Korean bowlers dominate Final Round 3 at World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament

    08/24/14

    Thailand

    Suh Sang Cheon, Gu Yong Jin and Cho Young Seon lead the top 12 into a fourth-round clash with the top 8 qualifiers Monday morning at Blu-O Paragon bowling center in Bangkok, Thailand

    KoreaFlag.jpgKorean bowlers dominated the third round of the World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament Sunday evening at Blu-O Paragon bowling center in Bangkok en route to lead the top 12 into a fourth-round clash with the top 8 qualifiers Monday morning starting at 10 a.m. Indochina Time.

    Suh Sang Cheon paced the 26-player field, consisting of the top 10 of Round 2 and qualifiers 9-24, with 1407 or an average of 234.50 for six games. Suh had games of 273, 195, 253, 236, 229 and 221 to lead his compatriots Gu Yong Jin (1387) and Cho Young Seon (1378) by 20 and 29 pins, respectively.

    Another two Koreans, sixth-place Han Sol (1326 including 48 pins women's handicap) and 10th-place Kim Byoung Suk (1286), also survived the third cut.

    2014PBA05MikaKoivuniemi.jpg2014PBALeagueSF1StuartWilliams.jpgLast year's runner-up Mika Koivuniemi (pictured left), a native Finn who lives in the U.S., was the best non-Korean bowler in fourth place with 1368. The 13-time PBA champion was joined by four PBA bowlers, Stuart Williams (right - 7th; 1304) and Dominic Barrett (11th; 1285) of England, and Marshall Kent and Jason Sterner, United States, in 8th and 9th place at 1301.

    Fifth place belonged to Noor Afizal Azizan of Malaysia with 1352, while Danielle McEwan (below left), United States, beat out 17-time PBA champion Chris Barnes, United States, for the 12th and last spot by one pin, 1272 (including 8 pins handicap per game) to 1271.

    2014EBT04KellyKulick.jpg2014EBT04DanielleMcEwan.jpgKelly Kulick (right), United States, who out averaged her nearest competitor by more than 12 pins in Round 2, could not match her performance from Sunday afternoon and finished in 19th place with 1196.

    The finals resume on Monday, August 25, at 10 a.m. Indochina Time with Round 4. 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 survived 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 received two byes and players ranked 9-24 got one bye. Bowlers ranked 25-42 advanced 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 bowled 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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    2014 World Bowling Tour Thailand - Round 3 Results


    The top 12 advance to the fourth round. Women receive eight pins handicap each game.

     


    2014 World Bowling Tour Thailand - Round 2 Results


    The top 10 advance to the third round. Women receive eight pins handicap each game.