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Daphne Tan holds commanding lead in H.H. Emir Cup

2016HHEmirCupDaphneTan.jpg2016HHEmirCupMostafaAlmousawi.jpgSquad A leader Daphne Tan (pictured left) continued to hold a commanding lead in the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 after the 36 B squad bowlers have completed their 16-game qualifying Sunday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

The Singaporean standout averaged 242.56 to lead the 85-player field from 21 countries with 4009 total, including eight pins per game.

Pictured above from left to right are Singaporean national team members Joey Yeo, Shayna Ng, Jazreel Tan and Bernice Lim.

Mostafa Almousawi (right) of Kuwait used high games of 299 and a pair of 279s in the second 8-game block Sunday to overtake second place with 3773 and an average of 235.81, 236 pins behind leader Tan.

2016HHEmirCupHazeemAlMuraikhi.jpgTan’s team mate on the Singaporean national team, Jazreel Tan (no relation), slipped to third place with 3764. Rounding out the top 4, who will receive two byes at the end of the qualifying, was Marshall Kent, United States, with 3756, including high games of 298 and 279.

Kent pushed the top Qatari bowler, Hazeem Almuraikhi (right), out of the top 4 to fifth place with 3742. Bernice Lim is the third Singaporean woman in the top 8 in sixth place with 3729.

2016HHEmirCupMartinLarsen.jpgCameron Weier, United States, who won his first World Bowling Tour and PBA title in the 2015 Qatar Open, moved into seventh place behind a 3723 series, an average of 232.69. Eighth place still belongs to Ghanim Aboujassoum who is the next Qatari bowler outside the top 7 with distant 3503.

2016HHEmirCupStuartWilliams.jpgMartin Larsen (left) of Sweden (15th; 3613) and Francois Louw of South Africa (19th; 3558) rolled the third and fourth 300 game of the tournament in their second block on Sunday.

With two of three squads in the books, England’s Stuart Williams (right) holds the 25th and last place to advance to the finals with 3513 total and an average of 219.56. C squad bowlers will conclude the qualifying portion on Monday.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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The H.H. Emir Cup 2016 is the first tournament on the 2016 World Bowling Tour and an Asian Bowling Federation Tour ranking tournament, the opening event on the 2016 season.

The Emir Cup will be held from February Feb. 25 through March 2, 2016 at the Qatar Bowling Center, a 32-laner in Doha, Qatar. Players will compete for total prize money of US$102,000 with $20,000 going to the winner, $12,000 to the runner-up and $6,000 each to the third and fourth place finishers.

According to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Emir Cup will award a PBA title, if won by a PBA member.

Qualifying runs over five days featuring three squads (A, B and C). Each squad bowls two eight-game blocks (squad A on Feb. 25 & 26; squad B on Feb. 27 & 28 and squad C on Feb. 28 & 29). Women receive eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in many World Bowling Tour events.

Total 32 players including the top 25 players after 16 games plus the next three Qatari bowlers and the top four players from the Desperado Squad advance to the finals on March 1 and 2. The top 4 qualifiers earn two byes while qualifiers 5-8 get a first-round bye.

The other 24 players bowl 8 games scratch with the top 12 advancing to the next round. Those 12 and qualifiers 5-8 roll another eight-game block scratch to cut to the top 8 who will join the top four qualifiers in the third eight-game round from scratch.

The top four players will advance to the playoffs. The No. 1 seed meets the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed takes on the No. 3 seed over two games with the total pin fall to determine the winners, who bowl for the title and the $20,000 top prize in the two-game total pins championship match. The top 16 Asian finishers will be awarded Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour ranking points.

2016WBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 World Bowling Tour currently consists of 8 tournaments, six in the Middle East and one each in Germany and Thailand. A ninth event and the only WBT “major” so far is planned for December 2016 during the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in the USA.

Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (tbd).

The next stop of the 2016 World Bowling Tour is the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open, which will be held from March 4-9 at Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra, Bahrain.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

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Top 25 players (top 7, next Qatari, 9-25) in the overall qualifying standings plus the next three Qatari bowlers (places 26-28) and the top four players from the Desperado Squad (places 29-32) will advance to the finals. The top 4 qualifiers earn two byes while qualifiers 5-8 get a first-round bye.

300 games (4) – Daphne Tan, Hareb Al-Mansoori, Martin Larsen, Francois Louw.

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