American DJ Archer takes first-round lead in 12th Kuwait International Open 2015



    PBA champion leads 100-players field from 19 countries after the first of three qualifying blocks with 1217 and an average of 243.40


    2014PBADominicBarrett.jpgDJ Archer (pictured left), United States, averaged 243.40 in the first of three qualifying blocks at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya City, Kuwait, to take the lead in the 12th Kuwait International Open 2015 with 1217 five-game total.

    Archer, who won his first PBA title last season in the 2014 PBA Chameleon Championship, started his series in Squad B with games of 226, 243 and 203 before he closed out with 256 and 289, the highest game of the tournament so far.

    Last year's runner-up Dom Barrett (right) of England paced Squad D with 1188, an average of 237.60, to move into second place. Barrett, who owns 10 European Bowling Tour and four PBA titles, had five games between 215 and 254.

    2014BWCBaderAlShaikh.jpg2014PBAJohnSzczerbinski.jpgTwo-time Asian Games gold medalist Bader Al-Shaikh (left) of Saudi Arabia was mere 13 pins behind with 1175 (235.00), good for third place overall.

    Fourth and fifth place belonged to Americans John Szczerbinski (right) and Brad Angelo, who had 1129 and 1112, respectively, in Squad B.

    Squad A leader Michael Mak (below left) of Hong Kong, who took the early lead with 1109, finished the first qualifying day in sixth place.

    2014WYCMastersMichaelMak.jpg2014HHEmirCupKhaledAlDubyyan.jpgThe top 6 bowlers at the end of the qualifying plus the next Kuwaiti will earn three byes for the finals. Former World Ranking Masters champion Khaled Al-Dubyyan (right) was the best bowler from the host country with 1083, an average of 216.60. Al-Dubyyan had four games between 201 and 222 sandwiched around a high game of 248.

    Mohammad Janahi of Bahrain was the best bowler of Squad C in ninth place with 1098 (219.60). Tannya Roumimper (below right) of Indonesia, who won the H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar two weeks ago, was the best of just two women in the field in 15th place with 1059 including 25 pins handicap.

    2013EBT04TannyaRoumimper2.jpgThe top 34 players after 15 games of qualifying plus the next four Kuwaitis will advance to the finals on Friday and Saturday. Kuwait's Nasser Hajras currently holds the 34th and last place to advance with 991 or an average of 198.20.

    Qualifying continues on Wednesday (B, A, C and D) and Thursday (C, D, A and B) with qualifying blocks 2 and 3 starting at 9 a.m., 12.30, 4 and 7.30 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

    The Kuwait International Open 2015 will be held from March 10-14 at Cozmo Bowling Center, a 16-laner in Salmiya City, Kuwait. Players compete for total prize money of US$130,500 with $25,000 going to winner, $12,000 to the runner-up and $8,000, $6,000 and $5,000 to the third, fourth and fifth place finishers.

    Opposite to the last four years, the 12th edition of the event is not included in the World Bowling Tour and therefore the winner will not be credited with a PBA title.

    Qualifying (15 games) runs from March 10-12 and features three blocks of 5 games (5 games per day). Players will be split into four squads (A, B, C and D). Women and youth bowlers receive five pins handicap each game.

    After 15 games, the field is cut to the top 34 players plus the next four Kuwaiti bowlers out of the cut (seeded 35th to 38th). All qualifying pins are dropped.

    The top 6 qualifiers plus the highest Kuwaiti (seeded 7th) receive three byes. Qualifiers 8-14 earn two byes and qualifiers 15-22 get one bye.

    Qualifiers 23-38 advance to Round Two on Friday morning to bowl six games scratch with the top 8 advancing to Round 3. Qualifiers 15-22 plus top eight from Round Two bowl another six games in Round Three on Friday afternoon. The top nine advance to Round Four.

    Those nine meet qualifiers 8-14 in Round Four on Friday evening. The top 8 after six games advance to Round Five on Saturday morning, where they will face the top seven qualifiers in a four-game round.

    All 15 players advance to a modified match play round on Saturday afternoon with Round Five pinfall carried forward. Three players on each pair of lanes will bowl seven games of match play plus one game position round. The winner of each match receives 20 bonus pins while the second-best player receives 10 bonus pins.

    The top five advance to the stepladder finals. Whoever reaches title match must defeat the top qualifier twice to win the title.

    12th Kuwait International Open 2015 serves as the qualifying event for the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Kuwait leg, which will be held at the same bowling center on March 15.


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    (f) and (y) indicate female and youth bowlers, receive five pins handicap each game