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Finn, Swede leads WBT rankings

18th January, Arlington, Texas: Finland's Mika Koivuniemi and Sweden's Sandra Andersson lead the WTBA World Bowling Tour points list of the 2012 schedule after the opening event in Helsinki, Finland.


Andersson has moved into the women's lead for the first time with 151 points, while Koivuniemi leads the men's rankings with 233 points. The World Bowling Tour points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points earned in 2011 are added to points earned in 2012 to determine the points list.

At the 42nd Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland, the opening event of the 2012 season, Andersson picked up 40 points for a second-place finish among the women's field. USA's Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, who did not compete in Finland, is in second with 145 points.

Sweden's Nina Flack remained in the top three by earning 15 points to bring her total to 135, while Finland's Krista Pöllänen, who won the women's rankings at the Ballmaster for the second straight year, moved her up to fourth-place total to 130 points.


Sandra Andersson
Sandra Andersson of Sweden taking over the lead


On the men's side, Koivuniemi picked up 35 points to increase his lead on the men's field. Sean Rash of the United States added six points to his total in Finland to bring his total to 148 for second place.

PBA champion, Mike Fagan of USA is third with 140 points after finishing second at the Ballmaster and adding 40 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 2011 are added to points earned in 2012 to determine the points list.

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.


Mika Koivuniemi
Mika Koivuniemi of Finland remaining in the lead


The World Bowling Tour Finals will feature a total prize fund of US$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 US$20,000, second place earning US$10,000 and third place winning US$5,000.

The tour continues with the USBC Masters 2012 from January 24 to 29 and is immediately followed by the inaugural WTBA International Open from January 28 to February 5.

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 www.worldtenpinbowling.com.

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