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Ahmed Al-Awadhi leads Bahrain qualifying


Ahmed Al-Awadhi, a youth bowler from Bahrain, who led the local qualifying of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship with 2970 total and an average of 240.50, retained his lead after the conclusion of the first two international qualifying squads.

Al-Awadhi, who rolled six-game blocks of 1471 and 1499, including seven pins handicap, at Funland Bowling Center in Manama, Bahrain, was followed by A squad leaders Anggie Ramirez of Colombia and Danielle McEwan, United States, who leaped into second and third place, respectively, with 2921 and 2874, including handicap.

2016BHRAnggieRamirez.jpg2016BHRDanielleMcEwan.jpgRamirez (left), who led the squad after the first block with 1449, paced the second block with 1472 including games of 269, 215, 216, 259, 213 and 258, an overall average of 236.42 for 12 games.

McEwan (right), who won her first World Bowling Tour title last week in the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 in Qatar, added the second-best 1457 series to the 1417 from the first block to leap into third place with 2874 total and an average of 232.50.

Former PBA Player of the Year, Tommy Jones (2005-06) and Patrick Allen (2004-05) set the tone in C squad to take over fourth and fifth place. Jones (below left), a 16-time PBA champion, led the squad with 2787 total and an average of 232.25, including blocks of 1416 and 1371, to help grab fourth place.

2016BHRTommyJones.jpg2016BHRPatrickAllen.jpgAllen (right), winner of 14 PBA titles, had the highest second block of 1442 but fell just seven pins short to move into fifth place with 2780 and an average of 231.67.

Rounding out the top 6, who will receive three byes at the end of the qualifying, was the next Bahraini bowler, Yousif Falah. Falah, who fell in the title match of the Emir Cup to McEwan, is currently seeded sixth with 2753 (229.42).

Heading into the last two qualifying days featuring squads D, E and F, 2015 Qatar Open winner Cameron Weier, United States, is the man “on the bubble” in 27th place with 2578 or an average of 214.83.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

2016BahrainOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship is the second tournament on the 2016 World Bowling Tour and an Asian Bowling Federation Tour ranking tournament, the second event of the 2016 ABFT season.

The tournament will be held from March 4-9 at Funland Bowling Center, an 18-laner in Manama, Bahrain. Players will compete for total prize money of US$104,050 with $25,000 going to the winner, $12,500 to the runner-up and $8,000 to the third place finisher. In addition the tournament offers a $1,000 bonus for the first 300 game.

According to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Bahrain Championship will award a PBA title, if won by a PBA member.

Qualifying (two 6-game series; unlimited re-entries) runs from March 4-7 for international bowlers (three squads per day). Women and youth bowlers (age 17 and younger) receive seven pins handicap each game.

Total 30 players advance to the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 & 9, including the top 27 qualifiers, the next Bahraini and Bahraini youth bowler and the next female bowler.

Players 1-6 (top 5 plus the next Bahraini) receive three byes. Players 7-12 earn two byes and players 13-18 get one bye. Players ranked 19-30 advance to the second round.

Rounds 2-4 consist of six games scratch with the top six players advancing to the next round. The remaining 12 players will bowl a final six-game block scratch before the cut to the top three players for the stepladder finals.

The No. 2 seed bowls the No. 3 seed in the semifinal match. The winner of that game takes on the top-seeded player for the title and the US$25,000 first-place check. According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

2016WBTLogo_small.jpgThe 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 Brunswick Euro Challenge, which will be held from March 13-20 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

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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14th Bahrain Championship – Qualifying Standings after Squad W, Y, Z, B & C

Players with 12-game total, including handicap; Y denotes youth, M male and F female bowlers. Squad W, Y, Z were for local bowlers only. A squad has been canceled.

300 games (2) – Osku Palermaa, Ahmed Al Khaja.

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