Sweden’s Jesper Svensson Wins WBT Thailand for Third 2016 PBA Tour Title

by Bill Vint, Professional Bowlers Association 0

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BANGKOK, Thailand (Aug. 12, 2016) – Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, a 21-year-old left-handed two-handed player, became the first three-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist of 2016 Friday when he defeated Australia’s Sam Cooley, 237-213, to win the WBT Thailand title at Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon.

Svensson, who became the youngest player to win the PBA FireLake Tournament of Champions earlier in the year, also won the WBT Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, in March. The Thailand victory was his fifth PBA Tour title and his third World Bowling Tour title in two years. Svensson also won the 2015 WBT Kingdom of Bahrain Open and the PBA Chameleon Open on his way to being selected as PBA’s 2015 Rookie of the Year.

Svensson, who clinched the top qualifying berth for the eight-player modified stepladder finals with a 300 game in his final qualifying game, locked up the victory with three strikes in the 10th frame to counter Cooley’s ninth-10th frame double. Along with his title, Svensson earned one 1 million Thai baht, or roughly $32,260 U.S. dollars. Cooley, a second-year PBA Tour player, also threw a 300 in his final qualifying game to clinch the no. 2 berth for the finals.

PBA Tour players will return to the U.S. next week to resume the chase for the $10,000 winner-take-all prize in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour Series. The PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., is set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, offering a projected $15,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title to the winner if he/she is a PBA member. The tournament will be covered live from start to finish by PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming service. To enroll as an Xtra Frame subscriber, visit pba.com.

WBT THAILAND

Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand, Friday

Final Standings: 1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $32,260. 2, Sam Cooley, Australia, $16,130. 3, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, $9,675. 4, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, $6,450. 5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $3,225. 6, Martin Larsen, Sweden, $2,905. 7, Peerawich Rungcharoen, Thailand, $2,740. 8, Annop Arromsaranon, $2,580.

Stepladder Results: Match One – Belmonte (195) def. Rungharoen (188) and Arronsaranon (188). Match Two – Simonson (210) def. Belmonte (202) and Larsen (195). Match Three – Larpapharat def. Simonsen, 199-170. Semifinal Match – Cooley def. Larpapharat, 222-205. Championship – Svensson def. Cooley, 237-213.

Round 4 Results (after six games, top seven plus top Thai bowler advanced to stepladder finals):

1, Svensson, 1,468.

2, Cooley, 1,428.

3, Larpapharat, 1,323.

4, Larsen, 1,311.

5, Simonsen, 1,308.

6, Arromsaranon, 1,306.

7, Belmonte, 1,303.

15, Rungcharoen, 1,251.

Eliminated, each earned $2,560.

8, Wu Su Hong, Hong Kong, 1,299.

9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,291.

10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,290.

11, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,288.

12, Cameron Weier, Federal Way, Wash., 1,286.

13, Remy Ong, Singapore, 1,271.

14, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,254.

16, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,247.

17, Phumin Klanbida, Thailand, 1,189.

18, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 1,186.

19, Francis Tan Wu Jen, Malaysia, 1,184.

20, Dom Barrett, England, 1,154.

Round 3 Results (after six games; top 12 advanced):

1, Tan Wu Jen, 1,460.

2, Klanbida, 1,398.

3, Svensson, 1,376.

4, Belmonte, 1,349.

5, Hong, 1,329.

6, Arromsaranon, 1,328.

7, Cooley, 1,325.

8, Larsen, 1,321.

9, Kawazoe, 1,318.

10, Sparks, 1,295.

11, f-McEwan, 1,294.

12, Weier, 1,253.

Eliminated, each earned $1,613

21, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,251.

22, Kamron Doyle, Nashville, Tenn., 1,242.

23, Jimmy Cheung, Hong Kong, 1,241.

24, Atchariya Cheng, Thailand, 1,239.

25, f-Anggie Ramirez, Colombia, 1,214.

26, Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand, 1,210.

27, Pawat Ungtrakul, Thailand, 1,208.

28, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1,205.

29, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1,177.

30, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,169.

31, Teerachata Rachatahiranyakan, Thailand, 1,140.

32, Badin Lerdpiriyasakulkit, Thailand, 11,122.

33, Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 1,044.

34, Hiroki Takada, Japan, 991.

Round 2 Results (after six games; top 10 advanced):

1, Tan Wu Jen, 1,318.

2, Ungtrakul, 1,288.

3, Doyle, 1,282.

4, Kunaksorn, 1,274.

5, Hong, 1,249.

6, Klanbida, 1,235.

7, Rachatahiranyakan, 1,232.

8, Sparks, 1,230.

9, Weier, 1,222.

10, Yeung, 1,218.

Eliminated, each earned $1,290

35, Somjed Kusonpithak, Thailand, 1,193.

36, Napat Buspanikonkul, Thailand, 1,165.

37 (tie), f-Kritsanakorn Sangaroon, Thailand, and Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 1,163

39, Akirhro Miura, Japan, 1,140.

40, f-Yanee Saebae, Thailand, 1,137.

41, Rashid Fayil Al-Safmi, Oman, 970.

41, Ghalib Al Busaidi, Oman, 945.

f-denotes female (women received 8 handicap pins per game)

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