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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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).


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.


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.


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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PBA, Rolltech Announce Exclusive Technology Partnership

by Bill Vint February 23, 2015 03:09

CHICAGO – Rolltech Inc., an advanced bowling technology firm that is bringing new levels of insight and connection into the sport, and the Professional Bowlers Association have joined forces to change the way fans interact with the sport and their favorite bowlers.

Rolltech has been working with the PBA to provide enhanced live scoring and statistical data for PBA Tour events over the past two years. The company is now the PBA’s exclusive provider of mobile and web applications related to tracking individual, league and event bowling scores and statistics as well as connecting bowlers for real-life borderless competition.

In addition to providing its statistical and real-time scoring services to the PBA for use on the multi-media PBA Network platforms, Rolltech offers similar services to the grassroots bowling public.

“At Rolltech, bowling is our life,” said founder and CEO Rich Belsky. “Rolltech is a work of passion and a work in progress. We set out to find an easier way for bowlers to connect with the sport and improve by using detailed statistics based on how they perform. Our journey has been long and arduous, but we're proud of the tool we've created, and we’re extremely excited to work with the PBA in showcasing how Rolltech can work for casual and league bowlers as well as the world’s most skilled professionals.”

By tapping into the automatic scoring systems at PBA Tour events, Rolltech is able to provide precise frame-by-frame live scoring and statistical analysis, which is being used on pba.com, the PBA’s official website; Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online video streaming service; ESPN telecasts, and through the other media outlets that compose the PBA Network. Additionally, superstars like Jason Belmonte, Mike Fagan and Bill O’Neill have recorded their games using Rolltech and shared them, in real-time, with fans; including a recent 300 game by Belmonte.

“Rolltech is an amazing platform that allows me to engage with my performance and fans like never before. This is the future of the sport,” said Belmonte.

“The PBA has worked closely with Rolltech to develop an entirely new level of insight into the sport by tracking statistics that we’ve never seen before,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “With Rolltech’s assistance, we’re helping our fans better understand the intricate aspects of our sport.”

Rolltech offers both automatic and manual score tracking, making its product available to bowlers around the world. Rolltech is currently in use in more than 2,500 bowling centers in 36 countries. Rolltech offers a “pro” plan that includes additional services to bowlers using Rolltech’s mobile application, which is available on iTunes or Google Play.

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,200 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The PBA is in its 56th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching more than one million American households and thousands more around the world who watch PBA activities on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Bowlmor AMF, Brunswick, Concrete Software, Ebonite International, GEICO, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.

About Rolltech

Lifelong bowlers forged Rolltech from their passion for the lanes and vision for the future of the sport. What started as a simple desire to track performance has evolved into a big-data driven platform for bowlers to earn, track and compete as well as connect and foster real-time competition with bowlers at home and around the world. Rolltech also provides centers with powerful analytics and real-time communication tools that make lasting connections between bowler and center. Rolltech has forever changed the way the world plays, watches and interacts with the sport of bowling. For additional information about the company and its services, visit rolltechbowling.com.

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Parker Bohn III Wins PBA Players Championship in Sudden-Death, Ties Mark Roth with 34th Career Title

by Bill Vint February 22, 2015 06:54

INDIANAPOLIS – Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., struck on his second shot in sudden-death to win the Professional Bowlers Association Players Championship at Woodland Bowl, earning his 34th career title and moving into a tie for fifth place on the all-time PBA career titles list with legendary star Mark Roth.

The finals aired Sunday on ESPN.

Bohn, a PBA Hall of Famer, rebounded from a pocket 7-10 split in the first frame of the championship match, throwing nine strikes on his next 11 shots to tie hometown favorite Ronnie Russell of nearby Marion, 237-237, at the end of 10 frames. The 51-year-old left-hander then threw two strikes in the one-ball sudden-death roll-off, defeating Russell when the Indiana native struck on his first attempt, but left a 10 pin on his second shot.

“I was only 16 when I met Mark Roth,” Bohn said, “and I had no idea I’d be standing here tied with him with 34 titles. He obviously got there much faster than I did, but when you think about Roth, he single-handedly revolutionized the sport. Anyone who hooks the ball today does it because of what Mark did in the late 1960s and ‘70s. I couldn’t be happier to share this distinction with him.”

Roth, who was in Indianapolis for the anniversary TOC weekend, said, “It was just a matter of time before Parker caught up with me. We went about it in different ways, but it couldn’t have been a nicer guy to do it.”

Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the all-time PBA Tour titles leader with 47, followed by the late Earl Anthony with 43, and Norm Duke and Pete Weber who are tied for third with 37 each. Among PBA left-handed players, Bohn trails only Anthony in career titles.

Bohn, who qualified No. 1 for the Players Championship finals two weeks earlier in Milwaukee, said he had an issue with his grip in the first few frames, but “once I figured out how to keep my hand dry, I was in good shape.”

Bohn also accomplished another personal goal with his win.

“I’ve been coming to Woodland Bowl for 34 years, and I don’t have a championship banner hanging up here,” Bohn said of the bowling center’s tradition of recognizing its past champions. “I’ve been assured that after tonight, my banner will be hanging up here.”

As rewarding as the victory was for Bohn, it was equally disappointing for Russell, who was trying for his third PBA Tour title. Leaving a 10 pin standing on his second shot in the 10th frame denied him an outright win against Bohn, and his seventh 10 pin in two games ended his dream of winning in front of his family and hometown fans.

“This is the second time I’ve finished second at Woodland,” Russell said. “It’s heartbreaking.”

Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla., started the championship round with a 225-212 victory over PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and he then eliminated red-hot Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, 245-227 in the second match. In winning that match, Daugherty denied Belmonte a shot at a PBA record-tying third consecutive title (he had previously won the USBC Masters and 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions), and he ended Belmonte’s streak of 13 consecutive match wins on television, three shy of the PBA record set by Jim Pencak between 1989 and 1991.

Russell ended Daugherty’s bid for a second PBA Tour title, 216-214, with a clutch strike on his first shot in the 10th frame of the semifinal match.

The PBA Tour on ESPN continues next Sunday when the finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship airs at 1 p.m. ET. The Baker-format doubles finals – in which teammates will bowl alternate frames – will include top qualifiers and defending champions Duke and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, and Daugherty; Belmonte and partner Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.; DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, bowling with Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, and England’s Dom Barrett with Osku Palermaa, Finland. Among the 10 finalists, Castillo and Maldonado are the only players who have not won a PBA Tour title.


Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, ESPN telecast on Feb. 22

Final Standings: 1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $25,000. 2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., $13,000. 3, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., $11,000. 4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $10,000. 5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $9,000.

Stepladder Results: Match One – Daugherty def. Duke, 225-212. Match Two – Daugherty def. Belmonte, 245-227. Semifinal Match – Russell def. Daugherty, 216-214. Championship – Bohn def. Russell, 237-237, 10-10, 10-9 in one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

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