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Diana Zavjalova Wins Qatar Open
Diana Zavjalova of Latvia became the 31st woman in the history of the European Bowling Tour and the third in the 2016 season to win an EBT title when she defeated Pontus Andersson of Sweden in the title match over two games total pins, 474-427.
The 2013 USBC Queens champion, who received eight pins women’s handicap, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour, won both matches on her way to the title scratch.
Zavjalova earned the $40,000 top prize in the richest tournament on the EBT along with her first EBT and World Bowling Tour title.
In the semi-final match, also with the two-game total determining the winner, Zavjalova who finished the second round of the finals in fourth place to take last spot for the playoffs, faced the No. 1 seed, three-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who owns 12 PBA titles, including six majors, and one EBT title.
Trailing the two-hander from down under by eight pins after the first game, Zavjalova rebounded with a 247-213 win for a 468-442 victory.
Andersson, the no. 2 seed, met third-seeded Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia in the other semi-final match. Muaz, who made the cut to the finals in the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad, fell in a 275-223 hole and though he won the second game, 246-217, it was too much to catch Andersson who advanced, 492-469.
Andersson took home $20,000 for second place, while Belmonte and Muaz received 7,000 apiece for third and fourth place.
Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).
The 2016 Qatar Bowling Open was the 16th and last stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and also the 6th and last event of 2016 World Bowling Tour. The EBT “Platinum” tournament, the highest of four categories, was held from Dec. 10-16, 2016, at the Qatar Bowling Center, a 32-laner in Doha, Qatar.
The tournament offered total prize fund of 155,000 U.S. Dollars with $40,000 going to the winner, $20,000 to the runner-up and a last-to-cash payout of $1,200 for 43rd place.
Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Saturday, Dec. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 15 and concluded with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.
Total 43 players advanced to the finals on Friday, Dec. 11, including the top 34 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 2 each of the Dec 10 (#1 & 2), Dec. 11 (#3-5) and Dec. 12 squads (#6-8) and the top 3 of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers received a first-round bye.
The other 33 finalists bowled six games scratch with the top 18 advancing to the second round. Those 18 and the 10 qualifying leaders rolled another six-game block from scratch to cut to the top 4, who advanced to the semifinals.
No. 1 bowled No. 4 and No. 2 bowled No. 3 with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. The two semifinal winners bowled for the title in the championship match, also over two games total pins.
The 2016 European Bowling Tour consisted of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offered total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro.
The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event received ranking points. Those points were tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.
The 2016 World Bowling Tour consisted of five regular tournaments, including three in the Middle East, and one each in Germany and Thailand, plus one “major”, the PBA World Championship in the United States.
If a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) wins a World Bowling Tour event, it counts as a PBA title as well.
Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. “Majors” award double points. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle.
Based on the scores from the 2016 events, the top three men and top three women in the points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at the Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.