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Chris Barnes Wins Emir Cup for 17th PBA Tour Title

DOHA, Qatar (Feb. 28, 2014) – Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, defeated woman bowler New Hui Fen of Singapore, 493-483, in the two-game championship match to win the H.H. Emir Cup, a World Tenpin Bowling Association/PBA International Tour tournament, Friday at Qatar Bowling Center.

The victory gave Barnes his 17th PBA Tour title and his second PBA International Tour title. He previously won the Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Oct. of 2012. His last U.S. PBA Tour title came in the PBA Viper Championship during World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas.

Fen’s scores included an eight handicap pins per game, an equality handicap provided to women in many international events.

Fen got off to an early lead after the first game of the championship match topping Barnes, 275-257, but Barnes overcame the deficit by beating in the second game, 236-208.

In the semifinal matches Fen defeated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 489-397, and Barnes defeated another top international woman player, Shayna Ng of Singapore, 521-445.

The WBT/PBA Tour travels to Oman, Bahrain March 1-7 for the Bahrain Open.

Doha, Qatar, Feb. 28, 2014

Championship (two games, total pinfall; Fen score includes 8 handicap pins per game):
Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas ($25,000) def. New Hui Fen, Singapore ($12,000), 493-483.

Semifinal Round (two games, total pinfall; Fen and Ng scores include 8 handicap pins per game):
Semifinal Match 1: Fen def. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 489-397.
Semifinal Match 2: Barnes def. Shayna Ng, Singapore, 521-445.

Other PBA Cashers:
6, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $2,700.
8, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., $2,700.
10, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., $2,300.
13, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $1,800.
14, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., $1,800.
16, Jason Belmonte, Australia., $1,800.
20, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $1,500.
25, Andres Gomez, Colombia, $1,200.
26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., $1,200.
29, Osku Palermaa, Finland, $1,200.
30, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, $1,200.
32, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, $1,100.