Al-Hashemi rolls back-to-back 270s to overtake qualifying lead in Qatar Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #18

    Heading into the last qualifying day, cut for 38th place is 1299

    2010MWCSayedIbrahimAlHashemi.jpg2010EBT13DominicBarrett.jpgSquad 13 on Thursday afternoon was the first fully booked qualifying squad in the 10th Qatar Bowling Open currently underway at 32-lane Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. UAE national team member Sayed Al-Hashemi (pictured left) led the 64 players with 1464 six-game total and an average of 244 to position himself atop the 139-player leaderboard.

    Al-Hashemi started his series with 243 and 217 before he rolled back-to-back 274 and 279 and finished with 214 and 237 to overtake previous leader Dominic Barrett (right), England, by 44 pins. Barrett, who has already sealed the victory in the 2010 European Bowling Tour men's ranking, slipped to second place with 1420 (236.67). Third place belongs to Dane Jimmy Mortensen, who had the sole 300 of the tournament in his 1404 set in Squad 7.

    2010EBT15TorsTorgersen3rdplace.jpg2010EBT15OskuPalermaa4.jpgRounding out the top 6 after 14 of 18 qualifying squads were Naif Oqab, UAE (4th, 1399), Tore Torgersen (left), Norway (5th, 1398) and PBA champion Patrick Healey, United States (6th, 1397). The top 6 at the end of the qualifying will earn two byes for the finals.

    2009 Qatar Open champion Remy Ong leads the group of players who may earn one bye (places 7-12). The Singaporean sits in seventh place with 13993 and is followed by Finland's two-hander Osku Palermaa (right, 8th, 1389) and the top local bowler, Mansoor Al-Awamy (9th, 1384).

    2010EBT16MikaKoivuniemi.jpg2007MOKimBolleby.jpgJenny Johansson, Sweden is the best of 16 women in tenth place with 1383 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, was 11th with 1378.

    Eight-time PBA champion Mika Koivuniemi (left), Finland, currently the No. 2 in the EBT men's ranking, led Squad 12 on Thursday with 1367 (227.83) behind games of 201, 235, 224, 255, 267 and 185. The "big Finn" leaped into 12th place in the overall qualifying standings.

    Squad 14 leader Kim Bolleby (right), Sweden, missed the top 12 by mere one pin to land in 13th place with 1366. Bolleby had games four games between 205 and 222 and back-to-back 254 in games four and five.

    201011PBAMikeFagan.jpg201011PBAChrisBarnes.jpgHealey's and Koivuniemi's fellow PBA champions Mike Fagan (left) and Chris Barnes (right) sit in 14th and 30th place with 1360 and 1315, respectively.

    With 139 players from 24 countries having completed at least one six-game qualifying block, six women - all of Sweden - are above the cut line. Joining Johansson in the top 38 are Helén Johnsson (21st, 1345), EBT women's ranking frontrunner Nina Flack (27th, 1326), Rebecka Larsen (35th, 1306), Jenny Wegner (37th, 1299) and Joline Persson-Planefors, who holds the 38th and last spot to advance with 1299 but the lower last game than Wegner.

    Qualifying ends on Friday with Squads 15, 16, 17 and 18 concludes with the ultimate Desperado Squad.

    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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    2010 Qatar Open - Qualifying Standings after Squad 14/18

    The top 38 qualifiers, the top 2 each from Dec. 11-13 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.