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.
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.
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 September 28.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.
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