John Szczerbinski wins qualifying in 12th Kuwait International Open



    American averages 223.20 over 15 games to lead the top 34 players plus four Kuwaitis into the finals on Friday and Saturday; score to make the cut in 34th place is 3035 (202.33 average)

    2014PBAJohnSzczerbinski.jpg201213PBABradAngelo.jpgJohn Szczerbinski (pictured left), United States, rolled an 1120 series (224 average) Thursday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya City, Kuwait, en route to win the qualifying of the 12th Kuwait International Open 2015 and to lead the top 34 players plus four Kuwaitis into the finals on Friday and Saturday.

    Szczerbinski, who had games of 188, 243, 258, 235 and 196 in the third five-game block, totaled 3348 pins, an average of 223.20 for 15 games, to pace the field of 100 players from 19 countries.

    PBA champions Brad Angelo (above right) and DJ Archer, who bowled with Szczerbinski in Squad B, finished in second and third place with 3320 and 3313, respectively.

    2014BWCMohamedJanahi.jpg2014AsianGamesShakerAlHassan.jpgMohammad Janahi (left) of Bahrain used an 1137 series, including four games between 223 and 257 and a low game of 179, to take the lead in Squad C and to leap from 11th to fourth place in the overall standings with 3289 (219.27 average).

    Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia was the best A Squad bowler in fifth place with 3269 (217.93). The Asian and Asian Games champion leaped one spot behind a 1071 series. Rounding out the top 6 was Shaker Al-Hassan (right) of the United Arab Emirates.

    Al-Hassan, who led the tournament after two qualifying blocks with an average of 224.70, fell five places due 985 in the third block (197 avg.) and 3232 total (215.47). The top 6 bowlers plus the next Kuwaiti earned three byes for the finals.

    2014EBT19MarshallKent2.jpg2014MWCRobertAndersson.jpgEbrahim Al-Jadi, who had a 1036 in Squad C and 3049 total, an average of 203.27, was the best bowler from the host country and captured seventh place.

    Marshall Kent (left), United States, held the 34th and last place heading into the last qualifying day. The PBA rookie of the year 2014, who owns two World Bowling Tour titles and one PBA title, posted the highest series Thursday with 1210 (242 avg.) to jump into eighth place with 3227 total (215.13).

    World and European champion Robert Andersson (right) of Sweden used an 1152 series to pace the bowlers of Squad D with 3218, good for eighth place overall. Bowlers positioned 8-14 earned two byes.

    2015EmirCupDanielleMcEwan.jpg2014PBAThomasLarsen.jpgTeam USA's Danielle McEwan (left), one of only two women in the field, made the first cut in 28th place with 3059 including five pins handicap each game, an average of 198.33 scratch. Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia, who won the H.H. Emir Cup two weeks ago, fell out of the top 34 to finish in 41st place with 3029 including handicap.

    Defending champion Thomas Larsen (right) took 28th place with 3055. Jesper Svensson, a two-handed lefty from Sweden, who won the 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Bowling Championship last week, took the 34th and last place to advance with 3035 or an average of 202.33.

    Joining the top 34 in the finals were the next four Kuwaitis in the overall standings, Aseel Al-Roomi, Mohannad Ebrahim, ABF Tour Bahrain leg winner Yaqoub Al-Shatti and Salem Al-Hajras.

    Rounds 2, 3 and 4 will be contested on Friday, March 13, starting at 10 a.m., 1.30 and 5 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST) with Round 5, the modified match play round and the stepladder final to follow on Saturday, March 14, slated for 10 a.m., 12.30 and 5 p.m. 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) ran from March 10-12 and featured three blocks of 5 games (5 games per day). The 100 players from 19 countries (Australia, Bahrain, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, United States, and Venezuela) were split into four squads (A, B, C and D). Women and youth bowlers receive five pins handicap each game.

    After 15 games, the field was cut to the top 34 players plus the next four Kuwaiti bowlers out of the cut (seeded 35th to 38th). All qualifying pins were dropped. The top 6 qualifiers plus the highest Kuwaiti (seeded 7th) received three byes. Qualifiers 8-14 earned two byes and qualifiers 15-22 got 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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