Koivuniemi, Dorin-Ballard hold onto the lead in World Bowling Tour Rankings


    2011 WBT Rankings

    Rash, Palermaa move into second and third place in the men's rankings after five events

    201011PBAMikaKoivuniemi.jpg2010BWCCarolynDorinBallard.jpgAlthough there was no movement among the leaders after five events, the top three in the World Bowling Tour rankings were shaken up a little bit after the conclusion of the Kuwait Open.

    Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi (pictured left) and the United States’ Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right) did not compete in the Kuwait Open but held onto the top spot in the rankings of the World Bowling Tour, presented by the World Tenpin Bowling Association.

    Koivuniemi leads the men’s rankings with 125 points, earned in three events, while Dorin-Ballard has accumulated 145 points in four events.

    201011PBASeanRash.jpg2011KOOskuPalermaa.jpgAmerican Chris Barnes, who also did not compete in Kuwait, dropped from second to fourth after strong showings by Sean Rash (left) of the United States and Osku Palermaa (right) of Finland.

    Rash earned 25 ranking points at the Kuwait Open to bring his season total to 90, good enough for second place, while Palermaa picked up 30 points in Kuwait to up his total to 76 points. Barnes is fourth with 68.

    201011PBAKellyKulick.jpg2011KONinaFlack.jpgKelly Kulick (left) of the United States remained in second place in the women’s rankings, but Nina Flack (right) of Sweden jumped into third place by earning 30 points in Kuwait. Flack has totaled 85 points in three events and moved past Finland’s Krista Pöllänen, who is now fourth with 80 points.

    The World Bowling Tour is made up of various events around the world throughout the course of 2011. Players earn points based on how they finish in the event and those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top three men and top three women who will be invited to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the Professional Bowlers Association.

    The World Bowling Tour Finals are scheduled to take place at the PBA’s World Series of Bowling in late 2011 and will feature a total prize fund of $40,000. The event will be aired nationally in the United States.

    The top three men and top three women will bowl a stepladder finals format in their respective divisions at the World Bowling Tour Finals. The prize money for each division is the same, with the winner taking $10,000, second place earning $6,000 and third place winning $4,000.

    WBTLogo_small.jpgThe next stop on the World Bowling Tour in Bangkok, Thailand, from Sept. 24-30 and the tour wraps up with the AMF Australian Masters from Oct. 10-22 in Sydney, Australia.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of more than 100 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.


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