Finalists set for World Bowling Tour finals
ARLINGTON, Texas – The three men and three women who will compete in the season-ending World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour Finals was officially determined over the weekend as the regular season came to a close.
The finalists were determined based on the World Bowling Tour points standings and will compete for a $70,000 prize pool on Nov. 3 in Las Vegas.
Fresh off a win at the season-ending World Bowling Tour Thailand event in Bangkok, Thailand, Sean Rash of the United States led the rankings with 583 points.
Mika Koivuniemi of Finland finished second in Thailand and also was second in the rankings with 539 points. Mike Fagan of the United States qualified third with 496 points.
Three other players in the men’s division had a chance to make it into the World Bowling Tour Finals but elected not to bowl in Thailand. Chris Barnes (USA) finished fourth with 491 points, Tommy Jones (USA) was fifth with 481 and Jason Belmonte (Australia) was sixth with 455 points.
On the women’s side, the final three were determined before the event in Thailand even begun and none of the top three traveled to Thailand to compete.
Kelly Kulick (USA) earned the most ranking points with 647, while Liz Johnson (USA) was second with 555 and Missy Parkin (USA) took third with 539 points. Fourth place was Diandra Asbaty (USA) with a distant 365 points.
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 current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points earned in 2012 are added to points earned in 2013 to determine the points list.
The World Bowling Tour Finals will use a stepladder format in each division with the No. 2 and No. 3 players facing each other for the right to take on the points leader. The special event will feature a total prize fund of $70,000. 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 World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 111 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.
2014 World Bowling Tour Schedule Announced
The tentative scheduled for the 2014 World Bowling Tour has been announced and it kicks off with a few events in the final months of 2013.
The first event on the schedule is the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship in Las Vegas from Oct. 25 – Nov. 3.
Other events in 2013 include the Abu Dhabi WBT from Nov. 30-Dec. 6 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the Qatar Open from Dec. 4-10 in Doha, Qatar, and the 7th Kingdom International Open from Dec. 11-16 in Riyadah, Saudi Arabia.
For a complete look at the tentative 2014 season schedule, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.
For further information, please contact:
World Tenpin Bowling Association
Kevin Dornberger, President
Tel: +1 414-803-9188