Ciminelli, 236-210
    Fourth Match: No. 2 Barnes def. Jamg, 245-235
    Championship Match: No. 1 Cho def. Barnes, 234-212.


    Final Round Three (fourth round overall)

    The top 8 advance to the stepladder finals. Places 9-20 eliminated, earn $2,258. F indicates female bowler, receive eight pins handicap each game.