Andres Gomez earns No. 1 seed for Double-Elimination Finals in Saudi Arabia

    05/08/09

    Saudi Arabia

    Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (April 29 - May 8, 2009)

    2009KSAAndresGomez.jpgFormer PBA exempt bowler Andres Gomez (pictured left), Colombia, averaged 218.67 in the Round of 32 en route to jump into the lead and earn the No. 1 seed for the double-elimination finals in the 3rd Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia.

    Gomez, who received 70 pins bonus for finishing qualifying in 13th place (leader Ahmed Al-Rahimi Bahrain, got 150), rolled 1256 on short oil, then jumped from 16th place to the top behind a 1368 series on long oil.

    Gomez finished his set with 258 and 223 to beat out Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand, for the top seed by 6 pins. Kunaksorn was second with 2688 including 100 bonus, with Asian Ranking leader, Hussain Al-Suwaidi in third with 2679.

    Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, was fourth with 2663, while Tim Mack , United States, took the No. 5 seed with 2628.

    2009KSAGuyCaminsky.jpgHassan Al-Shaikh, Saudi Arabia, was the sole local bowler, who survived the second cut to the top 16. The Asian Games champion landed in 11th place with 2565.

    Nine Arab bowlers and seven internationals advanced to the double-elimination finals in best-of-three games format. Joining Gomez, Kunaksorn, Manuwong and Mack were Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand (7th, 2604), Guy Caminsky (pictured right), South Africa (12th, 2542) and Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia (14th, 2514).

    Qualifying leader Ahmed Al-Rahimi slipped to 15th place with 2509. Naif Oqab took the 16th and final spot with 2478 including 60 bonus (201.50 average) and will meet Gomez in the Round of 16.

    The winner will receive the USD25,000 top prize. Additionally, the top 16 Asian bowlers will qualify for the ABF Tour Saudi Arabia leg on May 9, 2009.

    Photos courtesy of Ammar Yamin.

    Double-Elimination Finals - Opening Round Match-ups


    #1 Andres Gomez, Colombia vs. #16 Naif Oqab, UAE
    #2 Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand vs. #15 Ahmed Al-Rahimi, Bahrain
    #3 Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE vs. #14 Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia
    #4 Surasak Manuwong, Thailand vs. #13 Khaled Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait
    #5 Yousef Al-Falah, Bahrain vs. #12 Guy Caminsky, South Africa
    #6 Tim Mack, United States vs. #11 Hassan Al-Shaikh, Saudi Arabia
    #7 Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand vs. #10 Basil Al-Anzi, Kuwait
    #8 Saeed Al-Hajri, Qatar vs. #9 Yaqoub Al-Shatti, Kuwait

     


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