Koivuniemi, Dorin-Ballard top ranked after 4 events

ARLINGTON, Texas – With four events now completed, there was no change atop the World Bowling Tour rankings with Mika Koivuniemi of Finland and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of the United States remaining the leaders.

In the title match at the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Saint Maximin, France, Dorin-Ballard fell in the championship match to Colombia’s Clara Guerrero, 229-204, but added 40 ranking point to bring her points total to 145.

Dorin-Ballard is the only women’s player to compete in all four World Bowling Tour events so far this year and she leads fellow American Kelly Kulick, who is second with 100 points. Finland’s Krista Pollanen picked up 30 points in France to bring her total to 80, good enough for third place.

In the men’s division, none of the top three players in the rankings competed in the Euro Challenge. Koivuniemi leads with 125 points, while Chris Barnes of the United States is second with 68 points. American Sean Rash is third with 65 points.

Koivuniemi, Barns and Rash are all exempt players on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour and were competing in the tour’s final event of the season at the same time as the Euro Challenge.

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 next stop on the World Bowling Tour is the Kuwait Open from March 18-22 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The fall swing includes a stop in Bangkok, Thailand, from Sept. 24-30 and wraps up with the AMF Australian Masters from Oct. 10-22 in Sydney, Australia.

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 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 four events
(Pos., Name, Country, Points)

MEN
1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland 125
2, Chris Barnes, USA 68
3, Sean Rash, USA 65
4, Norm Duke, USA 50
4, Tom Hess, USA 50
4, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia 50
7, Tommy Jones, USA 50
8, Osku Palermaa, Finland 46
9, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland 41
10, Jack Jurek, USA 40
10, Thomas Larsen, Denmark 40
12, Dominic Barrett, England 39
13, Paul Moor, England 35
14, Ronnie Russell, USA 34
15, Lucas Legnani, Argentina 33
16, Dennis Eklund, Sweden 32
17, Marco Baade, Germany 30
17, Mike DeVaney, USA 30
17, Ryan Shafer, USA 30
20, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden 29
21, Chris Warren, USA 28
21, Gery Verbruggen, Belgium 28
23, Dan MacLelland, Canada 27
23, Martin Paulsson, Sweden 27
25, Bill O’Neill, USA 26
25, Jouni Helminen, Finland 26

WOMEN
1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, USA 145
2, Kelly Kulick, USA 100
3, Krista Pollanen, Finland 80
4, Liz Johnson, USA 70
5, Nina Flack, Sweden 55
6, Clara Guerrero, Colombia 50
7, Jazreel Tan, Singapore 46
8, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia 40
9, Nicki Ainge, England 38
10, Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark 35
10, Missy Parkin, USA 35
12, Anna Orlova, Russia 30
13, Rebecka Larsen, Sweden 27
13, Patricia Luoto, Germany 27
15, Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden 26
16, Bryanna Caldwell, USA 25
16, Heidi Manninen, Finland 25
16, Marilyn Planchard, France 25
19, Diandra Asbaty, USA 24
19, Marija Tkachenko, Latvia 24
19, Hee Kar Yen, Malaysia 24
22, Jessica Baker, USA 23
22, Sabrina Duncan Rose, USA 23
22, Jacqueline Sijore, Malaysia 23
25, Sophie Herbin, France 22
25, Anggie Ramirez, Colombia 22
25, Brandi Wolfe, USA 22

ENDS

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