World Bowling Tour

2012 World Bowling Tour #10

09/30/12

Canadian Dan MacLelland averages over 238 to lead Final Round One at WBT Thailand

Top 10 advance to meet qualifiers 9-24 in another six-game round Sunday

2012EBT04DanMacLelland_small.jpg2012EBT04TommyJones_small.jpgPBA bowler Dan MacLelland (l.) led the first round of the finals in the World Bowling Tour Thailand event Sunday at Blu-O-Paragon in Bangkok, to lead the top 10 players into the second round. The Canadian had games of 244, 237, 221, 212, 248 and 268 for 1430 total and an average of 238.33. 13-time PBA champion Tommy Jones (r.), United States, who won the silver medal at the World Singles Championships last week, was second with 1409.

2012 World Bowling Tour #10

09/30/12

Ryan Ciminelli wins qualifying in World Bowling Tour Thailand event

37 men and five women advance to Sunday's finals: six PBA champions and Thailand's Yannaphon Larp-apharat receive two byes; cut off number for 38th place was 2065 (229.44)

201112PBARyanCiminelli_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured left) of the United States, won the qualifying in the World Bowling Tour event en route to lead 42 of 72 players from 16 countries into Sunday's finals at Blu-O-Paragon bowling center in Bangkok. Ciminelli, who targets his second career PBA title, totaled 2328 pins, an average of 258.67, including high three-game sets of 855, 743 and 730. Total 42 players includingfour local bowlers and the top two of the one-game Desperado squad advance to the finals. The winner will receive 1 million Baht (approx. $32,250).

2012 World Bowling Tour #10

09/29/12

Ryan Ciminelli continues to lead in WBT Thailand heading into last qualifying day

Five PBA champions in the top 7 who will receive two byes for the finals on Sunday

2012EBT04RyanCiminelli_small.jpg2012AsCYannaphonLarpapharat_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (l.), United States, continued to lead the 72-player field from 16 countries at the World Bowling Tour event in Thailand. Ciminelli, who targets to win his second PBA title at Blu-O-Paragon bowling center in Bangkok, increased his nine-game total to 2328 pins, an average of 258.67. Thailand's No. 1, Yannaphon Larp-apharat (r.), regained second place with 2294. Qualifying concludes today with the Desperado Squad scheduled for 10 p.m.

2012 World Bowling Tour #10

09/28/12

PBA bowlers take control of the leaderboard in World Bowling Tour Thailand

Ciminelli, Rash, Fagan hold the top three qualifying spots as of Friday 11 a.m. in Bangkok

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The PBA bowlers took control of the leaderboard in the World Bowling Tour Thailand currently underway in Bangkok. Ryan Ciminelli (pictured) continued to lead the field of only 64 players from 14 countries with 2187 total and an average of 243 for nine games. Reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash remained in second place with 2171 and was followed by four-time PBA champion Mike Fagan (2150), all from United States, who is looking for his second international PBA title after his victory in the Brunswick Euro Challenge in March.

2012 World Bowling Tour #10

09/27/12

Ryan Ciminelli overtakes qualifying lead at World Bowling Tour Thailand

201112PBARyanCiminelli_small.jpg201112PBASeanRash_small.jpgPBA champion Ryan Ciminelli (l.), United States, took over the qualifying lead in the World Bowling Tour Thailand event Thursday at Blu-O-Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand. Ciminelli, who finished third in Thailand last year, used three-game series of 743, 730 and 714 to move to the top of the leaderboard with 2187 and an average of 243. Reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash (r.), United States, slipped to second place with 2171.

2012 World Bowling Tour #10

09/26/12

Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Sean Rash take early lead at World Bowling Tour Thailand event

Blu-O-Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand (Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2012)

2012AsCYannaphonLarpapharat_small.jpg201112PBA01SeanRash4_small.jpgThailand's No. 1 bowler, Yannaphon Larp-apharat and PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, United States, took the early lead in the qualifying of the World Bowling Tour Thailand at Blu-O-Paragon bowling center in Bangkok. Yannaphon (l.) put together three game series of 734, 714 and 698 to set the pace with 2149 nine-game total and an average of 238.44. The five-time PBA champion (r.) was close behind in second place with 2126 (236.22).

Japan

09/13/12

DHC tournament in Japan receives "Major" status on the 2013 World Bowling Tour

International Bowling Championships will be the lone WBT "Major" outside the U.S.; Championships offer total prize fund of approx. $375,000 with $75,000 each going to the men's and women's champion

2013IBCJapanBanner2_small.jpgThe organizers of the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC have announced that the tournament will become a "Major" on the 2013 World Bowling Tour organized by the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA). The International Bowling Championships 2013 will be the lone WBT "Major" outside the United States. 137 men and 119 women will bowl in separate divisions for total prize fund of 30 million Japanese Yen or approximately USD375,000. with JPY6,000,000 (USD75,000) each going to the men's and women's champion.

Japan

08/19/12

International Bowling Championships in Japan back on 2013 World Bowling Tour schedule

Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa City, Japan (Jan. 15-19, 2013)

WBTLogo_small.jpgThe International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC received the formal approval of WTBA and ABF and will be back on the schedule of the 2013 World Bowling Tour. With total prize fund of 30.6 million Japanese Yen or approximately USD375,000, the tournament easily fulfils WTBA's requirement for a "WBT Major". The eight qualifying squads for international bowlers and the main event will be held from Jan. 15-19 at Inazawa Grand Bowl, the biggest bowling center in the world on one floor.

2012 World Bowling Tour #9

06/28/12

Kelly Kulick claims third U.S. Women's Open title under the famed Reno Arch

Players battle challenging lane conditions over the course of the evening

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Professional sports history was made Wednesday night when Bowling's U.S. Women's Open was held outdoors on Virginia Street under the iconic Reno Arch. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., defeated Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., 170-160, to win the major title. Playing against the wind, dust and the setting desert sun, Kulick won her third career U.S. Women's Open title while overcoming some of the most challenging lane conditions in the history of professional bowling.

PBA / WBT News

06/27/12

2012-13 PBA Tour season has been "super-sized"; includes 15 World Bowling Tour stops

PBA schedule is moving to calendar year from 2014; 14-month schedule includes up to 40 titles, five majors, expanded television and online coverage

201112PBALogo_small.jpgThe upcoming 55th annual PBA Tour season will be longer. The number of titles up for grabs will be greater. The fields will be larger. Even the length of many TV shows will be increased. The PBA schedule will include two World Series of Bowling, five major championships, new Winter and Summer Swing open events with multiple titles at stake, and an estimated 15 World Bowling Tour stops that will award PBA Tour titles if won by PBA members and PBA International members.

2012 World Bowling Tour #8

04/25/12

Diandra Asbaty wins first major title at 2012 USBC Queens

2002USBCQDiandraAsbaty2_small.jpg The last time Diandra Asbaty of Chicago reached the championship match of the USBC Queens, she bowled a match to forget. On Tuesday night, she bowled a match she will never forget. Asbaty defeated USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 244-227, to win her first career major title at the 2012 USBC Queens presented by Storm. Asbaty needed a strike and seven pins in the final frame and threw three perfect strikes to lock up the win at the International Training and Research Center.

04/02/12

Eurosport 2 to air Brunswick Euro Challege stepladder finals Thursday, May 3, at 22:00 hrs CET

Review the archived videos of the 2012 BEC and WTBA International Open

Bowlingdigital.com has provided live streaming of the 2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge which was held March 16-25 at Plaza Saint Maximin in suburban Paris, France. Live streaming started with the stepladder finals of the WTBA International Open featuring Liz Johnson, Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr. and closed with the stepladder finals of the BEC including Joonas Jehkinen, Mika Koivuniemi and Mike Fagan. Eurosport have confirmed that the Brunswick Euro Challenge program will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 on May 3 at 22:00 hrs CET.


2012 World Bowling Tour

03/27/12

Dorin-Ballard back on top for women's World Bowling Tour rankings

Koivuniemi still leads men after seven events of the 2012 WBT season

2012EBT04CarolynDorinBallard3_small.jpg2012EBT04MikaKoivuniemi2_small.jpgAmerican Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (l.) surged back to the top of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour rankings after earning the maximum ranking points at the Brunswick Euro Challenge, which concluded Sunday. Finland's Mika Koivuniemi (r.) continues to lead the men's rankings. The next event on the World Bowling Tour schedule is a women's only event. The USBC Queens will take place April 19-24 in Euless, Texas.

2012 EBT #4 / 2012 WBT #7

03/26/12

Mike Fagan beats Finns Koivuniemi, Jehkinen to win the 2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge

Captures his fourth PBA title and the 15.000 Euro top prize

2012EBT04Top3_small.jpg2012 USBC Masters champion and U.S. Open runner-up Mike Fagan, United States, captured his fourth European Bowling Tour title and his fourth career PBA title when he defeated Joonas Jehkinen of Finland, 279-193, to win the 2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge in suburban Paris, France. Jehkinen, who earned the No. 1 seed for the three-player stepladder finals by leading the match play round of 8, had to sit and wait for the winner of the opening match between third-seeded Fagan and the "big Finn", reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi.


2012 World Bowling Tour #3

03/22/12

Chris Barnes wins the title and $20,000 in WTBA International Open

2012WTBAOpenChampionChrisBarnes_small.jpgThe WTBA International Open, which started on Jan. 28 in Las Vegas, concluded Wednesday afternoon with a stepladder final of the top three players at Plaza Bowl in St. Maximin near Paris, France. Chris Barnes (pictured), seeded second, defeated No. 3 Walter Ray Williams Jr. and top-seeded Liz Johnson to capture the title and the $20,000 top prize. Johnson received $10,000 for second and Williams pocketed $8,000.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

03/21/12

Coming Wednesday - Live Streaming of the WTBA International Open stepladder finals

The stepladder finals of the World Bowling Tour's WTBA International Open will be held in conjunction with the Brunswick Euro Challenge on Wednesday, March 21st at Plaza Bowling in Saint Maximin, France. U.S. professionals Liz Johnson, Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr. will bowl for the title and the $20,000 top prize. Live streaming starts at 3.30 p.m. Central European Time (10.30 a.m. EST; 10.30 p.m. Hong Kong time).

2012 World Bowling Tour #6

03/20/12

Osku Palermaa wins first PBA Tour international title in 9th Kuwait Open

Finnish two-hander shoots four big scores to capture his third career PBA title; Jazreel Tan, Singapore claims women's title; Abdulrahman Suwayed wins Kuwaiti youth final

2012KOOskuPalermaa2_small.jpgTwo-hander Osku Palermaa (l.) averaged 263.75 in the stepladder finals of the 9th Kuwait International Open en route to win the first PBA Tour international title and the $25,000 top prize Monday evening at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait. In the title match, Palermaa had to defeat top seeded Tom Smallwood, United States, twice to win the title. Palermaa won the first game, 276-232, and sealed the victory with 268-226 in game two.

2012 World Bowling Tour #3

03/01/12

Live Streaming schedule is out for the stepladder finals of the WTBA International Open

Johnson, Barnes, Williams Jr. to bowl for the title on Wednesday, March 21st at 3.30 p.m. CET in conjunction with the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Paris

2012WTBAOpenFinalists_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association and Valcke Bowling have agreed that the stepladder finals of the WTBA International Open will be held March 21st at Plaza St. Maximin in France. Liz Johnson, Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr. will bowl for the title and the $20,000 top prize. Bowlingdigital.com will provide live streaming of the stepladder finals starting Wednesday, March 21st at 3.30 p.m. CET (10.30 a.m. EST; 10.30 p.m. Hong Kong time).

2012 World Bowling Tour

02/29/12

Kulick, Koivuniemi lead World Bowling Tour rankings after five events

2011AUSMMikeKoivuniemi_small.jpg201112PBAKellyKulick_small.jpgA big shift in the women's rankings and a shrinking lead for Finland's Mika Koivuniemi (l.) highlight the WTBA World Bowling Tour rankings after the recently concluded 69th U.S. Open. A tightly packed field at the top of the women's rankings finds Kelly Kulick (r.) of the United States now in the lead with 207 points. Koivuniemi still leads the men's rankings with 312 points, but Mike Fagan of the United States is close behind.

2011-12 PBA Tour #12 / 2012 WBT #5

02/27/12

Pete Weber wins record fifth U.S. Open to surpass father, Don Carter

36-time PBA Tour champion calls this one “his greatest title ever”

201112PBA12PeteWeber3_small.jpgPete Weber (pictured) of St. Ann, Mo., became the most successful bowler in U.S Open history Sunday, winning the most challenging major title in bowling for a record fifth time at Brunswick Zone-Carolier with a strike on his final ball in the 10th frame to nip top qualifier Mike Fagan of Dallas, 215-214. In winning the title, Weber broke a tie with his late father, PBA legend Dick Weber, and the late Don Carter, who each won the forerunner to the U.S. Open - the BPAA All Star - four times.

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