Marshall Kent rises to the top in 13th Qatar Bowling Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #19

    American shoots 1457 series in Squad 9; six bowlers of Squad 9 and Squad 10 and 11 leaders Osku Palermaa (FIN), Martin Larsen (SWE) crack the top 10; Michael Tsang (HKG) achieves perfection; cut for 34th place is 1264 (210.67 average)


    Marshall Kent (pictured left), United States, averaged 242.83 in Saturday's Squad 9 to rise to the top of the leader board in the 13th Qatar Bowling Open currently underway at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar.

    Kent, who won his first European Bowling Tour title in the 2012 Russian Open, had games of 228, 257, 297, 268, 194 and 213 to lead the field of 105 players from 23 countries with 1457.

    Another five players of this squad cracked the top 10, who will received one bye for the finals at the end of the qualifying.

    2013EBT15MatthiasOlsson.jpg2013EBT10ThomasLarsen.jpgMattias Olsson (left) of Sweden was 41 pins behind Kent with 1416 including a 279 opening game to leap into second place.

    Fresh off his victory in the 1st Abu Dhabi World Bowling Tour, Thomas Larsen (right) of Denmark finished his set with a 297 game to overtake third place with 1411.

    Yousif Falah of Bahrain toppled 1392 pins to move into sixth place and Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong and Michael Mak rounded out the top 10 with 1373 and 1356, respectively.

    2013WCMichaelTsangEricTseng.jpg2013EBT15MartinLarsen.jpgTheir team mate Michael Tsang (pictured left with team mate Eric Tseng, right) rolled the first 300 game of the tournament and is the frontrunner for the 1.000 Euro Perfect Game Award (in qualifying only), which will be split in case there will be more than one perfect game. Tsang finished outside the cut in 42nd place with 1239.

    The two other squads on Saturday were also led by EBT champions. Martin Larsen (right) of Sweden, who won his seventh EBT title in the San Marino Open in July, had all games between 205 and 267 to lead Squad 11 with 1409 and an average of 234.83 to take over fourth place.

    2013WCOskuPalermaa.jpg2012EBT13SamiLampo.jpgFinland's two-hander Osku Palermaa (left), who owns record 13 EBT titles alongside with three PBA titles, hit 1400 on the nose (233.33) after closing out with 268 and 279, good for fifth place overall.

    Previous leaders Sami Lampo (right) of Finland (1390) and Cameron Weier, United States (1376) slipped to seventh and eighth place.

    Randi Brogaard Christensen of Denmark is the only woman out of eight in the field, who is above the cut line in 19th place with 1322 including 48 pins handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    Jassem Al-Deyab of Qatar holds 34th place and last spot to advance directly to the finals with 1264 and an average of 210.67.

    Qualifying continues Sunday, Dec. 8, with squads 12-14 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 ‚ā¨ going to the winner, 14.400 ‚ā¨ to the runner-up and 5.000 ‚ā¨ 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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