World Bowling Tour Finals to Take Place in Vegas
2 Sep, 2014
November Event Will Showcase World's Best Bowlers
The top-ranked bowlers in the world will be featured in the season-ending World Bowling Tour (WBT) Finals in November in the grand finale to the WBT season.
The top three men and top three women in the WBT rankings were finalized over the weekend as the final stop on the 2014 schedule was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The finalists were determined based on the WBT points standings and will compete for a $70,000 prize pool on Nov. 1 or 2 in Las Vegas. The finals will air on national television in the United States.
Finland's Mika Koivuniemi, who earned points in 10 of 11 events in 2014, led the men's rankings with a two-year total of 567 points.
Sean Rash of the United States earned the second spot with 549 points, while Australia's Jason Belmonte took the final position with 538 points. England's Dominic Barrett nearly caught Belmonte in the final event, but finished fourth with 531 points.
On the women's side, Kelly Kulick of the United States dominated the rankings with 718 points to easily take the top spot.
Liz Johnson of the United States finished second with 459 points, while Sweden's Sandra Andersson finished third with 410 points.
The WBT Finals will use a stepladder format in each division with the No. 2 and No. 3 players facing each other for the right to take on the points leader.
The special event will feature a total prize fund of $70,000. The prize money for each division is the same, with the winner taking $20,000, second place earning $10,000 and third place winning $5,000.
The WBT is made up of various events around the world and players earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include every event from 2013 and 2014.
For more information on the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldBowling.org.
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