Roumimper Tops Bahrain Open Qualifiers; Kent Leads PBA Contingent into Elimination Rounds

by Bill Vint March 5, 2015 08:45

SITRA, Bahrain – Fresh off her victory Saturday in the H.H. Emir Cup in Doha, Qatar, former Wichita State University star Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia carried her bid for a second straight World Bowling Tour title into Friday’s elimination rounds of the 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open as top qualifier by 62 pins over 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.

Roumimper, who received 7 handicap pins per game as a woman participant, finished the qualifying round at Ozone Entertainment Centre with a 12-game total of 2,826 pins. Kent had a 2,764 total. Also among the top six qualifiers who earned byes all the way to Round 5 were Tim Mack, Indianapolis; Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz; Kuwait’s Kahled Al Dubyyan and Bahrain’s Yousif Falah. The Indonesia star won the H.H. Emir Cup last Sunday when she defeated Qatar’s Khaled Al-Dossari, 516-430, in the two-game title match.

The 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open, a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event, continues Friday and concludes Saturday. To follow the daily action, visit: http://abf-online.org/index.html.

Men and women in Bahrain are competing for World Bowling Tour points on a rolling two-year points list that will result in the top three in each division competing in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by PBA at the 2015 PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Las Vegas next fall. In addition, a PBA Tour title will be awarded to the winner if he is a PBA member (all women finalists in Bahrain are accepting the traditional 7 handicap pins per game, which makes them ineligible for PBA title consideration).

Here’s how Bahrain Open format works: The top six players, including one Bahraini, automatically advance to Friday’s Round 5. Qualifiers 7-12 advance to Round 4. Qualifiers 13-18 advance to Round 3. Qualifiers 19-30, including two Bahrainis and one woman, will begin Friday’s competition in Round 2. Each six-game round will begin from scratch; no carryover pins, but the women finalists receive 7 handicap pins per game. The top six after rounds 2 through 4 will advance to the next round along with higher qualifiers; the top 4 after Round 5 will advance to the semifinals:

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING 13TH KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN OPEN
Ozone Entertainment Center, Sitra, Bahrain, March 5, 2015

Final Qualifying Standings (after 6 games; top six advance to Round 5):
1, f-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,826.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,764.
3, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,709.
4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,707.
5, Khaled Al Dubyyan, Kuwait, 2704.
6, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 2,498 (qualifies as top Bahraini in the field)
Qualifiers 7-12 advance to Round 4:
7, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 2,703.
8, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,696.
9, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,678.
10 (tie), Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,658.
12, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,656.
Qualifiers 13-18 advance to Round 3:
13, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,653.
14, f-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,642.
15, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,639.
16, f-Bernice Lim, Singapore, 2,636.
17, Muhammad Jaris Goh, Singapore, 2,635.
18, f-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,634.
Qualifiers 19-30 advance to Round 2:
19, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,632.
20, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,628.
21, f-New Hui Fen, Singapore, 2,606.
22, Michael Mak, Hong Kong , 2,602.
23, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,583.
24, Rakan Al Ameeri, Kuwait, 2,582.
25, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2,554.
26, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,550.
27, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,549.
Top 2 Bahraini players below the cut line advance
28, Mohammed Janahi, Bahrain, 2,483.
29, Abdulla Karim, Bahrain, 2,437.
Top woman below the cut line advances
30, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,546

f-designates female competitor; women receive 7 handicap pins per game

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
● Round 2 (Friday morning): Qualifiers 19-30 bowl six games, top six advance to Round 3.
● Round 3 (Friday afternoon): Qualifiers 13-18 plus top six from Round 2 bowl six games, top six ● advance to Round 4.
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
● Round 4 (Saturday morning): Qualifiers 7-12 plus top six from Round 3 bowl six games, top six advance to Round 5.
● Round 5 (Saturday afternoon): Qualifiers 1-6 plus top six from Round 4 bowl six games, top four advance to championship rounds.
● Semifinal Match (immediately after Round 4): Qualifier 3 vs. Qualifier 2, one game. Winner bowls Qualifier 1 (semifinal winner must win two one-game matches to win the title).

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Wheaties Signs on as Sponsor of PBA League, L.A. X Team

by Bill Vint March 2, 2015 09:28

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Wheaties have reached an agreement to have the General Mills brand come on as a sponsor for both the 2015 PBA League playoffs and as presenting sponsor of team L.A. X later this month at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The sponsorship package will include on-site signage during the PBA League Elias Cup Playoffs, as well as 30-second commercials on the four ESPN telecasts originating from the event. PBA League quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup Finals shows will air on ESPN on March 29, April 5, April 12 and April 19.

“Wheaties is an iconic brand, and to have it attach its name to the PBA is very exciting,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “The PBA has a lot of momentum. Large audiences have been riveted to compelling action on the lanes."

Wheaties’ deal with the PBA comes as the Tour’s television series is enjoying a 22 percent increase in year-over-year audience ratings on ESPN.

“The PBA is a high-energy organization, and bowling has really grown in popularity, so it was a great opportunity for us,” said Jamie Lyon, associate marketing manager for Wheaties. “We have a history with working with so many iconic athletes. There’s something about bowling that’s very classic.”

Shamrock Sports & Entertainment, the PBA’s strategic marketing and sales agency, negotiated the agreement.

"The PBA is experiencing historic popularity via double digit increases in ratings on ESPN and Wheaties is eager to tap into that passion and performance,” Shamrock President Brian Corcoran said. "We are confident this initial partnership between PBA and Wheaties only scratches the surface of many shared values and championship celebrations to come.”

Wheaties will sponsor the PBA League’s L.A. X, a team founded by Los Angeles Clippers all-star Chris Paul and featuring a roster that includes two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia; England’s Stuart Williams, Sweden’s Martin Larsen, Colombia’s Andres Gomez and Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. Andrew Cain is team manager.

The PBA League portion of the PBA’s schedule has a unique attraction to potential sponsors, Clark said, because it features teams competing rather than individuals.

“During the traditional season, a brand can sponsor a player or multiple players and gamble on that player making the ESPN finals,” he said. “During the PBA League competition, you know for a fact that your team is going to have visibility on ESPN.”

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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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