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2018 PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR THAILAND
September 22 - 28, 2018
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American topseed wins second WBT title

28th September, Bangkok: Topseed, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., defeated third-seed, Stuart Williams of England, 225-179 in the second deciding match to win her second WBT title at the 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand.


McEwan get off well with three strikes-in-a-row in the final as Williams could only respond with a double and then suffered an early split in the third which he failed to convert into a spare. The American also suffered a split in the third frame but the Brit recovered with five-in-a-row thereafter.

Although McEwan managed another double in the fifth and sixth frames, she stumbled to another split in the seventh frame. She did manage another double in frames eighth and ninth, but Williams struck out to win the first match, 232-218 to force a decider.

McEwan steadied herself with two spares and a strike in her first three frames while Williams sagin had an early split in frame two. The 27-year-old champion of the 2018 PWBA Fountain Valley Open, converted a crucial split in the fourth frame as her challenger suffered another split in the fourth.

Whilst the Brit recovered with a double in the sixth and seventh frames, McEwan made sure that she made clean shots to eventually end the match with 225 to earn a well-deserved victory.



Danielle McEwan winning her second WBT title


McEwan's first WBT title came two years ago in Doha, Qatar winning the H.H. Emir Cup defeating Bahrain's Yousef Falah.

McEwan get off well with three strikes-in-a-row in the final as Williams could only respond with a double and then suffered an early split in the third which he failed to convert into a spare. The American also suffered a split in the third frame but the Brit recovered with five-in-a-row thereafter.


"I had a good line to bowl and had plenty of strikes in the first match but then again I also had plenty of splits. But in the second match, I quickly settled into a good rythmn and made sure I make no mistakes."

Williams, who picked up the second prize of 500,000 baht (approx. US$16,130), had earlier edged second-seed and winner of Round 3 finals, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia, 206-205 in the semi-finals. The Malaysian had looked certain of beating Williams but ended the tenth frame with a split.

The first runner-up also edged fourth-seed, two-handed Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 182-173 in the quarter-finals to move up the ladder. In the second stepladder match, Troup had tied with winner of the first match, Sin Li Jane on 220 but won the one-ball roll-off with a strike against Sin's 9 pins on their third ball.

Fifth-seed Anthony Simonsen managed only 178 in the match. Sin breezed past seventh-seed, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and eighth-seed, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand, 261-195-246 to advance to the next match.



Top 3 winners, Stuart Williams, McEwan and Rafiq Ismail


Ismail took home 300,000 baht (approx. US$9,680) as second runner-up, Troup 200,000 baht, Sin 100,000 baht, Simonsen 90,000 baht, Yannaphon 85,000 baht and Rash 80,000 baht.

A total of 133 players from 27 countries participated in the sending 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand. Players required three series of three games each with multiple re-entries to qualify. A total of 42 bowlers qualified for the finals divided into four rounds of finals to reach the Final TV Shootout.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Top eight set for TV Shootout

28th September, Bangkok: The top eight for the Stepladder TV Shootour Finals have been set for the 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand after the Round 4 finals ended with Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York as topseed.


Top qualifier and 2017 Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open champion, Si Li Jane set a cracking pace with a splendid 258 plus 8 pins handicap to take the early lead. 2018 Lucky Larson Masters champion, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., USA rolled 257 to trail by 9 pins.

2016 USBC Masters and 2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup first runner-up, Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas was third with 248. The two-handed Troup added 237 in his second game to move into the lead as Sin managed 206. 2017 World Championships Team gold medallist, Chris Via moved up to third with a superb 266.

Troup rolled back-to-back 205 and managed to keep the lead as Simonsen continued to trail in second. The Malaysian remained in third with 2017 Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic Champion, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., making his bid in fourth.

Rash added a good game of 245 in the fifth to take over the lead. Stuart Williams of England knocked down two good games of 228 and 235 to leapfrog into second spot. Simonsen and Sin was third and fourth while Troup stumbled to a low 192 to slip down to fifth.



Danielle McEwan making the TV Finals as topseed


Rash had a poor start in his final game encountering three back-to-back splits in addition to a single-pin miss in the fifth frame. McEwan, who had gradually move up closer to the leading pack, ended with 244, 240 and 238 in her second half to snatch top position with 1381.


Round 3 winner, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia also ended with three strong games of 247, 200 and 258 to claim second spot with 1381 while Troup bounced back with 258 to take third spot with 1374 ahead of Williams finishing fourth with 1352.

Simonsen was fifth with 1339 and Sin sixth with 1317. Rash was lucky to string together several doubles to end his last game with 178 to secure seventh position with 1316.

2017 World Championships Team gold medallist, Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio was unlucky to finish eighth and had to give up the spot to the top Thai, Yannaphon Larpapharat for the TV finals.

The first match is set for Sin, Rash and Yannaphon. The winner of this match will move up a step to face, fourth-seed, Troup and fifth-seed, Simonsen for the second match. Winner of the second match will meet third-seed, Williams for the third match.



Round 4 top 8 making the cut for the TV Finals

The winner of the third match will face second-seed, Rafiq in the semi-final to determine who will challenge for the title against topseed, McEwan in a beat-twice to earn an international PBA title if won by a men. The TV finals will commence at 3.00pm local time.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Round 3 victory for Malaysia

27th September, Bangkok: 2018 Asian Games Masters champion, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia ended the Round 3 Finals of the 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand with a comfortable victory over JPBA's Shota Kawazoe in second and Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., third.


Round 2 winner and Team USA member, Chris Barnes got off the block with a brilliant 252 in his opening game to lead four-time JPBA Triple Crown winner, Kawazoe of Japan and two-handed Troup sharing second spot, 8 pins adrift.

2017 PBA Chameleon Championships winner and Team USA member, Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., rolled back-to-back 235s to move into the lead as Stuart Williams of England added a sizzling 269 to his 212 opening game to take up second.

Defending champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand rolled a stunning 290 in the third game to add to his two earlier games of 213 and 235 to become the new leader. Troup downed 255 to move back into second spot followed by Williams in third.

Kawazoe kept close to the leading trio in fourth position while Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., rounded out the top 5. The Thai kept his lead despite managing only 216 in the fourth game. The Japanese pro took over second spot after another good game of 257.



A comfortable Round 2 victory for Rafiq Ismail


Kent improved to fourth followed by Williams in fifth. Rafiq Ismail, who had a moderate start with 201, picked up his pace with 237 and 244 in his next two games but stumbled with 199 in the fourth. The 21-year-old then fired a sizzling 290 in the fifth game to move into the lead.


Troup also posted a big game of 269 to take over second spot as Kawazoe stalled with 197 and slipped down to third. Williams and Kent stayed behind in fourth and fifth. There was no stopping the left-handed Malaysian as he romped home with another superb game of 286 to win the round with 1457.

Kawazoe recovered with 251 to claim second spot with 1400 while Troup settled for third with 1381. Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong stormed home to snatch fourth position with 1375 while Kent competed the top 5 with 1374.

Yannaphon, Johnson, Williams, Team USA member, Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, and sixth perfect gamer, Greg Young of USA rounded out the top 10. Bill O'Neill of Longhorne, PA., finished 11th with 1275 while Osku Palermaa of Finland secured the last spot for the next round with 1274.

Round 2 winner, Barnes, who was in tenth position before the final game, ended with a disastrous 179 and failed to make the cut finishing in 14th position with 1267.



Round 3 top 3 finishers, Kawazoe, Ismail and Troup


Sithiphol Kunaksorn of Thailand also missed the cut by 2 pins finishing 13th. The top 12 will be joined by qualifiers positioned 1 to 8 from the Round 1 qualifying standings for another 6 games in Round 4 finals tomorrow. The top 7 plus the top Thai finishers will proceed to the Stepladder TV Finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

American PBA pro wins Round 2

27th September, Bangkok: 2017 World Championships two gold medallist and PBA Hall of Famer, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas snatched victory in Round 2 Finals of the 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon on Thursday.


2018 Asian Games Masters champion, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia set a cracking pace with a stunning 277 in his opening game to lead Barnes by 34 pins followed by 2016 Thailand Open champion, Kim Bolleby of Thailand in third.

The 21-year-old Malaysian added another superb 234 in the second game but saw his lead reduced slightly as Australia's Sam Cooley closed in with 279. Barnes slipped down to third ahead of two-handed Finn, Osku Palermaa moving up to fourth.

The Aussie took over the running mid-way through the finals after following up with 235 in the third game. Ismail managed 205 to slip to second while Barnes rolled 247 to move up to third. Steve Weber of USA and Liz Johnson of USA followed closely in fourth and fifth spots respectively.

The Malaysian regained the lead after the fourth game to lead Cooley by 2 pins. Barnes continued to trail the leading duo. Palermaa shot 246 to stay close to the leaders. A second PBA pro, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., shot a sizzling 268 to move up to fourth while defending champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand rounded up the top 5.



Chris Barnes winning Round 2 finals to advance into the next round


Cooley took over the lead from Ismail after recovering with 222 as Ismail posted 210. The Finn rolled a second 246 up third. Barnes downed 211 to slip behind Palermaa. With less than 35 pins separating the quartet, it was wide open for any of them to win the round.

Barnes ended strongest with 239 in his sixth game to win the round with 1346. Palermaa settled for second with 1334, 12 pins adrift. Cooley ended with 187 to finish third with 1330. Ismail and Yannaphon rounded out the top 5 with 1317 and 1307 respectively.

Ciminelli finished sixth with 1275, Liz Johnson of USA seventh with 1260, and Sithiphol eighth with 1259. Greg Young of USA, who was last before the final game, rolled the tournament's sixth perfect game to secure a place in the next round in ninth position with 1254.

Steve Weber of USA clinched the tenth spot with 1233. 2016 Thailand Open champion, Kim Bolleby of Thailand missed the cut by 6 pins to finish 11th with 1227.



Greg Young rolling the tournament's sixth perfect game to make the cut


The top 10 advanced to the next round and will be joined by qualifiers positioned 9 to 24 from the Round 1 qualifying standings for another 6 games from scratch after the break. The top 12 finishers at the end of Round 3 Finals will advance to tomorrow's Round 4 finals joined by qualifiers positioned 1 to 8 from the Round 1 qualifying standings for a final 6 games. The top 7 plus the top Thai finishers will proceed to the Stepladder TV Finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Quartet makes top bracket

26th September, Bangkok: The quartet of Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, Danielle MacEwan of Stony Point, NY., Jesper Svensson of Sweden and New Hui Fen of Singapore made the top bracket of the qualifying standings at the 2018 PBW-World Bowling Tour Thailand on Wednesday.


Simonsen, the 2018 Xtra Frame Gene Carter Proshop Classic champion, notched up a stunning 801 series to leapfrog from 20th position overnight to second with a new 9-game total of 2265. The 2016 USBC Masters champion has 750 and 714 in his two other series.

2017 World Championships Masters champion, Francois Lavoie of Canada, who was in the top bracket in the first three days, had slipped down to 12th position on 2167. But the Canadian chalked up an improved 792 to move back up into third with 2251.

2018 Brunswick Ballmasters champion and overnight leader, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia remained in pole position with 2268. Danielle MacEwan became the second women to make the top bracket after the 2018 PWBA Fountain Valley Open champion totaled 2225 for fourth position.

2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner and 2016 World Bowling Tour Thailand champion, Jesper Svensson added a sizzling 815 series to secure fifth position with 2224.



Anthony Simonsen moving up into second overall


2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year, New Hui Fen of Singapore, who had 808, 674 and 656 and was lying in 22nd position last night, improved with 722 and 693 to take up sixth with 2223.

Four-time JPBA Triple Crown champion, Shota Kawazoe of Japan, who had dropped out of the top bracket twice, returned for a third time with 2213 taking up seventh and last top bracket spot. Early leader, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., dropped out into tenth position to head the second bracket with 2205.

Surasak Manuwong swapped eighth position, the slot reserved for the top Thai qualifier not in the top bracket, with compatriot and defending champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat, who slipped down to take up ninth position reserved for a second Thai qualifier.


Michael Tang of San Francisco, Calif., and 2018 World Youth Championships Singles bronze medallist, Abdulrahman Alkheliwi of Saudi Arabia, who were also in the top bracket last night, slipped out into 11th and 12th positions with 2203 and 2186 respectively.

Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., rolled the tournament's third perfect game to make the cut in 15th position with 2179. Lavoie shot the fourth 300 at the same squad. Thai youth Kunakorn Ponganekkul rolled the first 300 and Timmy Tan of Malaysia the second 300.

Other notable qualifiers were Bill O'Neill (13th-2185), Chris Via (14th-2183), Liz Johnson (16th-2178), Osku Palermaa (17th-2175) and Sean Rash (18th-2173). 2018 Asian Games Team silver medallist, Natasha Roslan of Malaysia, headed the third bracket with 2147.

The cut in 37th position is shared by 29th SEA Games triple Gold medallist, Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia and 29th SEA Games Trios silver medallist, Kim Bolleby of Thailand on 2119 (averaging 235.44) and if it stays, a one-ball roll-off will be held to break the tie.



Fourth and third perfect gamers, Francois Lavoie and Marshall Kent


At least a dozen not in the cut and having one or two 700-series, could improved their lowest 3-games series to make the cut for the finals with six more qualifying squads left before ending late tonight. The cut could well increase to as much as 2130.

A one-game desperado squad will be staged to add three additional Round 2 qualifiers making it a total of 18 finalists. The top 10 finishers will advance to Round 3 Finals. Both the two rounds will be held tomorrow. Round 4 and the Round 5 TV FInals will conclude the bowling tour on October 6.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

Malaysian takes over top spot

25th September, Bangkok: 2018 Brunswick Ballmasters champion, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia took over top spot in the qualifying rounds of the 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand from overnight leader and Team USA member, Kyle Troup on Tuesday.


Sin, who won her first PWBA title at the 2017 Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open, Nebraska, leads a field of 124 players with a total of 2268 averaging of 252.00 from nine games including handicap of seven pins each game.

The Malaysian was lying in 18th overnight and the first bowler who surpassed the 800-mark with 820 (279, 286 and 231) but improved with 745 and 703 to leapfrog into pole position. Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., settled for second position with 2205 after leading for the past three days.

Michael Tang of San Francisco, Cal., improved his fifth place finish to third with 2203. 2015 Japan Bowling World Open champion, Osku Palermaa of Finland finished fourth with 2175 pushing down four-time JPBA triple crown champion, Shota Kawazoe from second to fifth on 2170.

2017 World Championships Masters gold medallist, Francois Lavoie of Canada dropped from third to sixth position with 2167 while defending champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand clinched the seventh and final Round 4 finals spot with 2160.



Sin Li Jane taking over top spot with a stunning 2268


Sithiphol Kunaksorn occupied the eighth spot reserved for the top Thai qualifier not in the top bracket to automatically advance to Round 4 finals totaled 2153 while his compatriot, Kim Bolleby slipped out of the top bracket into ninth position reserved another Thai for Round 3 finals.

2018 Asian Games Palembang Masters champion, Rafiq Ismail dropped out of the top bracket to head the second bracket in tenth position with 2157. 2016 USBC Masters champion, Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, who finished fifth in the Lucky larson Masters this year, occupied 11th position with 2151.


Simonsen, with 750, 714 and 687, does have a good opportunity to move into the top bracket if he can improved his lowest series. Bill O'Neill of Longhorn, PA., is the Round 3 finals cut in 24th position with 2102.

2017 World Championships Team gold medallists, AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., headed the third bracket in 25th position with 2100. The cut for Round 2 finals at 37th position went to Stuart Williams of England with 2061. Last year's cut was 2156 which is only 95 pins away.

With well over 32 PBA pros competiting in this year tier 2 World Tour, the cut could easily moved into the 2200 region. Qualifiers positioned 25 to 39 plus three qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad (total 18 players) will qualify for Round 2 Finals. The top 10 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the second bracket positioned 9 to 24 (total 26 players) for Round 3 Finals.



Four-time JPBA Triple Crown champion, Shota Kawazoe in fifth position

At the end of Round 3 Finals, the top 12 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the top bracket, positioned 1 to 8 for Round 4 Finals. The top 8 finishers at the end of the round will proceed to the Final TV Shootout to determine the champion, who will walk away with the top prize of 1 million Thai baht (approx. US$32,258).

A total of 4.215 million Thai baht (approx. US$131,967) prize money is up for grabs. A total of 42 finalists will earn a minimum of 40,000 Thai baht (approx. US$1,290). Qualifying will continue through to September 26 and the finals will be staged over 2 days on September 27 and 28.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.

American two-hander takes early lead

24th September, Bangkok: Newly-crowned 2018 Lucky Larsen Masters champion and PBA pro, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., took an early lead in the qualifying standings of the 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand underway at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon on Monday.


Troup knocked down 771, 729 and 705 to lead the standings with 2205. Son of eight-time PBA Tour winners Guppy Troup, defeated fellow two-hander Jason Belmonte 248-232 to win the Lucky Larsen Masters for his third career title.

The 27-year-old owns 3 PBA titles from the 2018 Malmo, Sweden, 2017 Portland, doubles with Jesper Svensson and the 2015 Shawnee, Okla, Wolf Open. 2017 World Championships Masters champion, Francois Lavoie of Canada, also rolled three 700-series of 730, 729 and 708 to take up second position with 2167.

2018 Asian Games Palembang Masters gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia finished third with 2157 ahead of 2014 Incheon Asian Games Singles bronze medallist, Sithiphol Kunaksorn of Thailand in fourth position with 2153.

Making up the top 7, who would earn three byes and automatically advance to Round 4 finals were Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia in fifth with 2150, 2017 World Championships All Events bronze medallist, CHris Via of USA with 2144 and top Japanese pro, Shota Kawazoe with 2136.



Kyle Troup leading the standings with 2205


Position 7, reserved for the top Thai qualifier not in the top 7 for Round 4 finals went to Kim Bolleby with 2110 while position 8, reserved for a second Thai qualifier to automatically advance to Round 3 finals went to Surasak Manuwong with 2044.


Top women qualifier and 2018 Asian Games Palembang Team silver medallist, Natasha Roslan of Malaysia headed the second bracket positions 10 to 24 for Round 3 finals with 2107. Timmy Tan of Malaysia rolled the first 300 of the tournament to finish 21st position with 2060 while the 24th position is held by defending champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand with 2038.

Hassan Alshaikh of Saudi Arabia headed the third bracket positions 25 to 37 for Round 2 finals with 2024 in 25th position ahead of 2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup champion, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand in 26th position with 2021.

The cut in 37th position is held by Yousef Akbar of Saudi Arabia with 1972. Last year's cut stood at 2156, or 356 over. With two remaining days for qualifying, September 25 and 26 after the last squad late this evening and a lot more PBA pros who have just started to make their attempts, the cut would easily reach or surpass last year's mark.



Kunakorn Ponganekkul scoring the first perfect game of the tournament

Qualifiers positioned 25 to 39 plus three qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad (total 18 players) will qualify for Round 2 Finals. The top 10 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the second bracket positioned 9 to 24 (total 26 players) for Round 3 Finals.

At the end of Round 3 Finals, the top 12 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the top bracket, positioned 1 to 8 for Round 4 Finals. The top 8 finishers at the end of the round will proceed to the Final TV Shootout to determine the champion, who will walk away with the top prize of 1 million Thai baht (approx. US$32,258).

A total of 4.215 million Thai baht (approx. US$131,967) prize money is up for grabs. A total of 42 finalists will earn a minimum of 40,000 Thai baht (approx. US$1,290). Qualifying will continue through to September 26 and the finals will be staged over 2 days on September 27 and 28.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.


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