Wu Siu Hong wins qualifying in 9th Kingdom International Open


    Saudi Arabia

    World Cup champion from Hong Kong averages over 226 for 12 games to lead 32 players into the finals; Denmark's Frederik √ėhrgaard hits the cutoff number for 28th place with 2386 (198.83 average)

    Image2015KIORyanLalisang.jpgFresh of his victory in the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, Wu Siu Hong (pictured left) of Hong Kong averaged 226.67 for a 2720 12-game total to win the qualifying of the 9th Kingdom International Open which concluded Saturday with an optional six-game block to replace a lower series at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Wu rolled a 1315 series, an average of 219.17, including games of 228, 215, 258, 248, 205 and 161, to replace a 1269 low series and to overtake previous leader Ryan Lalisang (right) by 38 pins.

    Image2015KIOAbdulHakimAlSaud.jpgThe Asian Games champion from Indonesia slipped to second place with 2682 and an average of 223.50. Wu's compatriot Lau Kwun Ho (left) posted 1360 to jump from 9th to third place with 2677 (223.08).

    The top three plus the next Saudi bowler earned a first-round bye. The fourth spot went to Yasser Abulreesh with 2477 (206,42). Prince AbdulHakim Al Saud (right) of Saudi Arabia and his compatriot Adel Al-Barqi, who led A squad with 2453 (204.42), finished tied for 18th place.

    Block 1 leader Khaled Aldubyyan (below right) of Kuwait finished qualifying in fifth place on 2626 (218.83). Denmark's Frederik √ėhrgaard took the 28th and last place to advance to the finals with 2386 or an average of 198.83.

    2015KIOKhaledAldubyyan.jpgPlayers ranked 5 to 28 plus the next four Saudi bowlers outside the top 28 will bowl an eight-game semi-final round Sunday at 1 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

    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

    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.

    300 games (1) - Wu Siu Hong.