February 27, 2013 13:21
Story courtesy Kevin Dornberger, WTBA
ARLINGTON, Texas - Team USA members Mike Fagan and Missy Parkin lead the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour points list after the recently concluded United States Bowling Congress Masters.
The World Bowling Tour is made up of various events around the world and players earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2011 and all events from 2012.
Although Fagan did not earn any points at the USBC Masters, which awarded double points as a major, he leads with 444 points. Sean Rash of the United States picked up 24 points at the Masters and is second with 437 points, while Mika Koivuniemi of Finland is third with 428 points.
Jason Belmonte of Australia went undefeated in match play to win the Masters and earn the maximum 100 points. He now sits in fourth place overall with 411 points.
Parkin was the top finisher among the women at the Masters, earning 100 points to boost her total to 506. Kelly Kulick of the United States is second with 484 points, while Liz Johnson of the United States is third with 365 points.
The next event on the World Bowling Tour schedule is the Kuwait Open. The event will take place March 13-17 at Cozmo Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Kuwait.
The Kuwait Open will be immediately followed by the Brunswick Euro Challenge from March 19-24 at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.
WTBA has also announced the addition of the 2013 It's Daejeon International Open to the World Bowling Tour schedule. The major event will be held in Daejeon, South Korea, from July 7-13.
"Competitive bowling is very popular in Korea, and it is a pleasure to welcome the 2013 It's Daejeon International Open to the schedule," WTBA President Kevin Dornberger said. "The World Bowling Tour continues to grow at a steady pace, and we look forward to continued growth in the future."
The mayor of Daejeon Metropolitan City, Hong-chul Yum, looks forward to welcoming the World Bowling Tour.
"Daejeon Metropolitan City is a world-class city of science and technology, located in the center of the Republic of Korea," Hong-chul Yum said. "It is the city of festival, culture, art and sports, offering rich attractions, entertainments and dining. We gladly invite you to the beautiful Daejeon City. Visit Daejeon this coming July, enjoy nice games with world-class bowlers, and return with happy memories."
The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.
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