KOIVUNIEMI, ANDERSON LEAD WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS
Based on his fourth-place finish in the Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland, reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi expanded his lead in the 2012 WTBA World Bowling Tour men’s point standings, which are based on cumulative points over a span of two years.
Koivuniemi, who led the inaugural points race in 2011 and went on to win the first WBT men’s championship in Las Vegas in November, now has 233 points to lead fellow PBA Tour stars Sean Rash (148), Mike Fagan (140), Jason Belmonte (120), Osku Palermaa (112) and Chris Barnes (92). There are 13 events remaining on the 2012 WBT schedule, including three which will take place at Sunset Station in Las Vegas over the next two weeks: the Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters, a new WTBA International Open and the International Mini.
Sweden’s Sandra Andersson, who finished second among the women who bowled in the Ballmaster Open, leads the women’s WBT points race with 151 points. Former PBA Women’s Series competitor Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, who defeated Andersson to win the inaugural WBT women’s championship, is second with 145 points (Dorin-Ballard did not bowl in Finland). Sweden’s Nina Flack is third (135) followed by Finland’s Krista Pollanen (130), and U.S. stars Kelly Kulick (100) and Liz Johnson (70).
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