10 www.bowlingworld.com - Dec/Jan 2018 Upcoming Events: January 6, Wildfire Lanes January 13: The Orleans January 20: Santa Fe Bowling Center January 26-28, 2018 Three Region Open Gold Coast Casino February 3: Suncoast Bowl 253-987-7975 9taptour.com Yannaphon Larpapharat Wins PBA International-WBT Thailand Title Bangkok resident becomes first Thai bowler to win PBA Tour title BANGKOK, Thailand – Yannaphon Larpapharat became the first bowler from Thailand to win a PBA Tour title when he threw two strikes in the 10th frame to defeat Swedish two-handed star Jesper Svensson, 212-202, in the championship match of the PBA In- ternational-WBT Thailand at Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Paragon on Friday in his home city. Larpapharat, a 34-year-old right-hander and a third -year PBA member, was the top qualifier heading into the eight-player stepladder finals, and won the equivalent of US$32,255 over a world-class field of American and international PBA competitors. Lar- papharat, who previously bowled in the 2008 PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan., and the 2015 U.S. Open in Arlington, Texas, will return to the United States to bowl in the GEICO PBA World Se- ries of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, Nov. 7-19, in Reno, Nev. Svensson, the 22-year-old defending WBT Thai- land champion, was trying for his seventh PBA Tour title. He advanced to the title match by defeating Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 248-222, in the semifinal match. He also eliminated Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 258-227, in match three after knocking out Indonesia‘s Tannya Roumimper and PBA Tour star Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in a hotly-contested three-player match two. PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT THAILAND Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 6 Final Standings: 1, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, $32,255. 2, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $16,130. 3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $9,675. 4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $6,450. 5, w-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, $3,225. 6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $2,900. 7, Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, $2,740. 8, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $2,580. Round 4 Cashers (after 6 games, top 8 advanced to stepladder finals, others earned $2,255 each): 1, Larpapharat, 1,392. 2, Barnes, 1,356. 3, Rash, 1,355. 4, Svensson, 1,335. 5, Jones, 1,333. 6, w-Roumimper, 1,325. 7, Ciminelli, 1,319. 8, Lalisang, 1,300. Failed to advance: 9, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,299. 10, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,288. 11, Stuart Williams, England, 1,286. 12, w-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,284. 13, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,282. 14, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,239. 15, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,237. 16, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1,232. 17, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,230. 18, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,173. 19, w-Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,154. 20, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,141. w–denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game).