Fresh off his victory in the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters
earlier this month, now three-time PBA champion Kyle Troup
, United States, set the pace in the PBA/WBT Tour Thailand 2018 after 16 three-game qualifying squads at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 27-year-old two-handed right-hander (featured photo and right), who is the son of eight-time PBA Tour winner Guppy Troup, posted high series of 771, 729 and 705 to lead the 78-player field from 18 countries with 2205 pinfall total and an average of 245.00 for nine games.
Francois Lavoie (left) of Canada, who also owns three PBA titles was second with 2167 and was followed by four-time Japan Professional Bowling Association Triple Crown champion and 15 JPBA titlist Shota Kawazoe (right) on 2102.
Francois Louw (left) of South Africa, who won his first World Bowling Tour title in the 2015 Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia, was fourth with 2087, while the best Thai bowler, Sithiphol Kunaksorn, was fifth with 2071.
Japanese women’s professional bowler Misaki Mukotani (right) was the best of 16 women in sixth place with 2069, including eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all European and Asian WBT events.
Rounding the top were Thailand’s Surasak Manuwong (left) and defending champion Yannaphon Larp-apharat with 2044 and 2038.
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.
Results courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).
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. 23, including 9 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)