Flack triumphs in 8th Qatar International Open

    12/13/08

    2008 European Bowling Tour #18

    Wins 30.000 Euro and claims EBT Women's Ranking title

    2007EBT17NinaFlack2.jpg 2008EBT08DominicBarrett_small.jpg Nina Flack (left), Sweden, defeated Dominic Barrett (right), England, in the title match of the 8th Qatar International Open over two games total pinfall. 435 to 413, to win the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. U.S. $40,000) and to seal the victory in the 2008 European Bowling Tour women's rankings.

    It was the second title in an EBT open tournament for Flack and her third consecutive title match after winning the 16th EBT event in Naples in November and finishing second in the Ebonite English Open last weekend.

    The women - Flack (Oltremare, Qatar), Kirsten Penny, England (English Open), and Patricia Luoto, Germany (Vienna Open) - have won four out of the last five EBT events this season. In addition it was the second consecutive women's victory in Qatar after Kirsten Penny's win in the 7th Qatar Open in January 2008.

    2007PITJasonBelmonte_small.jpg 2008CTBCRemyOng_small.jpg Flack, seeded third in the semi-finals, ousted Jason Belmonte (left), the two-hander from Australia, 472-363. In the other semi-final match, Barrett, the No. 4 seed, stunned qualifying leader and top seeded Remy Ong, Singapore, 466-449.

    Barrett, who won his second men's ranking title this season en route to finish second to ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland, received 15.000 Euro for second place. Ong and Belmonte pocketed 5.000 Euro each for third and fourth place, respectively.

    Scroll down this page for the complete results, final standings with prize money and the final men's and women's EBT rankings.


    Qatar Open - Championship Round


    Two games, total pinfall to determine the winner. Flack's scores including 8 pins handicap each game.




    2008 EBT Men's Rankings Final Standings
    2008 EBT Women's Rankings Final Standings



    Qatar Open - Final Standings


    Top 48 of 144 players with position, country and prize money.

    1. Nina Flack, Sweden, 30.000 Euro
    2. Dominic Barrett, England, 15.000 Euro
    3. Remy Ong, Singapore, 5.000 Euro
    4. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5.000 Euro
    5. Nick Froggatt, England, 2.500 Euro
    6. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 2.500 Euro
    7. Patricia Luoto, Germany, 2.500 Euro
    8. Khalid Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, 2.500 Euro
    9. Mads Sandbækken, Norway, 2.000 Euro
    10. Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, 2.000 Euro
    11. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 2.000 Euro
    12. Kai Wan Kuo, Germany, 2.000 Euro
    13. Kirsten Penny, England, 2.000 Euro
    14. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2.000 Euro
    15. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 2.000 Euro
    16. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2.000 Euro
    17. Paul Moor, England, 1.300 Euro
    18. Saeed Al-Hajri, Qatar, 1.300 Euro
    19. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 1.300 Euro
    20. Abdulla Al-Qattan, Qatar, 1.300 Euro
    21. Paco Rodriguez, Spain, 1.300 Euro
    22. Fahad Al-Ragheeb, Kuwait, 1.300 Euro
    23. Patrick Healey, United States, 1.300 Euro
    24. Naif Oqab, UAE, 1.300 Euro
    25. Peter Ljung, Sweden, 1.300 Euro
    26. Jason Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 1.300 Euro
    27. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1.300 Euro
    28. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 1.300 Euro
    29. Martin Paulson, Sweden, 1.300 Euro
    30. Khaled Al-Doseri, Qatar, 1.300 Euro
    31. Cyrus Cheung, Hong Kong, 1.000 Euro
    32. Caroline Lagrange, Canada, 1.000 Euro
    33. Robert Spigner, United States, 1.000 Euro
    34. Gennady Sidorov, Russia, 1.000 Euro
    35. Stuart Williams, England, 1.000 Euro
    36. Mansoor Al-Awamy, Qatar, 1.000 Euro
    37. Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1.000 Euro
    38. Lars Nielsen, Denmark, 1.000 Euro
    39. Marc Lexter, Philippines, 1.000 Euro
    40. Mohamed Shawoosh, Bahrain, 1.000 Euro
    41. Chun Bae, United States, 1.000 Euro
    42. Abdulrahman Jaidah, Qatar, 1.000 Euro
    43. Mohammed Al-Shetti, Bahrain, 1.000 Euro
    44. Mark Buffa, Canada, 1.000 Euro
    45. Ivan Semenov, Russia, 1.000 Euro
    46. Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, 1.000 Euro
    47. Nestor Sanchez, Philippines, 1.000 Euro
    48. Jovito Comia, Philippines, 1.000 Euro


    It's down to four in 8th Qatar International Open


    2008CTBCRemyOng_small.jpg Qualifying leader Remy Ong (pictured left) from Singapore rolled the field-best 1387 series in Round 4 to leap to spots and to earn the No. 1 seed for the semifinals over two games total pinfall.

    2008EBT10JasonBelmonte_small.jpgThe lefty totaled 2724 pins over 12 games and averaged 227.00 for Round 3 and 4.

    Jason Belmonte (right), the two-hander from Australia, posted the second-highest 1372 series to leap from 8th to second place.

    2008EBT15NinaFlack_small.jpg Belmo was tied with third-placed Nina Flack (left), Sweden at 2654, but had the higher last game 247 to 200.

    As Patricia Luoto, Germany, failed to make the cut (7th; 2496), Flack has won the women's rankings in Qatar and the 2008 EBT women rankings.

    2008WYCDominicBarrett_small.jpg Dominic Barrett (right), England, took the 4th and final spot to advance with 2650 pinfall total. His compatriot Nick Froggatt and Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong closed out their series with 279 and 275 but fell 6 and 19 pins short to finish in 5th and 6th place with 2644 and 2631, respectively.

    Khalid Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, who led after Round 3 with 1346, fell to 8th and last place (2491) behind a disastrous 1145 series in Round 4.

    No. 1 Ong bowls No. 4 Barrett and No. 2 Belmonte bowls No. 3 Flack in the semi-finals. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). All matches over two games total pinfall. The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro, while the semifinal losers will receive 5.000 Euro apiece.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events.

    2008 EBT Women's Rankings Final Standings


    Qatar Open - Final Round Four


    The top 4 advance.




    Kuwaiti sets the pace in Final Round Three in 8th Qatar International Open


    2008SOKhaledAlDubyan2.jpg 2006 World Ranking Masters champion Khalid Al-Dubyyan (pictured left) from Kuwait took the lead in Round 3 on the final day in the 8th Qatar International Open at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Al-Dubyyan was the sole player, who had six games over 200 with a high game of 258 in the first and a low game of 201 in the last game en route to lead the top 8 players into the next round with 1346 pinfall total and an average of 224.33. The Kuwaiti was one of the top six qualifiers, who bypassed the first two rounds yesterday.

    2008WECNinaFlack_small.jpg Nina Flack (right), Sweden, the newly crowned 2008 EBT women's rankings champion, was mere eight pins behind in second place with 1338 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    2008EBT10RemyOng_small.jpg Trailing Flack by just one pin to sit in third place was qualifying leader Remy Ong (left) from Singapore, 1337. Fourth place belonged to Dominic Barrett, England, who checked in with 1310.

    Fifth placed Patricia Luoto, Germany, 1305, and Flack will determine the women's ranking winner in Doha. Round 2 leader Nick Froggatt, England, landed in sixth place with 1293.

    2008BHROpenWuSiuHong_small.jpg Rounding out the top 8 were Wu Siu Hong (right), Hong Kong, and Jason Belmonte, Australia, who were deadlocked at 1282. Siu Hong was seeded 7th due to the higher last game, 234 to Belmonte's 225.

    Those 8 - 4 Europeans, 3 Asians and 1 Arab - will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). All matches over two games total pinfall. The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro, while the semifinal losers will receive 5.000 Euro apiece.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events.


    Qatar Open - Final Round Three

    The top 8 advance.




    Europeans dominate Final Round Two in 8th Qatar International Open


    QBFLogo_small.jpg
    2007EBT16NickFroggatt_small.jpg Nine European bowlers including the three remaining women made the third cut in the 8th Qatar International Open to join the top six qualifiers in Saturday's Round of 16 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Nick Froggatt (pictured right) from England outaveraged his 23 rivals in Final Round Two by at least 14 pins as he checked in with 1434 six-game total and an average of 239.00. Froggatt used high games of 269, 258, 252 and 234 to finish 84 pins ahead of compatriot Dominic Barrett, who was second with 1350.

    2008ECCPatriciaLuoto_small.jpg Third place belonged to the best woman, Patricia Luoto (left), Germany, who chalked up 1333 including 48 pins handicap. Kirsten Penny, England, and Nina Flack, Sweden, followed Luoto into the third round with 1279 and 1276, good for 6th and 8th place, respectively.

    2008BWCMartinLarsen_small.jpg Swede Martin Larsen (right) and Mads Sandbækken, Norway, landed in fourth and fifth place with 1327 and 1304, with Jesper Agerbo, Denmark in 7th place with 1278.

    Shaker Al-Hassan was the sole non-European bowler who survived the round in 9th place with 1260. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, beat out 3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor, England for the 10th and final spot to advance by 15 pins, 1257 to 1242.

    2008AsCSaeedAlHajri_small.jpg The last three Qataris in the field were eliminated. Saeed Al-Hajri (left) missed the cut in 12th place (1242) by 15 pins. Abdulla Al-Qattan was two places behind with 1231. Khaled Al-Doseri, who led Final Round Two with 1416 landed in 24th and last place with 1095 or an average of 182.50.

    The top 10 will join the top six qualifiers - Remy Ong, Singapore; Osku Palermaa, Finland; Jason Belmonte, Australia; Kai Wan Kuo, Germany; Khalid Al-Dubyan, Kuwait; Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong - in Round 3 on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. local time.

    Those 16 - 12 Europeans, 2 Asians and 2 Arabs - will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events.


    Qatar Open - Final Round Two


    The top 10 advance.




    Al-Doseri leads Final Round One in 8th Qatar International Open


    QBFLogo_small.jpg Khaled Al-Doseri posted the highest six-game series of the 8th Qatar International Open in Final Round One to lead the top 18 players - 15 men and 3 women - into the next round.

    The Qatari used games between 221 and 248 to lead the 36-player field with 1416 pinfall total and an average of 236.00.

    2007EBT06NinaFlack_small.jpg 2008 women's European ranking champion Nina Flack (right) from Sweden was second with 1407 including 48 pins handicap. Third place belonged to Saeed Al-Hajri, Qatar, with 1276.

    2008KSAPatrickHealey2_small.jpg Patrick Healey Jr. (left), United States, had the high game of the round (290) en route to land in fourth place with 1353. Healey was exempt for the 2008-09 PBA Tour but was unable to bowl the number of tournaments required to retain his exemption due to his job as Team Kuwait head coach.

    Two more women made the second cut. Patricia Luoto, Germany, was 16th with 1252 and Kirsten Penny, England, finished with 235 abd 234 to help grab the 18th and final spot to advance with 1216, both results including handicap. The 4th woman, Caroline Lagrange, Canada, missed the cut by 7 pins to finish in 20th place.

    The top 16 plus qualifiers 7-12 will return Friday evening to bowl another six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top six qualifiers in Round 3 on Saturday morning.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events.


    Qatar Open - Final Round One


    The top 18 advance.




    Remy Ong wins qualifying in 8th Qatar International Open 2008


    Nina Flack seals victory in 2008 EBT Women's Rankings

    2008EBT05RemyOng3.jpg Remy Ong (pictured left) from Singapore finished atop the leaderboard after 18 qualifying squads in the 8th Qatar International Open to lead a total of 48 players - 44 men and 4 women - into the finals on Friday and Saturday at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    After posting a 1301 series in Squad 15, Ong re-entered in Squad 16 and rolled games of 248, 280, 244, 201, 214, 228 for 1415 six-game total and an average of 235.83. The lefty edged out Finland's two-hander Osku Palermaa (1402) for the top spot by 13 pins.

    2008EBT14JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (right), the two-hander from Australia, was the third player, who cracked the 1400-bar with his 1401 series in Squad 17 to land in third place in the overall standings, mere one pin behind Palermaa.

    2008EBT13KaiwanKuo_small.jpg Kai Wan Kuo (left), Germany, was the biggest surprise in the qualifying as his 1390 series from Squad 1 was good enough for fourth place. Khalid Al-Dubyan, Kuwait, led the 18th and final qualifying squad with 1389 to finish qualifying as the top Arab bowler in fifth place.

    Rounding the top 6, who will bypass the first two rounds of the finals, was Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, with 1384.

    Ong's compatriot Jason Yeong-Nathan (7th, 1375), Swedes Peter Ljung (8th, 1374) and Martin Larsen (9th, 1370), Dane Jimmy Mortensen (10th, 1363), England's Paul Moor (11th, 1362) and the second Kuwaiti Fahad Al-Ragheeb (12th, 1361) earned one bye and will be seeded into the second round of the finals.

    2008CTBCMarkBuffa2_small.jpg Canada's Mark Buffa (left) set the highlight on Thursday when he rolled a 300 game in Squad 16 to make the cut by two pins in 36th place with 1297. Russians Gennady Sidorov and Ivan Semenov took the final two spots in the qualifying with 1296 and 1295 in 37th and 38th place, respectively.

    Khaled Al-Doseri was the best local bowler in 20th place with 1330. A total of 12 Arab bowlers survived the first cut, five of them from the host country, Qatar. Nine Asian bowlers and six Americans advanced to the second round. The European bowlers took the lion's share having 21 players in the finals.

    2008EBT14PatriciaLuoto_small.jpg Two women finished in the top 38. Patricia Luoto (right), Germany, landed in 16th place with 1344 and Caroline Lagrange, Canada, was 25th with 1325, both including 48 pins handicap.

    The women's rankings leaders of the 2008 European Bowling Tour, Nina Flack, Sweden, and Kirsten Penny, England, missed the cut by five (Penny) and 25 pins (Flack) but advanced through the Desperado Squad.

    Penny had 248 including 8 pins handicap to finish second to Paco Rodriguez, Spain (248), with Abdulrahman Jaidah, Qatar, in third (246) and Flack in fourth (244).

    2008WECNinaFlack_small.jpg 2008EBT14KirstenPenny_small.jpg Leading Penny by 41 ranking points, Flack (pictured left) has sealed the victory in the 2008 EBT women's rankings. Penny (right), the defending Qatar Open champion, had had no chance to defend her ranking title as only 13 women have entered the tournament, the lowest number in EBT history. With 50 points at stake for the ranking winner and 14 awarded for 13th place, Penny could not catch Flack even if she would win the rankings and Flack would have finished 13th.

    Also advancing to the finals were three players each from the from Dec. 6 and 7 squads, who were not among the top 38. Nestor Sanchez, Marc Lexter and Jovito Comia, all from the Philippines grabbed the spots from Squads 1-2 while Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, Abdulla Al-Qattan, Qatar and Yousif Falah, Bahrain finished atop the list from Squads 3-4.

    A total of 36 players - all but the top 12 qualifiers - will return on Friday to bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 18. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top six qualifiers in Round 3.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.


    Qatar Open - Standings after Qualifying


    A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 3 each from Dec. 6 (places 39-41) and 7 (places 42-44) plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad (places 45-48) - advance to the finals. Places 1-6 earn two byes, places 7-12 receive one bye.





    Ong powers his way into the lead in 8th Qatar International Open


    2008CTBCRemyOng.jpg After leading the 15th qualifying squad in the 8th Qatar International Open with 1301 to leap into 29th place, Remy Ong (left), the lefty from Singapore, booked another re-entry in Squad 16 en route to overtake the lead in the qualifying at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Ong used games of 248, 280, 244, 201, 214, 228 for 1415 six-game total, an average of 235.83, to beat out Finland's two-hander Osku Palermaa for the top spot by 13 pins.

    2008CTBCMarkBuffa2.jpg Canada's Mark Buffa (right) set the highlight when he rolled a 300 game in his 1297 series (32nd place). With two squads to go, the cutoff number for 38th place is 1289 (Chan Shuk Han, HKG).

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events. Qualifying runs through Thursday, Dec. 11 with the final Squad 18 scheduled for 9 p.m. The single-game "Desperado Squad" will start around Midnight.

    A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 3 each from Dec. 6 and 7 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, 2008.

    The top 6 qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds, while places 7-12 receive one bye.

    The other 36 players will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 18. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top six qualifiers in Round Three.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round Three being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.



    Palermaa leads the field into final qualifying day of Qatar Open


    QBFLogo_small.jpg 2008EBT06OskuPalermaa_small.jpg Osku Palermaa (right) from Finland held on to the lead in the qualifying for the 8th Qatar International Open 2008 during Wednesday's Squads 12-14 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    The two-time European ranking champion (2007, 08) felled 1402 in Squad 9, an average of 233.67, to lead the field of 144 players - 131 men and 13 women - into the final day of qualifying.

    2008EBT13KaiwanKuo_small.jpg Kai Wan Kuo (left), Germany, who posted a score of 1390 in the first squad, is still in second place in the overall qualifying standings.

    2008BHROpenWuSiuHong_small.jpg Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, led Squad 12 with 1384 including high games of 270 and 258 to leap into third place. Jason Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, slipped to fourth with 1375.

    Rounding out the top 6 are Swedes Peter Ljung and Martin Larsen with 1374 and 1370, respectively.

    2008EBT06PaulMoor_small.jpg Dane Jimmy Mortensen was second to Siu Hong in Squad 12 to move into 7th place with 1363. 3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor (left, 2004-06), England, led Squad 13 with 1362 to overtake 8th place.

    Fahad Al-Ragheeb, Kuwait, is the best Arab bowler in 9th place with 1361.

    2008EBT14PatriciaLuoto_small.jpg Patricia Luoto
    (right), Germany, led Squad 14 with 1344 pinfall total including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour, to jump into 13th place. Luoto, currently the No. 5 in the EBT women's rankings, is the best of 13 women in the field.

    2007EBT18BrittBrondsted_small.jpg Currently joining Luoto among the top 38 qualifiers are Hong Kong's Vanessa Fung (31st) and Chan Shuk Han (32nd) with 1289 apiece, Heidi Thorstensen, Norway (32nd, 1288) and 3-time European ranking queen Britt Brøndsted (left), Denmark, who holds the 38th and final post to advance with 1279 including handicap.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events. Qualifying ends on Thursday, Dec. 11 with the final  Squad 18 scheduled for 9 p.m. The single-game "Desperado Squad" will start around Midnight.

    A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 3 each from Dec. 6 and 7 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, 2008.

    The top 6 qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds, while places 7-12 receive one bye.

    The other 36 players will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 18. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top six qualifiers in Round Three.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round Three being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.



    Europeans take control of the field in 8th Qatar International Open


    2008EBT08OskuPalermaa.jpg Four of the European ranking leaders added their names to the leaderboard in the 8th Qatar International Open currently underway at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Osku Palermaa
    (left), who sealed his second consecutive victory in the European rankings last Sunday, took over the qualifying lead in Squad 9.

    The two-hander from Finland had games of 205, 220, 237, 237, 279 and 224 to become the first player, who cracked the 1400-bar with 1402 six-game total and an average of 233.67.

    2008EBT06PeterLjung_small.jpg Swedes Peter Ljung (right) and Martin Larsen, the No. 5 and 4 in Europe, leaped into fourth and fifth place with 1374 and 1370, respectively.

    2008EBT15ToreTorgersen_small.jpg Lars Nielsen
    , Denmark, was close behind in 7th place with 1353. Former PBA exempt player and long-time Norwegian national team member Tore Torgersen (left), ranked second in Europe, moved into 8th place with 1339.

    Kai Wan Kuo, Germany, who led the field since Squad 1 with 1390, slipped one spot to second place. Jason Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, led Squad 8 en route to jump into third place in the overall qualifying standings with 1375.

    2008KSAPatrickHealey_small.jpg Fahad Al-Ragheeb, Kuwait, is the best Arab bowler in 6th place with 1361. PBA champion Patrick Healey (right) led Squad 10 with 1331, good for 9th place. Rounding out the top 10 is the best Qatari, Khaled Al-Doseri, with 1330.

    2008AsCChanShukHanVanessaFung_small.jpg Hong Kong's Vanessa Fung and Chan Shuk Han (r-l) are currently the best of mere five women in the 120-player field in 22nd and 23rd place with 1289. Abdulla Al-Qattan, Qatar, holds the 38th and final qualifying post with 1250 or an average of 208.33.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events. Qualifying runs through Thursday, Dec. 11 with the final Squad 18 scheduled for 9 p.m. The single-game "Desperado Squad" will start around Midnight.

    A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 3 each from Dec. 6 and 7 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, 2008.

    The top 6 qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds, while places 7-12 receive one bye.

    The other 36 players will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 18. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top six qualifiers in Round Three.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round Three being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.



    Three women crack top 10 in 8th Qatar International Open


    2008AsCChanShukHanVanessaFung.jpg Vanessa Fung, Chan Shuk Han (r-l), both from Hong Kong, and Heidi Thorstensen, Norway added their names to the leaderboard in the 8th Qatar International Open 2008 Monday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    The Hong Kong national team members tied in Squad 6 at 1289 including 48 pins handicap. Fung moved into 8th place in the overall qualifying standings with Chan in 9th place due to Fung's higher last game, 223-185.

    2008EvjeOpenHeidiThorstensen_small.jpg Thorstensen (right) missed a three-way tie by just one pin to overtake the 10th place after three day of qualifying and 7 out of 18 squads with 1288. The fourth woman in the field of 86 players thus far, Caroline Lagrange, Canada, sits in 36th place with 1195 including handicap.

    Kai Wan Kuo from Germany leads the field since the very first squad with 1390 six-game total and an average of 231.67. Fahad Al-Ragheeb, Kuwait is in second place with 1361. Khaled Al-Doseri, Qatar is third with 1330, with Mohammed Al-Shetti, Bahrain (1325), Saeed Al-Hajri, Qatar (1325) and Chun Bae, USA (1314) in fourth, fifth and sixth place., respectively.

    Kuo, Al-Ragheeb, Al-Doseri, Al-Hajri, Bae and 7th place Naif Oqab (1314) have secured their spots in the finals as they finished 1-3 on day one and two qualifying. In case that their totals will be good enough to finish among the top 38 in the overall qualifying standings, the next players from the day one and two qualifying lists will advance.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events. Qualifying runs through Thursday, Dec. 11 with the final Squad 18 scheduled for 9 p.m. The single-game "Desperado Squad" will start around Midnight.

    A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 3 each from Dec. 6 and 7 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, 2008.

    The top 6 qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds, while places 7-12 receive one bye.

    The other 36 players will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 18. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top six qualifiers in Round Three.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round Three being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.



    Three more players secure spots for the finals of the 8th Qatar International Open


    QBFLogo_small.jpg 2007KSAIOSaeedAlHajri_small.jpg Saeed Al-Hajri (right) from Qatar posted a 1325 six-game total in the third qualifying squad of the 8th Qatar International Open 2008 to move into fifth place in overall qualifying standings and to secure a spot for the finals.

    The top three each from Dec. 6 and 7 squads earned berth into the finals in case their score will not be high enough to finish among the 38 qualifiers.

    Chun Bae, United States, led Squad 4 with 1314 to take the second spot from the Dec. 7 squads. Third place went to Naif Oqab with 1304. With 4 out of 18 qualifying squads in the books, Bae and Buffa man 6th and 10th place.

    Kai Wan Kuo from Germany held on to the lead with 1390 six-game total and an average of 231.67. Fahad Al-Ragheeb, Kuwait remained in second place with 1361, followed by Khaled Al-Doseri, Qatar in third place with 1330. Those three led the Dec. 6 squads.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events. Qualifying runs through Thursday, Dec. 11 with the final Squad 18 scheduled for 9 p.m. The single-game "Desperado Squad" will start around Midnight.

    A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 3 each from Dec. 6 and 7 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, 2008.

    The top 6 qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds, while places 7-12 receive one bye.

    The other 36 players will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 18. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top six qualifiers in Round Three.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round Three being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.



    German sets the pace in 8th Qatar International Open 2008


    Top 3 from Day One Qualifying secure spots for the finals

    QBFLogo_small.jpg Kai Wan Kuo from Germany started the first qualifying squad in the 8th Qatar International Open 2008 with a 279 game and added 213, 226, 240, 214 and 218 to lead the qualifying at the end of day one with 1390 six-game total and an average of 231.67.

    Fahad Al-Ragheeb, Kuwait was 29 pins behind to land in second place with 1361. Khaled Al-Doseri, Qatar, led Squad 2 with 1330 to finish in third place.

    Mohammed Al-Shetti, Bahrain, closed out his series with the 290 high game of the day but missed the top 3 by 5 pins with 1325. The top 3 earned automatic berths into the finals.

    The 8th Qatar International Open 2008 is the 18th and final stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's Challenger events. Qualifying runs through Thursday, Dec. 11 with the final Squad 18 scheduled for 9 p.m. The single-game "Desperado Squad" will start around Midnight.

    A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 3 each from Dec. 6 and 7 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, 2008.

    The top 6 qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds, while places 7-12 receive one bye.

    The other 36 players will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 18. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 10, who will join the top six qualifiers in Round Three.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round Three being carried forward. The top 4 will advance to the championship round.

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 38,160 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro. All matches over two games total pinfall.