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Sin Li Jane shoots into the lead in PBA/WBT Thailand event

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Sin Li Jane of Malaysia added three-game series of 745 and 703 to her high series of 820 to shoot in the lead in the Professional Bowlers Association/World Bowling Tour Thailand event at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday.

The Malaysian national team member (featured photo and right), who owns two European Bowling Tour titles and one Professional Women’s Bowling Association title, leads the 131-player field from 23 countries with 2268 pinfall total, including eight games handicap each game, and an average of 244.00 over nine games.

Previous leader Kyle Troup (left), United States, slipped to second place with 2205. Troup’s fellow countryman Michael Tang used a 740 series to leap into third place with 2203.

Abdulrahman Alkheliwi, Saudi Arabia, hit 800 on the nose, the first 800-series without handicap in the tournament so far, and added 706 and 680 to rocket into fourth place with 2186 total.

Chris Via (right), United States, had three consistently high series (737, 729 and 717) to move into fifth place with 2183.

Three-time PWBA Player of the Year, Liz Johnson (left), USA, was the second-best of 21 women in the field in sixth place with 2178, including 72 pins handicap, an equality handicap provided to women in all World Bowling Tour events in Europe and Asia.

Osku Palermaa (right) of Finland, who owns five PBA Tour titles along with 13 European Bowling Tour titles, was further three back in seventh place with 2175 or an average of 241.67.

The top 7 plus the next best Thai bowler will earn two byes for the finals. Defending champion Yannaphon Larp-apharat (left) of Thailand currently sits in eighth place with 2160 and a 240 average.

With 34 of 46 qualifying squads in the books, Thailand’s Napat Buspanikonkul holds the 24th and last spot to earn one bye with 2131 or an average of 236.78.

Thailand’s second PBA champion (Yannaphon was the first), Annop Arromsaranon (right) holds the 39th and last place to advance from the overall leader board with 2067 (229.67).

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).

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WBT Thailand 2018 – Qualifying Standings as of Sept. 25, 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)

Herbert Bickel

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