VIENNA, Austria – The 2012-13 Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year race got even more interesting last week when MikaKoivuniemi, a Finnish native now living in Hartland, Mich., won his thirdPBA International Tour title of the season, defeating fellow Finn PasiUotila, 258-237, in the title match of the Columbia 300 Vienna Open atPlus Bowling Center.With his win, Koivuniemi became the first PBA Tour player to win threetitles – all on foreign soil – during the 2012-13 season. He previously wonthe Round1 Japan Cup followed by the Qatar Open in back-to-back WorldTenpin Bowling Association/PBA International Tour events in December 2012. Jason Belmonte, Australia (Bear Open and USBC Masters) and Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Chameleon Open and Earl Anthony PBAPlayers Championship), are the only other multiple title winners this sea-son with two each.Koivuniemi, who owns 12 PBA Tour titles, also moved into second placein the WTBA’s World Bowling Tour men’s points standings and won a7,000 Euro first prize (est. US$9,500) to take the 2012-13 PBA Tour earnings lead with$172,312 (roughly $3,500 ahead of Belmonte).The Vienna Open was the next-to-last World Bowling Tour qualifying event heading into thePBA World Series of Bowling. With his victory, Koivuniemi earned 50 WBT points and nowranks second with 534 points, trailing leader Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who has 563 points after picking up 23 points for his seventh-place finish in Vienna. Trailing Koivuniemiand Rash on the men’s points list are Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas(506); Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. (494); Chris Barnes of DoubleOak, Texas (491), and Belmonte (477).The top three men and top three women on the WBT’s rolling two-year competition points list will earn berths in the WBT Finals presented by thePBA, which will be held on Nov. 3 as the final event on the PBA WorldSeries of Bowling V program. The top three WBT women have clinched berths. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., is the leader with 647 points followed by Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. (555) and Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills,Calif. (539).The final WTBA/PBA International Tour tournament and final WBTqualifying event leading into the PBA World Series of Bowling V will bethe WBT Thailand which is being held Oct. 14-21 at Bul-O Paragon inBangkok, Thailand. WBT points at stake begin at 50, 40, 35, 30 and 25 for the top five players, respectively, with lesser points awarded based uponwhere players finish.WSOB V is set for Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The WBTMen’s and Women’s Finals will be held on Nov. 3. Finalists in each gender division will bowlfor $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 prizes.Seven PBA Tour titles remain to be decided during the 2012-13 season: the WBT Thailand,four animal pattern championships (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion) plus the PBAWorld Championship during WSOB V, and the season-ending Round1 Japan Cup in Tokyo.
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Brian Kretzer of Kettering,Ohio defeated TomSmallwood of Saginaw,Mich., 215-200, to win theProfessional BowlersAssociation Central RegionalPlayers Invitational title atThunderbowl Lanes.Kretzer, a 47-year-old one-time PBA Tour title winner,earned $6,000, a paid entryinto the PBA World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas inlate October and a berth in anew PBA RPI Finals whichwill be televised on ESPN.The regional title wasKretzer’s 16th and his secondthis year.After qualifying third andearning byes for the first tworounds of single-eliminationmatch play, Kretzer eliminat-ed Chris Loschetter of Avon,Ohio, 3-0, in the best-of-five-game Round of 8 and thendefeated reigning CentralRegion Rookie of the Year Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, 223-194, inthe semifinal round.
Brian Kretzer Wins PBA Central RegionalPlayers Invitational Title
By Bobby Jakel
FAIR LAWN, NJ – JerryBoggi took high series honorsrolling in the Tuesday NightEarly Mixed League at Fair Lawn Brunswick Lanes tossinggames of 288, 258, and 279 tofinish with an 825 series.Todd Ulrich was runner-upwith an impressive 783 ongames of 279, 255 and 249.Henry Carlos III was just behindhim with an impressive 739 ongames of 247, 254, 238. TomSchillaci was right behind himwith also an impressive 738 ongames of 237, 299, and 202.John Nappi also had a nice scoreof 718 with games of 249, 258,211.Other mentionable scores BobBurroughs 258, Uri Peled 256,Luis Perez 255, Rick Decker 254, Fred Kowalchuk 254,For the women high serieshonors goes to Lorisa Jonesrolling games of 204, 237, 243for an impressive 684, GayleDel Tufo 205, 225, StaceySaposnik 223, Linda Cool 200,201, Cathy Hansen 211, and Nadine Hovan 205, DebbieThomas 200.
Jerry Boggi 825, Tom Schillaci 299At Brunswick Fairlawn
By Steve Nitch
Champion Mika Koivuniemi
Mika Koivuniemi Wins Columbia 300 Vienna Open for 12th PBA Tour Title
PBA Player of the Year, World Bowling Tour races get tighter heading into Thailand event
By Bill Vint
Brian Kretzer(R) with Thunderbowl Lanesproprietor Tom Strobl.