Tournament Preview: 13th Kingdom of Bahrain Championship

    03/01/15

    Bahrain

    Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra, Bahrain (March 2-7, 2015)

    2015BahrainChampionshipLogo.jpg The 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship is the ninth tournament on the 2015 World Bowling Tour and the qualifying event for the Bahrain leg, the second event on the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour (March 8).

    The Bahrain Championship was held from March 2-7 at Ozone Entertainment Center, a 12-laner inside the Sitra Mall in Sitra, Bahrain. Players will compete for total prize money of US$104,050 with $25,000 going to the winner, $12,500 to the runner-up and $8,000 to the third place finisher. In addition the tournament offers a $1,000 bonus for the first 300 game.

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

    Qualifying (two 6-game series; unlimited re-entries) runs from February 16-21 for local bowlers and March 2-5 for international bowlers (three squads per day). Women and youth bowlers (age 17 and younger) receive seven pins handicap each game.

    Total 30 players advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday, March 6 & 7, including the top 27 qualifiers, the next two Bahrainis and the top-ranked woman.

    Players 1-6 (top 5 plus the next Bahraini) receive three byes. Players 7-12 receive two byes and players 13-18 earn one bye. The remaining 12 players advance to the second round.

    Rounds 2-5 consist of six games scratch with the top six players advancing to the next round with the exception of Round 5, where the top three players will advance to the stepladder finals.

    The No. 2 seed bowls the No. 3 seed in the semifinal match. The winner of that game takes on the top-seeded player for the title and the US$25,000 first-place check. According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

    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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