Swedes Mattias Wetterberg, Martin Paulsson crack top 10 in Qatar


    2013 European Bowling Tour #19

    USA's Marshall Kent leads field of 119 players from 26 countries heading into the final qualifying day; cut for 34th place is now 1305 (217.50 average)

    2012EBT09MatthiasWetterberg.jpg2013EBT15MartinPaulsson.jpgSwedes Mattias Wetterberg and Martin Paulsson led the 12th of 17 qualifying squads Sunday afternoon en route to crack the top 10 in the 2013 Qatar Bowling Open at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    Wetterberg (pictured left) posted games of 235, 217, 192, 255, 280 and 231 to leap fifty spots into fourth place with 1410 and an average of 235.

    Paulsson (right), a one-time European Bowling Tour titlist and World Champion in Doubles in 2010, was thirty pins behind with 1380 including high games of 258 and 254 to move into ninth place.

    2012BWCMarshallKent3.jpg2013EBT15MatthiasOlsson.jpgOne-time EBT champion Marshall Kent (left), United States, continues to lead the field of 119 players, 109 men and ten women, from 26 countries with 1457 and an average of 242.83.

    Mattias Olsson (right) of Sweden is 41 pins behind Kent in second place with 1416 and is followed by Thomas Larsen (1411) of Denmark, who won the 1st Abu Dhabi World Bowling Tour last week.

    Heading into the last qualifying day, the top 10, who will earn a first-round bye, consist of seven players from Northern Europe, two Americans and one Arab bowler.

    2013EBT15MartinLarsenDanielFransson.jpg2013EBT15OskuPalermaa2.jpgSeven-time EBT winner Martin Larsen (left with Daniel Fransson, right) of Sweden is fifth on 1409 with Finnish two-handed player two-hander Osku Palermaa (right), who owns record 13 EBT titles, in sixth on 1400.

    Seventh place Yousif Falah of Bahrain has toppled 1392 pins and is followed by Sami Lampo of Finland with 1390. Rounding out the top 10 is Cameron Weier, United States, with 1376 (229.33).

    2013EBT15MikeFagan.jpgFour-time PBA champion Mike Fagan (left), United States, paced Squad 13 with 1357 (226.17) to jump into 13th place in the overall qualifying standings. Swede Daniel Fransson, who led the final squad 14 on Sunday with 1349, took over 15th place.

    Randi Brogaard Christensen of Denmark is the only woman in the top 34 in 27th place with 1322 including 48 pins handicap. Wicky Yeung of Hong Kong holds the 34th place and last spot to advance directly to the finals with 1305 and an average of 217.50.

    Qualifying continues Monday, Dec. 9, with squads 15-17 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (CET -2 hours; EST -8 hours) and concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for 11 p.m.

    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 WorldTenpinBowling.com.


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