Tommy Jones shoots big games to win the 7th Kingdom International Open


    Saudi Arabia / 2014 WBT #4

    PBA star defeats Hong Kong's Michael Mak twice to win his third World Bowling Tour title, the 15th PBA title of his career and $25,000

    2013KSAOTommyJones2.jpg2013KSAOMichaelMak2.jpgTommy Jones (pictured left), United States rolled two big games in the championship match of the 7th Kingdom International Open at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to defeat top-seeded Michael Mak of Hong Kong twice en route to win the title and the $25,000 top prize.

    It was the third World Bowling Tour title for Jones and also his 15th career PBA title.

    The Team USA member and WTBA World Champion, who improved on a fourth-place finish last year, was down by eleven pins halfway thru game one, but closed out with a six-bagger for a 247-218 win. According to the rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

    2013KSAOTommyJones3.jpgMak, who out averaged second-seeded Jones by almost 15 pins (256.63 to 241.75) in the final eight-game round to earn the No. 1 seed, was down by 10 pins from the first frame and despite striking on nine shots, lost the deciding game, 258-268. The 19-year-old had to settle for second place, worth $13,000.

    2013KSAOTop3.jpgIn the semifinal match, Jones ousted Bahrain's Yousif Falah (pictured right), 218-211. Falah, who as the No. 1 seed finished second in 2012 after losing two games against Martin Larsen of Sweden, was down by mere two pins heading into the last frames but suffered an open in the ninth which handed the match to Jones.

    In the opening shoot-out match Falah ran away with an eight-bagger to easily defeat No. 3 Bill O'Neill, United States, and No. 5 Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 258-217-193.

    Falah received $8,000 for third place, O'Neill pocketed $5,000 for fourth place and Fransson garnered $4,500 for fifth place.

    WBTPBALogo.jpgThe 7th Kingdom International Open Bowling Championship was the fourth event of the 2014 World Bowling Tour. The tournament was also the final event of the 2012-13 PBA Tour.

    Due to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the 7th Kingdom International Open awarded a PBA international title if won by a PBA member.

    Players competed for total prize fund of more than 110,000 US Dollar. The champion received the $25,000 top prize.

    Qualifying (12 games in six game blocks) ran from Dec. 12 thru 14. A total of 32 players qualified for the finals on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 15 & 16.

    Bowlers ranked 1-4 bypassed the Semifinal Round. Players ranked 5-32 bowled eight games scratch to cut to the top 11 plus the next bowler from Saudi Arabia, who met the top 4 in the Final Round.

    After another eight-game block scratch, the top five players advanced to the stepladder finals. Players ranked 3-5 clashed in the opening match. The winner took on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match bowled the No. 1 seed in the championship match. The challenger must defeat the top seeded player twice to win the title.

    The top 16 Asian bowlers qualified for the final leg of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Saudi Arabia leg, which will be held at Universal Bowling Center on Tuesday, December 17.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.


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    7th Kingdom International Open - Stepladder Finals

    Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Dec. 11-16, 2013)

    2013KSAOTop5.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Tommy Jones, United States, 733 (3 games), $25,000
    2. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 476 (2 games), $13,000
    3. Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 469 (2 games), $8,000
    4. Bill O'Neill, United States, 217 (1 game), $5,000
    5. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 193 (1 game), $4,500

    L-R Fransson, O'Neill, Jones, Mak and Falah.

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Falah (258) def. No.3 O'Neill (217) and No. 5 Fransson (193)
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 Jones def. Falah, 218-211
    Championship Match: Jones def. No. 1 Mak, 247-218
    and in the decisive game, Jones def. Mak, 268-258.

    Note: According to the tournament rules, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.


    7th Kingdom International Open - Places 6-32 (Cashers)

    Players with position, country and earnings

    6. Tim Mack, United States, $3,500
    7. Bader Al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia, $3,400
    8. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, $3,300
    9. Khaled Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, $3,200
    10. Josh Blanchard, United States, $3,100
    11. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, $3,000
    12. Adel Al-Bargi, Saudi Arabia, $2,900
    13. Abdullah Al-Dolijan, Saudi Arabia, $2,800
    14. Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, $2,700
    15. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, $2,600
    16. Dominic Barrett, England, $2,500
    17. Tom Hess, United States, $1,700
    18. Ernee Noto, Philippines, $1,600
    19. Robert Andersson, Sweden, $1,500
    20. Yasser Abu Reesh, Saudi Arabia, $1,400
    21. Mohammad Al-Zaidan, Kuwait, $1,350
    22. Miguel Lopez, United States, $1,200
    23. Osku Palermaa, Finland, $1,150
    24. Martin Larsen, Sweden, $1,100
    25. Hassan Oraif, Saudi Arabia, $1,050
    26. Mohamed Al-Masri, Jordan, $1,050
    27. Stephen Ajera, Philippines, $1,000
    28. Anthony Balabbo, Philippines, $1,000
    29. Jau Urbano, Philippines, $1,000
    30. Salman Al-Shehri, Saudi Arabia, $1,000
    31. Mohamed Al-Najrani, Saudi Arabia, $1,000
    32. Moeed Al-Qahtani, Saudi Arabia, $1,000


    7th Kingdom International Open - Final Round

    The top 5 advance to the Stepladder Finals.