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Diana Zavjalova takes the lead in the 2017 women’s WBT points list


Team USA member Danielle McEwan holds a dominating 215-point lead in the 2017 World Bowling Tour’s women’s point ranking after the third event this season.

McEwan (left) garnered 22 points in the Lucky Larsen Masters, which finished yesterday in Malmö, Sweden, and remained atop the leaderboard with 445 points out of 13 WBT events in the past 24 months.

Fellow Team USA member and three-time PWBA Player of the Year, Liz Johnson (right), United States, did not compete in Malmö but remained in second place with 230 points.

Anggie Ramirez Perea (left) of Colombia narrowed the gap to Johnson by eleven points and is mere two points back in third place with 228 points.

Two-time USBC Queens champion Diana Zavjalova (above and right) of Latvia, who was the third-best of 69 women in the 455-player field in Malmö, received 35 points to take the lead in the 2017 women’s WBT points list with total 59 points.

Former three-time European Bowling Tour points leader Britt Brøndsted (left) of Denmark, who was the best woman in Malmö (worth 50 points), jumped into second place with 54 points and was followed by Birgit Pöppler (below right) of Germany, who earned 50 points in the season-opening Brunswick Euro Challenge.

The top three men and top three women in 2017 WBT points will bowl in the WBT Men’s and Women’s Final during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX on Nov. 19 in Reno, Nevada. Two additional qualifying events, the WBT Thailand in September and the PBA World Championship in Reno, remain on the schedule prior to the finals.

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.

Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

The World Bowling Tour 2017 consists of five stops in Germany, Sweden, Thailand and USA (2).

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format. “Majors” award double points.

The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals which will be held on November 19 in conjunction with PBA World Series of Bowling IX at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

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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Qualifying Standings for 2017 WBT Women’s Finals

Standings after 3/5 events. Top 25 with position, country and total points earned in 2017 WBT events and the highest points in a single event.

WBT Women’s Point Ranking as of August 28, 2017

Players with country, ranking points earned from September 2015 through August 2017, ranking point total, highest points earned in a single event and number of top 50 finishes.

Herbert Bickel

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