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Strong finish propels Costa Rica’s Rodolfo Madriz into the lead in Qatar

Rodolfo Madriz of Costa Rica closed his six-game series in squad 6 with games of 266 and 279 to take the lead in the qualifying of the Qatar Open Monday at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

Madriz (pictured above and right), who started his set with 227, 253, 248 and 212, leads the field of 126 bowlers from 41 countries with 1485 pinfall total and an average of 247.50. Madriz also earned a $300 bonus for the highest series on Monday awarded by the Qatar Bowling Federation.

John Wells (left) of England made a run at the lead in the second squad on Monday (7th overall), but he finished 10 pins shy, moving into second place with a 1475 total, including a 296 in game 5, the highest game in the tournament thus far.

Wells tied previous leader John Janawicz, United States, who slipped to third place due to Wells’ higher five-game total, which breaks the tie.

Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia is the best of 20 women in the field in fourth place with 1454 total, including 48 pins handicap.

Cristian Azcona (left) of Puerto Rico led squad 8 with 1453 (242.17) to jump into fifth place in the overall standings as qualifying nears the halfway point. Azcona closed his series with 256, 258 and 269.

Reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion Jenny Wegner of Sweden slipped to six place with 1450 total, including handicap, and was followed by Sandra Gongora (right) of Mexico, who was second to Wells in squad 7 with 1391 scratch and 1439 total, including high games of 279 and 255.

Day 1 leader Oliver Morig (left) of Germany fell to eighth place with 1434 and was followed by South African Francois Louw in ninth place with 1430. Rounding out the top 10 was PBA star Mika Koivuniemi of Finland with 1429.

The cut raised by 70 pins in a span of three squads Monday. With currently 126 bowlers from 41 countries in the books, Ghanim Aboujassoum (right) of Qatar is the cut in 34th place with 1344 or an average of 224, just eleven pins shy of the cutoff number for last year’s qualifying (1355).

Qualifying continues on Tuesday, Dec. 13, with squads 9, 10 and 11 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

2016EBT16QatarOpenLogoThe 2016 Qatar Bowling Open is the 16th and last stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and also the 6th and last event of 2016 World Bowling Tour. The EBT “Platinum” tournament, the highest of four categories, will be held from Dec. 10-16, 2016, at the Qatar Bowling Center, a 32-laner in Doha, Qatar.

The tournament offers total prize fund of 155,000 U.S. Dollars with $40,000 going to the winner, $20,000 to the runner-up and a last-to-cash payout of $1,200 for 43rd place.

Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday, Dec. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 15 with the final Squad 17 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST). Qualifying will conclude with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11 p.m.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 43 players will advance to the finals on Friday, Dec. 11, including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Dec 10 (#1 & 2), Dec. 11 (#3-5) and Dec. 12 squads (#6-8) and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.

The other 33 finalists will bowl six games scratch with the top 18 advancing to the second round. Those 18 and the 10 qualifying leaders will roll another six-game block from scratch to cut to the top 4, who will advance to the semifinals.

No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3 with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. The two semifinal winners will bowl for the title in the championship match, also over two games total pins.

2016EBTLogo2The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

The 2016 World Bowling Tour consists of only five regular tournaments, including three in the Middle East, and one each in Germany and Thailand, plus one “major”, which is the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in the United States.

If a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) wins a World Bowling Tour event, it counts as a PBA title as well.

Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle.

Based on the scores from the 2016 events, the top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at the Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

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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Total 43 players, including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings and the top 2 each of the squads on Dec 12 (places 35 & 36), Dec. 11 (places 37 & 38) and Dec. 10 (places 39 & 40), will advance to the finals on Friday, Dec. 16.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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