Mohammad Janahi takes early lead in Qatar Bowling Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #16

    Bahraini rolls 1405 series (234.17 average) to set the pace in the opening squad of the European Bowling Tour "Platinum" and World Bowling Tour "regular" event

    2015EBT16MohammadJanahi2.jpg2015EBT16GhanimMAboujassoum.jpgMohammad Janahi (pictured with Saeed Al Hajri of the Qatar Bowling Federation, right) of Bahrain averaged 234.17 in the opening squad to set the pace in the Qatar Bowling Open which got underway Thursday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    Janahi had games of 267, 211, 223, 266, 229 and 209 to lead the field of 73 players from 14 countries with 1405 total. Qataris Ghanim M Aboujassoum (right) and Hazeem H Al-Muraikhi were distant second and third with 1348 and 1338, respectively.

    Fourth place belonged to Squad 2 leader Mohamed Jamal of Qatar with 1334.

    The player with the highest series on each day of the qualifying receives a 250 Dollar bonus. The top two players from the combined standings of squads 1 & 2 earned automatic spots for the finals. If Janahi and/or Aboujassoum finish in the top 43 in qualifying, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, Nov. 27, with squads 3-5 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

    2015EBT16QatarOpenLogo_small.jpg The 2015 Qatar Bowling Open is the 16th and last stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and also the 16th event of 2015 World Bowling Tour. The EBT "Platinum" tournament, the highest of four categories, will be held from Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 2015, in Doha, Qatar.

    The tournament offers total prize fund of 161,000 U.S. Dollars with $40,000 going to the winner, $20,000 to the runner-up and a last-to-cash payout of $1,300 for 43rd place.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs from Thursday, Nov. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 1 with the final Squad 17 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time. Qualifying will conclude with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11 p.m.

    Local Time is Arabia Standard Time (AST) - Central European Time (-2 hours), Eastern Standard Time (-8 hours) and Hong Kong Time (+5 hours).

    Total 43 players including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Nov. 26 (#1 & 2), Nov. 27 (#3-5) and Nov. 28 squads (#6-8) and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad advance to the finals on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The top 10 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.

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

    The No. 1 bowls No. 4 and the No. 2 bowls No. 3 with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. The two semifinal winners will bowl for the title in the championship match over two games total pins.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour consists of 16 tournaments in 12 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and seven "Satellite" events. All 16 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 850.000 Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the 12th San Marino Open.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2014, consists of 19 tournaments in 12 countries, eight in the Middle East, seven in the U.S., and two each in Asia and Europe, including seven "majors" (double ranking points) and 12 regular tournaments.

    If a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) wins a World Bowling Tour event, it counts as a PBA title.

    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 all points from the 2014 and 2015 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending WBT Finals in Indianapolis on Feb. 13, 2016. The qualifying standings for the World Bowling Tour Finals are different to the WBT Ranking as they include all WBT events since Nov. 1, 2013.

    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 courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF)


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    2015 Qatar Bowling Open - Qualifying Standings after Squad 2/17

    Total 43 players including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings will advance to the finals on Wednesday, Dec. 2

    Tie Rule (Qualifying)

    The highest positioned player will be the player scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game. If a tie still exists, the highest positioned player will be the player with the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the two lowest games etc.