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Finland’s Osku Palermaa powers his way into the lead in Qatar


Osku Palermaa of Finland fired games of 276, 241, 279, 200, 269 and 258 in the first squad on Thursday (12th overall) to become the first player who surpassed the 1500-mark and to shoot into the lead in the qualifying of the Qatar Bowling in Open in Doha.

The two-hander, who owns 13 European Bowling Tour titles along with five Professional Bowlers Association titles, toppled 1523 pins, an average of 253.83, to lead the field of 155 bowlers from 44 countries heading into the final qualifying day.

Palermaa (pictured right and above) also earned a $300 bonus awarded by the Qatar Bowling Federation for the highest qualifying series on Wednesday.

Also above the cut line which went up to 1373 after that squad were Timmy Tan (left) of Malaysia (1418), Pontus Andersson of Sweden (1408) and Anthony Simonsen, United States (1390).

Marshall Kent (right), USA, rolled the second perfecto of the tournament in the second game but finished 66 pins off the pace for the top 34 with 1307 (217.83 average).

Rodolfo Madriz of Costa Rica slipped to second place with 1485 and was followed by John Wells of England and Team USA’s John Janawicz, both with 1475. According to the European Bowling Tour tie rules, Wells is the higher seed as he is “the athlete scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game” (1267 to 1261 in Wells’ favor).

Defending Qatar Open champion Cameron Weier, United States, led squad 13 with 1458, an average of 243, including a pair of 278 games, to finish the penultimate qualifying day in fifth place.

Wicky Yeung (right) of Hong Kong moved into the top 10 with 1439 with Martin Larsen of Sweden 12 pins behind on 1427. Richard Teece of England (1398) set another highlight as he rolled the third 300 in the opening game.

Markus Jansson (left) of Sweden started the last squad (#14) with games of 226, 254, 224, 216 and 223 and needed a 246 last game to overtake 34th place Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia (1388).

Jansson reeled of 12 consecutive strikes for the fourth perfecto of the tournament and to jump into 9th place with 1443. The top 10 at the end of the qualifying will receive a first-round bye.

Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia is the best of 22 women in the field in sixth place with 1454 total, including 48 pins women’s handicap. Khalid Al-Emady is the lone player from the host country Qatar in the top 34 in 32nd place with 1395.

19-year-old USBC Masters champion Anthony Simonsen (left), United States, the youngest player to win a PBA “major” at 19 years and 39 days, is the man “on the bubble” in 34th place with 1390 or an average of 231.67.

Qualifying continues on Thursday, Dec. 15, with squads 15, 16 and 17 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11 p.m.

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 (4) – Shota Kawazoe, Marshall Kent, Richard Teece and Markus Jansson.

Herbert Bickel

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