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UAE’s Mahmood Al Attar wins 5th DIBC Open from top seed


In an all-United Arab Emirates title match between fellow national team members , top-seeded Mahmood Al Attar emerged as DIBC Open Bowling Tournament champion defeating Shaker Ali Al Hassan, 247-225, at Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE, to earn the title and the 25,000 UAE Dirham (AED) top prize or approx. $6,800.

Pictured above from left to right: Shaker Al Hassan (2nd), champion Mahmood Al Attar, and Hussain Al Suwaidi (3rd).

2016 GCC Masters champion Al Attar, who finished qualifying in second place to earn a second-round bye, averaged 247.17 for six games in Round 3 to beat out Al Hassan for the top seed by 162 pins. Al- Hassan, who led the second round with 1315 to lead the top 10 into the third round, finished with 233 to edge Dhruv Sarda of India for the No. 2 seed by just one pin, 1321 to 1320.

The third UAE national team member in the stepladder final was qualifying leader Hussain Al Suwaidi, who closed his set with 247 and 244 to take fourth place with 1316.

In the opening match, Al Suwaidi (left) made quick work of Sarda (right), eliminating the national team member from India, 275-198.

The semi-final match between Al Hassan and Al Suwaidi was a thriller that went into overtime after the long-time teammates tied at 213. Al Hassan (center), who won silver in singles at the 2014 Men’s World Championships in Abu Dhabi, advanced to the title match with a 49-40 win in a 9th and 10th frame roll-off.

Al Attar bagged the champion’s trophy and the top prize of 25,000 Dirham or roughly $6,800, while Al Hassan received AED 12,000 for second place. Al Suwaidi earned AED 8,000 for third place and Sarda took home AED 5,000 for fourth place.

The 5th edition of the DIBC Open Bowling Tournament drew 73 bowlers, 71 men and two women, from 12 countries, Bahrain, England, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.

The tournament was sanctioned by the Emirates Bowling Federation, Asian Bowling Federation and World Bowling.

5th DIBC Open Bowling Tournament 2017

Dubai International Bowling Center in Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE (March 4-25, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Mahmood Al Attar, United Arab Emirates, 247 (1 game), 25,000 AED
2. Shaker Ali Al Hassan, United Arab Emirates, 438 (2 games), 12,000 AED
3. Hussain Al Suwaidi, United Arab Emirates, 488 (2 games), 8,000 AED
4. Dhruv Sarda, India, 198 (1 game), 5,000 AED

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 4 Al Suwaidi def. No. 3 Sarda, 275-198
Second Match: No. 2 Al Hassan def. Al Suwaidi, 49-40 in roll-off after a 213-213 tie
Championship: No. 1 Al Attar def. Al Hassan, 247-225.

5th DIBC Open – Places 5-32 (Cashers)

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

5. Ibrahim Buhair, UAE, 4.000 AED
6. Khamis Al Shamsi, UAE, 3.000 AED
7. Ali Al Rashdi, UAE, 2.000 AED
8. Yousef Al Jaber, Qatar, 1.800 AED
9. Ahmed Al Goud, Bahrain, 1.600 AED
10. Marc De Vries, Singapore, 1.400 AED
11. Yaqoub Shatti, Kuwait, 1.000 AED
12. Sayed Ibm Al Hashemi, UAE, 1.000 AED
13. Mansour Al Awami, Qatar, 1.000 AED
14. Uella Marcial (F), Philippines, 1.000 AED
15. Aris Ardila Santos, Malaysia, 1.000 AED
16. Osama Hassan, Bahrain, 1.000 AED
17. Hashim Guinomla, Philippines, 800 AED
18. Ayad Al Amiri, Kuwait, 800 AED
19. Essa Ahmed, UAE, 800 AED
20. Khaled Al Emadi, Qatar, 800 AED
21. Nur Azri M. Azam (F), Singapore, 800 AED
22. Basil Saeed, UAE, 800 AED
23. Mohd Al Nuaimi, UAE, 800 AED
24. Hareb Al Mansouri, UAE, 800 AED

5th DIBC Open – Round 3 Results

Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals

5th DIBC Open – Round 2 Results

Top 10 advance to the third round

5th 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 round; top 3 plus the best UAE bowler (place 4) earn one bye

Herbert Bickel

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