Barrett's victory also propelled him into the top of the World Bowling Tour rankings to qualify for tomorrow's WBT Finals. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., finished second and third. Canada's Francois Lavoie and Hupe, who were second and third behind Rash, were relegated to fourth and fifth positions in the rankings after the 13th Kuwait International Open.
Earlier in the Women's Stepladder finals, topseed Danielle McEwan of USA trashed compatriot, Liz Johnson, 268-190 to earn the extra prize of US$2,200. Johnson, who picked up US$1,600 as first runner-up, edged Maria Rodriguez of Colombia, 257-250 in the second match to meet McEwan.
Johnson also eliminated fourth-seed, Anna Andersson of Sweden, 279-211 in the opening match to advance to the second match. Rodriguez and Andersson took home US$1,200 and US$1,000 as second and third runners-up.
Before the Women's Stepladder, McEwan, Johnson and Rodriguez had already been confirmed as the top three qualifiers for the WBT Finals based on the World Bowling Tour rankings after the 13th Kuwait International Open.