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Ryan Lalisang, Mike Chan set the pace in Squad E & F


2016BHRMikeChan.jpgAsian Games gold medalist Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia averaged 237.50 Sunday at the penultimate qualifying day of the 14th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship to lead the 48 bowlers of squads E & F after the first block with 1425 total.

The 2015 Asian Championships Masters winner, who sits mere 12 pins above the cut line in 24th place in the overall standings with 2590 total and an average of 215.83, rebounded from a slow start (188, 205) with 267 and a near-perfect 299 game before he closed with 247 and 219 to beat Mike Chan (right) of Hong Kong for the high series on Monday by three pins.

Chan, whose first 12-game series of 2433 (202.75 average) was 134 pins short of the cut (2578), posted games of 256, 241, 208, 246, 225 and 246 to sit in second place with 1422 and an average of 237.

2016BHRNaifOqab.jpg2016BHRMartinLarsen.jpgNaif Oqab (left), United Arab Emirates (1409) and Martin Larsen (right) of Sweden (1407) also surpassed the 1400-bar and have their sights set to make the top 5 in the overall standings, will receive three byes for the finals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ahmed Al-Awadhi, a youth bowler from Bahrain, held the pole position after squad C with 2970 total, including seven pins handicap, an average of 240.50 scratch.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

2016BahrainOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 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 – Squad E & F after 6/12 games

Players with 6-game total, including handicap; Y denotes youth, M male and F female bowlers. Note: D squad has been canceled.

14th Bahrain Championship – Qualifying Standings after Squad C

Players with 12-game total, including handicap; Y denotes youth, M male and F female bowlers. Squad W, Y, Z were for local bowlers only. A squad has been canceled.

300 games (2) – Osku Palermaa, Ahmed Al Khaja.

Herbert Bickel

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