RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., won the 7th Kingdom International Open at Universal Bowling Center Monday for his 15th Professional Bowlers Association Tour title. It was the final tournament of the 2012-13 PBA season.
Jones, who entered the modified stepladder finals as the No. 2 qualifier, defeated top qualifier Michael Mak of Hong Kong twice, 247-218 and 268-258, to claim the $25,000 first prize and his second World Bowling/PBA International Tour title of the season. Jones also won the International Bowling Championships title in Tokyo, Japan, last January.
Jones defeated Bahrain’s Yousif Falah, 218-211, in the semifinal match after Falah started the championship round by winning the three-player “shootout” opening match. Falah’s 258 game eliminated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. (217) and Sweden’s Daniel Fransson (193).
The Saudi Arabia tournament concluded an extended 14-month PBA season as the PBA returns to a calendar year schedule beginning January 1. During its extended season, the PBA conducted 23 traditional tournaments, including five major championships, and 11 World Bowling/PBA International Tour tournaments in addition to its inaugural PBA League schedule of team events.
The final two standard PBA Tour telecasts of the season – the PBA Scorpion Championship (including Jones as one of the four finalists) and the PBA World Championship – will be air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. ET, respectively.
The 2014 PBA Tour schedule gets underway in late January in Allen Park, Mich.
7TH INTERNATIONAL KINGDOM OPEN
Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $25,000.
2, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, $12,000.
3, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, $7,000.
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $4,500.
5, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, $4,000.
Match One (shootout format; high score advanced) – Falah 258, O’Neill 217, Fransson 193.
Semifinal Match – Jones def. Falah, 218-211.
Championship – Jones def. Mak, 247-218, 268-258 (lower qualifier had to win twice in order to win title).
Other PBA semifinalists:
6, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, $3,500.
10, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., $3,100.
11, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, $3,000.
16, Dom Barrett, England, $2,500.
17, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, $1,700.
23, Osku Palermaa, Finland, $1,150.
24, Martin Larsen, Sweden, $1,100.