Indonesia's Tannya Roumimper becomes second woman to win the H.H. Emir Cup


    2015 World Bowling Tour #8

    Collegiate star defeats Qatar's Khaled Al-Dossari in the title match, 516-430, to earn the $25,000 top prize

    2015EmirCupTannyaRoumimper2.jpgTannya Roumimper (pictured left) became the second woman to win the H.H. Emir Cup when the Indonesian defeated local favorite Khaled Al-Dossari, 515-430, over two games total pins to capture the World Bowling Tour title and the $25,000 top prize Friday, February 27, at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    Roumimper, the most valuable player for the 2013-14 women's college bowling season, followed in the footprints of former Malaysian standout Shalin Zulkifli, who was the first woman to win the Emir Cup back in 2005. She is the third women to win a WBT open tournament.

    2015EmirCupKhaledAlDossari.jpgRoumimper started the first game with seven consecutive strikes while Al-Dossari was unable to double in the whole game. The Indonesian converted a single-pin spare in the eighth frame and went off the sheet for 279 and 287 including handicap.

    Al-Dossari (right), who otherwise bowled a clean game, suffered a split in his 10th frame, which he failed to convert, to trail Roumimper by 103 pins after the first game, 287 to 184.

    Roumimper, who had the highest game in Round Two earlier on Friday with 289 scratch, started the second game with a three-bagger and had another three bagger in frames 7-9, to shut out her opponent well before the final frame.

    Al-Dossari, who was looking to become the first Qatari Emir Cup champion since Mubarak Al-Muraikhi in 2010, finally found his strike line to defeat Roumimper in game two, 246-229, but lost the battle for first place by 86 pins, 516-430.

    2015EmirCupDanielleMcEwan2.jpgIn the semifinals, fourth-seeded Al-Dossari eliminated tournament leader Danielle McEwan (left), United States, 441 to 405 (including 16 pins handicap). The Qatari took a 52-pin lead after the first game, 229-177, and never looked back. He bowled a solid second game, 212 to McEwan's 228, to advance by 36 pins.

    2015EmirCupNaifOqab.jpgIn the other semi-final match, Naif Oqab (right), United Arab Emirates, the No. 3 seed, held a one-pin lead after the first game over second-seeded Roumimper, 224-223. The Indonesian doubled in the 10th frame of the second game for 206 pins and added eight pins handicap to win the game 214-204 and the match 437-428.

    Al-Dossari earned $12,000 for second place. McEwan and Oqab got $6,000 apiece for third and fourth place, respectively. As Roumimper (nor any other of the other finalists) is a PBA member, she doesn't receive credit for a PBA title.

    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 rolled another six-game block scratch to determine the top four players who advance to the playoffs.

    The No. 1 seed met the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed took on the No. 3 seed over two games with the total pin fall to determine the winners, who bowled 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.

    Photos courtsy of Qatar Bowling Fedeartion.

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    H.H. Emir Cup 2015 Finals

    Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Feb. 22-27, 2015)

     Championship Round:
    1. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 953 (4 games), $25,000
    2. Khaled Al-Dossari, Qatar, 871 (4 games), $12,000
    3. Danielle McEwan, United States, 405 (2 games), $6,000
    4. Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 428 (2 games), $6,000

    L-R Al-Dossari, Roumimper, McEwan and Oqab. Click images to enlarge.

    Playoff Results:
    Semi-final Match 1: No. 4 Al-Dossari (229, 212) def. No. 1 Ewan (177, 228), 441-405
    Semi-final Match 2: No. 2 Roumimper (223, 214) def. No. 3 Oqab (224, 204), 437-428
    Championship: Roumimper (287, 229) def. Al-Dossari (184, 246), 516-430.
    * McEwan and Roumimper received eight pins handicap per game.


    H.H. Emir Cup 2015 - Cashers (places 5-32)

    5. Osku Palermaa, Finland, $2,700
    6. Wes Malott, United States, $2,700
    7. Andres Gomez, Colombia, $2,700
    8. Sean Rash, United States, $2,700
    9. Cherie Tan, Singapore, $2,300
    10. Jason Belmonte, Australia, $2,300
    11. Manuel Otalora, Colombia, $2,300
    12. Missy Parkin, United States, $2,300
    13. Yousif Falah, Bahrain, $2,100
    14. Tom Hess, United States, $2,100
    15. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $2,100
    16. Martin Larsen, Sweden, $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