Mika, CDB still #1

by Bob Johnson 0

Mika Koivuniemi and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard maintained the lead at the top of their respective divisions after three events on the new World Bowling Tour, presented by the World Tenpin Bowling Assn. Koivuniemi's career year continued at the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open, where he finished second to Norm Duke. The Finnish player has accumulated 125 ranking points based on a victory at the Brunswick Ballmaster Open, a third-place finish at the USBC Masters and his most recent second-place finish. Koivuniemi holds a sizable lead over Chris Barnes, who is second with 68 points, while Sean Rash is third with 65 points.

All three players have competed in the first three events. On the women’s side, Dorin-Ballard finished third among the women at the U.S. Open and leads the rankings with 105 points. She holds a slight edge over Kelly Kulick, who topped the women’s rankings at the Open and the Masters. Kulick finished 66th overall at the Open, upping her point total to 100. Liz Johnson is third with 70 points, and Krista Pollanen is fourth with 50 points after leading the women at the Ballmaster Open.

The next stop on the World Bowling Tour is the Brunswick Euro Challenge, March 4-13 in Saint Maximin, France. The tour continues with the Kuwait Open, March 18-22 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The fall swing includes a stop in Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 24-30, and wraps up with the AMF Australian Masters, Oct. 10-22 in Sydney, Australia. The WBT finals are scheduled to take place at the PBA’s World Series of Bowling in late 2011, and will feature a total prize fund of $40,000. The event will be aired nationally in the United States. CURRENT STANDINGS (After 3 of 7 Tournaments) MEN 1. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 125 2. Chris Barnes, USA, 68 3. Sean Rash, USA, 65 4. Norm Duke, USA, 50 4. Tom Hess, USA, 50 4. Tommy Jones, USA, 50 7. Jack Jurek, USA, 40 8. Paul Moor, England, 35 9. Ronnie Russell, USA, 34 10. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 33 11. Mike DeVaney, USA, 30 11. Ryan Shafer, USA, 30 13. Chris Warren, USA, 28 14. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 27 15. Bill O'Neill, USA, 26 16. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 24 16. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 24 16. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 24 16. Rick Steelsmith, USA, 24 20. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 23 20. Joe Paluszek, USA, 23 22. Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 22 22. Brian Valenta, USA, 22 24. Jason Couch, USA, 21 24. Steve Jaros, USA, 21 24. Karl Wahlgren, Finland, 21 WOMEN 1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, USA, 105 2. Kelly Kulick, USA, 100 3. Liz Johnson, USA, 70 4. Krista Pollanen, Finland, 50 5. Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 46 6. Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 40 7. Nina Flack, Sweden, 35 7. Missy Parkin, USA, 35 9. Nicki Ainge, England, 30 10. Bryanna Caldwell, USA, 25 10. Heidi Manninen, Finland, 25 12. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 24 12. Anna Orlova, Russia, 24 12. Marija Tkachenko, Latvia, 24 15. Jessica Baker, USA, 23 15. Sabrina Duncan Rose, USA, 23 15. Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, 23 18. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 22 18. Anggie Ramirez, Colombia, 22 18. Brandi Wolfe, USA, 22 21. Nicole Ellison, USA, 21 21. Maria Rodriguez, Colombia, 21 23. Michelle Arrington, USA, 20 23. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 20 25. Patricia Luoto, Germany, 15 25. Marjo Pontine, Finland, 15 25. Taylor Swartz, USA, 15

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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