UAE's Shaker Al-Hassan moves to the top in 12th Kuwait International Open



    B Squad bowlers dominate the standings after two of three qualifying blocks; Al-Hassan and John Szczerbinski (USA) achieve perfection; score to make the cut in 34th place is 2012 (201.20 average)

    2014AsianGamesShakerAlHassan.jpg2014PBADJArcher2.jpgShaker Al-Hassan (pictured left) of the United Arab Emirates averaged 235 on the second day of qualifying to pace Squad B and to take the overall lead in the 12th Kuwait International Open 2015 with 2247 total and an average of 224.70 for ten games.

    Al-Hassan, who won the 12th Kingdom of Bahrain Bowling Championship last year, started the second of three qualifying blocks Wednesday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya City, Kuwait, with the tournament's first 300 game and added games 222, 237, 183 and 233 for an 1175 block.

    2014PBA07BradAngelo.jpg2014PBAJohnSzczerbinski.jpgAl-Hassan's fellow B Squad bowlers DJ Archer (above right), Brad Angelo (left) and John Szczerbinski (right) were within 19 pins behind to sit in second, third and fourth place.

    Archer, who led the 100-player field from 19 countries after the first block with 1217, slipped to second place with 2238 behind a 1021 on Wednesday. Angelo used an 1119 series to lap two spots into third place with 2231.

    Szczerbinski stayed in fourth place with 2228 behind a 1099 series that included the second perfecto of the event which came in the second game.

    2014PBAWSOBDomBarrett.jpg2015AsCRyanLalisang2.jpg Last year's runner-up, Dom Barrett (left) of England, was the best bowler of D Squad but fell from second to fifth place with 2226. Ryan Lalisang (right) of Indonesia posted the highest 1210 series (242 average) in A Squad on Wednesday to jump from 42nd to sixth place with 2198 total.

    The top 6 bowlers at the end of the qualifying plus the next Kuwaiti will earn three byes for the finals. D Squad's Fahad Al-Rageeb was the best bowler from the host country with 2035, an average of 203.50, including series of 1018 and 1017.

    2014PBAJasonSterner.jpg2013EBT04TannyaRoumimper2.jpgJason Sterner (left), United States, was the best C Squad bowler in ninth place with 2177 (217.70). Tannya Roumimper (right) of Indonesia, who won the H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar two weeks ago, was the best of two women in the field, but slipped from 15th to 26th place with 2041 including 5 pins handicap each game, an 199.10 average (43rd place Danielle McEwan, USA, 1983, is the other).

    The top 34 players after 15 games of qualifying plus the next four Kuwaitis will advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday. Marshall Kent (below right), United States, holds the 34th and last place to advance with 2012 or an average of 201.20.

    2014MWCMarshallKent.jpgQualifying concludes on Thursday (C, D, A and B) with qualifying block 3 starting at 9 a.m., 12.30, 4 and 7.30 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

    The Kuwait International Open 2015 will be held from March 10-14 at Cozmo Bowling Center, a 16-laner in Salmiya City, Kuwait. Players compete for total prize money of US$130,500 with $25,000 going to winner, $12,000 to the runner-up and $8,000, $6,000 and $5,000 to the third, fourth and fifth place finishers.

    Opposite to the last four years, the 12th edition of the event is not included in the World Bowling Tour and therefore the winner will not be credited with a PBA title.

    Qualifying (15 games) runs from March 10-12 and features three blocks of 5 games (5 games per day). Players will be split into four squads (A, B, C and D). Women and youth bowlers receive five pins handicap each game.

    After 15 games, the field is cut to the top 34 players plus the next four Kuwaiti bowlers out of the cut (seeded 35th to 38th). All qualifying pins are dropped.

    The top 6 qualifiers plus the highest Kuwaiti (seeded 7th) receive three byes. Qualifiers 8-14 earn two byes and qualifiers 15-22 get one bye.

    Qualifiers 23-38 advance to Round Two on Friday morning to bowl six games scratch with the top 8 advancing to Round 3. Qualifiers 15-22 plus top eight from Round Two bowl another six games in Round Three on Friday afternoon. The top nine advance to Round Four.

    Those nine meet qualifiers 8-14 in Round Four on Friday evening. The top 8 after six games advance to Round Five on Saturday morning, where they will face the top seven qualifiers in a four-game round.

    All 15 players advance to a modified match play round on Saturday afternoon with Round Five pinfall carried forward. Three players on each pair of lanes will bowl seven games of match play plus one game position round. The winner of each match receives 20 bonus pins while the second-best player receives 10 bonus pins.

    The top five advance to the stepladder finals. Whoever reaches title match must defeat the top qualifier twice to win the title.

    12th Kuwait International Open 2015 serves as the qualifying event for the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Kuwait leg, which will be held at the same bowling center on March 15.


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