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2019 PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR THAILAND
September 22 - 28, 2019
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Swede bags second Thailand Tour title

28th September, Bangkok: 2016 champion and topseed, Jesper Svensson of Sweden defeated challenger Sean Rash of USA in the title match of the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand to claim his second Thailand tour title.


Both title contenders started off the championship match with a spare and a split each in the first and second frames. Svensson recovered with a strike in the third and another spare in the fourth while Rash spared his third but stumbled to another split in the fourth frame.

The two-hander Swede then fired three consecutive strikes from frame 7 as the American was unable to respond. Although Rash did rolled a double in the seventh and eighth frames, Svensson shut out Rash with another double in the tenth and 11th frame to seal the victory, 211-181.

"I had struggled for over one and a half years failing to win any title despite making two TV finals," said the 24-year-old Svensson, who pocketed the top prize of 1 million Thai baht (approx. US$32,260) as champion and earning his eighth PBA title.

"After making the top bracket and advancing to Round 4 finals, my confidence came back to me and I knew I could beat anyone. It has been quite a while now since I stood on the top step of the podium. This victory will give me a boost in my next tournament at the Samho Cup next week."



Jesper Svensson winning the Thailand tour title for the second time


Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who settled for first runner-up to take home 500,000 baht, had a lucky break when five-time TV finalist, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., failed to make his spare in the tenth frame to hand the match to Rash, 208-209 in the third TV match.


Ciminelli ousted Dominic Barrett of England, 206-184 in the second TV match to face Rash. The left-hander also defeated fifth-seed, Cheah Ray Han of Singapore and 2017 champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand, 220-186-216 in the second TV match to advance to the next match.

Yannaphon, the local crowd favourite, dispatched sixth-seed, Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas and Liz Johnson of Buffalo, N.Y., 225-182-193 in the opening TV match. Ciminelli earned 300,000 baht as second runner-up.

Barrett picked up 200,000 baht, Yannaphon 100,000 baht, Cheah 90,000 baht, Johnson 85,000 and Malott 80,000 baht. Svensson rolled the tournament's second 300 in the second game of the earlier Round 4 finals and topped the round with 1571, averaging an incredible 261.83.

Rash clinched second spot with 1354, 217 pins adrift while Barrett claimed third spot with 1348. Ciminelli, Cheah and Malott finished fourth to sixth positions with 1327, 1319 and 1307 rexpectively.



Top three winners, Sean Rash, Jesper Svensson and Ryan Ciminelli


Yannaphon secured seventh position reserved for a Thai while Johnson was awarded eighth position as top female finisher for the TV Shootout final. The 2019 PBA-WBT Thailand is a second-teir World Bowling Tour with total prize money in excess of US$135,000.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

American PBA pro wins Round 3

27th September, Bangkok: Four-time TV finalist and 2013 champion, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., clinched Round 3 victory of the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand from pace-setter, Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas on Friday evening.


2013 Asian Youth Singles gold medallist, Chong Jun Foo of Malaysia got off the round with a sizzling 264 in his opening game to lead Malott by 6 pins as top Japanese pro, Shota Kawazoe also rolled a strong game of 254 for third. Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas tied fourth spot with 242.

It did not take long for Malott to move into the lead after another superb game of 238, going 16 pins ahead of Kawazoe in second with Chong and Simonsen tieing third position, a further 21 pins away.

Michael Tang of Las Vegas, Nev., who started off with 209 and 245 in his first two games, added 237 in the third to take over the running.

Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong posted a stunning 278 to take up second, just one pin behind Tang. Simonsen remained in third while Malott stumbled to a 176 to slip down to fifth behind the Malaysian in fourth.



Sean Rash clinching victory in his last two games

Tang continuied to lead the pack with 214 in the fourth game but Malott bounced back with 227 to move back up into second. Another Malaysian, Ahmad Muaz had a strong run to move into third with Simonsen and Chong in the top 5.

Rash, who had an inconsistent first four games, eventually settled down and picked up good pace. Malott regained the lead with 237 in the fifth game. Rash fired a big game of 268 to leapfrog into third.


Wu moved up into second, 18 pins behind Malott with Muaz, Chong and Simonsen making up the minor places. Rash wrapped up the round with 237 to take victory with 1354. Malott downed 192 to finish second with 1328.

Wu managed 198 to finish third with 1316 while Simonsen and Chong completed the top 5 with 1306 and 1300 respectively. Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., Muaz and Tang finished sixth to eighth while Singapore's Cheah Ray Han and AJ Johnson rounded out the top 10.

2018 World Men's Championships Masters gold medallist, Mitch Hupe of Canada finished 11th. Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. made the cut in 12th position with 1250. Wesley Low of USA suffered a 3-6-7 split in his final frame to end up 13th, missing the cut by 2 pins.

Round 2 winner, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand crashed out after finishing a disappointing 24th position. Kawazoe and Barnes also failed to make the cut despite a promising start.



Wes Malott setting the eraly pace but finished second to Rash


The top 12 alongside qualifiers ranked 1 to 8, advanced to Round 4 finals for a final 6 games. The top 7 plus the top Thai outside the top 7 at the end of Round 4 finals will proceed to the TV Shootout finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai snatches Round 2 victory

27th September, Bangkok: Atchariya Cheng of Thailand snatched Round 2 finals victory of the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand in his final game from pace-setter, AJ Johnson of USA at Blu-O Rythmn & Bowl on Friday.


Johnson, the 2017 World Championships Team gold and All Events silver medallist, set a cracking pace with a sizzling 258 in his opening game to lead compatriot and 2013 champion, Sean Rash by 19 pins. Desperado squad qualifier, Kyle Sherman of USA and Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong rolled good games to stay close behind.

A stunning 269 from Atchariya took the Thai into the lead, 25 pins ahead of Johnson with the duo pulling away from the field. Atchariya kept his lead mid-way through the finals despite managing only 184. Johnson closed the gap to just 9 pins while Wu continued to keep pace.

Johnson rolled 223 in the fourth game to regain the lead as the Thai left-hander managed just 203 to slip down to third behind Wu, taking over second spot with a superb 235.

The 27-year-old American pro from Oswego, Ill., added another splendid 245 to increase his lead over his nearest rival from 9 to 31 pins.



Atchariya Cheng snatching the Round 2 finals victory


Atchariya bounced back with 225 to move ahead of Wu, who stumbled to a lowly 189 and slipping down to third.

Atchariya ended strongly with 258 to snatch the victory with 1358. Johnson managed 196 and had to settle for second with 1327. Wu recovered with 259 to claim third spot with 1325 while Rash and Michael Tan of USA completed the top five with 1274 and 1262 respectively.

Two Malaysians, Ahmad Muaz and Zulmazran Zulkilfi finished sixth and seventh, Two Singaporeans Remy Ong and Jazreel Tan eighth and ninth while Indonesia's Tannya Roumimper pipped Thailand's Surasak Mauwong by 2 pins for the tenth and final spot to advance to the next round.

The top 10 will be joined by the qualifiers ranked 10 to 24 for another 6 games in Round 3 finals, starting at 17:30 hrs. The top 12 with the highest pinfalls at the end of the round will advance to tomorrow's Round 4 finals.



AJ Johnson setting a cracking pace but had to settle for second


Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Lead changes hand to another PBA pro

26th September, Bangkok: Four-time TV finalist, Ryan Ciminelli of Lancaster, S.C., became the only qualifier to register three 700-series to move into the lead of the qualifying standings at the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand.


The 33-year-old left-haner, who won his eighth tour title with victory in the Gene Carter Pro Shop Open, downed 766, 720 and 712 to lead the standings with a stunning 2198. Ciminelli made four TV appearances at the Thailand tour 2011, 2012, 2104 and 2017 finishing as first runner-up to Osku Palermaa in 2014.

Overnight leader, Darren Tang of Las Vegas, Nev., settled for second with 2185 while leader two days ago, Dominic Barrett of England slipped one more place down to third with 2180. 2014 winner, Palermaa occupied fourth spot with 2157.

2015 World Women's Championships Team gold, All Events and Masters silver medallist, Liz Johnson of USA rolled the highest 700 series of 785 to leapfrog into fifth with 2133. Singapore's Cheah Ray Han notched up 743 and 699 to take up sixth position with 2131.

PBA Hall of Famer, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas kept improving his total to take up seventh position with 2122 and earning the two byes for Round 4 finals together with the top six qualifiers.



Ryan Ciminelli becoming the only qualifier with three 700 series


Kim Bolleby remained the top Thai with 2087 to join the top seven in Round 4 finals while 2017 winner, Yannaphon Larpapharat settled for Round 3 finals with 2041 in ninth position reserved for a Thai not in the top bracket.


Two-time TV finalist and winner of the PBA Bear Open for his seventh career title, Anthony Simonsen headed the second bracket with 2119 in tenth position while the cut for Round 3 finals in 24th position went to Singapore's Remy Ong with 2030.

Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong, who tied with Ong, headed the third bracket and if there is no qualifier knocking the Singaporean off 24th, a one-ball roll-off with Wu may have to decide who earns the bye. Current cut in 33rd position went to Francois Lavoie of Canada on 2015.

Positions 34 to 37 reserved for female qualifiers not in the top 32 were Jazreel Tan (SGP-1995), Bryanna Cote (USA-1974), Alexis Sy (PHI-1959) and Tannya Roumimper (INA-1953) will qualify for Round 2 finals.

There were a total of 13 big scorers in the first three squads this morning. Chong Jun Foo (MAS-713), Ryan Ciminelli (USA-712), Nathan Bohr (USA-707), Shota Kawazoe (JPN-705), Ryan Lalisang (INA-704).



Liz Johnson registering the highest 3-games series of 785

Others with big numbers were Marshall Kent (USA-731), Kamron Doyle (USA-723), Tommy Jones (USA-719), Pontus Andersson (SWE-715), Liz Johnson (USA-785), Cheah Ray Han (SGP-743), Danielle McEwan (USA-737) and Anthony Simonsen (USA-705).

There are four squads remaining at press time and the rush to make the cut will be heated up. The cut could well reach 230 or over by the end of the last squad tonight at 23:30hrs. A one-game desperado squad to be staged to add three more qualifiers.

The 2019 PBA-WBT Thailand is a second-teir World Bowling Tour with total prize money in excess of US$135,000. A PBA International title will be awarded to the champion, if he or she is a PBA member.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

American PBA takes over lead

25th September, Bangkok: Two-time Collegiate All-American winner, Darren Tang of Las Vegas, Nev. took over the lead of the standings on the penultimate day of qualifying at the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand on Wednesday.


Tang, whose best effort was a 726, 661 and 616 after three days of qualifying, was in 12th position with 2003. The 26-year-old 2014 Junior Team USA chalked up a stunning 773 at the 12:00hrs squad taking him up third on 2160.

Dominic Barrett of England, who snatched the lead late last night from Ryan Ciminelli of USA with 2180, looked unbeatable. But Tang added another fine 3-game series of 686 taking his 9-game tally to 2185 to beat the Brit by 5 pins and to take the top spot.

2014 champion, Osku Palermma of Finland fired two good attempts of 706 and 688 to add to his 763 effort yesterday, moving the two-hander into the top bracket in fourth position with 2157. PBA Hall of Famer, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas also made the top bracket in fifth with 2122.

Overnight leader, Kim Bolleby of Thailand hung on to sixth position with 2072. Defending champion, Danielle McEwan of Stoney Point, N.Y., regained the seventh spot reserved for the top female qualifier with an improved 2017.



Darren Tang rolling the highest 3-games series of 773 for the lead


2017 champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat settled for the eighth position reserved for the top Thai not in the top 7 and the privilege to advance to Round 4 finals with 2041. His compatriot, Surasak Manuwong dropped out of the top bracket into ninth position to head the second bracket for Round 3 finals.


The cut for Round 3 finals in 24th position went to Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang with 2002 while Singapore's Jazreel Tan headed the third bracket in 25th position with 1995. Because only one female has made the top 32, positions 34 to 37 were subsquently awarded to Liz Johnson (USA-1984), Alexis Sy (PHI-1959), Nur Syazwani Sahar (MAS-1944) and Liza Del Rosario (PHI-1908).

Positions 38 and 39 reserved for the top 2 Thai qualifiers not in the top 37 went to 2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup winner, Annop Arromsaranon with 1980 and 2019 Kaohsiung Open Youth champion, Lapasdanai Chusaeng with 1948.

The current cut therefore in 33rd went to Arnar David Jonsson of Iceland with 1985, averaging 220.56. There were several big scorers in today's qualifying rounds. Indonesia's Billy Muhammad Islam shot 731 to qualify. Wes Malott downed 748 while Barnes posted 740, all at the 12:00hrs squad.



Overnight leader, Dominic Barrett settling for second

2017 World Championships Masters Gold medallist, Mitch Hupe of Canada added 761 while 2016 champion, Jesper Svensson of Sweden and ex-Malaysian international, Zulmazran Zulkifli registered 735 and 710 respectively. With three more squads remaining for today at press time and nine squads tomorrow, the cut could well reach the 2010 to 2020 mark.

The 2019 PBA-WBT Thailand is a second-teir World Bowling Tour with total prize money in excess of US$135,000. A PBA International title will be awarded to the champion, if he or she is a PBA member.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai retakes pole position

24th September, Bangkok: Ex-Thai international, Kim Bolleby retook pole position of the qualifying standings on Day 3 of the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand from compatriot, Yannaphon Larpapharat.


Bolleby, who was second with 2016 after Yannaphon became the new leader with 2028, improved his lowest three-games series of 625 with 681 to become the new leader on a 9-game tally of 2072. Yannaphon also improved to 2041 but settled for second.

2019 Hong Kong Open and 2018 World Men's Championships Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia leapfrog into third spot with 2026 while Surasak Manuwong and Atchariya Cheng of Thailand slipped down to fourth and fifth with 2009 and 2008.

Darren Tang of USA posted 726 in his latest attempt to moved into the top bracket in sixth position with 2003. Nur Syazwani Sahar of Malaysia took over seventh spot reserved for the top female qualifier with 1944.

2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup champion, Annop Arromsaranon occupied eighth spot reserved for top Thai qualifier not in the top six with 1948. The top 8 will earn two byes and automatically advance to Round 4 finals.



Kim Bolleby improving to 2072 to retake pole position


Supakrit Wantasuk occupied ninth spot reserved for the top Thai not in the top bracket with 1778. He will earn one bye and advance to Round 3 finals. Heading the second bracket was Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia with 2002. First perfect gamer, Callum Borck of Australia, dropped down to 11th position with 2000. Overnight leader, Wesley Low of USA dropped down to 13th.


The cut for Round 3 finals at 24th position went to Singapore's Jazreel Tan with 1886, averaging 209.56 while ex-Malaysian international, Zulmazran Zulkifli headed the third bracket with 1877 in 25th position. Qualifiers positioned 9 to 24 will contest Round 3 finals.

The current cut at 37th position went to Nerosha Keligit of Malaysia with 1767, averaging 196.33. Qualifiers positioned 25 to 39 plus the top 3 qualifiers from the one-game Desperado squad will contest the 6-games Round 2 finals.

The top 10 with the highest pinfalls at the end of Round 2 finals will be joined by the qualifiers ranked 9 to 24 for another six games in Round 3 finals. The top 12 with the highest pinfalls will advance to Round 4 finals, joined by the qualifiers ranked 1 to 8 for another 6 games.

The top 7 with the highest pinfalls and the top Thai not in the top 7 will proceed to the TV Final Shootout Round on September 28. Qualifying will end on September 26.



Top female qualifier, Nur Syazwani Sahar occupying seventh position


The 2019 PBA-WBT Thailand is a second-teir World Bowling Tour with total prize money in excess of US$135,000. A PBA International title will be awarded to the champion, if he or she is a PBA member.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

American debutant takes over top spot

23rd September, Bangkok: 2019 US Amateur Championships winner and two-hander, Wesley Low of Los Angeles, Cal., took over the top spot of the qualifying standings at the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand on Day 2.


Low, who had two attempts of 666 and 610 yesterday, improved with 658 and 642 to go top of the standings with a 9-game aggregate of 1966. The 22-year-old, who bagged two gold, a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 World Youth Championships, has not won anything except for this year's US Amateur Championships and will be eyeing for a good finish.

2017 SEA Games Trios gold medallist, Surasak Manuwong was the best Thai thus far and is occupying second in the standings with 1963. Another American debutant, Nathan Bohr took up third with 1936 while Anar David Jonsson of Iceland finished fourth with 1932.

Overnight leader, Kim Bolleby of Thailand slipped down to fifth despite improving from 1853 to 1931. Callum Borck of Australia, who shot the tournament's first 300 to take top spot briefly, dropped down to sixth with 1922.



Wesley Low eyeing for a good finish in the finals

Defending champion, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y. did well to register 1903 to be the best female qualifier occupying seventh position while 2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup champion, Annop Arromsaranon took up the eighth position reserved for the top Thai who will join the top 7 earning two byes into Round 4 finals.


Thai left-hander, Atchariya Cheng occupied ninth position and will only have one bye for Round 3 finals. Early pace-setter, Chong Jun Foo of Malaysia headed the second bracket in tenth position with 1898 while Ali Aljaberi of UAE took up 24th position with 1423.

2019 Hong Kong Open champion and 2018 World Men Championships Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail headed the third bracket in 25th position with 1349 on just two attempts. The Malaysian lefty had a strong 730 to put him a top bracket contender.

Current cut at 37th position went to 2019 Sarawak International Open first runner-up, Nora Lyana Natasia with 1208, averaging 201.33 on just two attempts. Last year's cut based on three attepmts was 2150, averaging 238.89.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.



First Perfect Gamer, Callum Borck of Australia
Ex-Thai international takes early lead

22nd September, Bangkok: Ex-Thai international, Kim Bolleby took an early lead in the qualifying rounds of the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand underway at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon on Sunday.


Bolleby downed 714, 594 and 545 to lead the standings with 1853. The former Swede, who won the Doubles bronze medal at the same bowling center back in 2012 for Sweden when Thailand hosted the World Youth Championships, was roped into the Thai national team in 2015.

Since becoming a Thai, the 28-year-old Bolleby has won the 2015 SEA GAmes Team bronze, picked up the 2016 Thailand Open Masters crown, added a Trios silver medal at the 2016 Asian Championships and 2017 SEA Games representing Thailand.

After quiting the Thai national team in 2018, Bolleby has been back in the European circuit and recently picked up the Masters title at the AIK International in Sweden. 2013 Asian Youth Singles gold medallist, Chong Jun Foo of Sarawak, Malaysia finished second with 1731.

2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei champion, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand occupied third spot with 1605.



Kim Bolleby taking the early lead in the qualifying standings on opening day


2017 PBA-WBT Thailand champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand, who has only completed two 3-game series took up fourth with 1343 after two impressive 691 and 652 series. Two gold medallist at the 2016 World Youth Championships, Wesley Low of USA, making his debut at the Thailand World Bowling Tour, finished sixth with 1276 from just two attempts, behind Surasak Manuwong of Thailand in fifth with 1339.

The 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand is a second-tier PBA-World Bowling Tour featuring total prize money in excess of US$136,000 with the champion walking away with the top prize of 1 million Thai Baht (equivalent to US$32,260).

Players are required to bowl three 3-game series to qualify. Players positioned 1 to 6 will skip two rounds and automatically qualify for Round 4 finals. Position 7 is reserved for the top female qualifier advancing to Round 4 finals.


Position 8 is reserved for the top local qualifier not in the top 6 to advance to Round 4 finals while Position 9 is reserved for the top local qualifier not in the top 8 to skip one round and advance to Round 3 finals.

Qualifiers positioned 10 to 24 will advance to Round 3 finals while qualifiers positioned 25 to 37 will contest Round 2 finals. If the top five female players are not in the top 32, they will fill up positions 33 to 37 and qualify for Round 2 finals. Positions 38 and 39 are reserved for Thai qualifiers not in the top 37 to join Round 2 finals.

Finally there will be a one-game Desperado Squad held after the last squad on September 26 for the top 3 highest single-game to also qualify for Round 2 finals. The 18 players ranked 25 to 42 will bowl 6 games in Round 2 finals on September 27. The top 10 with the highest pinfalls will advance to Round 3.

Bowlers ranked 9 to 24 together with the 10 bowlers from Round 2 will bowl another 6 games in Round 3 Finals also on September 27.



Early leader, Chong JUn Foo slipping down one spot into second


The top 12 with the highest pinfalls will advance to Round 4. Bowlers ranked 1 to 8 together with the 12 from Round 3 will bowl the final 6 games in Round 4 on September 28.

The top 7 with the highest pinfalls and the highest Thai finisher outside the top 7 will proceed to the Knockout TV final round. Bowlers ranked 6, 7 and 8 will bowl in the first match. Winner of the first match will meet bowlers ranked 4 and 5 for another one game in the second match.

Winner of the second match will meet bowler ranked 3 for one game in the third match. The winner of the third match will meet bowler ranked 2 for one game in the fourth match. The winner of the fourth match will meet the bowler ranked 1 in a beat-twice format for the title.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.


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