American Brad Angelo wins 12th Kuwait International Open from top seed



    2015KuwaitOpenBradAngelo.jpg2015KuwaitOpenTommyJones.jpgBrad Angelo (pictured left), United States, used a seven bagger to defeat his compatriot and fellow PBA champion Tommy Jones (right), in the championship match of the 12th Kuwait International Open, 257-191, to win the title and the $25,000 top prize, Saturday at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya City, Kuwait.

    Angelo, who earned the No. 1 seed for the five-placer stepladder finals by finishing with the highest Round Five and Modified Match Play Round cumulative total including bonus pins, had to sit and wait for his opponent.

    2015KuwaitOpenMichaelMak.jpg2015KuwaitOpenMikaKoivuniemi.jpgThere were no changes in the line-up as No. 4 Michael Mak (left) of Hong Kong ousted Finnish-American Mika Koivuniemi (right), seeded fifth, in the opening match, 223-201, before he fell to No. 3 seeded DJ Archer, United States, 226-223.

    Jones, who took the No. 2 seed in the position round match of the modified match play round, sideline d Archer, 234-173, for the right to bowl Angelo for the title. According to the tournament rules, Jones must defeat Angelo twice to win the title.

    Angelo, who won his two PBA titles in the 2008-09 and 2012-13 seasons, converted a single-pin spare in the first frame and put the match out of reach for Jones, who owns 15 PBA titles, with seven consecutive strikes in frames 2-8 before he closed out with another two single pin spares and a nine-count on the fill ball.

    2015KuwaitOpenDJArcher.jpgJones received $12,000 for second place. Archer (right), who was never lower than third place in the whole tournament, got $8,000 for third place. Mak, the only non-PBA champion in the finale, took $6,000 for fourth place, while Koivuniemi pocketed $5,000 for fifth place.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

    2015KuwaitOpenLogo.jpg The Kuwait International Open 2015 was held from March 10-14 at Cozmo Bowling Center, a 16-laner in Salmiya City, Kuwait. Players competed for total prize money of US$130,500.

    Opposite to the last four years, the 12th edition of the event was not included in the World Bowling Tour and therefore the winner did not receive 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 advanced 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 bowled another six games in Round Three on Friday afternoon. The top nine advanced to Round Four.

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

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

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

    12th Kuwait International Open 2015 served 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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    12th Kuwait International Open 2015

    Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya City, Kuwait (March 10-14, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1. Brad Angelo, United States, 257 (1 game), $25,000
    2. Tommy Jones, United States, 425 (2 games), $12,000
    3. DJ Archer, United States, 399 (2 games), $8,000
    4. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 446 (2 games), $6,000
    5. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 201 (1 game), $5,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Mak def. No. 5 Koivuniemi, 223-201
    Second Match: No. 3 Archer def. Mak, 226-223
    Third Match: No. 2 Jones def. Archer, 234-173
    Championship: No. 1 Angelo def. Jones, 257-191.


    12th Kuwait International Open 2015 - Youth Stepladder Finals (for Kuwaitis only)

    Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya City, Kuwait (March 10-14, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1. Mustafa Al-Mousawi, Kuwait, 199 (1 game), $1,000
    2. Abdulsalam Alsaqer, Kuwait, 370 (2 games), $750
    3. Ali Jamal, Kuwait, 356 (2 games), $500
    4. Abdulla Al-Dubbayan, Kuwait, 166 (1 game), $300

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 3 Jamal def. No. 4 Al-Dubbayan, 225-166
    Second Match: No. 2 Alsaqer def. Jamal, 188-131
    Championship: No. 1 Al-Mousawi def. Alsaqer, 199-182.


    12th Kuwait International Open 2016 - Places 6-38 (Cashers)

    Players with position, hometown and earnings; (f) indicates female bowlers

    6. Robert Andersson, Sweden, $3,250
    7. John Szczerbinski, United States, $3,250
    8. Dominic Barrett, England, $3,000
    9. Ryan Lalisang, England, $2,900
    10. Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, $2,800
    11. Mohammad Janahi, Bahrain, $2,700
    12. Jason Sterner, United States, $2,650
    13. Shaker Al-Hassan, United Arab Emirates, $2,600
    14. Marshall Kent, United States, $2,550
    15. Ebrahim Al-Jadi, Kuwait, $2,500
    16. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, $2,000
    17. Danielle McEwan (f), United States, $2,000
    18. Tom Hess, United States, $2,000
    19. Yousef Al-Jaber, Qatar, $2,000
    20. Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, $2,000
    21. Stuart Williams, England, $2,000
    22. Mansour Al-Hajri, Qatar, $2,000
    23. Aseel Al-Roomi, Kuwait, $2,000
    24. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $1,500
    25. Tom Daugherty, United States, $1,500
    26. Hashim Al-Hashimi, United Arab Emirates, $1,500
    27. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, $1,500
    28. Hareb Al-Mansoori, United Arab Emirates, $1,500
    29. Salem Al-Hajras, Kuwait, $1,500
    30. Andrew Frawley, Australia, $1,500
    31. Yaqoub Al-Shatti, Kuwait, $1,200
    32. Fahad Al-Rageeb, Kuwait, $1,200
    33. Ayad Al-Ameeri, Kuwait, $1,200
    34. Hussain Al-Suwaidi, United Arab Emirates, $1,200
    35. Bader Al-Shaikh, Saudi Arabia, $1,200
    36. Osku Palermaa, Finland, $1,200
    37. Mohannad Ebrahim, Kuwait, $1,200
    38. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, $1,200


    12th Kuwait International Open 2015 - Modified Match Play Round

    Top five advance to the stepladder finals.


    12th Kuwait International Open 2014 - Round Five Results

    All players advance to a modified match play round; Round Five pinfall carried forward


    12th Kuwait International Open 2015 - Round Four Results

    Top 8 players advance to the fifth round. Players 9-16 eliminated, finish 16th to 23rd, earn $2,000.


    12th Kuwait International Open 2015 - Round Three Results

    Top 9 players advance to the fourth round. Players 10-16 eliminated, finish 24th to 30th, earn $1,500.


    12th Kuwait International Open 2015 - Round Two Results

    Top 8 players advance to the third round. Players 9-16 eliminated, finish 31st to 38th, earn $1,200.