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Francis Tan sets the pace in Round 2 at WBT Thailand


2016WBTThailandFrancisTan.jpgFrancis Tan of Malaysia set the pace in Round 2 at the World Bowling Tour Thailand event Thursday afternoon at Blu-O Paragon Bowl in Bangkok, Thailand, to lead the top 10 into the third round with 1318 pinfall total and an average of 219.67 for six games.

Tan (left), who had games of 225, 213, 181, 205, 268 and 226, beat out Thailand’s Pawat Ungtrakul (above left) for the top spot by 30 pins. Ungtrakul, who survived the qualifying cut thanks to a second-place finish in the Desperado Squad after shooting a 224 game, had six games between 204 and 234, to land in second place with 1288.

Third place belonged to junior Team USA member Kamron Doyle (above right), who was further six pins behind Pawat with 1282, including a 249 last game.

Sithiphol Kunaksorn of Thailand was fourth on 1274 and was followed by Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong with 1249 and two more Thai bowlers, Phumin Klanbida and Teerachata Rachatahiranyakan, who took sixth and seventh place with 1235 and 1232, respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ronnie Sparks Jr. (1230) and Cameron Weier (1222), United States, and Hong Kong’s Wicky Yeung, who hit the cutoff number with 1218 or an average of 203.

The other eight bowlers in this round were eliminated and finished in 35th to 42nd place, worth 40.000 Baht or approximately US$1,290.

The 2016 World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament will be held from August 6-12 at
Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl inside the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Bangkok, Thailand.

The tournament offers total prize fund of 4,215 million Baht or approximately 131,967 U.S. Dollar. The winner will receive 1 million Baht or roughly $32,260 and will be awarded a World Bowling Tour title and 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 3 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 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 the second match. 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 in which the top-seeded player must be defeated twice to win the title.

2016WBTLogo_small.jpgThe WBT Thailand event is the 4th tournament on the 2016 World Bowling Tour, which currently consists of eight regular tournaments, six in the Middle East and one each in Germany and Thailand.

The ninth event and the only WBT “major” this season is the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII to be staged from November 27 through December 11, 2016 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States.

Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (tbd).

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.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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2016 WBT Thailand – Round 2 Results

Top 10 advance to the third round.


Herbert Bickel

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