Dom Barrett goes back-to-back in Qatar; defeats Stu Williams for his fourth career PBA title

    11/27/14

    2014 EBT #19 / 2015 WBT 3

    2014EBT19DominicBarrett2.jpg2014EBT19StuartWilliams2.jpgIn the title match of the 14th Qatar Open between England's PBA champions, Dominic Barrett (pictured left) defeated Stuart Williams (right), 395-388 over two games total pins, to defend his title and to win his fourth career title and 40,000 U.S. Dollar. It was also Barrett's 10th European Bowling Tour title.

    After both players tied the first game at 206, Barrett went on to win game two, 189 to 182, to seal the victory.

    Williams, who was looking for his second PBA title and seventh EBT title, became England's first PBA champion November 18, 2011 with victory in the Viper Open. Barrett won his first PBA title one day later in the Scorpion Open. In 2013, Barrett won his first "major" title in the PBA World Championship and added title No. 3 in the 13th Qatar Open.

    2014EBT19MartinLarsen2.jpg2013EBT19CameronWeier.jpg In the semi-finals, Barrett came back from a 26-pin deficit (232-258) with a huge 278 game to defeat Martin Larsen (left) of Sweden, 510-469.

    Williams, the No. 1 seed, ousted Cameron Weier (right), United States, in the other match, 434-421. Weier, who was third in the 2013 Qatar Open, was seeded fourth as he entered the finals as the No. 4 seed.

    Williams received $20,000 for second place while Larsen and Weier got $7,000 apiece for third and fourth place.

    2014EBT19ThomasLarsen.jpg2014EBT19KamillaKjeldsen.jpgDenmark's Thomas Larsen (left) missed the cut to the top 4 due to a last game of 180. By virtue of finishing in ninth place, Larsen made enough points to maintain a 14 point lead over Barrett, 878-864, to win the 2014 European Bowling Tour Men's Point Ranking. Larsen cashed points in 14 out of 19 events this season.

    On the women's side, Kamilla Kjeldsen (right) of Denmark could afford to miss the qualifying cut as her closest rivals didn't make the trip to Qatar. She finished well ahead of Sweden's Ida Andersson, 968-696 points. The three-time EBT Masters winner captured her -third crown after leading inaugural season in the year 2000 and in 2003.

    Her compatriot Mai Ginge Jensen and Latvia's Diana Zavjalova reached the Round of 28 finishing in 12th and 21st place to crack the top 12 in the point ranking and to qualify for the 2015 EBT Masters, which will conclude the 15th European Bowling Tour season.

    2014QatarOpenLogo2.jpg The 14th Qatar Bowling Open was the 19th and final stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and was contested from Nov. 21-27 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. With total prize fund of 161,000 U.S. Dollar or roughly 129,000 Euro the Qatar Open was one of two "Platinum" tournaments, the EBT's highest tournament category.

    Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (max. is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour. Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Friday, Nov. 21 through Wednesday, Nov. 26. Total of 43 players advanced to the finals on Thursday, Nov. 27. The top 10 qualifiers received a first-round bye.

    The other 33 finalists bowled six games scratch with the top 18 advancing to the second round. Those 18 and the 10 qualifying leaders rolled another six-game block scratch to cut to the top 4, who advanced to the semifinals.

    The No. 1 bowled No. 4 and the No. 2 bowled No. 3 with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. The two semifinal winners bowled for the title and the $40.000 Dollar top prize in the championship match.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg In its 15th season, the 2014 European Bowling Tour featured 19 tournaments in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. Total prize fund was almost one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event received ranking points. Those points were 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 was also the third stop of the 2015 World Bowling Tour and awarded a PBA international title. The winner must be 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 (finals yet to be played), 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 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

    The fourth WBT event, the 8th Kingdom International Open starts tomorrow, November 28th at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and runs through December 2nd.

     


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    14th Qatar Bowling Open


    Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Nov. 21-27, 2014)

    2014EBT19Top4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Dominic Barrett, England, 905 (4 games), 40,000 U.S Dollar
    2. Stuart Williams, England, 822 (4 games), 20,000 U.S Dollar
    3. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 469 (2 games), 7,000 U.S Dollar
    4. Cameron Weier, United States, 421 (2 games), 7,000 U.S Dollar

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Williams (197+237) def. No. 4 Weier (209+212), 434-421
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Barrett (232+278) def. No. 2 Larsen (258+211), 510-469
    Championship: Barrett (206+189) def. Williams (206+182), 395-388.

     


    Qatar Bowling Open - Places 5-43 (Cashers)


    Players with position, country and earnings.

    5. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, $3,500
    6. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $3,500
    7. Osku Palermaa, Finland, $3,500
    8. Mike Fagan, United States, $3,500
    9. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, $3,500
    10. Brad Angelo, United States, $3,500
    11. Chris Barnes, United States, $3,500
    12. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, $3,500
    13. Bill O'Neill, United States, $2,500
    14. Sean Rash, United States, $2,500
    15. John Wells, England, $2,500
    16. Richard Teece, England, $2,500
    17. Tom Daugherty, United States, $2,500
    18. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, $2,500
    19. Craig Nidiffer, United States, $2,500
    20. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, $2,500
    21. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, $2,000
    22. Markus Jansson, Sweden, $2,000
    23. Perttu Jussila, Finland, $2,000
    24. Marshall Kent, United States, $2,000
    25. Peter Hellström, Sweden, $2,000
    26. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, $2,000
    27. Yousif Falah, Bahrain, $2,000
    28. Tommy Jones, United States, $2,000
    29. Mattias Olsson, Sweden, $1,500
    30. Magnus Johnson, Sweden, $1,500
    31. Danielle McEwan, United States, $1,500
    32. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $1,500
    33. Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, $1,500
    34. Kim Bolleby, Sweden, $1,500
    35. Lars Hoeberg, Denmark, $1,500
    36. Ahmed Mohd Raheemi, Bahrain, $1,500
    37. AnĹľe Grabrijan, Slovenia, $1,500
    38. Ghanim M Aboujassoum, Qatar, $1,500
    39. Hazeem H Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, $1,300
    40. Johnni Adsbøl, Denmark, $1,300
    41. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, $1,300
    42. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, $1,300
    43. Mohammed H Al-Merekhi, Qatar, $1,300

     


    14th Qatar Bowling Open - Final Round Two Results


    Top 4 advance to the playoffs. Places 5-28 eliminated. Places 5-12 earn $3,500, places 13-20 get $2,500 and places 21-28 receive $2,000.

     


    14th Qatar Bowling Open - Final Round One Results


    Top 18 advance to the second round. Places 19-33 eliminated. Places 19-28 earn $1,500, places 29-33 earn $1,300.