Tommy Jones, Cherie Tan triumph in International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC


    2012 World Bowling Tour #4

    American, Singaporean each earn 6 million Yen (approx. $77,500) in Hakata, Japan

    2012IBCCherieTanTommyJonesXXL.jpgTommy Jones (r.) and Singaporean national team member Cherie Tan (l.) captured the men's and women's titles in the International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC Saturday in Hakata, Japan en route to earn the 6 million Yen (approx. $77,500) top prize.

    In the men's title match, top seeded Jones, who has won three of his 13 PBA titles in Japan, flew past reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 290-204, to wrap up the title. On the women's side, No. 2 seed Tan defeated women's top seed Dayang Khairuniza, Malaysia, 218-179, for the biggest payday in her career.

    The TV Finals started already on Friday evening with a shootout match between players ranked fourth to 9th after the semifinals to determine the No. 4 seed for the stepladder finals.

    2012IBCMentop4XXL.jpgZulmazran Zulkifli o Malaysia who took the ninth and last place for the men's shoot-out match, almost rolled the first 300 game of the tournament firing a 298 game to defeat #5 Mike Fagan, United States (267), #4 Dan MacLelland, Canada (248), #6 Chris Barnes, United States (224), #7 Park Kyung-Sin, Korea (214) and #8 Shota Kawazoe, Japan (182).

    In the opening match of the stepladder finals, Zulkifli fell to No. 3 seed, Choi Bok-Eum of Korea, 241-198. Zulkifli struck on six of his first eight shots but suffered two open frames. Bok-Eum bowled a clean game including a four-bagger and a three-bagger to putt he match away well before the final frame.

    L-R Zulmazran Zulkifli (4th), men's champion Tommy Jones, Choi Bok-Eum (3rd) and Mika Koivuniemi (2nd).

    In the semifinal match it was current World Bowling Tour point ranking leader Koivuniemi, who bowled a clean game to defeat the Korean lefty, 226-211, to advance to the title match. Heading into the final frame, Bok-Eum held a 17-pin lead behind seven strikes and two open frames. Koivuniemi struck out in the 9th and 10th frame to force Bok-Eum to strike on his first ball in the last frame. When the Korean failed to strike, the match was over.

    Koivuniemi pocketed 3 million Yen for second place. Bok-Eum received 1.5 million Yen for third and Zulkifli walked away with 800.000 Yen for fourth place.

    2012IBCWomentop4aXXL.jpgIn the women's shoot-out match, reigning USBC Queens champion Missy Parkin, United States, who finished fifth after the semifinals, rolled a huge 267 game to defeat #6 Wendy Macpherson, United States (246), #9 Maki Nakano, Japan (218), #7 Zandra Aziela, Malaysia (212), #8 Mari Kimura, Japan (208) and #4 Carol Gianotti, Australia (183) and to earn the No. seed for the women's stepladder finals.

    In the opening match, World and Asian Champion Jeon Eun-Hee of Korea, seeded third, struck on her last five shots to overcome a five-pin deficit for a 224-206. Tan then used two three-baggers in the first seven frames of the semifinal match to cruise to victory over the Korean, 235-179.

    L-R Missy Parkin (4th), women's champion Cherie Tan, Jeon Eun-Hee (3rd) and Dayang Khairuniza (2nd).

    Tan carried the momentum into the title match where she bowled a clean game including a three-bagger to seal the victory.

    Khairuniza earned 3 million Yen for second place. Eun-Hee received 1.5 million Yen for third and Parkin pocketed 800.000 Yen for fourth place.

    2012IBCLogo.jpg The International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC was the fourth stop of the 2012 World Bowling Tour and offered total prize fund of 30 million Yen or more than 380,000 U.S. Dollars.

    Men and women competed in separate divisions. Each division consisted of 84 players - 45 local bowlers (15 each from three pre-qualifying tournament), the top 16 of the international trials (Feb. 7 and 8), as well as 23 seeded and invited players.

    All 84 men and 84 women bowled nine games of qualifying divided into three blocks of three games. Based on the nine-game total, the top 24 men and the top 24 women advanced to the semifinals.

    Those 24 bowled another two three-game blocks on Friday with the pinfall from the qualifying being carried forward. The top 9 men and the top 9 women with the highest 15-game total qualified for the TV Finals.

    The top three in each division advanced straight to the TV stepladder finals on Saturday, while bowlers seeded fourth to ninth determined the No. 4 seed for the stepladder in a single-game shoot-out match.

    In the TV stepladder finals, which were broadcasted nationwide by NHK Global Media Services, Inc., were staged on specially constructed lanes in Diamond Hall on the second floor of the building.

    In the stepladder, the No. 4 seed bowled the No. 3 seed. The winner of the single-game match took on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title.

    The prize money for each division was the same, with the men's and women's winner each taking 6 million Yen or more than $77,000, with $38,500 and $19,250 going to the second and third place finishers, respectively.

    Photos Hero Noda


    Men's Division - TV Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. Tommy Jones, United States, 6.000.000 JPY
    2. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 3.000.000 JPY
    3. Choi Bok-Eum, Korea, 1.500.000 JPY
    4. Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 800.000 JPY
    5. Michael Fagan, United States, 600.000 JPY
    6. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 500.000 JPY
    7. Chris Barnes, United States, 400.000 JPY
    8. Park Kyung-Sin, Korea, 350.000 JPY
    9. Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 300.000 JPY

    Playoff Results:
    Shoot-out to determine the No. 4 seed for the stepladder finals:
    #9 Zulkifli (298) def. #5 Fagan (267), #4 Maclelland (248), #6 Barnes (224), #7 Kyung-Sin (214) and #8 Kawazoe (182)
    First Match: No. 3 Choi def. No. 4 Zulkifli, 241-198
    Second Match: No. 2 Koivuniemi def. Choi, 226-211
    Championship: No. 1 Jones def. Koivuniemi, 290-204.


    Women's Division - TV Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. Cherie Tan, Singapore, 6.000.000 JPY
    2. Dayang Khairuniza, Malaysia, 3.000.000 JPY
    3. Jeon Eun-Hee, Korea, 1.500.000 JPY
    4. Missy Parkin, United States, 800.000 JPY
    5. Wendy Macpherson, United States, 600.000 JPY
    6. Maki Nakano, Japan, 500.000 JPY
    7. Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 400.000 JPY
    8. Mari Kimura, Japan, 350.000 JPY
    9. Carol Gianotti, Australia, 300.000 JPY

    Playoff Results:
    Shoot-out to determine the No. 4 seed for the stepladder finals:
    #5 Parkin (267) def. #6 Macpherson (246), #9 Nakano (218), #7 Aziela (212), #8 Kimura (208) and #4 Gianotti (183)
    First Match: No. 3 Jeon def. No. 4 Parkin, 224-206
    Second Match: No. 2 Chan def Jeon, 235-189
    Championship: Tan def. No. 1 Khairuniza, 218-179.






    Men's Division - Places 10-24 (cashers)

    10. Scott Norton, United States, 250.000 JPY
    11. Shinichiro Tamai, Japan, 200.000 JPY
    12. Syuichi Heki, Japan, 180.000 JPY
    13. Isao Yamamoto, Japan, 160.000 JPY
    14. Bill O'Neill, United States, 140.000 JPY
    15. Tetsuya Kobayashi, Japan, 120.000 JPY
    16. Choi Jong-In, Korea, 100.000 JPY
    17. Daisuke Yoshida, Japan, 80.000 JPY
    18. Sean Rash, United States, 70.000 JPY
    19. Shogo Wada, Japan, 60.000 JPY
    20. Cho Young-Seon, Korea, 50.000 JPY
    21. Fumiyoshi Nakae, Japan, 40.000 JPY
    22. Patrick Allen, United States, 40.000 JPY
    23. Takamasa Ohta, Japan, 30.000 JPY
    24. Jang Dong-Chul, Korea, 30.000 JPY


    Women's Division - Places 10-24 (cashers)

    10. Siti Shazwani, Malaysia, 250.000 JPY
    11. Miki Nishimura, Japan, 200.000 JPY
    12. Hiroe Ishimoto, Japan, 180.000 JPY
    13. Diandra Asbaty, United States, 160.000 JPY
    14. Hiromi Matsunaga, Japan, 140.000 JPY
    15. Kelly Kulick, United States, 120.000 JPY
    16. Kim Monn-Jeong, Korea, 100.000 JPY
    17. Yukari Homma, Japan, 80.000 JPY
    18. Misaki Mukotani, Japan, 70.000 JPY
    19. Shima Washizuka, Japan, 60.000 JPY
    20. Haruka Matsuda, Japan, 50.000 JPY
    21. Urara Himeji, Japan, 40.000 JPY
    22. Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, 40.000 JPY
    23. Daphne Tan, Singapore, 30.000 JPY
    24. Keiko Aikoh, Japan, 30.000 JPY


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