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Finn, American still on top

23rd March, 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.

Mika Koivuniemi
Mika Koivuniemi leading the rankings after five stops

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 Finlandís 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.

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard remaining in the lead

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 US$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 US$10,000, second place earning US$6,000 and third place winning US$4,000.

The next stop on the World Bowling Tour in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 24-30 and the tour wraps up with the AMF Australian Masters from October 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 www.worldtenpinbowling.com.

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