Kulick, Koivuniemi lead WBT Rankings

ARLINGTON, Texas – A big shift in the women’s rankings and a shrinking lead for Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi highlight the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour rankings after the recently concluded United States Open.

A tightly packed field at the top of the women’s rankings finds Kelly Kulick of the United States now in the lead with 207 points. Koivuniemi still leads the men’s rankings with 312 points, but Mike Fagan of the United States is close behind.

After a second-place finish among the women at the U.S. Open, Kulick used the 40 points she earned in the event to move into the lead. American Missy Parkin picked up the maximum ranking points of 50 at the U.S. Open and is second with 195 points.

Liz Johnson of the United States finished third among women at the U.S. Open and has moved into third on the points list with 190. Previous leader Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of the United States did not compete in the event and dropped to fourth with 186 points.

In the men’s rankings, Koivuniemi only picked up four points at the U.S. Open, while Fagan earned 40 points for his second-place finish. Fagan, who has finished eighth or better in the seven previous World Bowling Tour events, is now second overall with 277 points, just 35 points back of first. American Chris Barnes occupies the third position with 218 points, while Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte is fourth with 176 points.

Pete Weber, who earned $60,000 for his victory at the U.S. Open, picked up 50 points at the event and now sits in 12 th place with 97 total points. It was Weber’s fifth U.S. Open title.

The World Bowling Tour is made up of various events around the world and players earn points based on how they finish in each event. The top three men and top three women will be invited to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the Professional Bowlers Association at the end of 2012.

The World Bowling Tour Finals will feature a total prize fund of $70,000. The top three men and top three women will bowl a stepladder finals format in their respective divisions. The prize money for each division is the same, with the winner taking $20,000, second place earning $10,000 and third place winning $5,000.

The next event on the World Bowling Tour schedule is the Kuwait Open in Kuwait City from March 15-19.

The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 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
(Pos., Name, Country, Points)

MEN
1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 312.
2, Mike Fagan, USA, 277.
3, Chris Barnes, USA, 218.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 176.
5, Sean Rash, USA, 170.
6, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 159.
7, Tommy Jones, USA, 144.
8, Bill O’Neill, USA, 137.
9, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 134.
10, Chris Loschetter, USA, 101.
11, Dominic Barrett, England, 98.
12, Pete Weber, USA, 97.
13, Ronnie Russell, USA, 91.
14, Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 89.
15, Norm Duke, USA, 85.
16, Ryan Shafer, USA, 77.
17, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 71.
18, Stuart Williams, England, 71.
19, Bryon Smith, USA, 66.
20, Paul Moor, England, 66.
21, Tore Torgersen, Norway, 65.
22, Tom Hess, USA, 63.
23, Jack Jurek, USA, 58.
24, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 53.
25, Chris Warren, USA, 53.

WOMEN
1, Kelly Kulick, USA, 207.
2, Missy Parkin, USA, 195.
3, Liz Johnson, USA, 190.
4, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, USA, 186.
5, Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 151.
6, Nina Flack, Sweden, 135.
7, Krista Pollanen, Finland, 133.
8, Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, 98.
9, Diandra Asbaty, USA, 89.
10, Wendy Macpherson, USA, 85.
11, Elin Adolfsson, Sweden, 51.
12, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 50.
13, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 50.
14, Kim Min-Hee, Korea, 50.
15, Angkana Netrviseth, Thailand, 50.
16, Cherry Tan, Singapore, 50.
17, Jacqui Reese, USA, 50.
18, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 49.
19, Elysia Current, USA, 47.
20, Jessica Baker, USA, 46.
21, Michelle Arrington, USA, 44.
22, Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 44.
23, Darya Kovalova, Ukraine, 44.
24, Cassie Staudinger, Australia, 43.
25, Cassandra Leuthold, USA, 42.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
World Tenpin Bowling Association
Kevin Dornberger, President
Tel: +1 414-803-9188
president@worldtenpinbowling.com
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