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Bowling News USA - November 30, 2011 GEICO World Bowling Tour Finals Kick Off 2011-12 PBA Season


(Pictured: PBA Hall of Famer's Mark Roth, Randy Pedersen and Marshall Holman on the set of

ESPN's 2011-12 Pro Bowlers Tour)


An international journey that began in Helsinki, Finland, in January 2011 and ended 10 months later in Las Vegas will kick off the Professional Bowlers Association’s 2011-12 television season Sunday when the men’s and women’s finals of the inaugural GEICO World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA air at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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In the one-hour women’s finals which immediately follows the men’s finals on ESPN, Roto Grip's Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, a PBA Women’s Series champion and 20-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association title winner, will meet the winner of a match between veteran Swedish star Nina Flack and her Team Sweden teammate, 20-year-old Sandra Andersson.

The men’s field will feature reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi, a resident of Hartland, Mich., who returned to his native Finland to win the Brunswick Ballmaster Open and take a lead in the WBT points race that he never gave up. The World Tenpin Bowling Association’s inaugural World Bowling Tour series included stops in France, Kuwait, Thailand, Korea and Australia, plus the U.S. Open and United States Bowling Congress Masters.

In Sunday’s WBT men’s final, Koivuniemi will meet the winner of a one-game match between No. 2 qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and No. 3 (Storm Staff) Jason Belmonte of Australia. 

The winner in each division will receive $10,000. Second place will pay $6,000 and third will receive $4,000.

The GEICO World Bowling Tour Finals are the first shows in an 18-event PBA Tour series that will air on Sundays on ESPN, concluding with the live PBA Tournament of Champions telecast from Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas on April 15. In addition to the ESPN telecasts, the PBA will produce four Xtra Frame Tour events which will be webcast exclusively on the PBA’s online bowling channel.


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