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2018 World Bowling Tour Women’s Point Ranking after Malmö

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With nine out of twelve events of the World Bowling Tour 2018 in the books, Professional Women’s Bowling Association champions dominate the World Bowling Tour women’s rankings as they occupy the top eight spots and 13 out of the top 20.

Four-time winner Danielle McEwan (featured photo and right), United States, has cashed points in 14 out of twenty events in the past two years to lead a field of 283 women with 2314 total point and holds a 354-point cushion over three-time PWBA Player of the Year, Liz Johnson (left), USA, who is second with 1960.

However, with the introduction of a new point system in the 2018 season, athletes can earn up to 600 points for the victory in a tier 1 event compared to 200 points for victory in a “major” event in the previous seasons.

Daria Pajak (right) of Poland sits in third place with distant 1428, and is followed by 2018 PWBA Player of the Year, Shannon O’Keefe (left), USA, who earned all of her 1140 points in just three events in the U.S., USBC Queens Women’s U.S. Open and The Luci. Six out of nine events this season were held on U.S. soil.

Rounding out the top 8 PWBA champions were Clara Guerrero (right), Colombia (1100), Diana Zavjalova, Latvia (1059), Siti Safiyah, Malaysia (1057) and Stefanie Johnson, USA (1056).

McEwan (2092), Johnson (1760) and Pajak (1368) also hold the top 3 positions in the qualifying for 2018 WBT Women’s Final which uses the ranking points earned in the 2018 WBT season only to determine the three finalists.

The World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA will be contested January 6 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

The World Bowling Tour 2018 commences with the WBT/PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand, a Tier 2 event to be held September 22-28 at Blu–O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand.

The World Bowling Tour is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling. The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.

Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member (who doesn’t accept handicap pins). However, when an event is U.S. based and not a PBA event (such as the New Mexico Open), no PBA title can be granted.

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. In 2018, World Bowling has introduced a three-tier system. Base points range from 100 points for first place to 24 points for 50th place. In Tier 1 events, athletes receive six times the number of WBT Ranking base point, in Tier 2 events four times and in Tier 3 events two times.

The points system still is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (date and venue tba).

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

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Players with position, country and ranking points

1. Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 400
2. Daria Pajak, Poland, 320
3. Liz Johnson, United States, 280
4. Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 240
5. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 200
6. New Hui Fen, Singapore, 192
7. Siti Safiyah, Malaysia, 184
8. Danielle McEwan, United States, 176
9. Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 168
10. Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, 160
11. Sanna Pasanen, Finland, 120
12. Maxime De Rooij, Netherlands, 120
13. Daphne Tan, Singapore, 120
14. Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 120
15. Eliisa Hiltunen, Finland, 120
16. Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 120
17. Anna Andersson, Sweden, 120
18. Alida Molander, Sweden, 120
19. Ida Andersson, Sweden, 120
20. Maria Koshel, Russia, 120
21. Linnea Rundgren, Sweden, 120
22. Annie Thorell, Sweden, 120
23. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 112
24. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 112
25. Hanna Engberg, Sweden, 112
26. Nina Flack, Sweden, 112
27. Vilma Salo, Finland, 112
28. Yanee Saebe, Thailand, 112
29. Ani Juntunen, Finland, 112
30. Mika Guldbæk, Denmark, 112
31. Varvara Gryaznova, Russia, 112
32. Anneli Blomqvist, Sweden, 112
33. Lisa Lindell, Sweden, 112
34. Katrin Jansson, Sweden, 112
35. Josefin Hermansson, Sweden, 104
36. Malin Johansson, Sweden, 104
37. Kalyawat Ponganekkul, Thailand, 104
38. Sofia Myllymäki, Sweden, 104
39. Linda Wehner, Sweden, 104
40. Emma Halttunen, Sweden, 104
41. Amanda Gadd, Sweden, 104
42. Ellen Ekholm, Sweden, 104
43. Erika Svensson, Sweden, 104
44. Jenny Karlsson, Sweden, 104
45. Emelie Samuelsson, Sweden, 104
46. Sara Almqvist, Sweden, 104
47. Emma Andersson, Sweden, 96
48. Eva Jönsson, Sweden, 96
49. Stine Melchiorsen, Denmark, 96
50. Camilla Keller, Denmark, 96

Qualifying Standings for 2018 WBT Women’s Final

Standings after 9/12 events. Top 25 with position, country and total points earned in 2018 WBT events and the highest points in a single event (in parenthesis). Top 3 will advance to the WBT Women’s Final (dates and venue tba).

1. Danielle McEwan, USA, 2092 (400)
2. Liz Johnson, USA, 1760 (420)
3. Daria Pajak, Poland, 1368 (600)

4. Shannon O’Keefe, USA, 1140 (600)
5. Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1080 (480)
6. Stefanie Johnson, USA, 1056 (480)
7. Siti Safiyah, Malaysia, 1004 (320)
8. Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 912 (400)
9. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 876 (400)
10. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 840 (276)
11. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 820 (288)
12. Erin McCarthy, USA, 780 (420)
13. Liz Kuhlkin, USA, 760 (600)
14. Bryanna Coté, USA, 744 (480)
15. Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, 744 (160)
16. Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 708 (240)
17. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 656 (320)
18. Missy Parkin, USA, 616 (264)
19. Ashly Galante, USA, 612 (288)
20. Park Jinhee, Korea, 600 (600)
21. Kelly Kulick, USA, 596 (252)
22. Sydney Brummett, USA, 564 (288)
23. Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, 560 (200)
24. Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 552 (180)
25. Josie Barnes, United States, 500 (276)

2018 WBT Women’s Point Ranking – Standings after Malmö (WBT #9/12)

Players with country, ranking point total, points earned in 2018, 2017 and 2016, highest points in a single event and number of top 50 finishes

Herbert Bickel

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