Big win for Mika Koivuniemi helps him narrow gap on Sean Rash in WBT Standings

    01/14/14

    2014 WBT Point Rankings

    201213PBA12SeanRash.jpg2013EBT14MikaKoivuniemi.jpgSean Rash (pictured left) of the United States may hold the lead in the World Bowling Tour points standings, but Finland's Mika Koivuniemi (right) is right behind him after winning the Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Helsinki over the weekend.

    Rash, who did not compete in Helsinki, has 657 points, while Koivuniemi picked up 50 points for the victory in his home country to move to 652 points. It was a record fourth victory at the Ballmaster for Koivuniemi.

    Third and fourth place in the standings belong to a pair of Americans as Mike Fagan has 563 points and Tommy Jones has 559 points. England's Dominic Barrett, who lost in the title match to Koivuniemi, sits in seventh place with 449 points.

    2013EBT15KellyKulick.jpg2013EBT15MissyParkin.jpgOn the women's side, none of the top four players, who are all from the United States, competed in Helsinki. Kelly Kulick (left) leads with 747 points, Missy Parkin (right) is second with 609, Liz Johnson is third with 555 and Diandra Asbaty is fourth with 365.

    Sweden's Joline Persson Planefors picked up top ranking points for the women in Helsinki and sits in eighth place with 251 points.

    The World Bowling Tour is made up of various events around the world and players earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2012 and all events from 2013 and 2014.

    The next event on the WBT schedule is the United States Bowling Congress Masters in North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, from Feb. 17-23. The USBC Masters is a major event and will feature double points. For more information on the event, click here.

    The USBC Masters will be quickly followed by the H.H. Emir Cup 2014 in Doha, Qatar, from Feb. 22-27. For more information on the event, click here.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 111 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, click here.

     


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    Players with country, ranking points earned in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 season, ranking point total and number of top 50 finishes.

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    2014 WBT Women's Point Ranking - Standings after Brunswick Ballmaster Open (WBT #/5)


    Players with country, ranking points earned in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 season, ranking point total and number of top 50 finishes.

    2014 WBT Women's Point Ranking - Full Standings (MS Excel sheet)