Marshall Kent averages over 240 to take early lead in 14th Qatar Bowling Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #19

    PBA rookie rolls 1448 series in Squad 4 to hold an 80-pin lead; Swede Magnus Johnson shoots the first 300 game of the EBT Platinum and WBW major event

    2012EBT09JohnnyAdsbol.jpg2014EBT19MarshallKent.jpgTeam USA member Marshall Kent (pictured left with Saeed Al Hajri, Head of the Technical Committee, Qatar Open 2014) averaged 241.33 in Squad 4 to take an early lead in the qualifying of the 14th Qatar Bowling Open Saturday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Kent, 22, a two-time European Bowling Tour titlist who joined the Professional Bowlers Association earlier this year, had games of 216, 276, 213, 258, 246 and 239 for 1448 pinfall total to hold an 80-pin lead over Johnni Adsbøl (right) of Denmark. Adsbøl finished Squad 4 with 1368 including six games between 209 and 249.

    2014EBT08MaiGingeJensen2.jpg2014EBT19MagnusJohnson.jpgThird place belonged to Magnus Johnson (left, with Bandar Mubarak Al Shafi, General Secretary of the Qatar Bowling Federation) of Sweden, who closed his six-game series in Friday's Squad 2 with the tournament's first 300 game for 1354. Kent and Johnson received a 250 U.S. Dollar bonus for the highest series on Friday and Saturday.

    Former World Champion Mai Ginge Jensen (right) of Denmark, who led the opening squad with 1313 including 48 pins handicap (210.83 scratch), sits in fourth place and is currently the best of three women in the 54-player field from 13 countries.

    2014ABFT07YousifFalah2.jpgRounding out the top 5, was Yousif Falah (left) of Bahrain, who led Squad 3 with 1310 total and an average of 218.33. Hazeem Al-Muraikhi was the best Qatari bowler in eighth place with 1271 (211.83). His compatriot Mansour Al-Hajri paced Squad 5 on Saturday evening with 1243 to move into 14th place.

    With five of 17 qualifying squads in the books, Ramil Gomez, Philippines, holds the 34th and last spot to advance to the finals with 1111 total and an average of 185.17.

    Qualifying continues Sunday, Nov. 23, with squads 6-8 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. local time. The bowler with the highest series will be awarded $250 and the top two players who will not finish in the top 34 will earn automatic berths into the finals.

    2014QatarOpenLogo2.jpg The 14th Qatar Bowling Open is the 19th and final stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and will be held from Nov. 21-27 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. With total prize fund of 161,000 U.S. Dollar or roughly 125,000 Euro the Qatar Open is one of two "Platinum" tournaments this season, the EBT's highest tournament category.

    $40,000 will be going to the winner, $20,000 to the runner-up and $7.000 apiece to the third and fourth place finishers. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (max. is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs from Friday, Nov. 21 through Wednesday, Nov. 26 with the final Squad 17 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time. Qualifying will conclude with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11 p.m.

    Local Time is Arabia Standard Time (AST) - Central European Time (GST -2 hours), Eastern Standard Time (GST -8 hours) and Hong Kong Time (GST +5 hours).

    Total of 43 players including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Nov. 21 (#1 & 2), 22 (#3-5) and 23 squads (#6-8) and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad advance to the finals on Thursday, Nov. 27. 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 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 will bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize in the championship match (two games total pins).

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg In its 15th season, the 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. Total prize fund is almost one million 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 compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 Qatar Bowling Open is also the third stop of the 2015 World Bowling Tour and will award a PBA international title if won by a PBA member. In order for a woman to earn a PBA Tour title, she must bowl the event without receiving handicap pins.

    The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which got underway in October with the PBA World Championship, currently consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), United States (5), Asia (2) and Europe (2).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle. The top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals in November in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.


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    14th Qatar Bowling Open - Qualifying Standings after Squad 5/17

    Total of 43 players including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Nov. 21 (#1 & 2), 22 (#3-5) and 23 squads (#6-8) and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad advance to the finals on Thursday, Nov. 27. The top 10 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.