RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Professional Bowlers Association rookie Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, won his first PBA Tour title Tuesday, defeating Sweden’s Martin Larsen, 257-206, to claim the eighth Kingdom International Open title at Universal Bowling Center Tuesday.
Kent earned $10,000 and became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis in February. The Kingdom International Open is the final PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour event on the 2014 schedule.
Kent, 22, a former two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year with Robert Morris University-Illinois, was the top qualifier for the finals in Riyadh and defeated No. 4 qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 243-237, to advance to the championship match. Larsen, who also was trying for his first PBA title, defeated Kuwait’s Khaled Al Dubyyan, 224-174, in the other semifinal match.
"After I had a couple of strikes early in the match and Larsen had an open frame, I felt a little bit more comfortable," Kent told Asian Bowling Federation Media Services representative Terence Yaw. "And when I managed a few more strikes and Larsen continued to struggle, I kept telling myself to focus on making sure I made good shots. This win will certainly give me more confidence going into next week's World Championships in Abu Dhabi."
The Kingdom International Open featured a unique format. All players bowled three six-game qualifying rounds on different lane conditions. The first round was contested on World Bowling’s 39-foot Seoul oil pattern, day two on the 45-foot Mexico City pattern, and day three with the Seoul pattern on the left lane and Mexico City pattern on the right lane. After each day’s competition, the top four players for that day bowled a “shootout” round for a $5,000 first prize, and after 18 combined games, the top 30 plus the top six Saudi Arabian competitors advance to Tuesday’s “masters” finals.
In the daily “shootout” rounds, Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Michigan, won both the Seoul pattern and mixed pattern events, earning $5,000 in each event. He defeated England’s Dom Barrett in the Seoul finale, 278-269, and Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 239-228, in the mixed pattern final. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, won the Mexico City event, defeating Saudi Arabia’s Bader Al Shaikh, 223-181, for the $5,000 first prize.
The masters qualifying round involved nine games from scratch (no carryover pins), three game each of the Seoul, Mexico City and mixed conditions. The top four after nine games bowled advanced to the one-game single-elimination match play finals with qualifier No. 1 meeting No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3. The two winners then bowled a one-game match for the title.
Following the Kingdom International Open, a number of PBA members from the U.S. and around the world will close out the year by competing representing their home countries in the World Men’s Bowling Championships – a non-PBA event – in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Men’s World Championships will include singles, doubles, trios, Baker team, all-events and Masters events.
The PBA Tour officially concludes its 2014 season with the finals of the PBA World Championship which will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. ET from South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The PBA World Championship finalists, in qualifying order, are Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Fagan; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England.
8TH KINGDOM INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 2
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. ($10,000) def. Martin Larsen, Sweden ($7,000), 257-206.
Kent def. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas ($5,000), 243-237.
Larsen def. Khaled Al Dubyyan, Kuwait ($4,000), 224-174.
Masters Qualifying Round Final Standings (after nine games, top four advanced to championship round):
1, Kent, 2,161.
2, Larsen, 2,108.
3, Al Dubyyan, 2,096.
4, Fagan, 2,091.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 2,076, $2,800.
6, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,046, $2,400.
7, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,034, $2,000.
8, a-John Janawicz, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,030, $1,800.
9, Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabia, 2,015, $1,700.
10, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,006, $1,500.
11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,004, $1,500.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,001, $1,500.
13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,992, $1,400.
14, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,985, $1,400.
15, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,982, $1,400.
16, Shaik Abdul Hameed, Indonesia, 1,969, $1,300.
17, Stuart Williams, England, 1,966, $1,300.
18, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,955, $1,300.
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,936, $1,200.
20, Paul Moor, England, 1,931, $1,200.
21, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,913, $1,200.
22, Mohammed Sultan, Bahrain, 1,910, $1,000.
23, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1,885, $1,000.
24, Yousef Al Jaber, Qatar, 1,876, $1,000.
25, Matt Chamberlain, England, 1,853, $900.
26, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,845, $900.
27, Abdullah Al Dolijan, Saudi Arabia, 1,835, $900.
28, Yaqoub Al Shatti, Kuwait, 1,824, $800.
29, Rakan Al Ameeri, Kuwait, 1,814, $800.
30, Adel Al Barqi, Saudi Arabia, 1,811, $800.
31, Mohammed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia, 1,811, $700.
32, Mansour Al Awamy, Qatar, 1,723, $700.
33, Abdulrahman Al Kheliawi, Saudi Arabia, 1,700, $700.
34, Yaser Abu Alreesh, Saudi Arabia, 1,699, $600.
35, Salman Al Shehri, Saudi Arabia, 1,637, $600.
36, Majed Aslani, Saudi Arabia, 1,543, $600.
Round One Seoul Pattern Shootout:
Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich. ($5,000) def. Dom Barrett, England ($3,500), 278-269.
Semifinals: Nidiffer def. Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabria ($2,500), 234-198. Barrett def. Rakan Al Ameeri, Kuwait ($2,000), 169-166.
Round Two Mexico City Pattern Shootout:
Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas ($5,000) def. Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabia ($3,500), 223-181.
Semifinals: Barnes def. Matt Chamberlain, England ($2,500), 267-236. Al Shaikh def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. ($2,000), 269-188.
Round Three Mixed Seoul/Mexico City Patterns Shootout:
Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich. ($5,000) def. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas ($3,500), 239-228.
Semifinals: Nidiffer def. Martin Larsen, Sweden (($2,500), 278-222. Fagan def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. ($2,000), 215-186.