BUSAN, Korea (May 26, 2018) – Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon defeated top qualifier Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 221-208, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Busan Cup Saturday on bowling lanes constructed outdoors in Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park in Busan, becoming the second bowler from Thailand to win a PBA Tour title.
In the sweltering heat of the outdoor setting, Simonsen left splits he was unable to convert in the fourth and fifth frames as the 33-year-old Thai opened a 44-pin lead and raced away to victory despite leaving a “big four” 4-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame. He claimed the 30 million won (US$27,875) first prize and joined 2017 PBA-WBT Thailand winner Jojoe Yannaphon as Thailand’s second PBA Tour title winner.
Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-hander, had earned the top qualifying position for the four-man stepladder finals with a six-game, 1,480 total posted at Rainbow Square Bowling Center.
In the preliminary matches, Korea’s Choi Seokbyeong defeated countryman Choi Wonyoung, 247-217, to start the Busan Cup’s Open Division finals. Arromsaranon then eliminated Choi Seokbyeong in the semifinal match, 215-203.
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PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR BUSAN CUP
Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park, Busan, Korea, Saturday
1, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, $27,875.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $13,900.
3, n-Choi Seokbyeong, Korea, $7,430.
4, n-Choi Wonyoung, Korea, $4,645.
Match One – S. Choi def. W. Choi, 247-217.
Semifinal Match – Arromsaranon def. S. Choi, 215-203.
Championship – Arromsaranon def. Simonsen, 221-208.