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2017 PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR THAILAND
September 30 - October 6, 2017
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Historical victory for Thai

6th October, Bangkok: Last year's second runner-up, Yannaphon Larpapharat made history by becoming the first Thai to win the 2017 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand beating defending champion, Jesper Svensson of Sweden, 212-202 in the finals.


Yannaphon, who was the No. 1 seed after topping the earlier Round 4 finals, started the title match with a strike and spared his next two frames. Svensson marked twice before knocking down his first strike in the third frame.

The two-handed Swede then stumbled to a 7-pin split in the fourth frame while the Thai spared his to take a 9-pin lead. Both struck in the fifth frame but were unable to add more strikes until Yannaphon rolled two consecutive strikes from frame seven.

Svensson responded with a double in the eighth and ninth frames to draw level when his opponent could not add a third consecutive strike. With a capacity local crowd at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon cheering their hero on, the Thai obliged with a double in the tenth frame and an eight-pin count.

Tension was high after Svensson downed a third strike in the tenth frame, and had the Swede struck again, he could have taken the match to a decider. But luck ran out on him when he encountered an 8-pin split giving the victory to Yannaphon.



2017 champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat with his cheque


"I didn't have the best game in the final and I guessed I was lucky to come off with this win," said the 34-year-old Thai national team member and the first Thai to be awarded a PBA title since becoming a member three years ago. "I knew it will be a tough match against Svensson especially having come this far.

"This victory is very important for my country which shows we can reach world-class level competing against the best professional bowlers from all over the world. I hope that we can continue to host such a world-class competition here in Thailand," added Yannaphon, who picked up the top prize of 1 million Thai baht (approx. US$32,258).


The first runner-up and fourth-seed, who settled for 500,000 baht, had earlier dispatched second-seed and 2016 DHC Japan PBA Invitational champion, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 248-222 in the fourth match. The 21-year-old also took out third-seed and 2013 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand champion, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 258-227 in the third match.

Svensson was handed a lucky break in the second match when the winner of the first match and sixth-seed, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia failed to spare a single pin in her last frame giving victory to the Swede with 203 against Roumimper's 202 while fIfth-seed and 2016 PBA Scorpion Championship winner, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., posted 199.

Roumimper had ousted three-time Thailand World Bowling Tour TV finalist and 2016 PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Champion, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. and compatriot and eighth-seed, Ryan Lalisang, 244-228-233 in the opening match.



Top 3 winners, Barnes, Yannaphon and Svensson


Second runner-up, Barnes took home 300,000 baht with Rash and Roumimper earning 200,000 and 100,000 baht respectively. Jones, Lalisang and Ciminelli pocketed 90,000, 85,000 and 80,000 baht. The tour featured a total of 4.25 million baht (approx. US$132,000) in prize money.

A total of 145 players from 23 countries participated in the second ending 2017 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.

Round 3 victory for Brit

5th October, Bangkok: 2017 Webber Cup winning member, Stuart Williams of England ran away with a victory in Round 3 Finals of the 2017 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand ahead of Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia in second and defending champion, Jesper Svensson of Sweden third.


5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Doubles bronze medallist, Michael Mak of Hong Kong set a cracking pace with a 267 opener to lead American, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. by 11 pins and Williams in a close third.

Williams added a superb 257 in the second game to take over the running. Jones continued to trail in second as Mak suffered a poor 165 in his second game to drop off the pace. The Brit, who finished third in the 2017 Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open losing to eventual winner Francois Lovoie, continued his relentless pace reeling in 234, 248, 257 and 235 to wrap up the round with a total of 1477.

29th SEA Games triple gold medallist, Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia stormed home with a sizzling 267 to snatch second position with 1440. Defending champion and winner of six PBA titles, Jesper Svensson of Sweden also ended with a strong 258 to clinch third spot with 1417.



Stuart Williams taking the Round 3 victory


Two-time WBT Thailand runner-up, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., USA, who was trailing Williams after the third game, settled for fourth position with 1413. The second best female finalist, Danielle McEwan of USA rounded out the top five with 1391.


Early pace-setter, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., USA faded off to finish sixth with 1367. Mak recovered to take up seventh position with 1355. Top Japanese pro, Shota Kawazoe, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia and Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia completed the top 10.

2014 PBA-WBT Thailand champion, Osku Palermaa of Finland and Francois Louw of South Africa were the remaining two to make the cut for Round 4 Finals in 11th and 12th positions respectively.

The top 12 will be joined by the eight seeded qualifiers from the general standings for another 6 games commencing tomorrow at 10.00am local time. The top eight finishers will advance to the Final TV Shootout.

Finalists seeded 6 to 8 will be matched over one game with the winner proceeding to face the fourth and fifth seeds for another game. The winner of the second match will meet the third seed in the third match.



Top 3 finishers, Svensson, Williams and Shalin Zulkifli


The winner of the third match will face the second seeded finalists for another one game. The winner of the third match will face the top seed over a beat-twice format in the championship match to decide the champion.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.

Colombian wins Round 2 Finals

5th October, Bangkok: 2014 USBC Queens champion, Maria Jose Rodriguez of Colombia narrowly beat 2016 USBC Masters champion and American PBA pro, Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas to win the 2017 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand Round 2 Finals.


Simonsen, 20 and owner of two PBA Standard titles, got off the block with a cracking pace of 278 to lead Japan's Hiroki Takada by 22 pins. Takada added a superb 246 in his second game to share the lead with the American two-hander.

Rodriguez, who lives in Austin, Texas, trailed in third, 24 pins adrift the leading duo. Simonsen rolled a splendid 244 in the third game to remain in the lead while the Colombian shot a bigger game of 257 to narrow Simonsen's lead to just two pins.

As the leader stumbled to a lowly 181, Rodriguez took the opportunity to surge into the lead despite knocking down only 198. 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Singles gold medallist, Annop Arromsaranon moved into second spot with Simonsen slipping down to third.

The Colombian, bowling with an 8-pin handicap, ended the round with 238 and 215 to win by five pins on a total of 1418. Simonsen recovered to finish second with 1413 while 29th SEA Games multiple gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail stormed home to snatch third spot with 1391.



Maria J. Rodriguez narrowly winning Round 2 Finals


29th SEA Games Doubles gold medallist, Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia took fourth position with 1386 while desperado squad qualifier, Hassan Alshaikh of Saudi Arabia rounded out the top five with 1324. 2017 Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open winner, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia finished sixth with 1323.

Annop took seventh position with 1317 ahead of Takada in eighth position with 1310. 2016 PWBA Wichita Open champion, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., finished in ninth position with 1278 and 29th SEA Games triple gold medallist, Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia made the next round in tenth with 1262.

Badin Lerdpiriyasakulkit of Thailand, who was third before the final game, missed the cut by seven pins after ending on a disastrous 181 for a total of 1255. The top 10 advanced to Round 3 Finals (roll-off time 7.00pm local time) joined by qualifiers positioned 10 to 24 from the qualifying rounds.



Round 2 Top 3 finishers, Simonsen, Rodriguez and Rafiq Ismail

The top 12 finishers in the 6-games Round 3 Finals will make the cut for the Round 4 Finals (scheduled for October 6 commencing at 10.00am) joined by the eighth seeded qualifiers from the qualifying standings. The top 8 finishers at the end of Round 4 Finals will make the Final TV Round.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.

American PBA pro takes over lead

4th October, Bangkok: 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year and 2013 PBA-WBT Thailand champion, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., United States took over the qualifying lead of the PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand on Wednesday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon.


Rash, 35, who won the Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic for his 12th career title, had headed the second bracket in tenth position with a nine-game tally of 2170 from 748, 720 and 702 just before his latest attempt. The 35-year-old notched up a sizzling 792 series to move into the lead with 2260.

The leader picked up his seventh career PBA title with victory over four-time PBA Player of the Year, Mika Koivuniemi of Finland in the 2013 PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand finals. In 2016, Rash won the Detriot Open for back-to-back Fall Swing titles and 11th of his illustrious career thus far.

Overnight leader and 29th SEA Games Team silver medallist, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia dropped to second with his 2244 total which stood since the opening day. 2015 DHC Japan Invitational and 2014 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas also slipped down to third with 2223.



Sean Rash taking over the lead on final day

2016 PBA-WBT 16th Qatar Open champion, Diana Zavjalova of Latvia, who is the top female qualifier and with 8 pins handicap per game alloted, moved up into fourth position with 2219.

2017 Grand Casino Hotel & Resorts PBA Oakland Open champion, Marshall Kent of Takima, Wash., USA, who had struggled on his first day of qualifying rounds, eventually found his line and form to make the top bracket in fifth with 2218.

2014 Asian Games gold medallist and top Thai national bowler, Yannaphon Larpapharat improved his 9-game tally to 2201 to earn sixth position while 2015 PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand first runner-up and owner of seven PBA titles, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., occupied the seventh and final top bracket spot with 2199.


5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Singles gold medallist, Annop Arromsaranon earned eighth position reserved for the top local qualifier to advance to Round 4 Finals. 29th SEA Games Trios Gold medallist, Surasak Manuwong took up ninth position reserved for the top Thai qualifier outside the top 7 for Round 3.

Top Japanese PBA earner, Shota Kawazoe registered series of 756, 739 and 705 to head the second bracket with 2197 while defending champion and winner of 2017 MainQuarterly.com Roth/Holman Doubles for his sixth career title, Jesper Svensson of Gothenburg, Sweden finished 11th with 2194.

Three perfect games qualifier, Timmy Tan of Malaysia is the cut in 24th position with 2143. 2014 PBA-World Bowling champion, Osku Palermaa of Finland headed the third bracket on 2143 and together with 14 other qualifiers, will have to contest Round 2 Finals and finished in the top 10 in order to advance to the next round.



Top female finisher, Diana Zavjalova in fourth position

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.

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.

American PBA pro stamps his mark

3rd October, Bangkok: 2015 DHC Japan Invitational and 2014 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas stamped his mark to move into second spot of the 2017 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand qualifying standings.


Barnes, 47 registered three stunning 3-games series of 770, 730 and 723 to leapfrog into second position with 2223 aggregate total, 21 pins behind first perfect-gamer and current leader, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia on a total of 2244.

Lalisang's compatriot and 29th SEA Games Team silver medallist, Hengki Susanto, who was in the top 7 bracket and had dropped out into tenth position, notched up an improved 2191 to back up to third position.

2016 PBA Wolf Open winner, Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla, USA, who was 19th overnight, posted a splendid 761 series to crack into the top bracket in fourth position with 2158. The top female finisher and 2016 PBA-WBT Qatar Open champion, Diana Zavjalova of Latvia took up fifth position with 2157.

A third Indonesian, Hardy Rachmadian slipped down from second overnight to sixth position with 2155 while 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Singles Gold medallist, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand held the seventh and last top bracket spot with 2154.



Chris Barnes leapfrog into second spot


Fellow-countrymen and 2014 Asian Games Singles gold medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat earned the eighth spot reserved for the top local qualifier outside the top 7 with 2142. The top 8 earned two byes and would automatically advance to Round 4 finals.


Ninth spot reserved for the next best Thai bowler was 29th SEA Games Trios Gold medallist, Sithiphol Kunaksorn with 2052, who will head the 16 qualifiers of the second bracket into Round 3 Finals with one bye. Three-time PBA Player of the Year, Mika Koivuniemi of Finland missed the top bracket by 19 pins with 2135 in tenth position.

2017 Webber Cup winning members, Stuart Williams of England and Martin Larsen of Sweden made the cut in 12th and 16th positions respectively. The cut in 24th position at the bottom of the second bracket went 29th SEA Games Doubles silver medallist, Adrian Ang of Malaysia with 2078.

29th SEA Games Team Gold medallist, Syaidatul Afifah of Malaysia headed the third bracket with 2077 in 25th position. Top Japanese pro, Shota Kawazoe finished 28th with 2073, 2017 Webber Cup winning captain, Dominic Barrett of England finished 35th with 2059.



Annop Arromsaranon finishing in the top bracket in seventh

2015 Thailand Open champion, Surasak Manuwong is the cut at 37th position with 2051 (averaging 227.89) while positions 38 and 39 reserved for local qualifiers were held by Kim Bolleby and Phumin Klanbida with 2021 and 2019.

Last year's cut was much lower but because this year's response is much better with up to 145 registered players, the cut could go up to as much as 2100 or 300 over. Qualifying will end tomorrow at the 9.00pm squad. The one-game desperado squad will be held immediately to add three additional qualifiers.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.

Indonesian shoots 300 for lead

2nd October, Bangkok: 29th SEA Games Team silver medallist, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia shot the first perfect game of the 2017 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand underway at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon to take an early lead in the qualifying standings.


Lalisang achieved bowling perfection in the second game of his first qualifying attempt to complete the 3-game series with 786. The Indonesian added a second 3-game series of 745 before wrapping up with a third attempt of 713 to lead the standings with 2244.

2017 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Sinlges gold medallist, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand continued his fine form to register 2154. The 32-year-old Thai rolled 747, 712 and 695 to moved up into second to Lalisang.

His compatriot and 2014 Asian Games Singles gold medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat also impressed with a 2142 effort to take up third spot. Three-time PBA Player of the Year and seasoned campaigner, Mika Koivuniemi of Finland finished fourth with 2135.

2015 DHC Japan Invitational and 2014 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas rounded out the top five with 2133.



Ryan Lalisang shooting the first perfect game


Top female and 29th SEA Games Doubles gold medallist, Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia took up sixth position with 2130 while a third Indonesian, Hengki Susanto completed the top 7 with 2125.

The top 7 together with 29th SEA Games Trios Gold medallist, Sithiphol Kunaksorn, who is the top local qualifier outside the top bracket, earn two byes and automatically advance to Round 4 Finals. 29th SEA Games Trios silver medallist and 2016 Thailand Open champion, Kim Bolleby of Thailand missed the top bracket to finish ninth with 2021 but will automatically advance to Round 3 Finals.


Timmy Tan of Malaysia created history at this year's PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand to roll three perfect games in three separately squads. But his stunning effort gave him 773, 679 and 669 for a total of 2121 to head the second bracket in tenth and will advance to Round 3 Finals, skipping only one round.

The second best female finisher was Aldila Indryati of Indonesia, who finished in the second bracket with 2095 behind the Malaysian to skip just one round for Round 3 Finals. 2017 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Singles silver medallist, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia headed the third bracket with 2004.

The cut in the early qualifying rounds went to Joonas Jahi of Finland with 1963 (averaging 218.11) taking up 37th spot. Positions 38 and 39 reserved for local qualifiers were held by Phumin Klanbida and Surasak Manuwong with 1956 and 1955 respectively.



Timmy Tan scoring three perfect games in one day

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 October 4 and the finals will be staged over October 5 and 6.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.


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