24th September, Bangkok: Ex-Thai international, Kim Bolleby retook pole position of the qualifying standings on Day 3 of the 2019 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand from compatriot, Yannaphon Larpapharat.
Bolleby, who was second with 2016 after Yannaphon became the new leader with 2028, improved his lowest three-games series of 625 with 681 to become the new leader on a 9-game tally of 2072. Yannaphon also improved to 2041 but settled for second.
2019 Hong Kong Open and 2018 World Men's Championships Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia leapfrog into third spot with 2026 while Surasak Manuwong and Atchariya Cheng of Thailand slipped down to fourth and fifth with 2009 and 2008.
Darren Tang of USA posted 726 in his latest attempt to moved into the top bracket in sixth position with 2003. Nur Syazwani Sahar of Malaysia took over seventh spot reserved for the top female qualifier with 1944.
2018 PBA-WBT Busan Cup champion, Annop Arromsaranon occupied eighth spot reserved for top Thai qualifier not in the top six with 1948. The top 8 will earn two byes and automatically advance to Round 4 finals. Supakrit Wantasuk occupied ninth spot reserved for the top Thai not in the top bracket with 1778.
Supakrit will earn one bye and advance to Round 3 finals. Heading the second bracket was Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia with 2002. First perfect gamer, Callum Borck of Australia, dropped down to 11th position with 2000. Overnight leader, Wesley Low of USA dropped down to 13th.
The cut for Round 3 finals at 24th position went to Singapore's Jazreel Tan with 1886, averaging 209.56 while ex-Malaysian international, Zulmazran Zulkifli headed the third bracket with 1877 in 25th position. Qualifiers positioned 9 to 24 will contest Round 3 finals.
The current cut at 37th position went to Nerosha Keligit of Malaysia with 1767, averaging 196.33. Qualifiers positioned 25 to 39 plus the top 3 qualifiers from the one-game Desperado squad will contest the 6-games Round 2 finals.
The top 10 with the highest pinfalls at the end of Round 2 finals will be joined by the qualifiers ranked 9 to 24 for another six games in Round 3 finals. The top 12 with the highest pinfalls will advance to Round 4 finals, joined by the qualifiers ranked 1 to 8 for another 6 games.
The top 7 with the highest pinfalls and the top Thai not in the top 7 will proceed to the TV Final Shootout Round on September 28. Qualifying will end on September 26. The 2019 PBA-WBT Thailand is a second-teir World Bowling Tour with total prize money in excess of US$135,000. A PBA International title will be awarded to the champion, if he or she is a PBA member.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.