Top seed, Brad Angelo of Lockport, NY., bagged the 12th Kuwait International Open title after an easy victory over second-seed and challenger, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, SC., 257-191 in the all-American final.
Angelo started off with a spare in his first frame after almost missing the head pin while his fellow-PBA member, Jones got to a double strike in the first two frames. The top seed responded with a double to draw level after the third frame.
As Jones failed to match up with the pace and stumbled to a split in the sixth frame, Angelo rolled five more strikes to put the match beyond Jones. Angelo went on to take a comfortable victory in one match.
“I lined up well on the earlier Round 5 finals when everyone had struggled quite a bit,” said the 45-year-old Angelo, who has 2 PBA titles to his credit and was the 2002-03 PBA Rookie of the Year.
“The lanes was by no means easy and I had to make a lot of adjustments to get the carry. I have to thank Storm for giving me this opportunity to come to this part of the world to compete.”
Angelo picked up the top prize of US$25,000 for his victory. Jones, who sailed past third-seed, DJ Archer of Friendswood, TX., 234-173 in the third stepladder finals match, settled for US$12,000.
Archer, who took home US$8,000 for finishing third, had earlier edged fourth-seed, Michael Mak of Hong Kong, 226-223 in the second match.
Mak ousted fifth-seed, Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, 223-201 in the first match and retained fourth position to win US$6,000 while the Finn earned US$5,000.
The champion advanced as top seed after topping the Modified Matchplay finals with 2848 pinfalls plus 120 bonus pins for winning six out of the eight matches contested.
Jones finished second with 2680 plus 110 bonus pins for winning three and finishing second in five other matches. Archer finished third with 2667 on four wins ans two seconds. Mak was fourth with 2649 on three wins, three seconds and a draw. Koivuniemi fifth with 2637 on two wins and two seconds.
Robert Andersson of Sweden, who was fifth before the position round match, missed the stepladder finals cut in sixth with 2621. Top qualifier, John Szczerbinski of N. Tonawanda, NY., finished seventh with 2584.
The champion also topped the 4-games Round 5 finals with 898 total ahead of Archer in second with 879 and Koivuniemi third with 874. Szczerbinski and Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela rounded out the top 5.