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

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

WesMalottWes 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 in Doha, Qatar.

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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