England's Williams, Teece lead Squads 10 & 11 in 14th Qatar Bowling Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #19

    Stuart Williams becomes the second player to crack the 1400-mark, moves into second place overall and earns a $250 bonus; USA's Marshall Kent continues to lead qualifying: score to make the cut in 34th place is now 1243 (207.17 average)

    2014EBT16RichardTeece.jpg2014EBT19StuartWilliams.jpgPBA champion Stuart Williams (pictured left) and fellow English national team member Richard Teece (right) led qualifying squads 10 and 11 (squad 9 has been canceled) in the 14th Qatar Bowling Open Monday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Williams, who won his lone PBA title in the 2011 Viper Open, finished his six-game series with a huge 280 game to win Squad 10 with 1408, a 234.67 average, and to overtake second place in the overall qualifying standings.

    2014EBT19MarshallKent2.jpg2014EBT19MartinLarsen2.jpgThe 2007 World Ranking Masters became the second player who cracked the 1400-bar only trailing to tournament leader, Marshall Kent, United States, who continued to lead the field of 77 players from 22 countries with 1448 total and an average of 241.33. As the daily leader on Monday, the 33-year-old right-hander pocketed a 250 U.S. Dollar bonus.

    Williams pushed back fellow PBA Touring pro Martin Larsen (right) of Sweden to third place with 1393. Ghanim M Aboujassoum of Qatar was mere 19 pins behind Williams in Squad 10 to jump into fourth place with 1389 and an average of 231.50. Aboujassoum started with games of 242, 216, 216 and 203 before he closed with high games of 257 and 255.

    2014EBT16ThomasLarsen.jpg2014EBT08MaiGingeJensen2.jpgCurrent European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Thomas Larsen (left) was a distant third in this squad with 1324 including three 240s, good enough for 10th place overall. The top 10 at the end of the qualifying will receive a first-round bye.

    Just six pins off the pace for the top 10 was Richie Teece after finishing his series in Squad 11 with a big 265 game for 1318, an average of 219.67, which propelled him into 11th place.

    Mai Ginge Jensen (right) of Denmark is the best of five women in the field in 13th place with 1313 including 48 pins women's handicap. The score to make the cut in 34th place raised by 27 pins on Monday. Mansour Al-Hajri of Qatar is the man "on the bubble" with 1243 and an average of 207.17.

    Qualifying continues Tuesday, Nov. 25, with squads 12-14 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. local time. The bowler with the highest series on Tuesday will receive a $250 bonus.

    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 11/17

    Total of 43 players including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Nov. 21 (places 35 & 36), Nov. 22 (places 37 & 38) and Nov. 23 squads (places 39 & 40) plus 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.