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Bowling News USA - August 29, 2011 Jeong Seung-Joo Fires to Win at Daejeon International Bowling Tournament

Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea (August 8-26, 2011)

(Jeong Seung-Joo - Cheong Bok Sports Council, past Korea National Team, High Roller Sweeper winner, Jin Seung/Storm Roto Grip - Virtual Gravity™ Nano)
(Kim Young - Kwan - KPBA, Jin Seung/Storm staff - Storm Marvel™ Pearl)
In an all-Korean TV stepladder final, third seeded Jeong Seung-Joo (pictured top) won three consecutive matches to claim the title in the World Bowling Tour's Daejeon International Bowling Tournament, Friday afternoon at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea. 

In the title match, Seung-Joo defeated Korea Professional Bowlers Association member Kim Young-Kwan (pictured), 229-188, to earn 50 million Korean Won or approximately USD 46,000. Young-Kwan, who led the tournament after 36 games with an average of 240.17, had to settle for second place worth 25 million KW. 

(Kim Jun-Soo - (amateur, Bucheon University, Jin Seung staff/Storm Roto Grip - Virtual Gravity Nano)

The top six players after 36 games - four men and two women - advanced to the stepladder finals. Women received seven pins handicap each game. In a high-scoring opening shootout match, Kim Min-Hee (269) ousted fellow county woman Jeon Gui-Ae (248) and Korean men's national team member Lim Dong-Sung (236). 

Min-Hee, seeded fourth, fell to Seung-Joo in the next match, 228-202. Seung-Joo carried the momentum into the semifinal match against Kim Jun-Soo defeating the No. 2 seed, 258-194, for the right to bowl tournament leader Young-Kwan for the title. 

Jun-Soo received 12 million KW for third place, Min-Hee got 9 million for fourth, Gui-Ae pocketed 7 million for fifth and Dong-Sung garnered 5 million for sixth place. 
The tournament featured a 225-player field.

The Daejeon International Bowling Tournament, the sixth stop of the inaugural World Bowling Tour, was held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium Bowling Center in Daejeon, Korea, from Aug. 8-26, 2011. 

Daejeon, located in the center of the country, is South Korea's fifth largest metropolis with a population of over 1.5 million in 2010. The Stadium was constructed in preparation for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

The tournament organized by the Korea Professional Bowling Association (KPBA) offered total prize money of 200 million South Korean Won (KW) or approximately 184,000 U.S. Dollar. 30 million Won were distributed in the preliminaries and the remaining 170 million were the payout for the main event.

The winner walked away with the 50 million KW top prize or approx. $46,000. The first runner-up received 25 million with 12 million going to the third-place finisher, while fourth and fifth place were worth 9 and 7 million won, resp.

The top 125 qualifiers joined a group of one hundred players made up from members of KPBA, Korean National Team, DBC, Japan Professional Bowlers Association (JPBA), Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) and invited international players, who were automatically seeded into the finals.

Those 225 players bowled three blocks of six games over three days on a 44 feet oil pattern to cut to the top 48 who advanced to semifinal round to bowl another six game block with the previous pinfall total being carried forward. 

The top 12 after 24 games advanced to twelve games round robin match play to determine the top six players who made the TV stepladder finals.

The number four, five, and six seeds squared off in the opening shoot-out match. The winner took on the number three seed; the winner of that match bowled the number two seed for the right to bowl the tournament leader for the title. 

The top 50 men and the top 50 women also earned points for the World Bowling Tour ranking (current standings). 

(Results and photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation)

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