Reigning Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, MI, and amateur Hyun Bum Kim of South Korea led a field of 16 teams into Sunday’s single-elimination match play finals in the PBA West Region’s Member/Non-Member Doubles at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Kim and Koivuniemi combined for 3,649 pins over eight games to lead Saturday’s qualifying field of 64 teams, taking the top spot by three pins over amateur Adam Ishman of Las Vegas and Dom Barrett of England.
The doubles events is part of the PBA World Series of Bowling, a multi-event festival of bowling that continues through Sunday, Nov. 20, at South Point. Complete qualifying standings are posted on pba.com, the PBA’s official website.
PBA Tour competition resumes Monday with six-game qualifying rounds in the Carmen Salvino Classic.
PBA WEST REGION MEMBER/NON-MEMBER DOUBLES QUALIFYING ROUND
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nov. 12
Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 16 advance to single elimination match play finals)
1, a-Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea/Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,649.
2, a-Adam Ishman, Las Vegas/Dom Barrett, England, 3,646.
3, a-Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati/Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,589.
4, a-Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif./Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,565.
5, a-Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass./Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,544.
6, a-George Gohagan III, Austell, Ga./PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 3,543.
7, a-Yousif Falah/Fawaz Abdullah, Bahrain, 3,540.
8, a-Paul Moor, England/Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,529.
9, a-Chris Klerk, Chandler, Ariz./Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,500.
10, a-Raul Rosales, El Monte, Calif./Michael Haugen Jr., Cave Creek, Ariz., 3,495.
11, a-Rick Benard, Henderson, Nev./Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,481.
12, a-Greg Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif./Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 3,473.
13, a-Toby Sambueno, Saginaw, Mich./Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,447.
14, a-Carlos Cottone/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,411.
15 (tie), a-Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev./Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and a-John Congro/Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 3,403.
Other Cashers (after 8 games, $800 each)
17, a-Jimmy Dan Mortensen/Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,399.
18, a-Sui Hong Wu, Hong Kong/Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,397.
19, a-Brett Wolfe, Tempe, Ariz./Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,391.
20, a-Joel Ricketts, Hemet, Calif./Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,389.
21, a-Andrew Burke, St. Clair Shores, Mich./Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,387.
a – denotes amateur