Ryan Lalisang takes over pole position in Saudi Arabia after Round Two


    Saudi Arabia

    Indonesian averages over 223.50 for 12 games to lead the 80-player field with 2682 total; Wu Siu Hong (HKG) achieves perfection; heading into the last qualifying day, the score to make the cut in 28th place is 2308 (192.33average)

    2015KIORyanLalisang.jpg 2015KIOWuSiuHong.jpgRyan Lalisang (pictured left) of Indonesia averaged 223.50 for 12 games to lead the 9th Kingdom International Open as 80 players from 18 countries have completed their second block of qualifying at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    The Asian Games champion averaged 230.50 on Friday and added 1383 to his 1299 first round pinfall to leap from fourth to first place with 2682 total. Lalisang rolled games of 279, 255, 225, 174, 231 and 219.

    Trailing Lalisang by just eight pins was Wu Siu Hong (right) of Hong Kong. Fresh of his victory in the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, Wu used the only 1400-series of the event so far to leap from fifth to second place with 2674 total and an average of 222.83.

    Wu rebounded from a slow start (194, 181) with the tournament's first 300 game followed by 256, 246 and 228 for 1405, an average of 234.17. He received $1,000 for the perfect game and another $1,000 for the highest block of the day.

    2015KIOKhaledAldubyyan.jpg2015KIOAbdulHakimAlSaud.jpgPrevious leader Khaled Aldubyyan (left) of Kuwait couldn't match his pace from the first block (1389) and slipped to to third place with 2626 (218.83) behind a 1237 on Friday. The top nine bowlers came from B Squad.

    The top three plus the next Saudi bowler at the end of the qualifying will earn a first-round bye. Prince AbdulHakim Al Saud (right) from the host country Saudi Arabia continued to lead A squad with 2453 (204.42) but slipped from third to 10th place. He managed only 1148 (191.33) in the second block, yet he is still the best Saudi bowler.

    With 80 bowlers (48 in B squad and 32 in A squad) having completed 12 qualifying games, Stephen Solomon, Philippines holds the 28th and last place to advance to the finals with 2308 or an average of 192.33.

    Qualifying continues on Saturday, Dec. 5, with an optional third block of six games and a chance to replace the lower block. Squad 1 starts at 1 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST) with Squad 2 to follow at 6 p.m.

    2015KingdomOpenLogo_small.jpg The 9th Kingdom International Open Saudi Arabia, the 17th event of the 2015 World Bowling Tour, will be held December 3-7 at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Players will compete for total prize fund of roughly 110,000 US Dollar with $25,000 going to the champion, $12,000 to the first runner-up, $7,000 to the third, $4,500 to the fourth and $4,000 to the fifth place finishers. Last-to-cash payout is $1,000 for 32nd place.

    Qualifying (12 games in six game blocks) runs from Dec. 3-5 (Day One: first block; Day Two: second block; Day Three: Optional re-entry - maximum one six-game block).

    Total 32 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 6 & 7 and will be seeded as follows:
    • Places 1-3: Top 3 qualifiers
    • Place 4: Highest Saudi bowler
    • Places 5-28: Next 24 qualifiers
    • Place 29-32: Four highest Saudi bowlers
    Bowlers ranked 1-4 will bypass the semi-final round. Players ranked 5-32 will bowl eight games scratch to cut to the top 11 plus the next bowler from Saudi Arabia, who will meet the top 4 qualifiers in the final round.

    After another eight-game block scratch, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals. Players ranked 3-5 will clash in the opening match. The winner takes on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match meets the No. 1 seed in the championship match. The top seeded player must be defeated twice to win the title.

    The top 16 Asian men will advance to the ninth and final leg of the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour which will be contested on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh.

    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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    9th Kingdom International Open - Standings after Qualifying Block 2/3

    Total 32 players will advance. The best Saudi bowler will be seeded fourth; the next four Saudis outside the top 28 will be seeded 29th thru 32nd; players ranked 1-4 will receive a first-round bye.