Song Si Ra wins Open Division title in It's Daejeon International Open Bowling Tournament


    2015 World Bowling Tour #2

    Second-seeded Korean woman defeats tournament leader Choi Tae Seung in the title match to earn 40.000.000 Korean Won (approx. USD 35,925); Singapore's Cherie Tan emerges as Women's Division champion

    2014ItsDaejeonOpenLogo_small.jpg 2014ItsDaejeonOpenTop3.jpgIn an all-Korean title match between the top-seeded players, Song Si Ra (center) defeated tournament leader Choi Tae Seung (left), 231-205, to win the Open Division title in the It's Daejeon International Open Bowling Tournament and the 40 million Korean Won top prize (approx. USD 35,925) Saturday at Daejeon World Cup Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea.

    The TV finals started with the Women's Division finale in which Cherie Tan (below left) of Singapore defeated Sung Gyeong Eun of Korea, 246-202, to claim the title and the 8 million Korean Won first prize check (approx. USD 7,185).

    2014ItsDaejeonOpenCherieTan.jpgFollowing the women's title match was the opening shootout match of the five-player "open" finals. Dan MacLelland  (above right) of Canada, the lone non-Korean finalist who took the fifth and last spot to advance to the finals after two eight-game rounds, easily defeated No. 3 seed Jang Dong Chul and No. 4 Lee Na Hyun, 196-167-168, to meet second-seeded Song in the semi-final match.

    Both women, Song and Lee, received eight pins handicap each game. Song actually didn't need the extra pins to defeat MacLelland, who was targeting his first PBA title, 213-195. All World Bowling Tour tournaments award a PBA International Tour title to winners if they are PBA members.

    In the title match, Song doubles in frames 2 6 3 and 6 & 7 to hold an 18 pins lead heading into the eighth frame, where she suffered an open frame. Choi gave the advantage back when he failed to convert a single-pin spare but put pressure on Song when he struck out in the 9th and 10th frame.

    Song, however, was able to weather the charge finishing with four consecutive strikes to seal the victory. Choi was consoled with 20 million won. MacLelland took home 10 million won for second place while Jang and Lee received 5 and 3.28 million won, respectively, for fourth and fifth place.

    The 2014 It's Daejeon International Open Bowling Tournament was the second stop of the 2015 World Bowling Tour and the Tour's second "major" this season. The Daejeon Open ran from Nov. 9-22 at 32-lane Daejeon World Cup bowling center in Daejeon, South Korea, featuring three divisions, Open, Women and Seniors (50 and over).

    The tournament offered total prize fund of 200 million Korean Won or roughly 190,000 U.S. Dollar with 40 million (approx. $38,000) going to the Open Division champion, 20 million to the runner-up and 10 million to the third place finisher. Women, who bowled in the Open Division, received 8 pins handicap each game.

    Qualifying (9 games, three-game squads, unlimited re-entries) ran from Nov. 9-15 for local bowlers and Nov. 16-18 for international competitors with extra prize money for the top three daily leaders (highest 9-game total to count),

    120 players including all six international bowlers advanced to the final rounds, which were held over three days from Nov. 20-22.

    After the official practice and the opening ceremonies on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the 120 finalists in the Open Division were split into two groups of 60 players to bowl two eight-game rounds, one each on Nov. 20 and 21. The top five players with the highest 16-game total including handicap advanced to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Nov. 22.

    The No. 3, 4 and 5 seed opened the action with a one-game shootout match. The winner advanced to the semifinal match, to take on the No. 2 seed. The winner of that match went against the top seed for the title and 40 million Won first prize.

    Click here for full tournament information.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which got underway in October with the PBA World Championship (finals yet to be played), currently consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), United States (5), Asia (2) and Europe (2).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle. The top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals in November in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.


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    It's Daejeon International Open 2014 - Open Division Finals

    (f) indicates female bowlers; receive eight pins handicap each game

    Championship Round:
    1. Song Si Ra (f), Korea, 444 (2 games), 40.000.000 Korean Won (USD 28,785)
    2. Choi Tae Seung, Korea, 205 (1 game), 20 mio KRW
    3. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 391 (2 games), 10 mio KRW
    4. Jang Dong Chul, Korea, 167 (1 game), 5 mio KRW
    5. Lee Na Hyun (f), Korea, 168 (1 game), 3.28 mio KRW

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 MacLelland (196) def. No. 3 Jang (167) and No. 4 Lee (168)
    Semi-final Match: No. 2 Song def. MacLelland, 213-195
    Championship Match: Song def. No. 1 Choi, 231-205.