Sean Rash defeats Mika Koivuniemi to win 10th Kuwait International Open 2013

    03/17/13

    2013 World Bowling Tour #6

    Reigning PBA Player of the Year captures his sixth career PBA title

    2013KOMikaKoivuniemi.jpg2013KOSeanRash3.jpgReigning PBA Player of the Year, Sean Rash (pictured left) of Montgomery, Ill., USA, defeated Mika Koivuniemi (right), Finland, 234-201, in the title match of the World Bowling Tour's 10th Kuwait International Open 2013 to win the PBA International title and the $25,000 top prize.

    Rash claimed the No. 1 seed with a victory against Koivuniemi and defending champion Osku Palermaa (below left), Finland, in the position round match of the modified match play Round of 15. According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

    Rash struck eight times and took advantage of a big split by Koivuniemi in the 10th frame to seal the victory in the first game. The seeding of the top five players remained unchanged in the stepladder finals.

    2013KOOskuPalermaa3.jpg2013KORonnieRussell.jpgIn the opening match, No. 4 seed Sandra Andersson of Sweden topped No. 5 seed, Ronnie Russell (right), United States, 226-185. Palermaa, seeded third, flew past Andersson in the second match, 279-176.

    In the all-Finnish semifinal match, second-seeded Koivuniemi finished with six consecutive strikes to deny Palermaa's bid for back-to-back Kuwait Open titles, 238-228.

    Fresh off his victory in the Bahrain Open last weekend, Koivuniemi, who was looking for this 12th PBA title, was consoled with $12,000. Palermaa received $8,000 for third place while Andersson and Russell received $6,000 and $5,000 for fourth and fifth place, respectively.

    2013KOSandraAndersson.jpg2013KOTannyaRoumimper2.jpgPrior to the open tournament finals, Andersson (left) won the women's stepladder finals against Tannya Roumimper (right), Indonesia, 278-172, to win the $2,800 of the $7,000 women's extra prize fund.

    Roumimper rolled the 12th 300 game of the tournament in her 300-209 semifinal win against Andersson's compatriot Joline Persson-Planefors. Roumimper pocketed $1,850 for second place and Persson-Planefors took $1,400 for third place.

    The 10th Kuwait International Open 2013 was the sixth event on the World Bowling Tour and ran from March 13-17, 2013 at 16-lane Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait. The offered total prize fund of $130,500 U.S. Dollar.

    Due to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Kuwait International Open awarded a PBA International title, if won by a PBA member.

    The top 16 Asian bowlers in the final standings advance to the second leg of the 2013 Asian Bowling Federation Tour on Monday, March 18.

     


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    10th Kuwait International Open 2013


    Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait (March 13-17, 2013)

    2013KOMenTop5.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Sean Rash, United States, 234 (1 game), $25,000
    2. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 439 82 games), $12,000
    3. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 402 (2 games), $8,000
    4. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 507 (2 games), $6,000
    5. Ronnie Russell, United States, 185 (1 game), $5,000

    L-R Palermaa, Andersson, Koivuniemi, Russell and Rash

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Andersson def. No. 5 Russell, 226-185
    Second Match: No. 3 Palermaa def. Andersson, 279-176
    Third Match: No. 2 Koivuniemi def. Palermaa, 238-228
    Championship: No. 1 Rash def. Koivuniemi, 234-201.

    According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title. Andersson receives five pins handicap per game.

    300 Games (12) - Mansour Al-Awami, Qatar; Tim Mack and Ronnie Russell, United States (Block 1). Mansour Al-Awami, Qatar; Mohammad Ibrahim, Kuwait; and Rickle Kam, Hong Kong (Block 2); Mika Koivuniemi, Finland (Round 4), Sean Rash, United States, Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland (Round 5); Osku Palermaa, Finland (Match Play); Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia (Women's Stepladder).

     


    10th Kuwait International Open 2013 - Women's Stepladder Finals


    Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait (March 17, 2013)

    2013KOWomenTop3.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 278 (1 game), $2,800
    2. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 472 (2 games), $1,850
    3. Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden, 209 (1 game), $1,400

    L-R Roumimper, Andersson and Persson-Planefors

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 2 Roumimper def. No. 3 Persson-Planefors, 300-209
    Championship: No. 1 Andersson def. Roumimper, 278-172.

     

     

    10th Kuwait International Open 2013 - Youth Stepladder Finals


    Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait (March 16, 2013)

    Championship Round:
    1. Mustafa Al-Mousawi, Kuwait, 460 (2 games), $1,000
    2. Aseel Roomi, Kuwait, 222 (21 game), $750
    3. Abdul Salam Darwish, Kuwait, 314 (2 games), $500
    4. Abdul Aziz Salmeen, Kuwait, 137 (1 game), $300

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Darwish def. No. 3 Salmeen, 180-137
    Second Match: No. 2 Mousawi def. Darwish, 192-134
    Championship: Mousawi def. No. 1 Roomi, 268-222.

     

     

    10th Kuwait International Open 2013 Places 6-38 (Cashers)


    6. Martin Larsen, Sweden, $3,500
    7. Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, $3,250
    8. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, $3,000
    9. Manuel Otalora, Colombia, $2,900
    10. Khaled Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, $2,800
    11. Yousif Falah, Bahrain, $2,700
    12. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, $2,650
    13. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, $2,600
    14. Sayed Al-Hashemi, UAE, $2,550
    15. Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE, $2,500
    16. Joline Planefors, Sweden, $2,000
    17. Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, $2,000
    18. Mohammed Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia, $2,000
    19. Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. Venezuela, $2,000
    20. Jaime E. Gonzalez, Colombia, $2,000
    21. Shayna Ng, Singapore, $2,000
    22. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, $2,000
    23. Chris Barnes, United States, $2,000
    24. Tim Mack, United States, $1,500
    25. Toby Sambueno, United States, $1,500
    26. Tom Hess, United States, $1,500
    27. Jake Peters, United States, $1,500
    28. Mansour Al-Awami, Qatar, $1,500
    29. Rickle Kam, Hong Kong, $1,500
    30. Mohammed Al-Ragebah, Kuwait, $1,500
    31. Mohammed Janahi, Bahrain, $1,200
    32. Rakan Al-Amiri, Kuwait, $1,200
    33. Jassem Darwish, Kuwait, $1,200
    34. Mohannad Ibrahim, Kuwait, $1,200
    35. Aseel Roomi (y), Kuwait, $1,200
    36. Mustafa Al-Mousawi (y), Kuwait, $1,200
    37. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, $1,200
    38. Yaqoub Al-Shatti, Kuwait, $1,200

     

     

    10th Kuwait International Open 2013 - Modified Match Play Round


    The top 5 advance to the stepladder finals. Women (f) including five pins handicap each game.

     

     

    10th Kuwait International Open 2013 - Round 5 Results


    Pinfall carries over into the Modified Match Play Round.

     

     

    10th Kuwait International Open 2013 - Round 4 Results


    The top 8 advance to the fifth round. Women receive five pins handicap each game.

     

     

    10th Kuwait International Open 2013 - Round 3 Results


    The top 9 advance to the fourth round. Women receive five pins handicap each game.

     

     

    10th Kuwait International Open 2013 - Round 2 Results


    The top 8 advance to the third round. Women receive five pins handicap each game.