Dorin-Ballard back in top of WBT Rankings

ARLINGTON, Texas – American Carolyn Dorin-Ballard surged back to the top of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour rankings after earning the maximum ranking points at the Brunswick Euro Challenge, which concluded Sunday. Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi continues to lead the men’s rankings.

Dorin-Ballard finished first among the women at the Euro Challenge in Saint Maximin, France, to pick up 50 points, which moved her back into the top spot with 236 points. Previous leader Liz Johnson of the United States picked up 30 points and is now second at 220.

Americans Missy Parkin earned 14 points at the Euro Challenge to jump into third place with 209 points, while Kelly Kulick of the United States is fourth with 207.

In the men’s rankings, both Koivuniemi and Mike Fagan of the United States made the stepladder finals at the Euro Challenge, with Fagan winning the title. However, Koivuniemi still holds onto the lead with 358 points.

Fagan earned 50 points at the Euro Challenge and is second with 327 points, just 31 behind the leader. American Chris Barnes is third with 248, while fellow Team USA member Sean Rash is fourth with 223.

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 a women’s only event. The United States Bowling Congress Queens will take place April 19-24 in Euless, Texas.

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, 358.
2, Mike Fagan, USA, 327.
3, Chris Barnes, USA, 248.
4, Sean Rash, USA, 223.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 204.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 176.
7, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 174.
8, Tommy Jones, USA, 169.
9, Bill O’Neill, USA, 137.
10, Dominic Barrett, England, 135.
11, Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 124.
12, Chris Loschetter, USA, 123.
13, Ronnie Russell, USA, 121.
14, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 109.
15, Pete Weber, USA, 97.
16, Stuart Williams, England, 95.
17, Tom Hess, USA, 87.
18, Norm Duke, USA, 85.
19, Ryan Shafer, USA, 77.
20, Tom Smallwood, USA, 75.
21, Paul Moor, England, 68.
22, Bryon Smith, USA, 66.
23, Tore Torgersen, Norway, 65.
24, Walter Ray Williams Jr., USA, 60.
25, Sayed Ibrahim Al Hashemi, UAE, 60.

WOMEN
1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, USA, 236.
2, Liz Johnson, USA, 220.
3, Missy Parkin, USA, 209.
4, Kelly Kulick, USA, 207.
5, Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 154.
6, Nina Flack, Sweden, 137.
7, Krista Pollanen, Finland, 133.
8, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 99.
9, Shannon Pluhowsky, USA, 98.
10, Diandra Asbaty, USA, 89.
11, Wendy Macpherson, USA, 85.
12, Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 79.
13, Birgit Poppler, Germany, 67.
14, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 65.
15, Cassie Staudinger, Australia, 65.
16, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 62.
17, Putty Armein, Indonesia, 58.
18, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 56.
19, Siti Shazwani, Malaysia, 56.
20, Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 55.
21, Elin Adolfsson, Sweden, 51.
22, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 50.
23, Kim Min-Hee, Korea, 50.
24, Angkana Netrviseth, Thailand, 50.
25, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 50.

ENDS

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World Tenpin Bowling Association
Kevin Dornberger, President
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