Ahmed Al-Deyab takes the early lead in EBT season-ending Qatar Bowling Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #19

    Top 2 qualifying leaders of Day One and Two are automatically qualified for the finals

    2013QatarOpenLogo.jpg Ahmed Al-Deyab of Qatar set the early pace in the 13th edition of the Qatar Bowling Open as the season-ending event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour got underway at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    Al-Deyab rolled games of 232, 160, 258, 214, 279 and 181 in Squad 2 to lead a field of 40 players from 12 countries after two days with 1324 and an average of 220.67 for six games. Second place belongs to Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE, who led the opening squad with 1293 and was second to Al-Deyab in Squad 2 with 1308.

    By virtue of finishing 1, 2 in the squads on Dec. 4, Al-Deyab and Al-Suwaidi are automatically seeded into the finals if they will drop out of the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings.

    Khalid Al-Saada of Qatar, who was next to Al-Suwaidi in Squad 1, sits in third place with 1255.

    His compatriot Yousef Al-Jaber led squads 4 & 5 on Thursday (#3 has been cancelled). While none of the bowlers in Squad 4 reached the 1200-mark, Al-Jaber 1248 in Squad 5 moved him into fourth place in the qualifying standings.

    As the leaders of the Dec. 5 squads, Al-Jaber and second-place Hussain Hajji, Palestine, who is sixth overall with 1228, are automatically qualified for the finals. The last two wild cards will be given to the top two of the Dec. 6 leader board.

    Qualifying continues Friday with squads 6-8 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (CET -2 hours; EST -8 hours).

    2013QatarOpenLogo_small.jpg The 13th Qatar Bowling Open is the 19th and last event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and one of two EBT "Platinum" tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from Dec. 4-10, 2012 at 32-lane Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    Players will compete for total prize fund of 120.000 Euro (approx. $163,370) with 30.000 € going to the winner, 14.400 € to the runner-up and 5.000 € apiece to the third and fourth place finishers.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs from Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Monday, Dec. 9 with the final Squad 17 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (CET -2 hours; EST -8 hours). Qualifying will conclude with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (max. is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 43 players - the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Dec. 4 squads (1 & 2), the Dec. 5 (3-5) and Dec. 6 squads (6-8), plus the top 3 of the Desperado Squad - advance to the finals on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. The top 10 qualifiers earn a first-round bye.

    The other 33 players 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 scratch to cut to the top 4, who will advance to the semifinals.

    The No. 1 bowls No. 4 and the No. 2 bowls No. 3 with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. The two semifinal winners advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 stops in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament such as the Qatar Bowling Open receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 12 men and the top 12 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 Qatar Bowling Open is also the third event of the 2014 World Bowling Tour and will award a PBA international title if won by a PBA member.

    Due to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the tournament will award a PBA international title if won by a PBA member.

    The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which got underway in November 2013 with the PBA World Championship, one of the Tour's "majors", consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), Asia (3), United States (3), Europe (2) and Australia (1).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2012 and all events from 2013 in addition to the 2014 events.

    2011WTBALogo_small.jpg The top three men and top three women will be invited to compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in November 2014 (place and venue TBD).

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association is made up of 112 bowling federations and governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.


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