28th September, Bangkok: The top eight for the Stepladder TV Shootour Finals have been set for the 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand after the Round 4 finals ended with Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York as topseed.
Top qualifier and 2017 Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open champion, Si Li Jane set a cracking pace with a splendid 258 plus 8 pins handicap to take the early lead. 2018 Lucky Larson Masters champion, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., USA rolled 257 to trail by 9 pins.
2016 USBC Masters and 2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup first runner-up, Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas was third with 248. The two-handed Troup added 237 in his second game to move into the lead as Sin managed 206. 2017 World Championships Team gold medallist, Chris Via moved up to third with a superb 266.
Troup rolled back-to-back 205 and managed to keep the lead as Simonsen continued to trail in second. The Malaysian remained in third with 2017 Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic Champion, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., making his bid in fourth.
Rash added a good game of 245 in the fifth to take over the lead. Stuart Williams of England knocked down two good games of 228 and 235 to leapfrog into second spot. Simonsen and Sin was third and fourth while Troup stumbled to a low 192 to slip down to fifth.
Rash had a poor start in his final game encountering three back-to-back splits in addition to a single-pin miss in the fifth frame. McEwan, who had gradually move up closer to the leading pack, ended with 244, 240 and 238 in her second half to snatch top position with 1381.
Round 3 winner, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia also ended with three strong games of 247, 200 and 258 to claim second spot with 1381 while Troup bounced back with 258 to take third spot with 1374 ahead of Williams finishing fourth with 1352.
Simonsen was fifth with 1339 and Sin sixth with 1317. Rash was lucky to string together several doubles to end his last game with 178 to secure seventh position with 1316. 2017 World Championships Team gold medallist, Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio was unlucky to finish eighth and had to give up the spot to the top Thai, Yannaphon Larpapharat for the TV finals.
The first match is set for Sin, Rash and Yannaphon. The winner of this match will move up a step to face, fourth-seed, Troup and fifth-seed, Simonsen for the second match. Winner of the second match will meet third-seed, Williams for the third match.
The winner of the third match will face second-seed, Rafiq in the semi-final to determine who will challenge for the title against topseed, McEwan in a beat-twice to earn an international PBA title if won by a men. The TV finals will commence at 3.00pm local time.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.