Sweden’s Svensson Wins Two-Handed Battle for Bahrain International Open Title

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

JesperSvenssonSweden’s Jesper Svensson, who turned 20 a month ago, won an international battle of two-handed players Saturday, defeating Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 258-244, to win his first PBA International Tour title in the 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open at Ozone Entertainment Center.

After qualifying in 20th place earlier in the week, Svensson, a left-handed two-hander, dominated the six-game single elimination rounds, averaging 239, 237, 244 and 243 in four 12-player preliminary rounds and ran away with the top qualifying berth for the three-player stepladder finals by 82 pins over Belmonte. Svensson, who joined the PBA in August 2014, earned $25,000 and became eligible to participate in the 2015 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Belmonte, the two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year, earned $12,500 after barely surviving Round 4 when he rolled a 158 in his sixth game, holding off Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla., by three pins after Daugherty closed his round with a 257 game. Long-time international star Mika Koivuniemi, a Finnish native now living in Hartland, Mich., finished third after advancing to the semifinal round by winning a one-game roll-off over Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, 216-183.

The next PBA International Tour-World Bowling tournament will be the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, March 14-22. PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., won the 2014 title as an amateur.


Ozone Entertainment Center, Sitra, Bahrain, March 7, 2015

Final Standings:

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $25,000. 2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $12,500. 3, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $8,000.

Stepladder Results: Semifinal Match – Belmonte def. Koivuniemi, 214-206. Championship – Svensson def. Belmonte, 258-244.

Round 5 (after six games, top three advanced to championship rounds):

1, Svensson, 1,459.

2, Belmonte, 1,377.

3, x-Koivuniemi, 1,351.

4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,351, $6,000.

5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,349, $5,000.

6, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,310, $3,500.

7, f-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 1,253, $3,000.

8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,245, $2,800.

9, Khaled Al Dubyyan, Kuwait, 1,227, $2,700.

10, Yousif, Falah, Bahrain, 2,221, $2,600.

11, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,168, $2,500.

12, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,112, $2,250.

x-Koivuniemi def. Ruiz, 216-183, in a one-game roll-off for the No. 3 position in the semifinal round.

Round 4 (after six games, top six advanced to Round 5; players eliminated each earned $2,000):

1, Svensson, 1,467.

2, Fagan, 1,383.

3, Malott, 1,339.

4, Koivuniemi, 1,333.

5, Larsen, 1,305.

6, Belmonte, 1,288.

Failed to advance:

7, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,285.

8, f-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 1.266.

9, f-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,257.

10, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,251.

11, f-Bernice Lim, Singapore, 1,139.

f-designates female competitor; women receive 7 handicap pins per game

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