Ryan Ciminelli wins qualifying in World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament



    Total 42 players advance to the finals on Sunday and Monday; two-time PBA champion Ciminelli and the next seven players in the qualifying standings earn two byes

    2014EBT04RyanCiminelli2.jpg2014EBT10OskuPalermaa.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured left), United States, put together three-game blocks of 729, 724 and 718 to win the qualifying of the season-ending World Bowling Tour (WBT) Thailand tournament with 2171 total and an average of 241.22 for nine games.

    The two-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) champion leads a field of 42 out of 102 players from 15 countries into the finals on Sunday and Monday at Blu-O Paragon bowling center in Bangkok.

    Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa (above right), a three-time PBA champion, was second with 2154 followed by defending champion and eight-time PBA titlist Sean Rash (below left), United States, in third place with 2153.

    2014EBT04SeanRash.jpg2014EBT04MartinLarsen.jpgNaif Oqab, UAE, who led the qualifying (Round 1), for the past three days, fell to fourth place with 2151. Fifth and sixth place belonged to former world champion Martin Larsen (right) of Sweden (2148) and four-time PBA champion Mike Fagan, United States (2147).

    Yannaphon Larp-apharat was the best Thai bowler in seventh place with 2138. The top 7 plus the next Thai bowler, Dechochai Tinjiratip (2103), who was seeded in eighth place, earned two byes.

    The next Thai bowler, Phumin Klanbida (2063), was seeded 9th to lead a group of 16 players, who will bypass the first round of the finals. Kim Byoung Suk of Korea took the 24th and last spot with 2072.

    Kim Young Pil of Korea took the 37th and last place to advance with 2030 and an average of 225.56. Places 38 and 39 for the best local bowlers outside the top 37 went to Annop Arromsaranon and Yanee Saebae with 2005 and 1991, respectively.

    Thailand's Saharat Piyasakunchai (254) and Atittarat Cheng (245) as well as Korea's Kim Duk Sik (244) posted the biggest scores in the Desperado Squad to help grab the last three spots for the finals.

    Round 2 and Round 3 will be held on Sunday, August 24, starting at 1 and 7 p.m. Indochina Time with Round 4 to follow Monday, August 25, at 10 a.m. The TV finals are scheduled for 2 p.m.

    The 2014 World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament will be held from August 18-25 at Blu-O Paragon bowling center inside the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Bangkok, Thailand.

    The tournament offers total prize fund of 4,215,000 Baht or approximately 132,084 U.S. Dollar. The winner will receive 1 million Baht (approx. 31,335) and will be awarded a Professional Bowlers Association title if won by a PBA member.

    All players must bowl nine games of qualifying in three-game blocks with unlimited re-entries. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game. All ties will be broken by a one-ball roll-off.

    Total 42 bowlers will survive the qualifying (Round 1) including the top 7 qualifiers, the two highest Thai bowlers outside the top 7 (ranked 8 & 9), the next 28 qualifiers (ranked 10-37), the next two Thai bowlers outside the top 37 (ranked 38-39) plus the top three of the one-game Desperado Squad (ranked 40-42).

    Players ranked 1-8 receive two byes and players ranked 9-24 get one bye. Bowlers ranked 25-42 advance to the second round to bowl six games from scratch with the top 10 advancing to Round 3.

    Those 10 and the qualifiers 9-24 will bowl another six games from scratch. The top 12 bowlers will meet the top 8 qualifiers in Round 4. The remaining 20 players bowl another six-game block from scratch to cut to the top 7 plus the next Thai bowler (ranked 8) for the stepladder finals.

    In the first round, the No. 6, 7 and 8 seed will square off. The winner takes on No. 4 and 5 seed in Match 2. The winner of that match bowls the No. 3 seed in the quarterfinal. The winner meets the No. 2 seed in the semifinal. The winner advances to the championship match. The top-seeded player must be defeated twice to win the title.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The WBT Thailand event is the 12th and final tournament of the 2014 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2013.

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current WBT points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include every event from 2013 and 2014 with one event remaining.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking advance to the WBT Finals, which will be contested the first weekend in November in Las Vegas as part of the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling VI. The finals will air on national television in the United States.

    For more information on the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldBowling.org.

    Results courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).


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    WBT Thailand - Round 1 Results (Final Qualifying Standings)

    Total 42 players advance to the finals. The top 7 plus the top local bowler (seeded 8th) earn two byes. The next local bowler (seeded 9th) plus qualifiers 10-24 receive one bye. Qualifiers 25-37 plus another two local bowlers (seeded 38th & 39th) and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad (places 40-42) advance to second round. (F) indicates female bowler (receive 8 pins handicap each game)