Tommy Jones Successfully Defends International Bowling Championships supported by DHC Title

by Bill Vint January 21, 2013 10:38

INAZAWA CITY, Japan - Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., successfully defended his International Bowling Championships title Saturday at Inazawa Futsal Stadium, defeating fellow Professional Bowlers Association star Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 209-204, for the $75,000 first prize.

The International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC was a World Tenpin Bowling Association-World Bowling Tour “major” championship, and awarded Jones a PBA International Tour title, his 14th career PBA Tour title, and double points in the rolling two-year WBT points standings.

In the women’s division, Singapore’s Shayna Ng defeated PBA Tour champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 248-201, also earning $75,000 for first place.

Rash and Kulick, as runners-up, each earned an estimated $37,500.

In the men’s title match, Rash led Jones by eight pins going into the ninth frame, but left a 7-10 split and opened. Rash then missed the headpin on his first shot in the 10th frame, converted the spare and struck to finish with 204. Jones, needing a spare and good count to win, converted a 4 pin and struck for a five-pin margin of victory.

The International Bowling Championships finals began with five-player “eliminator” matches where all five players bowled the first game, and the two lowest scores were eliminated. In the men’s division, 16-year-old Malaysian star Rafiq Ismail led the field with a 268. Jones followed with 261 and Rash with 215 while Japan’s Hiroki Suzuki (190) and PBA star Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas (180) were eliminated.

In the semifinal round, Rash rolled a 247 game and Jones a 229 to advance to the title match, eliminating Ismail (200).

In the women’s finals, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., joined Kulick and Ng in advancing out of the opening match, but Johnson was eliminated in the semifinal round.

At the conclusion of the International Bowling championships, Mike Fagan of Dallas held the lead in the men’s World Bowling Tour points list with 464 points. Mika Koivuniemi of Finland dropped out of the lead and into second place with 453. Rash was third with 438 and Jones was fourth with a 401 total. American players dominated the women’s standings, led by Kulick with 524 points, Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., with 441 and Johnson with 365 in the top three positions.

INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
supported by DHC
Inazawa Futsal Stadium, Inazawa City, Japan, Jan. 19

Men’s Final Standings:
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, $75,000.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $37,500.
3, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, $16,700.
4, Hiroki Suzuki, Japan, $8,900.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $6,700.

Eliminator Match Results:
Eliminator Round 1 (two lowest scores eliminated): Ismail 268, Jones 261, Rash 215, Suzuki 190), Barnes 180.
Eliminator Round 2 (lowest score eliminated): Rash 247, Jones 229, Ismail 200.
Championship: Jones def. Rash, 209-204.

Women’s Final Standings:
1, Shayna Ng, Singapore, $75,000.
2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., $37,500.
3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $16,700.
4, Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, $8,900.
5, Miki Nishimura, Japan, $6,700.

Eliminator Match Results:
Eliminator Round 1 (two lowest scores eliminated): Johnson 237, Ng 218, Kulick 214, Aziela 212, Nishimura 195.
Eliminator Round 2 (lowest score eliminated): Ng 252, Kulick 236, Johnson 201.
Championship: Ng def. Kulick, 248-201.

WORLD BOWLING TOUR MEN’S POINTS LEADERS
(Top 10 based on two-year rolling points system)
1, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 464.
2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 453.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 438.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 401.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 380.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 335.
7, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 253.
8, Osku Palermaa , Finland, 230.
9, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 227.
10, Dom Barrett, England, 216.

WORLD BOWLING TOUR WOMEN’S POINTS LEADERS
(Top 10 based on two-year rolling points system)
1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 524.
2, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 441.
3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 365.
4, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 273.
5, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 240.
6, Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 234.
7, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 225.
8, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 162.
9, Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 152.
10, Zandra Aziela, Malaysia, 139.

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