Dominic Barrett wins his 8th EBT and 3rd PBA title in 13th Qatar Bowling Open


    2013 EBT #19 / 2014 WBT #3

    2013EBT15DominicBarrett3.jpg2013EBT15MatthiasOlsson.jpgDominic Barrett (pictured left) of England rolled two consistent big games in the title match of the 13th Qatar Bowling Open Tuesday evening at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha en route to win the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize.

    Barrett, who entered the four-man playoffs as the No. 1 seed, fired games of 257 and 258 to defeat No. 3 seed, Mattias Olsson (right) of Sweden, 515-467, in two games total pins format.

    It was the eight career European Bowling Tour title for Barrett and his third PBA title after winning the PBA World Championship in November and the PBA Viper Championship at last year's PBA World Series of Bowling.

    Olsson, who made the top 4 thanks to a final 255 game in Round Two, struck on his last six shots in the first game to take a 12-pin lead, 269-257.

    Barrett, who started the second game with a single-pin spare, then reeled off six consecutive strikes to take a 40-plus lead as Olsson sandwiched two open frames around a four-bagger. Barrett had another single-pin spare in the eighth and put the match out of reach for the Swede with a double in the 9th and 10th frame to win game two by sixty pins, 258-198.

    2013EBT10ThomasLarsen.jpg2013EBT19CameronWeier.jpg Olsson, who was looking for his first European Bowling Tour title and the biggest win of his career, eliminated No. 2 seed, Cameron Weier (right; photo ABF), United States, in the semifinals. Olsson took a comfortable 33-pin lead after the first game (202-169) and maintained his lead despite losing game two (211-223) to advance to the finals, 413-392.

    In the other semifinal match, Barrett denied Thomas Larsen's (left) bid for back-to-back World Bowling Tour titles, 459-438. Fresh off his victory in the 1st Abu Dhabi World Bowling Tour last week, Larsen slipped from first to fourth place in the last game of Round 2.

    He was down by 31 pins after the first semifinal game (203-234) and could not make up enough ground in game two (235-225) to settle for fourth place.

    Olsson received 14.400 Euro for second place, while Weier and Larsen earned 5.000 Euro apiece for third and fourth place.

    2013EBT16IdaAndersson.jpg2013EBT15JolinePerssonPlanefors.jpg With the 250 ranking points for his win Barrett also sealed his second consecutive victory in the European Bowling Tour men's point ranking and the third in the past four seasons.

    Joline Persson Planefors (left) of Sweden won the European Bowling Tour women's ranking for the second time in her career (first was 2011).

    Her compatriot Ida Andersson (right), who qualified for the finals through the Desperado Squad, finished in 9th place to win the women's ranking for the first time in her career en route to finish the 2013 season in third place.

    2013QatarOpenLogo.jpg The 13th Qatar Bowling Open is the 19th and last event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and one of two EBT "Platinum" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from Dec. 4-10, 2012 at 32-lane Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    Players will compete for total prize fund of 120.000 Euro (approx. $163,370) with 30.000 € going to the winner, 14.400 € to the runner-up and 5.000 € apiece to the third and fourth place finishers.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Monday, Dec. 9. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (max. is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 43 players - the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Dec. 4 squads (1 & 2), the Dec. 5 (3-5) and Dec. 6 squads (6-8), plus the top 3 of the Desperado Squad - advanced to the finals on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. The top 10 qualifiers earned a first-round bye.

    The other 33 players 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 scratch to cut to the top 4, who will advance to the semifinals.

    The No. 1 bowls No. 4 and the No. 2 bowls No. 3 with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. The two semifinal winners advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 stops in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament such as the Qatar Bowling Open receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 12 men and the top 12 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 Qatar Bowling Open is also the third event of the 2014 World Bowling Tour and will award a PBA international title if won by a PBA member.

    Due to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the tournament will award a PBA international title if won by a PBA member.

    The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which got underway in November 2013 with the PBA World Championship, one of the Tour's "majors", consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), Asia (3), United States (3), Europe (2) and Australia (1).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2012 and all events from 2013 in addition to the 2014 events.

    2011WTBALogo_small.jpg The top three men and top three women will be invited to compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in November 2014 (place and venue TBD).

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association is made up of 112 bowling federations and governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit


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    13th Qatar Bowling Open

    Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Dec. 4-10, 2013)

    2013EBT19Top4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Dominic Barrett, England, 515 (2 games), 30.000 Euro
    2. Mattias Olsson, Sweden, (880 (4 games), 14.400 Euro
    3. Cameron Weier, United States, 392 (2 games), 5.000 Euro
    4. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 438 (2 games), 5.000 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Barrett (234+225) def. No. 4 Larsen (203+235), 459-438
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Olsson (202+211) def. No. 2 Weier (169+223), 413-392
    Championship: Barrett (257+258) def. Olsson (269, 198), 515-467.


    Qatar Bowling Open - Places 5-43 (Cashers)

    Players with position, country and earnings.

    5. Mike Fagan, United States, 2.500 Euro
    6. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2.500 Euro
    7. Tommy Jones, United States, 2.500 Euro
    8. Marshall Kent, United States, 2.500 Euro
    9. Ida Andersson, Sweden, 2.500 Euro
    10. Matt Gasn, United States, 2.500 Euro
    11. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 2.500 Euro
    12. Richard Teece, England, 2.500 Euro
    13. Bill O'Neill, United States, 1.800 Euro
    14. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1.800 Euro
    15. Tim Mack, United States, 1.800 Euro
    16. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1.800 Euro
    17. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1.800 Euro
    18. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1.800 Euro
    19. Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1.800 Euro
    20. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 1.800 Euro
    21. Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1.500 Euro
    22. James Gruffman, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    23. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, 1.500 Euro
    24. Paul Moor, England, 1.500 Euro
    25. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    26. Yousef Al-Jaber, Qatar, 1.500 Euro
    27. Sami Lampo, Finland, 1.500 Euro
    28. Shaik Abdul Hameed, India, 1.500 Euro
    29. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1.200 Euro
    30. Timo Alho, Finland, 1.200 Euro
    31. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1.200 Euro
    32. Isabelle Hultin, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
    33. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 1.200 Euro
    34. Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
    35. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
    36. Mansoor Al-Awamy, Qatar, 1.200 Euro
    37. Mohammed Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia, 1.200 Euro
    38. John Guldbæk, Denmark, 1.200 Euro
    39. Ahmed Al-Deyab, Qatar, 1.000 Euro
    40. Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE, 1.000 Euro
    41. Magnus Johnson Jr. Sweden, 1.000 Euro
    42. Hussain Hijji, Palestine, 1.000 Euro
    43. Khalid Al-Saada, Qatar, 1.000 Euro


    2013 Qatar Bowling Open - Round Two Results

    The top 4 advance to the playoffs.


    2013 Qatar Bowling Open - Round One Results

    The top 18 advance to the second round.