Jeong Seung-Joo comes from behind to win Daejeon International Bowling Tournament


    Korea (2011 World Bowling Tour #6)

    Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea (Aug. 8-26, 2011)

    2011DeajeonJeongSeungSoo2.jpg2011DeajeonKimYoungKwan3.jpgIn an all-Korean TV Stepladder final, third seeded Jeong Seung-Joo (pictured left) won three consecutive matches to claim the title in the World Bowling Tour's Daejeon International Bowling Tournament, Friday afternoon at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea.

    In the title match, Seung-Joo defeated Korea Professional Bowlers Association member Kim Young-Kwan (right), 229-188, to earn 50 million Korean Won or approximately USD46,000. Young-Kwan, who led the tournament after 36 games with an average of 240.17, had to settle for second place worth 25 million KW.

    2011DeajeonJeonGueAe.jpg2011DeajeonKimJunSoo2.jpgThe top six players after 36 games - four men and two women - advanced to the stepladder finals. Women received seven pins handicap each game. In a high-scoring opening shootout match, Kim Min-Hee (269) ousted fellow county woman Jeon Gui-Ae (left, 248) and Korean men's national team member Lim Dong-Sung (236).

    Min-Hee, seeded fourth, fell to Seung-Joo in the next match, 228-202. Seung-Joo carried the momentum into the semifinal match against Kim Jun-Soo (right), defeating the No. 2 seed, 258-194, for the right to bowl tournament leader Young-Kwan for the title.

    2011DeajeonMikaKoivuniemiRobertSmith.jpgJun-Soo received 12 million KW for third place, Min-Hee got 9 million for fourth, Gui-Ae pocketed 7 million for fifth and Dong-Sung garnered 5 million for sixth place.

    The top international players in the 225-player field, seven-time PBA champion Robert Smith (r.), United States, and reigning PBA Player of the Year and current World Bowling Tour men's ranking leader, Mika Koivuniemi (l.), Finland, missed the cut to the top 6 finals in seventh and eighth place, resp.

    2011DeajeonOpenLogo2.jpg WBTLogo.jpgThe Daejeon International Bowling Tournament, the sixth stop of the inaugural World Bowling Tour, was held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea, from Aug. 8-26, 2011.

    Daejeon, located in the center of the country, is South Korea's fifth largest metropolis with a population of over 1.5 million in 2010. The Stadium was constructed in preparation for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

    The tournament organized by the Korea Professional Bowling Association (KPBA) offered total prize money of 200 million South Korean Won (KW) or approximately 184,000 U.S. Dollar. 30 million Won were distributed in the preliminaries and the remaining 170 million were the payout for the main event.

    The winner walked away with the 50 million KW top prize or approx. $46,000. The first runner-up received 25 million with 12 million going to the third-place finisher, while fourth and fifth place were worth 9 and 7 million won, resp.

    The top 125 qualifiers joined a group of one hundred players made up from members of KPBA, Korean National Team, DBC, Japan Professional Bowlers Association (JPBA), Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) and invited international players, who were automatically seeded into the finals.

    Those 225 players bowled three blocks of six games over three days on a 44 feet oil pattern to cut to the top 48 who advanced to semifinal round to bowl another six game block with the previous pinfall total being carried forward.

    The top 12 after 24 games advanced to twelve games round robin match play to determine the top six players who made the TV stepladder finals.

    The No. 4, 5 and 6 seed squared off in the opening shoot-out match. The winner took on the No. 3 seed; the winner of that match bowled the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women also earned points for the World Bowling Tour ranking (current standings).

    Results and photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.


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    Daejeon International Bowling Tournament

    Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea (Aug. 8-26, 2011)

    2011DeajeonTop6.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Jeong Seung-Joo, Korea, 715 (3 games), KW 50,000,000
    2. Kim Young-Kwan, KPBA, 188 (1 game), KW 25,000,000
    3. Kim Jun-Soo, Korea, 194 (1 game), KW 12,000,000
    4. Kim Min-Hee (F), Korea, 471 (2 games), KW 9,000,000
    5. Jeon Gui-Ae (F), Korea, 248 (1 game), KW 7,000,000
    6. Lim Dong-Sung, KNT, 236 (1 game) KW 5,000,000
    Pictured right from left - Front row: No. 1 seed Young-Kwan, No. 2 seed Jun-Soo and No. 3 seed Seung-Joo. Back row: No. 4 seed Min-Hee, No. 5 seed Dong-Sung and No. 6 seed Gui-Ae.

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: #4 Min-Hee (269) def. #5 Dong-Sung (236) and #6 Gui-Ae (248)
    Second Match: #3 Seung-Joo def. Min-Hee, 228-202
    Third Match: Seung-Joo def. #2 Jun-Soo, 258-194
    Championship: Seung-Joo def. #1 Young-Kwan, 229-188

    Women (F) received seven pins handicap each game.


    Final Standings - Top 48 of 225 players (Cashers)

    1. Jeong Seung-Soo, Korea, KW50,000,000, $46,000
    2. Kim Young-Kwan, KPBA, KW25,000,000, $23,000
    3. Kim Jun-Soo, Korea, KW12,000,000, $11,040
    4. Kim Min-Hee (F), Korea, KW9,000,000, $8,280
    5. Jeon Gui-Ae (F), Korea, KW7,000,000, $6,440
    6. Lim Dong-Sung, KNT, KW5,000,000, $4,600
    7. Robert Smith, United States, KW4,500,000, $4,140
    8. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, KW4,000,000, $3,680
    9. Kim Kyung-Min, Korea, KW3,600,000, $3,312
    10. Sasaki Tomoyuki, JBC, KW3,400,000, $3,128
    11. Kim Hyun-Bum, KPBA, KW3,200,000, $2,944
    12. Kim Taek-Yeon, Korea, KW3,000,000, $2,760
    13. Takahashi Toshihiko, JBC, KW2,600,000, $2,392
    14. Jeong Tae-Hwa, KPBA, KW2,500,000, $2,300
    15. Kang Sung-Yu, KPBA, KW2,400,000, $2,208
    16. Kim Byung-Hak, KPBA, KW2,300,000, $2,116
    17. Kim Jin-Hyuk, Korea, KW2,100,000, $1,932
    18. Bae Seong-Hee (F), Korea, KW2,000,000, $1,840
    19. Lee Na-Young (F), Korea, KW1,900,000, $1,748
    20. Park Hee-Jeong, Korea, KW1,800,000, $1,656
    21. Jeong Jae-Young, Korea, KW1,700,000, $1,564
    22. Cha ln-Hwa (F), Korea, KW1,600,000, $1,472
    23. Park Bong-Joo, Korea, KW1,500,000, $1,380
    24. Choi Hyun-Sook (F), Korea, KW1,400,000, $1,288
    25. Kim Ji-Hae (F), Korea, KW1,030,000, $948
    26. Kim Ji-Myung, KPBA, KW1,000,000, $920
    27. Jeong Jae-Hoon, Korea, KW970, $892
    28. Go Young-Sun (F), KPBA, KW940, $865
    29. Jeon Sang-Hoon, KPBA, KW910, $837
    30. Min Gyeong-Jong, KPBA, KW880, $810
    31. Choi Tae-Seung, Korea, KW850, $782
    32. Park Geun-Woo, Korea, KW820, $754
    33. Baek Seung-Jun, KPBA, KW790, $727
    34. Kim Hyun-Seok, Korea, KW760, $699
    35. An Hyun-Im (F), Korea, KW730, $672
    36. Park Soo-Young, KPBA, KW700, $644
    37. Seo Sang-Chun, Korea, KW620, $570
    38. Kim Min-Seon (F), Korea, KW600, $552
    39. Lee Moon-Gi, KPBA, KW580, $534
    40. Park Sang-Pil, KPBA, KW560, $515
    41. Gong Byung-Hee, Korea, KW530, $488
    42. Ou Young-Jun, KPBA, KW530, $488
    43. Kim Tae-Kyu, Korea, KW500, $460
    44. Jeong Young-Jin, Korea, KW480, $442
    45. Moon Byung-Ryul, KPBA, KW460, $423
    46. Kim Eun-Ok (F), KPBA, KW440, $405
    47. Park Kyung-Sin, KPBA, KW420, $386
    48. Jang Seong-Man, Korea, KW400, $368