Squad 5 and 6 leaders Oqab, Torgersen move to the top in 10th Qatar Bowling Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #18

    Cut for top 6 is 1356; cut for top 12 is 1310; cut for top 38 is 1197

    2010EBT18NaifOqab.jpg201011PBA03OskuPalermaa3.jpgNaif Oqab, UAE, and Tore Torgersen, Norway led the fifth and sixth of total 18 qualifying squads Monday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar en route to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the 10th Qatar Bowling Open.

    Oqab (pictured left) battled it out with three-time defending European Bowling Tour ranking champion Osku Palermaa, Finland for the highest six-game series in Squad 5. The Arab had a slow start with 182 but rebounded with 210, 235, 277, 231 and 264 to overtake the lead with 1399 and an average of 233.17.

    Palermaa (right), who showed an outstanding performance in the PBA World Series of Bowling last month qualifying for two of the five animal pattern finals and earning the No. 3 seed for the PBA World Championship finals Jan. 14-16 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, started his series with a 279 game, the highest game of the tournament thus far.

    The two-hander suffered a 196 in the second game and closed out his set with three 234 games and a 212 to fall ten pins short of the lead with 1389 (231.50).

    2010EBT10ToreTorgersen.jpg2010BWCMubarakAlMuraikhi3.jpgTorgersen (left), a former world champion and two-time PBA exempt player, made a run for the pole position in Squad 6 when he posted games of 230, 252, 241, 223, 217 and 235 to land I second place with 1398 (233.00), just one pin behind leader Oqab.

    Day two leader Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, slipped to fourth place with 1378 and is followed by Sayed Al-Hashemi, UAE, who shot 1375 in Squad 5. Rounding out the top 6, who will earn two byes for the finals, was Squad 3 leader Yousif Falah, Bahrain, with 1356 or an average of 226.

    Day one leader Mubarak Al-Muraikhi (right) fell out of the top six but is still the top local bowler in seventh place with 1355. 2006 World Ranking Masters champion Khalid Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, is eighth with 1344 and is followed by Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE and long-time Finnish international Jouni Helminen in ninth and tenth place with 1335 and 1326, respectively.

    2010EBT15NinaFlack.jpg2008 EBT women's ranking champion Nina Flack (left), Sweden, is the best woman in the 85-player field from 18 countries as she is the only one thus far. Flack, who leads the 2010 rankings by 133 points, totaled 1326 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    Rounding out the top 12, who will earn one bye for the finals is currently Harep Al-Mansouri, UAE, who had 1310 or an average of 218.33.

    Zakareya Al-Zoqari, Qatar, posted another 279 game in Squad 5 en route to land in 37th place with 1200 (200 average). With one-third of the 18 qualifying squads in the books, Syed Muzzaffer Mohsin, Malaysia, is the "man on the bubble" in 38th place with 1197 or an average of 199.50.

    Qualifying continues on Tuesday, Dec. 14 with Squads 7 and 8.

    2010EBTLogo_small.jpg The 10th Qatar Bowling Open is the 18th and last stop of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and one of only two "Platinum" events of the 2010 EBT season. The tournament will be held from Saturday Dec. 11 through Sunday Dec. 19, 2010 at 32-lane Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar and offers total prize fund of 120.000 Euro with 30.000 Euro going to the winner.

    Since the Ankara Open and the Austria Challenge have been cancelled and the English Open has lost its EBT status, the 2010 EBT Tour consists of 18 events - 2 EBT Platinum tournament (formerly Premier), 6 EBT Gold tournaments (formerly Major), 6 EBT Silver tournaments (formerly Challenger) and 4 EBT Satellite tournaments (new category).

    2010SINOpenRemyOng_small.jpg2010EBT05BrittBrondsted_small.jpg Remy Ong (pictured left), Singapore, is the defending champion. In an all-lefty title match, Ong edged Peter Ljung, Sweden, 416-414, to win the 2009 Qatar Open. Third-placed Britt Brøndsted (right), Denmark, won the women's ranking.

    Qualifying ends on Friday, Dec. 17 with the last qualifying squad 18 scheduled for 9 p.m. The single-game "Desperado Squad" will start at Midnight. A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 2 each from Dec. 11-13 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18-19, 2010.

    The top 6 qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds, while places 7-12 will receive one bye. The other 36 players will bowl six games from scratch with the top 18 advancing to the second round. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 will bowl another six-game block from scratch. The top 10 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 after 12 games will advance to the championship round (two-game matches decided by total pinfall).

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 meets No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 43,865 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro.

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