The 2016 World Singles Championships
will be held Dec. 2-9 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Maximum 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.
After four days of qualifying featuring three four-game blocks, the top 32 players of each gender will advance. Men and women will be 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.
For more details including the latest schedule, click here.
Beginning in 2012, 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. Both titles went to the United States.
2012 WSC Women’s Medalists:
Gold: Kelly Kulick, United States
Silver: Diana Zavjalova, Latvia
Bronze: Esther Cheah, Malaysia, and Aseret Zetter, Mexico
2012 WSC Men’s Medalists:
Gold: Chris Barnes, United States
Silver: Tommy Jones, United States
Bronze: Osku Palermaa, Finland and Andres Gomez, Colombia
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.
Chris Barnes beats Tommy Jones to win men’s World Singles Championships
Kelly Kulick is the women’s champion at 2012 WSC