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Team USA’s John Janawicz moves to the top in Qatar Open


Team USA member John Janawicz led the third qualifying squad (fifth overall) with 1475 total and an average of 245.83 for six games to take the lead in the qualifying of the Qatar Open Sunday at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

The Kegel lane expert, who won the gold medals in singles, trios and masters at the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men’s Championships, posted games of 254, 229, 279, 263, 214 and 236. Janawicz leads a field of 109 bowlers from 40 countries.

Janawicz (pictured above and right) earned a $300 bonus for the highest series on Sunday awarded by the Qatar Bowling Federation.

Diana Zavjalova (left) of Latvia, who previously held the lead, slipped to second place with 1454 total, including 48 pins handicap. The 2013 USBC Queens started squad 4 with back-to-back 267 and closed with 201, 234, 216 and 221 for 1406 scratch, an average of 234.33.

Zavjalova was the best of 19 women in the field and one of four in the top 8. Reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden led the first squad on Sunday (third overall) with 1402 scratch, including high games of 278 and 270, and 1450 total to finish the second qualifying day in third position.

Overnight leader Oliver Morig (left) of Germany slipped to fourth place with 1434 and was followed by South African Francois Louw in fifth place with 1430, including four games in the 250s.

15-time PBA champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, who now serves as head coach of the UAE national team, fell from second to sixth place with 1429.

Places seven and eight belonged to world and Asian champion Esther Cheah of Malaysia and PWBA champion and multiple Central American Championships gold medalist Rocio Restrepo (right) of Colombia with 1419 and 1416, respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 were Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia and Chris Via (left), United States. Ismail, who won the silver medal at the World Singles Championships here in Doha last week, hit 1400 on the nose and Via, who lead the WSC qualifying portion, was mere two pins behind with 1398. The top 10 at the end of the qualifying will receive a first-round bye.

With five out of 17 qualifying squads completed, Ziyad Alkhalewi of Saudi Arabia holds the 34th and last spot to advance from the overall standing with 1274 or an average of 212.33. For the records, last year’s qualifying cut was 1355 (225.83).

Qualifying continues on Monday, Dec. 12, with squads 6, 7 and 8 scheduled to start at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

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 11 (places 35 & 36) and Dec. 10 (places 37 & 38), will advance to the finals on Friday, Dec. 16

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