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Naif Oqab bags DIBC Open Masters title


2016DIBCOpenNaifOqab.jpgTop seed, Naif Oqab of the UAE lived up to seeding expectations to bag the Open Masters title of the 4th DIBC Open Bowling Tournament Saturday at Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE.

Oqab (pictured left, center), who earned the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals thanks to of 222 last game in Round 3, fought a closely contested match against HRH Prince Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, needing a spare and strike in the 10th frame to shut out the Prince and to win the title match, 214-200.

The second seeded Al-Saud earned right to bowl Oqab for the title by defeating 19-year old Basil Ng of Singapore, seeded third, by mere two pins, 197-195. The Singaporean youth brushed off the challenge from No. 4 seed Shaik Abdul Hameed of India, 227-206.

Oqab bagged the champion’s trophy and the top prize of 25,000 Dirham or roughly $6,800, while Al Saud received AED 12,000 for second place. Ng took home the AED 8,000 for third place and Hameed garnered AED 5,000 for fourth place.

The champions of all divisions (Open, Graded A, B and C) and the top qualifier in the Open Division (Mahmood Al Attar, UAE) each were awarded a return ticket from Turkish Airlines.

2016DIBCOpenLogo.jpgThe 4th edition of the DIBC Open Bowling Tournament drew 85 bowlers from 12 countries, Bahrain, England, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.

The main sponsor was Dubai International Bowling Center, supported by Bowling Corner Sports Equipment with Turkish Airlines, Dutco Balfour Beatty, Axiom Telecom, Cool & Cool, Al Wahdania and Parthas Textiles as co-sponsors. The tournament is sanctioned by Emirates Bowling Federation, Asian Bowling Federation and World Bowling.


Top 3 with the trophies: L-R Naif Oqab, Mohammed Al Saud and Basil Ng..

4th DIBC Open Bowling Tournament

Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE (Marc 1-26, 2016)

Championship Round:
1. Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 200 (1 game), 25,000 AED
2. Mohammed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia, 397 (2 games), 12,000 AED
3. Basil Ng, Singapore, 422 (2 games), 8,000 AED
4. Shaik Abdul Hameed, India, 206 (1 game), 5,000 AED

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 3 Ng def. No. 4 Hameed, 227-206
Second Match: No. 2 Al Saud def. Ng, 197-195
Championship: No. 1 Oqab def. Al Saud, 214-200.

4th DIBC Open – Places 5-32 (Cashers)

Players with position, country and prize money; (F) denotes female.

5. Brandan Tan, Singapore, 4.000 AED
6. Sayed Al Hashemi, UAE, 3.000 AED
7. Darren Ong, Singapore, 2.000 AED
8. Shaker Ali Al Hassan, UAE, 1.800 AED
9. Al Hassan Sugati, Saudi Arabia, 1.600 AED
10. Miles Corney, England, 1.400 AED
11. Muhd Jaris Goh, Singapore, 1.000 AED
12. Mohammad Al Mulla, UAE, 1.000 AED
13. Mahmood Al Attar, UAE, 1.000 AED
14. Ibrahim Buhair, UAE, 1.000 AED
15. Norman Cai, Singapore, 1.000 AED
16. Samantha Hannan (F), England, 1.000 AED
17. Hussain Al Suwaidi, UAE, 800 AED
18. Cheah Ray Han, Singapore, 800 AED
19. Zeyad Tahhan, Jordan, 800 AED
20. Alex Chong, Singapore, 800 AED
21. Jonovan Neo, Singapore, 800 AED
22. Mohamed Al Jahazi, UAE, 800 AED
23. Basil Saeed, UAE, 800 AED
24. Hareb Al Mansoori, UAE, 800 AED

4th DIBC Open – Round 3 Results

Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals

4th DIBC Open – Round 2 Results

Top 10 advance to the third round

4th DIBC Open – Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

Top 24 including the top 2 of the Desperado Squad (places 23 & 24) advance to the second; top 3 plus the best UAE bowler (place 4) earn one bye

Herbert Bickel

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