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Canadian David Simard cracks top 10 in Qatar Bowling Open


David Simard of Canada posted the highest series on the fourth qualifying day at the Qatar Bowling Open to crack the top 10 in the overall standings and to earn a $300 bonus by the Qatar Bowling Federation Tuesday in Doha, Qatar.

In his first attempt in squad 9, Simard (pictured left and above) averaged 239.17 for six games, including 219, 258, 201, 257, 233 and 267, to move into eighth place in the qualifying standings with 1435.

In the same squad, Shota Kawazoe (right) of Japan rolled the first 300 game of the tournament in game 5 of his 1330 series. The multiple Japan Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year sits in 22nd place with his high series of 1398.

Rodolfo Madriz (left) of Costa Rica continued to lead the 147-player field from 44 countries with 1485 or an average of 247.50. John Wells of England and Team USA’s John Janawicz sit in second and third place at 1475.

Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia is the best of 22 women in the field and one of three in the top 10 in fourth place with 1454 total, including 48 pins women’s handicap.

Fifth place belonged to Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico with 1453. Jenny Wegner (left) of Sweden and b>Sandra Gongora of Mexico remained in sixth and seventh place with 1450 and 1439, respectively.

Day 1 leader Oliver Morig of Germany, who was second in squad 10 with 1414, held on to ninth place with 1434. Rounding out the top 10, who will receive a first-round bye, was Francois Louw of South Africa with 1430.

Three players from squads 9 and 10 and just two from squad 11 surpassed the 1362 mark to move into the top 34, who will advance to the finals.

Irish two-hander Chris Sloan (right) closed his series with games of 290 and 258 to lead squad 10 with 1428 (238 avg.) and to leap 24 spots into 12th place. Former Team USA member and past USBC president, Andrew Cain (below left) paced squad 11 with 1416 (236 avg.), good for 15th place overall.

With six more squads to go, the cut to the top 34 is already seven pins higher than last year (1355). Osama Abdulrahman of Bahrain is the man “on the bubble” with 1362 or an average of 227.

Qualifying continues on Wednesday, Dec. 14, with squads 12, 13 and 14 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

2016EBT16QatarOpenLogoThe 2016 Qatar Bowling Open is the 16th and last stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and also the 6th and last event of 2016 World Bowling Tour. The EBT “Platinum” tournament, the highest of four categories, will be held from Dec. 10-16, 2016, at the Qatar Bowling Center, a 32-laner in Doha, Qatar.

The tournament offers total prize fund of 155,000 U.S. Dollars with $40,000 going to the winner, $20,000 to the runner-up and a last-to-cash payout of $1,200 for 43rd place.

Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs from Saturday, Dec. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 15 with the final Squad 17 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST). Qualifying will conclude with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11 p.m.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 43 players will advance to the finals on Friday, Dec. 11, including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Dec 10 (#1 & 2), Dec. 11 (#3-5) and Dec. 12 squads (#6-8) and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers will receive a first-round bye.

The other 33 finalists will bowl six games scratch with the top 18 advancing to the second round. Those 18 and the 10 qualifying leaders will roll another six-game block from scratch to cut to the top 4, who will advance to the semifinals.

No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3 with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. The two semifinal winners will bowl for the title in the championship match, also over two games total pins.

2016EBTLogo2The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

The 2016 World Bowling Tour consists of only five regular tournaments, including three in the Middle East, and one each in Germany and Thailand, plus one “major”, which is the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in the United States.

If a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) wins a World Bowling Tour event, it counts as a PBA title as well.

Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle.

Based on the scores from the 2016 events, the top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at the Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

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.

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Total 43 players, including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings and the top 2 each of the squads on Dec 12 (places 35 & 36), Dec. 11 (places 37 & 38) and Dec. 10 (places 39 & 40), will advance to the finals on Friday, Dec. 16.

300 games (1) – Shota Kawazoe.

Herbert Bickel

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