Sean Rash, Kelly Kulick lead World Bowling Tour Points List after GCC Swing


    2014 World Bowling Tour

    201213PBASeanRash.jpg201213PBAMikaKoivuniemi.jpgAfter three recently concluded stops in the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), Americans Sean Rash (pictured left) and Kelly Kulick hold the lead in the points standings on the 2014 World Bowling Tour.

    The first of two GCC Swings of the WBT took place this month with the 1st Abu Dhabi WBT in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the 13th Qatar Bowling Open in Doha, Qatar and the 7th Kingdom International Open (men only) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Rash, who did not compete in the GCC Swing, still leads the WBT rankings with 663 points, but Finland's Mika Koivuniemi (right) is hot on his heels with 637 points after bowling in all three events.

    USA's Mike Fagan, who competed in the UAE and Qatar, is third with 603 points, while American Tommy Jones, who won the event in Saudi Arabia, is fourth with 570 points.

    2013EBT15KellyKulick.jpg2013BWCSandraAndersson.jpgThere was no change among the top four women in the standings as none of the Americans competed in the GCC Swing. Kelly Kulick (left) leads with 747 points, Missy Parkin is second with 609, Liz Johnson is third with 555 and Diandra Asbaty is fourth with 365.

    Sweden's Sandra Andersson (right) used the lack of participation by the leaders as an opportunity to gain valuable points, earning 40 points in UAE and 22 points in Qatar to move up to fifth with 363 total points.

    The big story to emerge from the GCC Swing, however, was the performance of the local bowlers in the UAE and Saudi Arabia events. In Abu Dhabi, seven of the top 20 were from the GCC, while six of the top 13 in Saudi Arabia were bowlers from the region.

    2013WSrCWTBAPresidentKevinDornberger.jpg"Bowling in the GCC is growing at a very fast rate," WTBA President and CEO Kevin Dornberger (right) said. "The skill level of the bowlers in that part of the world continues to constantly improve, and they are becoming a significant force on the World Bowling Tour."

    WBTLogo_small.jpgThe World Bowling Tour is made up of various events around the world and players earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2012 and all events from 2013.

    The next event on the WBT schedule is the Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland, from Jan. 3-12, 2014.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 111 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, click here.


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