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Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson, Daria Pajak qualify for World Bowling Tour Finals

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Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson, both USA, and Daria Pajak of Poland led the women’s ranking of the 2018 World Bowling Tour to qualify for the season-ending finale, which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, January 6, 2019 for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

Only three women received points in the last two events for the women this season, Rocio Restrepo of Colombia was the lone female competitor in the Tulsa Open (WBT #11), while Pajak and McEwan were the only women who qualified for the U.S. Open (WBT #12).

McEwan (right and featured photo) cashed ranking points in 10 out of 12 events for the women in 2018 to lead the rankings by a sizeable margin and to earn the No. 1 seed for the TV show in January. The four-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour champion, who won the PBA/WBT Thailand event, led this year’s field by 972 pins with 2972 total points.

Three-time PWBA Player of the Year (2015-2017) Johnson (left), who was second with 2000 points, will meet third-placed Pajak in the opening match of the women’s finale. Pajak (right), the 2017 PWBA Rookie of the Year, was just 32 points behind Johnson with 1968.

The trio also finished atop the two-year rolling point list, which includes all events in 2017 and 2018. McEwan led the way with 3114 total points, Johnson was second with 2100 and Pajak third with 2028. Siti Safiyah of Malaysia was fourth with distant 1201.

The World Bowling Tour 2018 concludes with 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships, a WBT Tier 2 event for men only, which will be held at the SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China, Nov. 23 to Dec. 5.

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.

The 2018 WBT schedule featured 13 stops, one each in Germany, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and Hong Kong and eight stops on U.S. soil.

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

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 (must have more than $200,000USD prize money), athletes receive six times the number of WBT Ranking base point, in Tier 2 events (between $100,000 and $200,000) four times and in Tier 3 events (between $50,000 and $100,000) two times.

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. 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 qualify for the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals, presented by PBA. The finals for the 2018 WBT season will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, January 6, 2019 for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

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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PBA Tulsa Open (Tier 2) – Women’s Ranking

Players with position, country and ranking points

1. Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 400

U.S. Open (Tier 1) – Women’s Ranking

Players with position, country and ranking points

1. Daria Pajak, Poland, 600
2. Danielle McEwan, USA, 480

Final Qualifying Standings for World Bowling Tour Women’s Final

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 advance to the WBT Women’s Final at the ITRC in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

1. Danielle McEwan, USA, 2972 (480)
2. Liz Johnson, USA, 2000 (420)
3. Daria Pajak, Poland, 1968 (600)

4. Siti Safiyah Amirah, Malaysia, 1172 (320)
5. Shannon O’Keefe, USA, 1140 (600)
6. Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1080 (480)
7. Stefanie Johnson, USA, 1056 (480)
8. Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 1028 (320)
9. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 980 (288)
10. Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 912 (400)
11. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 876 (400)
12. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 840 (276)
13. Erin McCarthy, USA, 780 (420)
14. Liz Kuhlkin, USA, 760 (600)
15. Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 748 (400)
16. Bryanna Coté, USA, 744 (480)
17. Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, 744 (160)
18. New Hui Fen, Singapore, 704 (280)
19. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 656 (320)
20. Missy Parkin, USA, 616 (264)
21. Ashly Galante, USA, 612 (288)
22. Park Jinhee, Korea, 600 (600)
23. Kelly Kulick, USA, 596 (252)
24. Sydney Brummett, USA, 564 (288)
25. Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, 560 (200)

2018/2017 WBT Women’s Point Ranking – Final Standings

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

Herbert Bickel

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