In an all-American championship match with the two game total determining the winner, PBA rookie Cameron Weier stunned nine-time PBA champion Sean Rash, 453-431, to win the 15th Qatar Bowling Open Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.
It marks the first victory for Weier on the European Bowling Tour, the World Bowling Tour and also on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour.
Pictured above are the four finalists of the 2015 Qatar Bowling Open. L-R Sean Rash (2nd), champion Cameron Weier, Marshall Kent (3rd) and Thomas Larsen (4th).
Weier, who led the qualifying en route to make his third consecutive championship round appearance in Qatar (2013 – 3rd; 2014 – 4th), took a 21-pin lead after the first game, 218-197, and started the second game with a six-bagger to put the match practically out of reach for Rash.
Rash struck on seven of his first eight shots and converted a single-pin spare in frame five. Another single-pin spare in the ninth frame sealed Rash’ fate. Weier won also the second game, 235-234, and earned the $40,000 top prize.
In the semifinals, Rash, seeded second, met No. 3 seed, Thomas Larsen (left) of Denmark, who was looking for his third PBA title. Rash took a 57 pin lead after winning the first game, 267-210, and maintained his lead despite losing game two, 214-257, to advance to the title match.
The other semifinal match was a strike fest in which Weier fired games of 264 and 278 to eliminate former Robert Morris University teammate and No. 1 seed, Marshall Kent (right), United States, who had back-to-back 258 games, 542-516. Kent posted the tournament’s fifth 300 game in Round 2 on his way to earn the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
Rash received $20,000 for second place while Kent and Larsen pocketed $7,000 apiece for third and fourth place.
Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Thursday, Nov. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 1. Total 43 players advanced to the finals on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The top 10 qualifiers received a first-round bye.
The other 33 finalists bowled six games scratch with the top 18 advancing to the second round. Those 18 and the 10 qualifying leaders rolled another six-game block scratch to cut to the top 4, who advanced to the semifinals.
The No. 1 bowled No. 4 and the No. 2 bowled No. 3 with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. The two semifinal winners bowled for the title in the championship match over two games total pins.
The 2015 European Bowling Tour consisted of 16 tournaments in 12 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, three “Silver” and seven “Satellite” events. All 16 tournaments together offered total prize fund of 850.000 Euro.
The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event received ranking points. Those points were tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the 12th San Marino Open.
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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2015 European Bowling Tour Schedule, Champions and Money-breakdown
2015 EBT Point Rankings by Bowlingdigital – Men and Women
2015 World Bowling Tour – Schedule, Champions, Men’s and Women’s Ranking Winners
2015 WBT Point Rankings by World Bowling – Men and Women
Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2015)
1. Cameron Weier (right), United States, 995 (4 games), 40,000 U.S Dollar
2. Sean Rash, United States, 912 (4 games), 20,000 U.S Dollar
3. Marshall Kent, United States, 516 (2 games), 7,000 U.S Dollar
4. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 467 (2 games), 7,000 U.S Dollar
Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Weier (264+278) def. No. 1 Kent (258+258), 542-516
Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Rash (267+214) def. No. 3 Larsen (210+257), 481-467
Championship: Weier (218+235) def. Rash (197+234), 453-431.
Players with position, country and earnings.
5. Tommy Jones, United States, $3,500
6. Tom Daugherty, United States, $3,500
7. Andres Gomez, Colombia, $3,500
8. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, $3,500
9. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, $3,500
10. Martin Larsen, Sweden, $3,500
11. Brad Angelo, United States, $3,500
12. Richard Teece, England, $3,500
13. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, $2,500
14. Danielle McEwan, United States, $2,500
15. Victoria Johansson, Sweden, $2,500
16. JR Raymond, United States, $2,500
17. Bader Alshaikh, Saudi Arabia, $2,500
18. Osku Palermaa, Finland, $2,500
19. Dominic Barrett, England, $2,500
20. Ronnie Sparks Jr. United States, $2,500
21. Stuart Williams, England, $2,000
22. Hazeem H Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, $2,000
23. Jassim Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, $2,000
24. Ray Teece, England, $2,000
25. Kamron Doyle, United States, $2,000
26. DJ Archer, United States, $2,000
27. Andrew Cain, United States, $2,000
28. Ghanim M Aboujassoum, Qatar, $2,000
29. Salem Al-Marzouqi, Qatar, $1,500
30. John Wells, England, $1,500
31. Andrew Anderson, United States, $1,500
32. Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, $1,500
33. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, $1,500
34. Aaron Lorincz, United States, $1,500
35. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, $1,500
36. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, $1,500
37. Hassan Abdul Rahman, Qatar, $1,500
38. Mohamed Jamal, Qatar, $1,500
39. Ammar Tarrad, Saudi Arabia, $1,300
40. Zakareya Al-Zoqari, Qatar, $1,300
41. Mohammed H Al-Merekhi, Qatar, $1,300
42. Mohammad Janahi, Bahrain, $1,300
43. Remy Ong, Singapore, $1,300
Top 4 advance to the playoffs
|1.||Marshall Kent||United States||224||234||239||204||300||257||1458||243.00||1458|
|2.||Sean Rash||United States||219||243||266||254||223||245||1450||241.67||1450|
|4.||Cameron Weier||United States||237||178||288||237||257||214||1411||235.17||1411|
|5.||Tommy Jones||United States||226||236||243||178||267||258||1408||234.67||1408|
|6.||Tom Daugherty||United States||279||180||252||263||246||179||1399||233.17||1399|
|9.||Wu Siu Hong||Hong Kong||258||224||160||198||229||263||1332||222.00||1332|
|11.||Brad Angelo||United States||202||159||233||248||227||236||1305||217.50||1305|
|14.||Danielle McEwan||United States||209||257||223||175||168||212||1244||207.33||48||1292|
|16.||JR Raymond||United States||289||206||190||204||173||216||1278||213.00||1278|
|17.||Bader Alshaikh||Saudi Arabia||186||243||211||173||254||197||1264||210.67||1264|
|20.||Ronnie Sparks Jr.||United States||192||220||236||179||173||243||1243||207.17||1243|
|22.||Hazeem H Al-Muraikhi||Qatar||254||222||165||191||230||166||1228||204.67||1228|
|25.||Kamron Doyle||United States||179||192||236||226||186||162||1181||196.83||1181|
|26.||DJ Archer||United States||159||177||230||215||179||156||1116||186.00||1116|
|27.||Andrew Cain||United States||186||183||181||187||179||197||1113||185.50||1113|
|28.||Ghanim M Aboujassoum||Qatar||168||217||189||160||146||201||1081||180.17||1081|
Top 18 advance to the second round
|1.||Tom Daugherty||United States||209||256||277||233||278||222||1475||245.83||1475|
|4.||Bader Alalshaikh||Saudi Arabia||240||198||206||238||276||247||1405||234.17||1405|
|5.||Kamron Doyle||United States||238||214||221||279||258||193||1403||233.83||1403|
|6.||Brad Angelo||United States||224||190||233||224||238||235||1344||224.00||1344|
|9.||Danielle McEwan||United States||235||192||244||168||227||214||1280||213.33||48||1328|
|11.||DJ Archer||United States||198||192||279||226||246||173||1314||219.00||1314|
|12.||Ghanim M Aboujassoum||Qatar||247||144||211||237||234||235||1308||218.00||1308|
|14.||Hazeem H Al-Muraikhi||Qatar||256||200||259||179||190||222||1306||217.67||1306|
|16.||Sean Rash||United States||216||222||196||192||185||255||1266||211.00||1266|
|17.||Andrew Cain||United States||173||230||255||178||235||194||1265||210.83||1265|
|21.||Andrew Anderson||United States||184||221||235||203||205||199||1247||207.83||1247|
|22.||Eric Tseng||Hong Kong||214||236||174||178||185||255||1242||207.00||1242|
|24.||Aaron Lorincz||United States||220||223||187||194||199||190||1213||202.17||1213|
|27.||Hassan Abdul Rahman||Qatar||166||166||230||226||168||213||1169||194.83||1169|
|29.||Ammar Tarrad||Saudi Arabia||185||223||164||201||172||219||1164||194.00||1164|
|31.||Mohammed H Al-Merekhi||Qatar||189||181||194||188||201||191||1144||190.67||1144|
Tie Rule Round 1 & 2
Ties influencing who will qualify for the next final step will be broken by playing a 9th and 10th frame roll off, repeated until the tie is broken. In all other tie situations in step 1-2, a procedure similar to the procedure for the qualification will be followed.
Tie Rule (Qualifying)
The highest positioned player will be the player scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game. If a tie still exists, the highest positioned player will be the player with the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the two lowest games etc.
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