Long-time Colombian women’s national team member Anggie Ramirez averaged 234.50 in the opening squad B of the international qualifying (A squad has been canceled) to pace the field after the first of two six-game blocks with 1449 total, including seven pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women and youth bowlers.
Ramirez, who rolled games of 247, 197, 212, 227, 266 and 258, finished 21 pins ahead of five-time PBA champion Osku Palermaa (pictured right) of Finland, who rolled the tournament’s first 300 game in his fourth game of the 1428 series to earn a 1,000 Dollar bonus.
Palermaa had games of 209, 193, 246, 300, 268 and 212 for the field-best 238 average.
Fresh off her victory in the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 in Qatar last Wednesday, Danielle McEwan (left) put together a 1375 series and added 42 pins handicap to sit in third place with 1417.
Squad C leader Tommy Jones (right), United States, a 16-time PBA champion and former PBA Player of the Year (2005-06), was just one pin behind McEwan in fourth place with 1416, including a pair of 267s and a high game of 269. Ahmed Al Khaja of Bahrain closed his 1279 (25th place) set with the second perfecto.
Rounding out the top 5, who will receive three byes at the end of the qualifying was Robert Andersson (left) of Sweden with 1399.
Bahraini youth bowler Ahmed Al-Awadhi (right) finished atop the local qualifying, which was contested prior to the international qualifying. Al-Awadhi had high series of 1499 and 1471 to lead the 41 local players with 2970 total and an average of 240.50.
B and C squad bowlers will return on Saturday for the second block of six games. Ramirez would need a 1521 series to tie Al-Awadhi for the overall lead.
Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).
The 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship is the second tournament on the 2016 World Bowling Tour and an Asian Bowling Federation Tour ranking tournament, the second event of the 2016 ABFT season.
The tournament will be held from March 4-9 at Funland Bowling Center, an 18-laner in Manama, Bahrain. Players will compete for total prize money of US$104,050 with $25,000 going to the winner, $12,500 to the runner-up and $8,000 to the third place finisher. In addition the tournament offers a $1,000 bonus for the first 300 game.
According to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Bahrain Championship will award a PBA title, if won by a PBA member.
Qualifying (two 6-game series; unlimited re-entries) runs from March 4-7 for international bowlers (three squads per day). Women and youth bowlers (age 17 and younger) receive seven pins handicap each game.
Total 30 players advance to the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 & 9, including the top 27 qualifiers, the next Bahraini and Bahraini youth bowler and the next female bowler.
Players 1-6 (top 5 plus the next Bahraini) receive three byes. Players 7-12 earn two byes and players 13-18 get one bye. Players ranked 19-30 advance to the second round.
Rounds 2-4 consist of six games scratch with the top six players advancing to the next round. The remaining 12 players will bowl a final six-game block scratch before the cut to the top three players for the stepladder finals.
The No. 2 seed bowls the No. 3 seed in the semifinal match. The winner of that game takes on the top-seeded player for the title and the US$25,000 first-place check. According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.
The 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 Brunswick Euro Challenge, which will be held from March 13-20 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.
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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