Koivuniemi, Dorin-Ballard still top ranked after 5 events

ARLINGTON, Texas – Although there was no movement among the leaders after five events, the top three in the World Bowling Tour rankings were shaken up a little bit after the conclusion of the Kuwait Open.

Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi and the United States’ Carolyn Dorin-Ballard did not compete in the Kuwait Open but held onto the top spot in the rankings of the World Bowling Tour, presented by the World Tenpin Bowling Association.

Koivuniemi leads the men’s rankings with 125 points, earned in three events, while Dorin-Ballard has accumulated 145 points in four events.

American Chris Barnes, who also did not compete in Kuwait, dropped from second to fourth after strong showings by Sean Rash of the United States and Osku Palermaa of Finland.

Rash earned 25 ranking points at the Kuwait Open to bring his season total to 90, good enough for second place, while Palermaa picked up 30 points in Kuwait to up his total to 76 points. Barnes is fourth with 68.

Kelly Kulick of the United States remained in second place in the women’s rankings, but Nina Flack of Sweden jumped into third place by earning 30 points in Kuwait. Flack has totaled 85 points in three events and moved past Finland’s Krista Pollanen, who is now fourth with 80 points.

The World Bowling Tour is made up of various events around the world throughout the course of 2011. Players earn points based on how they finish in the event and those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top three men and top three women who will be invited to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the Professional Bowlers Association.

The World Bowling Tour Finals are scheduled to take place at the PBA’s World Series of Bowling in late 2011 and will feature a total prize fund of $40,000. The event will be aired nationally in the United States.

The top three men and top three women will bowl a stepladder finals format in their respective divisions at the World Bowling Tour Finals. The prize money for each division is the same, with the winner taking $10,000, second place earning $6,000 and third place winning $4,000.

The next stop on the World Bowling Tour in Bangkok, Thailand, from Sept. 24-30 and the tour wraps up with the AMF Australian Masters from Oct. 10-22 in Sydney, Australia.

The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of more than 100 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.

WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS

Top 25 after five events
(Pos., Name, Country, Points)

MEN
1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland 125
2, Sean Rash, USA 90
3, Osku Palermaa, Finland 76
4, Chris Barnes, USA 68
5, Tore Torgersen, Norway 61
6, Dominic Barrett, England 60
7, Paul Moor, England 55
8, Martin Larsen, Sweden 53
9, Chris Loschetter, USA 51
10, Norm Duke, USA 50
10, Tom Hess, USA 50
10, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia 50
10, Tommy Jones, USA 50
14, Jason Belmonte, Australia 47
14, Ronnie Russell, USA 47
16, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland 41
17, Jack Jurek, USA 40
17, Thomas Larsen, Denmark 40
19, Lucas Legnani, Argentina 33
20, Dennis Eklund, Sweden 32
21, Marco Baade, Germany 30
21, Mike DeVaney, USA 30
21, Ryan Shafer, USA 30
24, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden 29
25, Chris Warren, USA 28
25, Gery Verbruggen, Belgium 28
25, Stuart Williams, England 28

WOMEN
1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, USA 145
2, Kelly Kulick, USA 100
3, Nina Flack, Sweden 85
4, Krista Pöllänen, Finland 80
5, Liz Johnson, USA 70
6, Clara Guerrero, Colombia 50
6, Helen Johnsson, Sweden 50
8, Sandra Andersson, Sweden 46
8, Jazreel Tan, Singapore 46
10, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia 40
10, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia 40
12, Nicki Ainge, England 38
13, Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark 35
13, Missy Parkin, USA 35
15, Anna Orlova, Russia 30
16, Victoria Johansson, Sweden 27
16, Rebecka Jr. Larsen, Sweden 27
16, Elin Adolfsson, Sweden 27
16, Patricia Luoto, Germany 27
20, Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden 26
21, Bryanna Caldwell, USA 25
21, Heidi Manninen, Finland 25
21, Marilyn Planchard, France 25
24, Diandra Asbaty, USA 24
24, Vanessa Fung, Hong Kong 24
24, Marija Tkachenko, Latvia 24
24, Hee Kar Yen, Malaysia 24.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
World Tenpin Bowling Association
Kevin Dornberger, President
Tel: +1 800 514 2695
president@worldtenpinbowling.com
www.worldtenpinbowling.com