Third-seed Mike Fagan edged Barrett, 232-214 in the first semi-final match before denying Koivuniemi his third consecutive Ballmaster title in the second semi with a 251-233 victory to earn a crack at the title. But Fagan's fine run came to an end after going down to O'Neill in the final.
O'Neill pocketed 12,000 (approx. US$15,280) and earned 50 World Bowling Tour points as champion. Fagan received 8,000 (approx. US$10,190) and Koivuniemi settled for 4,000 (approx. US$5,095).
Krista Pφllδnen of Finland, who finished 40th position in the Final Step 1, was the best women finisher to win the opening stop of the European Bowling Tour 2012 and World Bowling Tour 2012 ahead of Sandra Andersson of Sweden in second.
The second and third stop of the WBT 2012 will be the USBC Masters (January 22 - 29) and the inaugural WTBA International Open (Jan. 28 - Feb. 5) at Strike Zone Bowling Center, Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, Henderson, Nevada.
Photos courtesy of Tali Bowling Center.