Wes Malott leads Final Round One at H.H. Emir Cup 2015 in Qatar



    U.S. bowler rolls 1357 six-game series; leads the top 10 into second-round clash with the top six qualifiers

    2014PBAWesMalott2.jpg2015EmirCupYousifFalah.jpgWes Malott (pictured left), United States, averaged 226.17 and toppled 1357 pins to lead the first round of the finals in the H.H. Emir Cup 2015 Thursday afternoon at Qatar Bowling Center.

    Malott, who is looking to win his 10th career PBA title in Qatar's capital city of Doha, rolled games of 237, 258, 185, 256, 234 and 187 and leads the top 10 players into the second round where they will meet the top six qualifiers, Yousif Falah (right), Bahrain; Danielle McEwan, USA; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland; Cherie Tan, Singapore; Sean Rash, USA; and Martin Larsen, Sweden, who had a first-round bye.

    2014MWCAndresGomez.jpg2014MWCMastersManuelOtalora.jpgColombians Andres Gomez (left) and Manuel Otalora (right) made the second cut in second and third place with 1324 and 1318. Tom Hess, who took the last spot to advance in qualifying secured fourth place with 1309 followed by Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, in fifth place with 1309 including 48 pins handicap.

    Two-time PBA player of the year Jason Belmonte of Australia was sixth with 1306 with fellow two-handed bowler Osku Palermaa of Finland in seventh place on 1305. Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, was eighth with 1280.

    Khaled Al-Dossari is the lone Qatari bowler in Round Two after finishing in ninth place with 1277. Missy Parkin, United States, took the 10th and last spot to advance with 1252 including handicap.

    Final Round Two will start on Friday, February 27 at 1 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

    The H.H. Emir Cup 2015 is the eighth tournament on the 2015 World Bowling Tour and the qualifying event for the Qatar leg, the opening event on the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour.

    The Emir Cup will be held from Sunday, February 22-27 at the Qatar Bowling Center, a 32-laner in Doha, Qatar. Players will compete for total prize money of US$102,000 with $25,000 going to the winner, $12,500 to the runner-up and $6,000 each to the third and fourth place finishers.

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

    Qualifying ran over four days featuring three squads (A, B and C). Each squad bowled two six-game blocks. Women receive eight pins handicap each game.

    Total 32 players including the top 24 players after 12 games plus the next two Qatari youth players, the next two Qatari bowlers and the top four players from the Desperado Squad, advanced to the finals on February 26 and 27. The top six qualifiers earned a first-round bye.

    The other 26 players bowled 6 games scratch with the top 10 advancing to the next round. Those ten and the top six qualifiers roll another six-game block scratch to determine the top four players who advance to the playoffs.

    The No. 1 seed meets the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed takes on the No. 3 seed over two games with the total pin fall to determine the winners, who bowl for the title and the $25,000 top prize in the two-game total pins championship match.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2014, currently consists of 19 tournaments in the Middle East (8), United States (7), Asia (2) and Europe (2) including seven "majors" and 12 regular tournaments.

    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 some points earned in 2013 and all points from the 2014 and 2015 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT points list will be invited to compete in the 2015 World Bowling Tour Finals in the beginning of 2016.

    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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    H.H. Emir Cup 2015 - Final Round One Results

    Top 10 meet the top six qualifiers in Round Two.


    H.H. Emir Cup 2015 - Cashers (places 1-32)

    1. $25,000
    2. $12,000
    3. $6,000
    4. $6,000
    5. $2,700
    6. $2,700
    7. $2,700
    8. $2,700
    9. $2,300
    10. $2,300
    11. $2,300
    12. $2,300
    13. $2,100
    14. $2,100
    15. $2,100
    16. $2,100
    17. Yousef Al-Jaber, Qatar, $1,800
    18. Brad Angelo, United States, $1,800
    19. Mansour Al-Hajri, Qatar, $1,800
    20. Ryan Ciminelli, United States, $1,800
    21. Bill O'Neill, United States, $1,800
    22. Salem Al-Hajras, Kuwait, $1,300
    23. Tim Mack, United States, $1,300
    24. Bader Al-Deyab, Qatar, $1,300
    25. Marshall Kent, United States, $1,300
    26. Ghanim Aboujassoum, Qatar, $1,300
    27. Mohammed Al-Merekhi, Qatar, $1,300
    28. New Hui Fen, Singapore, $1,300
    29. Yaqoub Al-Shatti, Kuwait, $1,300
    30. Kelly Kulick, United States, $1,300
    31. Hazeem Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, $1,300
    32. Tom Sorce, United States, $1,300