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It’s down to 12 in H.H. Emir Cup


2016HHEmirCupJoeyYeoShaynaNgJazreelTanBerniceLim.jpgSweden’s World and European champion, Martin Larsen, averaged 248.50 for eight games to pace the second round of the finals in the H.H. Emir Cup with 1988 total and to lead the top 8 players into a third-round clash with the top 4 qualifiers Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

Shayna Ng (second from left, with Joey Yeo, left, Jazreel Tan and Bernice Lim, right)
was one of two Singaporean women who survived the cut in second place with 1946, including 64 pins handicap. Larsen’s team mate Robert Andersson was third with 1930.

L-R Martin Larsen, Osku Palermaa and Robert Andersson.

2016HHEmirCupYousifFalah.jpgFourth place belonged to five-time PBA champion Osku Palermaa of Finland. The two-hander, who led Round 1 by eight pins over Larsen, 2013 to 2005, posted 1919 and was followed by Yousif Falah of Bahrain, who was the lone Arab bowler who survived the two rounds on Tuesday in fifth place with 1886.

2016HHEmirCupMichaelMak.jpgSixth place Marshall Kent of the United States (1841) and 7th place Jazreel Tan of Singapore (1808) brought the number of 300 games to 10. Michael Mak (right) of Hong Kong, who had three 279 games in Round 1, took the eighth and last spot to advance to the third round with 1805 and an average of 225.63.

Bernice Lim of Singapore, who rolled the eighth perfecto of the tournament in Round 1, finished Round 2 in 15th place and was eliminated. The top eight will meet the top 4 qualifiers in Round 3 on Wednesday to determine the 4 players for the playoffs.

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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H.H. Emir Cup 2016 – Round 2 Results

Top 8 advance to the third round

300 games (1) – Bernice Lim.

H.H. Emir Cup 2016 – Round 1 Results

Top 12 advance to the second round

300 games (2) – Marshall Kent, Jazreel Tan.

Herbert Bickel

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