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Mika Koivuniemi Back to list »

2008-09 Rank: 14
Exempt Thru: 2009-10
Career PBA 300 Games: 26
Earned Exemption: PBA Tour points list

Personal: Mika Johani Koivuniemi (pronounced MEE-ka koi-voo-nee-EM-ee)… Resides in Hartland, Mich., with wife Leena and daughters Ida and Lidia…Finland native has won titles in 11 countries (China, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and USA), and has rolled 300 games in eight different countries (Denmark, Finland, Holland, Italy, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and USA)…Member of Team Finland from 1988 until 2000 (with the exception of 1990)…Won the 1981 Finland Youth miniature golf championship…Was competitive in hockey, basketball and soccer in high school…Trained as an electrician before he made bowling his career.

2008-09: Winless in 2008-09 but had one runner-up finish in the Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator…Had four other top-10 finishes including fifth twice, seventh in Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open and eighth in PBA World Championship…Cashed in all 21 events entered making match play 13 times…Average 218.89 (15th)…Earned $69,750 (15th).

Career: Owns eight career PBA Tour titles including the 2000 USBC Masters and the 2001 U.S. Open…Won his first title in his first career TV finals appearance (2000 Masters)…Only foreign-born player to win both the Masters and U.S. Open…Rolled the 17th perfect game on television in PBA history against Jason Couch in the 2003 Cambridge Credit Classic…Made seven TV finals and won two titles en route to 2003-04 PBA Player of the Year honors…Only European player to win the Japan Cup (2007)…Owns five PBA Regional titles…Finished the 2008-09 season with $1,170,748 in career PBA earnings.

Career Standard Titles (6): 2003-04 - Windsor Locks, Conn.; Reno, Nev.; 2004-05 - Mesa, Ariz.; Indianapolis, Ind.; 2006-07 - El Paso, Texas; 2007-08 – Tokyo, Japan.

Career Major Titles (2): 2000 USBC Masters, Albuquerque, N.M.; 2001 U.S. Open, Fountain Valley, Calif.

Awards: PBA Player of the Year (2003-04)… George Young High Average Award (2003-04)...Ranked 49th on list of 50 Greatest Players in PBA History in 2009.

Mika Koivuniemi
Hartland, Mich.
Bowls:
Right
Joined PBA:
1999
DOB:
4/6/1967
Titles:
8
Career Earnings:
$1,137,070
Season Events Cashes Match Play TV Finals Titles Avg Earnings
2009-2010 18 16 10 1 0 217.43 $49,125.00
2008-2009 21 21 13 1 0 218.89 $69,750.00
2007-2008 21 21 16 6 1 221.69 $159,580.00
2006-2007 21 20 12 2 1 218.44 $76,850.00
2005-2006 22 20 14 3 0 219.39 $100,300.00
2004-2005 21 21 20 4 2 223.73 $163,800.00
2003-2004 20 16 13 7 2 222.73 $238,590.00
2002-2003 20 13 11 1 0 213.80 $42,400.00
2001-2002 27 20 15 3 1 215.89 $158,550.00
2000 18 10 8 2 1 213.64 $63,125.00
1999 11 6 3 0 0 218.59 $15,000.00
Totals 220 184 135 30 8 - $1,137,070.00

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