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Eight men survive Group Phase 1 at World Singles Championships

Eight men, three each from the Asian and European zone and two from the American zone of World Bowling, survived the first group phase of the World Singles Championships Thursday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

For this year’s competition a group stage was added prior to the knockout phase. The top 32 players after qualifying were assigned to four groups to bowl eight games against each other with a point system determining the top two players of each group advanced to a group phase 2 on Friday.

Points were awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game received 7 points, the second highest scoring 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who received 0 points.

2016WSCChristopherViaJesperAgerboQualifying leader Chris Via (left), United States, and Denmark’s Jesper Agerbo (right), who took the 32nd and last spot for the group phase, advanced from Group A.

The American averaged 237 for his eight games, including six games between 263 and 233, and received 41.5 points to beat Agerbo for the top spot by .5 points. The Dane averaged 231.25, including a high game of 256 and a low game of 214.

2016WSCAnzeGrabrijan32016WSCMarceloSuartzAnzeGrabrijanAnže Grabrijan (left) of Slovenia dominated Group B and set the highlight of the day by rolling the first 300 game of the Championships in game four. Grabrijan averaged 234 for the day and totaled 43 points, 10 more than second-place Marcelo Suartz (right photo, left) of Brazil, who averaged 212.13 for his eight games and earned 33 points.

2016WSCMichaelMakJoonasJahiMichael Mak (left) of Hong Kong paced Group C with 42.5 points and an average of 225.50. Mak was in the top 3 for the first five games and led second-place Joonas Jähi (right) of Finland by 6.5 points. Jähi closed with 243 in game 8 to secure second place with 36 points and an average of 216.13.

2016WSCAnnopArromsaranonRafiqIsmailAdvancing from Group D were Rafiq Ismail (right) from Malaysia and Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon (left). Ismail accumulated the field-best 43.5 points. He rolled eight games between 212 and 267 averaging 237.25. Arromsaranon, who had a high game of 288 and a low game of 161, averaged 225.75 and totaled 37 points.

The remaining eight players will return to Qatar Bowling Center on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST) to bowl eight games in one group with a system as in group phase 1. The top 4 will bowl for the medals in head-to-head matches starting at 3.30 p.m. with the semi-finals.

2016WSCLogoThe 2016 World Singles Championships will be held Dec. 2-9 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Up to two men and two women from each member federation of World Bowling are eligible to compete in the second edition of the event. Each player must have reached the age of 15 years on January 1, 2016.

The Championships drew 134 players from 50 countries, including 81 men from 47 countries and 53 women from 33 countries.

After four days of qualifying featuring three four-game blocks, the top 32 players of each gender advanced. Men and women were split into four groups according to the following bracket: Group A (1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 24, 25, 32); Group B (2, 7, 10, 15, 18, 23, 26, 31); Group C (3, 6, 11, 14, 19, 22, 27, 30); and Group D (4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28, 29).

Each qualifying group shall bowl eight qualifying games. Each player in the qualifying group shall bowl against every other player in the group every game. Points shall be awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game shall be awarded 7 points, the second highest scoring shall be awarded 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who will receive 0 points.

The top 2 from the point standing of each group will advance to play eight games in one group with a system as specified above.

The top 4 advance to the semifinals (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3), with the higher ranked players having the choice of the starting lane. The losers of both one-game matches will receive bronze medals.

The semifinal winners will determine the champion in a final one-game match. The winner of this match will receive a gold medal and the loser a silver medal.

The men’s gold medalist will receive US$8,000, the silver medalist will earn US$6,000 and the bronze medalists will take home US$3,000 apiece. The women’s gold medalist will receive US$6,000, the silver medalist will get US$4,000 and the bronze medalists will earn US$3,000 each. The prizes will be paid by the Qatar Bowling Federation which also offer daily high series awards, $300 for men and $200 for women.

For more details including the latest schedule, click here.

The World Singles Championships will be held every four years. The inaugural WSC was held at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26, 2012) and drew 128 players from 44 countries, 71 men from 40 countries and 57 women from 33 countries.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 115 member federations within three geographical zones. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

Photos courtesy of Terrance Yaw, Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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2016 WSC Group Phase 1 – Men Group A

Top 32 after qualifying were split into four groups to bowl eight games. Each player in the group bowled against every other player in the group every game. Points were awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game received 7 points, the second highest scoring 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who received 0 points. Top 2 from the point standing of each group advance to Group Phase 2.

From left: Raoul Miranda, Philippines; Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia; Chris Via, United States; Mark Jacobs, Netherlands; Ilya Orlov, Kazakhstan; Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand; Manuel Otalora, Colombia; and Jesper Agerbo, Denmark.

From left: Raoul Miranda, Philippines; Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia; Chris Via, United States; Mark Jacobs, Netherlands; Ilya Orlov, Kazakhstan; Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand; Manuel Otalora, Colombia; and Jesper Agerbo, Denmark.

2016 WSC Group Phase 1 – Men Group B

Top 2 from the point standing of each group advance to Group Phase 2.

From left: Martin Paulsson, Sweden; Peter Hellstrøm, Sweden; Frank Drevenstedt, Germany; Marcelo Suartz, Brazil;  Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia; Fabian Lopez, Mexico; Marek Talpa, Czech Republic; and Yousif Falah, Bahrain.

From left: Martin Paulsson, Sweden; Peter Hellstrøm, Sweden; Frank Drevenstedt, Germany; Marcelo Suartz, Brazil; Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia; Fabian Lopez, Mexico; Marek Talpa, Czech Republic; and Yousif Falah, Bahrain.

2016 WSC Group Phase 1 – Men Group C

Top 2 from the point standing of each group advance to Group Phase 2.

From left: John Janawicz, United States; Joonas Jähi, Finland; Oliver Morig, Germany; Marco Moretti Uribe, Costa Rica; Aleksei Parshukov, Russia; Mats Maggi, Belgium; Michael Mak, Hong Kong; Mostafa Almousawi, Kuwait;

From left: John Janawicz, United States; Joonas Jähi, Finland; Oliver Morig, Germany; Marco Moretti Uribe, Costa Rica; Aleksei Parshukov, Russia; Mats Maggi, Belgium; Michael Mak, Hong Kong; Mostafa Almousawi, Kuwait;

2016 WSC Group Phase 1 – Men Group D

Top 2 from the point standing of each group advance to Group Phase 2.

From left: Jassim Al Muraikhi, Qatar;  Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand; Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia; Muhd Jaris Goh, Singapore; Jari Ratia, Finland; John Wells, England; Abdullah Aldolijan, Saudi Arabia; and Sean Bowling, Australia.

From left: Jassim Al Muraikhi, Qatar; Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand; Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia; Muhd Jaris Goh, Singapore; Jari Ratia, Finland; John Wells, England; Abdullah Aldolijan, Saudi Arabia; and Sean Bowling, Australia.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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