Long-time Singaporean women’s national team member Daphne Tan
rolled her first career 300 game on the way to take the lead in the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 after the conclusion of squad A Friday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.
Tan, who achieved perfection in the first game of the first block, averaged 248.70 for eight games and added 64 pins handicap (eight pins per game) to earn the Day 1 High Series Award worth 200 Dollar.
Pictured above: Saeed Al-Hajri of the Qatar Bowling Federation presents the Daily High Series Award to Squad A leader Daphne Tan.
She followed with 1891 (236.38) plus handicap in the second qualifying block Saturday to lead the field of 50 bowlers from 13 countries with 4009 total and an average of 242.56 for 16 games.
The seven women in squad A, all from Singapore, finished in the top 13. Jazreel Tan (left; no relation) was 245 pins behind her team mate to sit in second place with 3764 (227.25), including a pair of 279 games, one in each block.
Hazeem Almuraikhi of Qatar was the best male bowler in squad A in third place with 3742, including the field-best 1915 series in the second block. Bernice Lim (right) of Singapore was just 13 pins behind in fourth place with 3729.
Two-time PBA Player of the Year, Mika Koivuniemi (left) of Finland was next with 3692 and was followed by former World Ranking Masters Khaled Aldubyyan (right), who rolled 1842 and 1833 blocks for 3675.
2012 women’s World Cup champion Shayna Ng of Singapore used an 1870 total in block 2 to leap from 17 to seventh place on 3624. Eighth place belonged to Ghanim Aboujassoum (below right) with distant 3503 as he was the next Qatari bowler outside the top 7.
22nd place Hareb Al-Mansoori (3394) of the United Arab Emirates had the second perfecto of this year’s Emir Cup in game 5 of his 1773 first block.
Next in line are B squad bowlers, who rolled their first block on Saturday afternoon and will conclude their 16-game qualifying portion on Sunday morning.
Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).
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.
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 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 (2) – Daphne Tan, Hareb Al-Mansoori.