MIKA FINN-ISHES AS OCTOBER BOWLER OF THE MONTH
ARLINGTON,Texas - Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Michigan, has been chosen as the October 2013 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. The Finnish native capped off the month by capturing the World Bowling Tour 11th Columbia 300 Open in Vienna, Austria, by defeating fellow Finn Pasi Uotila,258-237. It is Koivuniemi's third PBA title this year and twelfth career crown. Any WBT wins by PBA touring players count as PBA titles. The four-man stepladder finals began with third-seeded Uotila besting Michael Fagan, United States, 242-207. Second seed Don Barrett, England, was the next to fall, 272-187, setting up the title match with the top-seeded Koivuniemi. In the final WBT tournament before the PBA World Series of Bowling, Koivuniemi bowled for another title,the WBT Thailand Open, dropping a two-game 235-225 and 245-228 decision to Sean Rash. Koivuniemi's first and second place finishes locked up the second-seed in the upcoming WBT Finals presented by the PBA. The top three off the points list based on the last two years advance to a stepladder finals. Sean Rash is the top seed, while Michael Fagan will be the third seed.
Others obtaining votes this month were Sean Rash, winner of the WBT Thailand Open; Lucy Sandelin, winner of the USBC Senior Queens, James Gruffman, winner of the European Bowling Tour Norwegian Open by Brunswick; and Paul Moor, winner of the EBT Brunswick Etna Open.