2018 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand
Malaysian takes over top spot
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25th September, Bangkok: 2018 Brunswick Ballmasters champion, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia took over top spot in the qualifying rounds of the 2018 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand from overnight leader and Team USA member, Kyle Troup on Tuesday.

Sin, who won her first PWBA title at the 2017 Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open, Nebraska, leads a field of 124 players with a total of 2268 averaging of 252.00 from nine games including handicap of seven pins each game.

The Malaysian was lying in 18th overnight and the first bowler who surpassed the 800-mark with 820 (279, 286 and 231) but improved with 745 and 703 to leapfrog into pole position. Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., settled for second position with 2205 after leading for the past three days.

Michael Tang of San Francisco, Cal., improved his fifth place finish to third with 2203. 2015 Japan Bowling World Open champion, Osku Palermaa of Finland finished fourth with 2175 pushing down four-time JPBA triple crown champion, Shota Kawazoe from second to fifth on 2170.

Sin Li Jane taking over top spot with a stunning 2268

2017 World Championships Masters gold medallist, Francois Lavoie of Canada dropped from third to sixth position with 2167 while defending champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand clinched the seventh and final Round 4 finals spot with 2160.

Sithiphol Kunaksorn occupied the eighth spot reserved for the top Thai qualifier not in the top bracket to automatically advance to Round 4 finals totaled 2153 while his compatriot, Kim Bolleby slipped out of the top bracket into ninth position reserved another Thai for Round 3 finals.

2018 Asian Games Palembang Masters champion, Rafiq Ismail dropped out of the top bracket to head the second bracket in tenth position with 2157. 2016 USBC Masters champion, Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, who finished fifth in the Lucky larson Masters this year, occupied 11th position with 2151.

Simonsen, with 750, 714 and 687, does have a good opportunity to move into the top bracket if he can improved his lowest series. Bill O'Neill of Longhorn, PA., is the Round 3 finals cut in 24th position with 2102.

2017 World Championships Team gold medallists, AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., headed the third bracket in 25th position with 2100. The cut for Round 2 finals at 37th position went to Stuart Williams of England with 2061. Last year's cut was 2156 which is only 95 pins away.

With well over 32 PBA pros competiting in this year tier 2 World Tour, the cut could easily moved into the 2200 region. Qualifiers positioned 25 to 39 plus three qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad (total 18 players) will qualify for Round 2 Finals. The top 10 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the second bracket positioned 9 to 24 (total 26 players) for Round 3 Finals.

At the end of Round 3 Finals, the top 12 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the top bracket, positioned 1 to 8 for Round 4 Finals.

Four-time JPBA Triple Crown champion, Shota Kawazoe in fifth position

The top 8 finishers at the end of the round will proceed to the Final TV Shootout to determine the champion, who will walk away with the top prize of 1 million Thai baht (approx. US$32,258). A total of 4.215 million Thai baht (approx. US$131,967) prize money is up for grabs. A total of 42 finalists will earn a minimum of 40,000 Thai baht (approx. US$1,290). Qualifying will continue through to September 26 and the finals will be staged over 2 days on September 27 and 28.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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