Bowling News USA - November 22, 2014 PBA Spare Shots: Canada’s Dan MacLelland Bids for First PBA Tour Title in Korea
Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations | pba.com
Canada’s Dan MacLelland will try to out-score a field of four Korean bowlers to win his first PBA Tour title Saturday in the finals of the It’s Daejeon International Open at Daejeon World Cup Bowling Centre in Daejeon, Korea. The Daejeon tournament is part of the World Bowling Tour, conducted in cooperation between World Bowling and the PBA.
MacLelland qualified fifth for the five-player Korean-televised finals on Friday, recording a 16-game qualifying total of 3,458 pins. He will bowl against Korea’s Lee Na Hyun in the opening match. Lee finished with a 3,469 total, including eight handicap pins per game awarded to female competitors in the “open” field. Current Asian Youth Masters champion Choi Tae Seung was No. 1 qualifier with 3,536 pins followed by Song Si Ra, another female competitor, with 3,493 pins and Jang Dong Cheol in third place with a 3,471 pinfall total.
Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., the only other PBA Tour competitor who bowled in Daejeon, finished seventh with 3,444 pins, earning $2,976. First prize in the Korean event is equivalent to $37,200 U.S. dollars. Blanchard also was trying for his first PBA Tour title.
WORLD BOWLING ADOPTS CALENDAR YEAR SCHEDULE FOR WORLD BOWLING TOUR
Effective immediately, World Bowling has adopted a calendar year schedule in order to be compatible with PBA’s calendar year scheduling for the cooperative World Bowling Tour tournament program. The transition to calendar year for WBT competition will be fully implemented starting Jan. 1, 2016.
For 2015, World Bowling will extend the WBT season from Oct. 31, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2015. All events between those dates will be included in the 2015 point list, which means the results of both the 2014 and 2015 PBA World Championships (conducted during PBA World Series of Bowling) along with the 2014 and 2015 It’s Daejeon Opens in Korea, Qatar Opens and Kingdom International Opens in Saudi Arabia will be conducted twice – and counted twice – as part of the 14-month 2014-15 season.
Starting January 1, 2016, the three-man/three-woman World Bowling Tour Finals will be based on 2016 events only. WBT Points will continue to use its two-year rolling points list for world ranking purposes.
All World Bowling Tour tournaments award a PBA International Tour title to winners if they are PBA members.
2014/2015 WORLD BOWLING TOUR SCHEDULE
(World Bowling Tour tournaments are held in cooperation between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association; male and female participants earn competition points toward the annual WBT Finals; PBA International Tour titles are awarded if the winner is a PBA member; events designated as “major” award double WBT points)
Nov. 9-22, 2014 - It's Daejeon International Open, Daejeon, Korea (major)
Nov. 22-27, 2014 - Qatar Open, Doha, Qatar
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