International bowlers take control of the leaderboard in Qatar


    2015 European Bowling Tour #16

    Leaderboard gets new look Saturday as Ryan Lalisang (INA), Wu Siu Hong (HKG) and Daniel Fransson (SWE) take the top three spots; Martin Larsen (SWE), Osku Palermaa (FIN) achieve perfection; No. 34 score to beat to advance is now 1252 (208.67 average)

    2015EBT16RyanLalisang.jpg2015EBT16WuSiuHong.jpgAsian Games gold medalist Ryan Lalisang (pictured left) of Indonesia averaged 244.50 in the first squad on Saturday, sixth overall, to shoot into the lead as the international bowlers took control of the leaderboard in the Qatar Bowling Open at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    Lalisang started his six-game series with games of 202 and 214 before a strong finish (235, 279, 279 and 258) propelled him into the pole position after three days of qualifying. As the player with the highest series on Saturday, Lalisang received a 250 Dollar bonus.

    2015EBT16DanielFransson.jpgFresh off his victory in the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup last week, Wu Siu Hong (above right) of Hong Kong used an equally strong finish (279, 258 and 242) to tie Daniel Fransson (left) of Sweden in the seventh squad at 1448 (241.33).

    2015EBT16ChrisSloan.jpgSiu Hong earned the bragging rights thanks to the higher five-game total (see the tie rules at the bottom of this article) en route to overtake second place, while Fransson, who started his set with 248 and 280, was seeded third.

    Chris Sloan (right), a two-handed player from Ireland, led the 8th squad on Saturday evening with 1323, including high games of 256, 248 and 237, good for 13th place overall.

    As the top two players from the combined standings of squads 6, 7 and 8, Lalisang and Siu Hong earned automatic berths into the finals. If any of them finish in the top 43 at the end of the qualifying, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order.

    2015EBT16MohammadJanahi.jpgPrevious leader Mohammed H Al-Merekhi of Qatar fell to fourth place with 1413. Rounding out the top 5 is Squad 1 leader Mohammad Janahi of Bahrain with 1405.

    2015EBT16MartinLarsenOskuPalermaa.jpgMartin Larsen of Sweden and Osku Palermaa of Finland (pictured right, l-r) rolled the second and third 300 game of the tournament in the fourth game of the seventh squad.

    Larsen, an 8-time European Bowling Tour champion, finished the day in 9th place with 1363, while Palermaa, who is second on the all-time EBT title list with 13 wins, was 28th on 1271.

    2015EBT16JennyWegner.jpgJenny Wegner (right) of Sweden improved her highest series by 11 pins and remained the best of seven women in the 117-player field from 24 countries in 17th place with 1272 scratch (212 average) and 1320 including handicap.

    With 8 of 17 qualifying squads in the books, Rey Jaim, Philippines, holds the 34th and last spot to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1252 or an average of 208.67.

    Qualifying continues on Sunday, Nov. 29, with squads 9-11 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 8/17

    Total 43 players including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Nov. 28 (places 35 & 36), Nov. 27 (places 37 & 38) and Nov. 26 squads (places 39 & 40) and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad 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.