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2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup Int'l Open Bowling Tournament
May 20 - 26, 2018 • Rainbow Square Bowling Centre, Busan, Korea
Indonesian tops Squad D

24th May, Busan: 2017 South East Asian Games Masters silver medallist, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia topped the second block of Squad D to advance to the final round of the 2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup International Bowling Tournament.


2017 World Bowling Tour champion, Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas got off the second block with a stunning 266 to leapfrog into the lead from an overnight eighth position. Overnight leader and Korean amateur, Choi Wooseop of Daegu slipped to second despite a decent start with 223.

The 21-year-old American continued to lead the field with another superb 227 in his seventh game but found Roumimper hot on his heels, just 5 pins adrift. Choi suffered a lowly 188 to drop out of contention.

Simonsen lost the lead after rolling 207 in the eighth game. Roumimper knocked down a higher 247 to take over the running and moving ahead by 43 pins. The closest contender was Chinese Taipei's Huang Teng Wei and Korea National team member, Kim Jeongwook in a distant third and fourth.

The American pro bounced back with 257 to regain the lead as Roumimper stumbled to a 202 in the ninth game. But Roumimper ended the block and the qualifying round with 224 to clinch the win with 2351.

Simonsen settled for second with 2334 while Kim Seonjeong of Seoul City team finished third with 2283. Choi took fourth position with 2281 followed by KPBA's Lee Doheon completing the top 5 with 2273.



Tannya Roumimper winning the squad and advance to the final round

The cut at 11th position went to KPBA's Seo Jeonghwan with 2206. Another KPBA pro, Jeong Taehwa missed the cut by 5 pins despite ending with a strong 223 in his final game. The last and final Squad C, which will commence shortly this evening, will end the two blocks of qualifying for the four squads.


Meanwhile in Squad C, Hengki Susanto of Indonesia, who finished fifth in the first block, was trailing the pace-setters in third position in the second block before tieing fifth position with KPBA's Kang Minhwan with 2247.

The Indonesian will join Roumimper in the final round. Korean women dominated this squad with Son Yunhee of Daejeon City, KPBA's Yun Huiyeo and Korean National team member, Jeon Eunhee finishing in the top three positions.

The top 11 from each of the four squads totalling 44 finalists will make the cut for the final round on May 26. They will bowl 6 games from scratch to determine the top 4 advancing to the Stepladder shootout finals.

The Stepladder finals will be held at two specially constructed lanes at the outdoor Arena @ Busan Metropolitan City complex and will be telecast LIVE by SBS Sports, Korea.

The first of two PBA-World Bowling Tour stops in Asia this year, the 2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup is organized by the Korean Professional Bowling Association in conjunction with Busan Metroplitan Bowling Association. The prestigious tournament is endorsed and sanctioned by Korean Bowling Association, Asian Bowling Federation and World Bowling.



Hengki Susanto advancing to the final round fifth in Squad C


The field of 220 qualifiers, which will be divided into four squads of 55 bowlers each, will bowl two blocks of five games each over the next two days, May 23 and 24. The top 11 from each squad will make the cut for the finals. The field comprise of 52 KPBA men and 12 KPBA women seeded qualifiers.

Sixteen of the Korean Bowling Association national team members (8 men and 8 women) are seeded qualifiers. A total of 32 invited overseas bowlers are also seeded qualifiers. The rest are made up of 60 local, 8 overseas and 40 from the mixed pool from the pre-qualifying rounds.

The pre-qualifying rounds for local bowlers, which started since May 13, require a minimum of three 3-games series to make the top 60. The qualifying rounds for overseas bowlers started from May 20. Women bowlers competing in the Open division receive 8 pin handicap per game.

There are also two additional divisions - women and general division. The top 44 women and top 44 qualifiers from the general division will contest six games in separate finals. The top 2 women and top 2 from the general division after the six games will proceed to their respective title matchplay final to decide the champions.


Photos by Terence Yaw in Busan, Korea.

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