PBA champions Jones, Gomez, Williams move into the top 10 at Qatar Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #16

    Cameron Weier remains atop the leaderboard with 1524; American leads a field of 156 players from 26 countries into the last qualifying day; Kamron Doyle (USA) rolls the fourth 300 game; No. 34 score to beat to advance is now 1332 (222 average)

    2015EBT16TommyJones.jpg2014MWCAndresGomez.jpgThree PBA champions, Tommy Jones, United States, Andres Gomez of Colombia and England's Stuart Williams moved into the top 10 in the qualifying of the Qatar Bowling Open Monday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Jones (pictured left), a 16-time titlist and the PBA Player of the Year in the 2005-06 season, rolled the highest series on the penultimate qualifying day to earn a 250 Dollar bonus. He had games of 257, 212, 244, 255, 244 and 220 in squad 12 to leap into fifth place in the overall standings with 1432 total and an average of 238.67.

    2015EBT16StuartWilliams.jpg2015EBT16CameronWeier.jpg Gomez (above right), a three-time champion and long-time Colombian national team member, led squad 13 with 1416, including games of 192, 265, 269, 221, 226 and 243, good for seventh place. Trailing Gomez by two pins to sit in eighth place was one-time champion Williams, who won his lone PBA title in 2009.

    Williams (left) was second to Jones in squad 12 with 1414, including high games of 268, 257, 255 and 240.

    Cameron Weier (right), United States, leads the 156-player field from 26 countries into the final qualifying day with 1524 and an average of 254 for six games. Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia remained in second place with 1467 and was followed by World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong and Daniel Fransson of Sweden, both on 1448.

    2015EBT16DanielleMcEwan.jpg2015EBT16KamronDoyle.jpgMohammed Al-Merekhi is the best bowler from the host country Qatar and currently holds the 10th and last place to earn a first-round bye with 1413 (235.50). PWBA champion Danielle McEwan (left) is the best of nine women in the field and the only woman above the cutline in 16th place with 1387, including 48 pins handicap.

    Team USA member Kamron Doyle (right) rolled the tournament's fourth 300 in game two of squad 13 and finished with 1377 to move into 19th place. Squad 14 leader Andrew Anderson, United States, closed his set with a huge 277 game to land in 20th place with 1374.

    2015EBT16TomDaugherty.jpgWith three more qualifying squads to go, Tom Daugherty (right), United States, holds the 34th and last spot to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1332 or an average of 222.

    Qualifying continues on Tuesday, Dec. 1, with squads 15-17 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11 p.m.

    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 Kronor 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 14/17

    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

    300 games (4) - Zakareya Al-Zoqari, Martin Larsen, Osku Palermaa, Kamron Doyle.

    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.