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EJ Tackett wins gold in All-Events at the World Men Championships


EJ Tackettof the United States captured the gold medal in all-events (total pins in singles, doubles, trios and team event) in the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships at the South China Athletic Association (SCAA) bowling center in Hong Kong, China, Monday afternoon.

Bowling in his first World Championship, Tackett (right) rolled six-game series of 1261 in Singles, 1421 in doubles, 1324 in Trios and 1346 in the Team event to win the gold medal with 5352 and an average of 223.00 for 24 games.

His compatriot and fellow PBA Player of the Year, Andrew Anderson (left with coach Mark Baker) was 67 pins back in second place to take the silver medal with 5285 (220.21).

Dan MacLelland of Canada (left with coach Earl Sobotkiewicz) posted 680 in the second block of the Team event to leap one spot into third place and to earn the bronze medal with 5277 (219.88).

Just outside the top 3 to finish fourth was Kyle Troup, USA, with 5250. Koo Seonghoi of South Korea was the best Asian bowler in 5th place with 5147, while Christopher Sloan of Ireland was the best bowler from Europe in 6th place with 5133.

The top 24 bowlers from the all-events standings advance to match play Masters, which concludes the Championships Wednesday, Dec. 5. Pontus Andersson of Sweden and Oliver Morig of Germany tied for 23rd place at 4971 and an average of 207.12. Andersson was seeded 23rd and Morig 24th due to the highest game out of all 24 games.

The cut to make the top eight, who will bypass the first round of match play on Tuesday afternoon, was Kim Kyungmin of South Korea with 5101 (212.54).

The World Men Championships All-Events competition was the last event of the 2018 World Bowling Tour. With his victory in All-Events, Tackett moved into third place in the 2018 point rankings to join Anthony Simonsen, USA, and Stuart Williams of England in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, January 6, 2019 for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

The 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships will be held from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5 at 40-lane South China Athletic Association (SCAA) bowling center in Hong Kong, China. The Championships are being hosted by World Bowling, bowling’s world governing body, and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress.

265 players from 47 countries, maximum six men per country, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 11-day competition (Nov. 25-Dec. 5).

The Championships is contested on the 38-foot Los Angeles pattern from the current World Bowling library of lane conditioning patterns.

Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 2018 World Men Championships featuring reports, results and photos commencing with the 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference “Youth Development and Coaching” at the Hong Kong Sports Institute Nov. 20-21, followed by the Opening Ceremonies (Nov. 24), the preliminaries in Singles, Doubles, Trios (Nov. 24-30), the Team preliminaries (Dec. 1-4), during which the Singles and Doubles Finals will be contested, followed by the Trios and Team Finals, all the way through to the Masters finals (Dec. 4-5).

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