Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper Wins H.H. Emir Cup

by Bill Vint February 27, 2015 03:44

DOHA, Qatar  – Former Wichita State University star Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia defeated home country favorite Khaled Al-Dossari, 516-430 in the two-game total pinfall final match, to win the H.H. Emir Cup Friday at Qatar Bowling Centre.

Roumimper rolled games of 287 and 229, including 8 handicap pins per game awarded to women entered in the tournament, to handily top Al-Dossari’s 184 and 246 games. But the former collegiate All-American needed her handicap pins in eliminating UAE’s Naif Oqab in the Step 3 semifinal round, 437-428. Top qualifier Danielle McEwan, a Team USA member from Stony Point, N.Y., was eliminated in the other Step 3 match, losing to Al-Dossari, 441-405.

The H.H. Emir Cup is a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event. Roumimper will not be credited with a PBA title because she received eight handicap pins per game and she is not a PBA member.

PBA International-WBT competition continues with the Kingdom of Bahrain Open at Ozone Entertainment Centre in Manama, Bahrain, March 2-7, and the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, March 14-22. PBA fans can follow the action in Bahrain by visiting abf-online.org and in Munich by visiting brunswickeurochallenge.com.

H.H. EMIR CUP
Qatar Bowling Centre, Doha, Qatar, Friday, Feb. 27

Championship (two games, total pinfall; women entrants receive 8 handicap pins per game)
f-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia ($25,000) def. Khaled Al-Dossari, Qatar ($12,000), 516-430.

Step 3 Final Standings (two games, total pinfall; winners advance to Step 4 championship, losers earned $6,000)
f-Roumimper def. Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 437-427.
Al-Dossari def. f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 441-405.

Step 2 Final Standings (after 6 games, top 4 advance to Step 3 semifinal round)
1, f-McEwan, 1,368.
2, f-Roumimper, 1,362.
3, Oqab, 1,333.
4, Al-Dossari, 1,306.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,302, $2,700.
6, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,276, $2,700.
7, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,273, $2,700.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,258, $2,700.
9, f-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 1,257, $2,300.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,254, $2,300.
11, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,249, $2,300.
12, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,244, $2,300.
13, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,240, $2,100.
14, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,236, $2,100.
15, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,219, $2,100.
16, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,149, $2,100.

f-denotes female competitors who receive 8 handicap pins per game in addition to actual pinfall totals

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Wes Malott Leads Field of 10 Step 1 Qualifiers into H.H. Emir Cup Final Rounds in Qatar

by Bill Vint February 26, 2015 03:49

DOHA, Qatar  – Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, averaged 226.17 over six games Thursday to lead the field of 10 players who advanced from the Step 1 round to Friday’s final rounds of the H.H. Emir Cup at Qatar Bowling Centre.

Thursday’s top 10 will join preliminary qualifying leaders Bahrain’s Yousif Falah, Team USA member Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y.; Mika Koivuniemi of Finland; Cherie Tan of Singapore; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Martin Larsen of Sweden in the Step 2 Finals Friday.

After the six-game Step 2 round Friday, the top four players will advance to a two-game total pinfall Step 3 (semifinal) round, with the two winners then meeting in a two-game Step 4 (championship round) title match.

The H.H. Emir Cup is a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event. First prize is US$25,000. The winner – if he is a PBA member – will earn a PBA Tour title. None of the four women who advanced to the Step 2 Finals are eligible for PBA title consideration because women in the tournament receive eight handicap pins per game under tournament rules.

H.H. EMIR CUP
Qatar Bowling Centre, Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Feb. 25
Step 1 Final Standings (after 6 games, top 10 advance to Step 2 on Friday)
1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,357.
2, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,324.
3, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,318.
4 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and f-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 1,309.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,306.
7, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,305.
8, Naif Oqab, UAE, 1,280.
9, Khaled Al-Dossari , Qatar, 1,277.
10, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,252.

Failed to Advance (listed by final finishing position)
17, Yousef Al-Jaber, Qatar, 1,239, $1,800.
18, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,238, $1,800.
19, Mansour Al-Hajri, Qatar, 1,237, $1,800.
20 (tie), Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,227, $1,800.
22, Salem Al Hajras, Kuwait, 1,196, 1,300.
23, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,188, $1,300.
24, Bader Al-Deyab, Qatar, 1,186, $1,300.
25, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,177, $1,300.
26, Ghanim Aboujassoum, Qatar, 1,161, $1,300.
27, Mohammed Al-Merekhi, Qatar, 1,150, $1,300.
28, f-New Hui Fen, Singapore, 1,137, $1,300.
29, Yaqoub Al Shatti, Kuwait, 1,122, $1,300.
30, f-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,121, $1,300.
31, Hazeem Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, 1,100, $1,300.
32, Tom Sorce, Charlottesville, Va., 1,081, $1,300.
f-denotes female competitors who receive 8 handicap pins per game in addition to actual pinfall totals.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
Step 2 Finals:
Qualifiers 1-6 (Yousif Falah, Bahrain;  f- Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y.; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland; f- Cherie Tan, Singapore; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; Martin Larsen, Sweden) plus top 10 from Step 1, 6 games (no carryover pins); top 4 advance to Step 3 Finals
Step 3 Finals (Semifinal Round): No. 1 Qualifier vs. No. 4 Qualifier, No. 2 Qualifier vs. No. 3 Qualifier; two games, total pinfall.
Step 4 Finals (Championship): Two Step 3 Finals winners, two games, total pinfall.

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Field of 32 Qualifiers Advance to H.H. Emir Cup Step Finals in Qatar

by Bill Vint February 25, 2015 07:57

DOHA, Qatar – Bahrain’s Yousif Falah averaged 229.59 over 16 games of qualifying to lead the field of 32 players who advanced to final rounds of the H.H. Emir Cup at Qatar Bowling Centre Wednesday.

Falah along with Team USA member Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y.; Mika Koivuniemi of Finland; Cherie Tan of Singapore; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Martin Larsen of Sweden were the top six qualifiers, earning automatic berths in the Step 2 Finals Friday.

The other 26 players, including two Qatar youth bowlers, two Qatar adults who finished outside the top 24, and four players who advanced out of the one-game last-chance “desperado” squad, will drop all qualifying pins and bowl a six-game Step 1 Finals round Thursday. The top 10 from Step 1 will join the top six qualifiers for a six-game Step 2 Finals round Friday morning. The top four will then advance to a two-game total pinfall Step 2 (semifinal) round, with the two winners then meeting in a two-game Step 4 (championship round) title match.

The H.H. Emir Cup is a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event. First prize is US$25,000. The winner – if he is a PBA member – will earn a PBA Tour title. None of the six women who advanced to the Step Finals are eligible for PBA title consideration because they receive eight handicap pins per game under tournament rules. In 2014, Singapore’s New Hui Fen finished second to Emir Cup winner Chris Barnes, who was unable to defend his title due to weather conditions in the Dallas area that forced him to cancel his travel plans.

H.H. EMIR CUP
Qatar Bowling Centre, Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Feb. 25

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top 6 advance to Step 2 Round)
1, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 2,755.
2, f- Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,704.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,651.
4, f- Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,627.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,610.
6, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,600.
Positions top 7-24 (advance to Step 1 Round)
7, f- New Hui Fen, Singapore, 2,598.
8, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,585.
9, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,577.
10, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2.566.
11, Naif Oqab, UAE, 2,563.
12, f- Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. 2,556.
13, f- Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. 2,553.
14, Salem Al Hajras, Kuwait, 2,549.
15, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,545.
16, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,537.
17, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 2,531.
18, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,531.
19, f- Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,524.
20, Ghanim Aboujassoum, Qatar, 2,519.
21, Hazeem Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, 2,517.
22, Mansour Al-Hajri, Qatar, 2,511.
23, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,511.
24, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,504.
Positions 25-26: Top 2 Qatari Youth bowlers advance to Step 1 Finals
25, Bader Al-Deyab, Qatar, 2,392.
26, Mohammed Al-Merekhi, Qatar, 2,273.
Positions 27-28: Top 2 Qataris outside top 24 advance to Step 1 Finals
27, Yousef Al-Jaber, Qatar, M, A, 1207, 181, 235, 235, 202, 188, 247, , 1288, 2495, 207.92, ,
28, Khaled Al-Dossari , Qatar, M, A, 1263, 247, 221, 172, 202, 181, 165, , 1188, 2451, 204.25, ,
Positions 29-32: Desperado Squad (1 game, top 4 advance to Step 1 Finals)
29, Yaqoub Al Shatti, Kuwait, 289.
30, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 245.
31, Tom Sorce, Charlottesville, Va., 242.
32, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 237.

f-denotes female competitors who receive 8 handicap pins per game in addition to actual pinfall totals.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE
Step 1 Finals:
Qualifiers 7-32, 6 games (no carryover pins); top 10 advance to Step 2 Finals

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
Step 2 Finals:
Qualifiers 1-6 plus top 10 from Step 1, 6 games (no carryover pins); top 4 advance to Step 3 Finals
Step 3 Finals (Semifinal Round): No. 1 Qualifier vs. No. 4 Qualifier, No. 2 Qualifier vs. No. 3 Qualifier; two games, total pinfall.
Step 4 Finals (Championship): Two Step 3 Finals winners, two games, total pinfall.

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Mark Roth and Marshall Holman Were Fierce Rivals But Perfect Doubles Partners

by Jerry Schneider February 25, 2015 02:41

 

The individual accomplishments of Mark Roth and Marshall Holman are things of legend.  Roth, a four-time player of the year, ranks tied for fifth all-time with 34 titles. Holman, the 1987 player of the year, ranks 11th all-time with 22 titles. They are credited with revolutionizing the sport with the power games they introduced to bowling.

But among their 56 combined titles are three doubles championships. When it came to teaming up as doubles partners, both players were a force to be reckoned with at the annual PBA Tour doubles events.

In honor of the PBA Hall of Famers, Sunday’s Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship on ESPN from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis bears the name of the two greats who also made their mark as one of the top doubles teams in PBA history. Only the team of Hall of Famers Mike Aulby and Steve Cook has as many doubles titles as Holman and Roth.

Roth and Holman won their first doubles title in the 1977 PBA Doubles Classic at Saratoga Lanes in San Jose, Calif., where they combined for a 7-4-1 match play record and 15,528 pinfall total to outscore runners-up Paul Colwell and Don Johnson by 416 pins.

In 1979, as the top-qualifying team, Roth and Holman won the Columbia Doubles Classic in San Jose with a combined 406 championship match total, defeating Larry Laub and Palmer Fallgren, who combined for a 374 pinfall.

And in 1984 Roth and Holman captured the Showboat Doubles Classic in Las Vegas by defeating Dave Husted and Ted Hannahs in a low-scoring alternate frame championship match, 169-160.

Though fierce rivals on the PBA Tour, it was evident both players had a chemistry that made them successful doubles partners.

“Our bowling styles complemented each other,” said the 60-year-old Holman, who now owns a tax service business in his hometown of Medford. “We played a similar part of the lane which made it easy to line up off each other. From my perspective, I could always count on Mark making a good shot and then it was just a matter of me taking in that information to make a good shot.

“We looked forward to bowling doubles because on Tour you were always alone competing by yourself,” Holman added, “so it was always a nice change of pace to be in a kind of team environment where you could pull for each other.”

The 63-year-old Roth, who continues to make progress in his recovery after a stroke in 2009 which partially paralyzed his left side, also enjoyed the divergence from individual competition while keeping in mind a PBA Tour title was at stake. 

“It was always lot of fun and we always looked forward to it,” said Roth. “We were both at the top of our games at the time so we knew we would always be a tough pair to beat.

“We worked well as a team – he helped me out and I helped him out. Even though it was something we had fun with, you had to remember to take it seriously and stay focused because there was a PBA title on the line.”

Xtra Frame subscribers were treated to several hours of commentary by Roth and Holman during the match play rounds of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions at Woodland Bowl earlier in February, and both will be on hand for Sunday’s doubles telecast at 1 p.m. ET.

The doubles pair to beat Sunday will be top qualifiers and defending champions Norm Duke, a Hall of Famer and 37-time PBA Tour winner, and 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott. The tandem won the 2011 Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship at the South Point complex in Las Vegas, the last time the event was held. 

Also making up Sunday’s stepladder finals lineup will be No. 2 qualifiers Tom Daugherty and Dino Castillo, No. 3 Bill O’Neill and Jason Belmonte, No. 4 DJ Archer and Shawn Maldonado, and No. 5 Dom Barrett and Osku Palermaa.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Stars Head East for Three-Tournament PBA International-WBT Series

by Bill Vint February 24, 2015 06:03

PBA stars from around the world are heading east for a three-tournament PBA International-World Bowling Tour series, beginning with the H.H. Emir Cup, which is underway at Qatar Bowling Centre in Doha, Qatar, and ends Friday. The Qatar event will be followed by the Kingdom of Bahrain Open at Ozone Entertainment Centre in Manama, Bahrain, March 2-7, and the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, March 14-22.

Fans can follow the H.H. Emir Cup and Bahrain Open on the Asian Bowling Federation website: http://abf-online.org/. Brunswick Euro Challenge results will be available on its website: http://brunswickeurochallenge.com/.

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, is defending champion in the Emir Cup, but he won’t be on hand to defend his title after a series of weather-related airline postponements forced him to cancel his travel plans. Shaker Al Hassan of the United Arab Emirates won the 2014 Bahrain title. Eventual PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., is defending Brunswick Euro Challenge champion. Kent won the 2014 event as an amateur.

Heading into the three-tournament swing, Barrett is the WBT men’s points leader in the two-year, rolling points system, with 588 points. Mike Fagan is second with 582 points. Kelly Kulick is the WBT women’s points leader with 698 points, comfortably ahead of fellow American Liz Johnson (559).

“JACK RABBITS” PBA LEAGUE BOWLING BALL DEBUTS THIS WEEK

Number four in the continuing series, Concrete Software will debut the “virtual” Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits PBA League team ball into the PBA Bowling Challenge game on Thursday (Feb. 26). PBA League-logoed team balls for gaming play currently available to PBA Bowling Challenge players include the Dallas Strikers ball, GEICO New York WTT KingPins ball and the Silver Lake Atom Splitters ball. The remaining four PBA League balls will be added to the PBA Bowling Challenge arsenal, one a week, leading up to the PBA League Elias Cup competition March 28-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA League-logoed balls can be used by more than 12 million people who play PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on a regular basis. The PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software app is available on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store and Nook.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BLANCHARD HOLDS OFF AMATEUR LOW FOR SUTTER CREEK TITLE

Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., defeated 17-year-old amateur Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., 235-224, to win the PBA West Region’s Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., Sunday.

Along with his seventh PBA Regional title, Blanchard earned $2,500. Low, who became the youngest player ever to win a PBA Regional in a PBA Challenge event at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas two years ago at age 15, earned $1,300 for his SMART scholarship account. The two-handed left-hander also bowled the only 300 game of the tournament.

PBA Regional Challenge events are open only to players who have not won a PBA event.

In an all-Baker title match, PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 192-188, 173-243, 256-230, in the best-of-three-game title match to win his 31st PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Southern Open presented by Ebonite at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday.

Tom gained the advantage in game one before Stoney found his shot in game two and tied the match. Tom got lined up in game three, winning the title and the $2,300 first prize while Stoney pocketed $1,200 as the runner-up. The Bakers are not related.

Kyle Bigelow of Troy, Ohio, defeated amateur Ari Wilson of University Park, Ill., 257-218, to win his first title in the PBA Lynwood Bowl Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill., Sunday.

Bigelow earned $1,500 along with his title. PBA Challenge events are open to players who have never won a PBA title. Bigelow defeated Gerald Marrs of Huntley, Ill., 229-223, and Wilson edged Mitchell Kratic of Whiting, Ind., 203-177, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Wichita State University star Matt McNiel of Chanhassen, Minn., defeated Kris Koeltzow of Wheat Ridge, Colo., 213-201, to win the $2,500 first prize in the third annual PBA Lakewood Storm Southwest Open at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., Sunday.

After rallying in the final two games of the casher’s round to grab the 12th and last spot in the single-elimination match play finals, McNeil eliminated fellow amateur Rick Shafer of Arvada, Colo., 2-1; George Brooks of Loveland, Colo., 2-0, and Jason Duran of Littleton, Colo., 228-227, to advance to the title match. McNiel doesn’t receive credit for a PBA title because he is not a member.

Koeltzow got to the title match by eliminating Ed Petrie from Clint, Texas, 2-0; PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, now living in Centennial, Colo., 2-0, and Scott Christensen of Evergreen, Colo., 266-156, in his semifinal match.

● As PBA Regional players continue their pursuit of season-long points championships in their respective regions, which will mean berths in the PBA Regional Challenge Finals along with paid entries into PBA World Series of Bowling VII at South Point in Las Vegas, a busy March schedule of PBA Regional activity gets started Feb. 27-March 1 with the PBA50 Pensacola (Fla.) South Open at New Liberty Lanes.

● The March 6-8 regional calendar includes the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by 900 Global in Galion, Ohio; the Sunday-only PBA50 Thunderbowl Midwest Open presented by Hammer in Council Bluffs, Iowa; and the PBA West/Northwest Sands Regency Winter Challenge, Winter Classic and PBA50 Winter Classic at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

● The March 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes only one event – the joint PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Track in Virden, Ill.

● A heavy slate of PBA Regional action is on tap over the March 20-22 weekend, including the PBA50 Fayetteville (N.C.) Open at Lafayette Lanes; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the joint PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA Odessa (Texas) Southwest Open at Astro Bowl; the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the PBA Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Wrapping up the March PBA Regional schedule over the 27-28 weekend will be the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, Ill.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

A commemorative special edition “Jason Belmonte USBC Masters Three-Peat” t-shirt is now available through the official online PBA Store. Click on the “Shop” link on pba.com or click here: (https://www.kotisdesign.com/estore/landing.asp?estore=pbastore).

● For a preview video for Sunday’s Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on ESPN, click here: http://youtu.be/xzquWhtBZHI. The Roth-Holman Doubles Championship telecast airing at 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPN will include top qualifiers Norm Duke and Wes Malott, the defending champions, along with teams of Dino Castillo and Tom Daugherty, Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill, DJ Archer and Shawn Maldonado, and Dom Barrett and Osku Palermaa.

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