Team USA member Kyle Troup
continued to lead the qualifying of the PBA/World Bowling Tour Thailand event, a World Bowling Tour Tier 2 tournament, after 24 of 46 squads at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand.
The two-handed right-hander, who won his third Professional Bowlers Association title as well as his first WBT and European Bowling Tour title in the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters earlier this month, leads the field of 113 players from 21 countries, including 19 women, with 2205 pinfall total and an average of 245.00 for nine games.
Troup (featured photo), who will represent the United States at the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Las Vegas in November, had three-game series of 771, 729 and 705.
Four-time Japan Professional Bowling Association Triple Crown champion and 15 JPBA titlist Shota Kawazoe (left) added sets of 707 and 678 Monday to his high series of 785 to leap one spot into second place with 2170.
Three-time PBA champion Francois Lavoie (right) of Canada slipped to third place with 2167. Five-time PBA Tour winner Osku Palermaa of Finland was just five pins back in fourth place with 2162, including high series of 749 and 729 today and 684 from the day before.
Michael Tang (left), United States, moved into fifth place, also with 2162, and was followed by 2018 Asian Games champion Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia, who was sixth with 2157.
Sithiphol Kunaksorn was the best Thai bowler in seventh place with 2153 and an average of 239.22. Kim Bolleby (right), currently the best Thai bowler outside the top 7, was automatically seeded eighth with 2110. The top 8 after qualifying would miss the first two rounds of the finals.
Professional Women’s Bowling Association champion New Hui Fen (left) of Singapore was the best of 19 women in 12th place with 2125, including eight pins handicap per game, an average of 228.11 scratch.
Timmy Tan (right) of Malaysia, who rolled the second 300 game of the tournament (Kunakorn Ponganekkul of Thailand had the first), holds the 24th and last spot to earn one bye with 2060 and an average of 228.89.
Defending champion Yannaphon Larp-apharat (left) of Thailand was 35th with 2038.
Thailand’s second PBA champion, 2018 Busan Cup winner Annop Arromsaranon (right) sits in 37th place with 2021.
The top 37 will be joined in the finals by two more Thai bowlers and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad.
Sin Li Jane (left) of became the first bowler who surpassed the 800-mark. The one-time PWBA champion posted 796 and added 24 pins handicap for 820.
Sin, who also registered 628, sits in 47th place with 1448 and an average of 241.33 for six games, including handicap.
The PBA/World Bowling Tour Thailand 2018 tournament, a World Bowling Tour Tier 2 event, will be held September 22-28 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 136,000 U.S. Dollar. The winner will walk away with 1 million Baht ($32,258) and will be awarded a World Bowling Tour title and a Professional Bowlers Association title, if won by a PBA member (women only if they don’t accept handicap pins).
In the 2017 WBT Thailand finale, Yannaphon Larp-apharat doubled in the 10th frame to defeat two-handed lefty and 2016 WBT Thailand winner, Jesper Svensson of Sweden, 212-202, to become the first bowler from Thailand to win a PBA title.
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 survive the qualifying portion (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 bowl another six games from scratch. The top 12 bowlers 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 8th; if there is any in the fourth round) for the TV stepladder finals.<
Qualifiers 6, 7 and 8 meet in the opening stepladder match. The winner takes on no. 4 and 5 in the second match. The winner bowls no. 3 with the winner advancing to the semi-final match against no. 2. The winner of that match meets the top-seed in the championship match and must defeat him or her twice to win the title and the first-place check.
The World Bowling Tour 2018 has recently added another PBA Tour event to its schedule, which now features 13 stops, one each in Germany, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and Hong Kong and eight stops on U.S. soil.
The PBA-WBT Thailand is the 10th stop of the WBT 2018 and one of the tier 2 events this season. WBT tier 2 events award bowlers with four times the number of base WBT Rankings points (tier 1 six times and tier 3 two times).
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). However, when an event is U.S. based and not a PBA event, no PBA title can be granted.
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.
The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals, presented by PBA, which will be held at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, January 6, 2019.
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.
The 11th stop of the 2018 World Bowling Tour season is the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing Tulsa Open, a tier 2 event, which will be held at The Lanes at Coffee Creek in Owasso, Okla., USA, October 14-20.
Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).
Kyle Troup sets the pace in World Bowling Tour Thailand event
PBA/World Bowling Tour Thailand 2018 kicks off Saturday in Bangkok
Yannaphon Larp-apharat becomes first local bowler to win WBT Thailand
WBT Men’s Point Ranking
WBT Women’s Point Ranking
WBT Thailand 2018 – Qualifying Standings as of Sept. 24, including 7 p.m. Squad
Total 42 players advance to the finals. 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 (scores include 8 pins handicap each game)