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Daphne Tan wins qualifying in H.H. Emir Cup


2016HHEmirCupDaphneTan.jpgSingaporean women’s star Daphne Tan won the qualifying of the H.H. Emir Cup 2016 and leads a group of 32 players into the finals Tuesday and Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.Tan (pictured left), who averaged 242.56 for 16 games and posted a 4009 series in squad A, including eight pins handicap each game, remained unchallenged in squad B and C to lead the field of 95 players, including 12 women, from 22 countries by 80 pins and more.

Pictured above are the Round 1 finalists.

2016HHEmirCupThomasLarsen.jpgTwo-time PBA titlist Thomas Larsen (right) of Denmark rolled the sixth 300 game of the tournament in his first block and led squad C with 3929 total and the field-best 245.56 average to jump into second place.

16-time PBA champion and former PBA Player of the Year (2005-06), Tommy Jones was distant third with 3820 and was followed by 2015 World Bowling Tour Finals winner Danielle McEwan, who totaled 3790 pins, including handicap. The top 4 qualifiers will bypass the first two rounds of the finals.

2016HHEmirCupMostafaAlmousawi2.jpgMostafa Almousawi (left) of Kuwait (5th; 3773), Jazreel Tan (below right) of Singapore (6th; 3764) and Marshall Kent, United States (7th; 3756) slipped out of the top 4 but received a first-round bye like Hazeem Almuraikhi (3742), who was seeded in eighth place as he was the next Qatari bowler outside the top 7.

2016HHEmirCupJazreelTan.jpgSweden’s Martin Larsen (below left) took the 25th and last place to advance with from the overall standings with 3613 (225.81), including one of seven perfect games in the four-day qualifying portion.

2016HHEmirCupMartinLarsen.jpgQubica AMNF World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong rolled the seventh perfecto in Monday’s squad C block 2 only to match his previous score of 3501 to finish in 43rd place, 102 pins off the pace for the finals.

The top 25 will be joined in the finals by three more Qatari bowlers, Yousef Aljaber, Mohammed Almerekhi and Mansour Alawami and the top 4 of the one-game Desperado Squad, which concluded qualifying Monday evening.

Eric Tseng of Hong Kong led the desperados with a huge 278 game and was followed closely by Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia (269), Mohammed Al-Marzooqi, UAE (268) and Jasem Alsaqer of Kuwait (267).

Players seeded 9-32 will return on Tuesday for the first round of the finals.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).


The H.H. Emir Cup 2016 is the first tournament on the 2016 World Bowling Tour and an Asian Bowling Federation Tour ranking tournament, the opening event on the 2016 season.

The Emir Cup will be held from February Feb. 25 through March 2, 2016 at the Qatar Bowling Center, a 32-laner in Doha, Qatar. Players will compete for total prize money of US$102,000 with $20,000 going to the winner, $12,000 to the runner-up and $6,000 each to the third and fourth place finishers.

According to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the Emir Cup will award a PBA title, if won by a PBA member.

Qualifying runs over five days featuring three squads (A, B and C). Each squad bowls two eight-game blocks (squad A on Feb. 25 & 26; squad B on Feb. 27 & 28 and squad C on Feb. 28 & 29). Women receive eight pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in many World Bowling Tour events.

Total 32 players including the top 25 players after 16 games plus the next three Qatari bowlers and the top four players from the Desperado Squad advance to the finals on March 1 and 2. The top 4 qualifiers earn two byes while qualifiers 5-8 get a first-round bye.

The other 24 players bowl 8 games scratch with the top 12 advancing to the next round. Those 12 and qualifiers 5-8 roll another eight-game block scratch to cut to the top 8 who will join the top four qualifiers in the third eight-game round from scratch.

The top four players will advance to the playoffs. The No. 1 seed meets the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed takes on the No. 3 seed over two games with the total pin fall to determine the winners, who bowl for the title and the $20,000 top prize in the two-game total pins championship match. The top 16 Asian finishers will be awarded Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour ranking points.

2016WBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 World Bowling Tour currently consists of 8 tournaments, six in the Middle East and one each in Germany and Thailand. A ninth event and the only WBT “major” so far is planned for December 2016 during the PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in the USA.

Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (tbd).

The next stop of the 2016 World Bowling Tour is the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open, which will be held from March 4-9 at Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra, Bahrain.

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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Top 25 players (top 7, next Qatari, 9-25) in the overall qualifying standings plus the next three Qatari bowlers (places 26-28) and the top four players from the Desperado Squad (places 29-32) advance to the finals. The top 4 qualifiers earn two byes while qualifiers 5-8 get a first-round bye.

300 games (7) – Daphne Tan, Hareb Al-Mansoori, Martin Larsen, Francois Louw, Osku Palermaa, Thomas Larsen, Wu Siu Hong.

Herbert Bickel

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