Sami Lampo takes over lead in Qatar Bowling Open qualifying


    2013 European Bowling Tour #19

    Finn shoots 1390 on Day Three Qualifying; Squad 6-8 leaders take control of the leader board; cut for 34th place is 1182 (197 average)

    2013EBT04SamiLampo.jpgSami Lampo (pictured left) of Finland led the seventh qualifying squad on Friday to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the 2013 Qatar Bowling Open, the season-ending tournament of the 2013 European Bowling Tour.

    Lampo rolled had games of 234, 236, 198, 277, 209 and 236 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha to lead the field of 70 players from 21 countries with 1390 and an average of 231.67 for six games.

    Cameron Weier and Matt Gasn, United States, who led Squad 5 with 1376 and 1341, sit second and third place in the overall qualifying standings.

    2013BOMansourAlAwamy2.jpg2013EBT15TimoAlho.jpgBy virtue of finishing 1, 2 in the squads on Dec. 6, Lampo and Weier are automatically qualified for the finals if they will drop out of the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings.

    Mansoor Al-Awamy (left) is the top local bowler in fourth place. The Qatari led the third and last squad on Friday, eighth overall, with 1325 including a high game of 269.

    Fifth place belongs to Finn Timo Alho (right), who was next to the Americans in Squad 7 with 1324 including a high game of 263.

    Day two leader Ahmed Al-Deyab of Qatar slipped to sixth place with 1324, due to the lower last game than Alho.

    2013EBT16JennyWegner2.jpg2013EBT16IdaAndersson.jpgTwo of four women in the field so far moved into the top 34, who will advance to the finals at the end of the qualifying. Jenny Wegner (left) and Ida Andersson (right) of Sweden totaled 1206 and 1187 including eight pins handicap each game to overtake 29th and 32nd place, respectively.

    Iceland's Hafthor Hardarson currently holds 34th place with 1182 and an average of 197.00.

    Qualifying continues Saturday with squads 9-11 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (CET -2 hours; EST -8 hours).

    2013QatarOpenLogo.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


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