Marshall Kent Leads PBA Contingent in Bahrain

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

MarshallKent1Fresh 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 in Sitra, Bahrain, 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:

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:

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

● 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.
● 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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