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Field set for the final day at Bahrain Championship


Two-time PBA player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Finland led the remaining six players of Tuesday’s Round 2 and 3 into the final day of competition of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship Wednesday at Funland Bowling Center in Manama.

Pictured above shows the Round 3 finalists.

Koivuniemi (pictured left), who had a 1371 series in Round 2 (3rd place), used high games of 278, 265 and 256 and three games between 211 and 235 to lead the third round with 1469 total and an average of 244.83.

The 15-time PBA champion was followed by two local bowlers, Mohamed Janahi and
Osama A. Rahman. Pictured right (l-r): Ahmed Jabbar, Osama Rahman and Mohamed Janahi from Bahrain.

Janahi, who was fifth in Round 2 with 1302, finished the second six-game block with a huge 279 game to jump into second place with 1438 (239.67). Rahman, who as a youth bowler receives seven pins handicap each game, closed with a near-perfect 290 game in third place with distant 1408 total after finishing second in Round 2 with 1380.

Despite a 182 last game, PBA champion Stuart Williams (left) of England finished well above the cut line in fourth place with 1390 after starting with five games between 255 and 215. Williams bypassed the second round as he finished qualifying in 16th place.

2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong (right, with compatriots Lau Kwun Ho, left, and Rickle Kam, center) of Hong Kong finished strong (248, 268) to secure fifth place with 1382.

Rounding out the top 6, who will meet qualifiers 6-12, Tommy Jones, United States; Patrick Allen, United States; Naif Oqab, UAE; Martin Larsen, Sweden; Osku Palermaa, Finland and Robert Andersson, Sweden, in the fourth round, was Jassim Al-Muraikhi of Qatar.

Al-Muraikhi (left), who is the third youth bowler who made the cut to the Round of 12, took the sixth and last place to advance in both round Tuesday. He finished Round 2 with games of 210, 210, 211 and 211 to beat out international star Tim Mack, United States, for the final spot, 1300-1293.

He toppled 1334 pins in Round 3, an average of 222.33, and added 42 pins handicap to beat Asian Games champion Ryan Lalisang (left) of Indonesia for sixth place, 1376-1345. Lalisang’s fellow countrywoman Tannya Roumimper (right), who led Round 2 with 1383, including seven pins handicap each game, was eliminated in Round 3 finishing in 9th place with 1229 total.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

The 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship is the second tournament on the 2016 World Bowling Tour and an Asian Bowling Federation Tour ranking tournament, the second event of the 2016 ABFT season.

The tournament will be held from March 4-9 at Funland Bowling Center, an 18-laner in Manama, Bahrain. Players will compete for total prize money of US$104,050 with $25,000 going to the winner, $12,500 to the runner-up and $8,000 to the third place finisher. In addition the tournament offers a $1,000 bonus for the first 300 game.

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

Qualifying (two 6-game series; unlimited re-entries) runs from March 4-7 for international bowlers (three squads per day). Women and youth bowlers (age 17 and younger) receive seven pins handicap each game.

Total 30 players advance to the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 & 9, including the top 27 qualifiers, the next Bahraini and Bahraini youth bowler and the next female bowler.

Players 1-6 (top 5 plus the next Bahraini) receive three byes. Players 7-12 earn two byes and players 13-18 get one bye. Players ranked 19-30 advance to the second round.

Rounds 2-4 consist of six games scratch with the top six players advancing to the next round. The remaining 12 players will bowl a final six-game block scratch before the cut to the top three players for the stepladder finals.

The No. 2 seed bowls the No. 3 seed in the semifinal match. The winner of that game takes on the top-seeded player for the title and the US$25,000 first-place check. According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

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 Brunswick Euro Challenge, which will be held from March 13-20 at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

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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14th Bahrain Championship – Round 3 Results

Top 6 advance to the fourth round; places 7-12 eliminated, earn $1,500; Y denotes youth, M male and F female bowlers.

14th Bahrain Championship – Round 2 Results

Top 6 advance to the third round; places 7-12 eliminated, earn $1,200; Y denotes youth, M male and F female bowlers.

Herbert Bickel

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