6th June, Riyadh
Americans dominated the qualifying rounds of the 1st Kingdom International Bowling Championship at Universal Bowling Centre with Michael Fagan leading compatriots, Tim Mack, Tony Reyes and Chris Loshetter to occupy the top 4 positions of the overseas pool.
Micahel Fagan amassed a total of 2218 from three series of 3 games each. The American posted 752, 747 and 719, 54 pins ahead of Tim Mack, who knocked down 2164. Fagan also bagged the US$500 by topping the qualifying table.
Tony Reyes finished third, just 6 pins behind Mack on 2158 while Chris Loschetter took fourth position with 2156, a further 2 pins adrift. National bowler, Hassan Al Shaikh led the top 4 local spots reserved for Saudi qualifiers with 2191 and second overall with 2191.
Hassan posted 773, 715 and 703 ahead of teammate, Bader Al Shaikh, who took second spot in the local pool with 2173. Ahmed Al Hayden and Rashed Al Fararaj assured themselves of a place in the finals with 2112 and 2083 respectively.
Two time ABF Tour winner, Mubarak Al Muraikhi of Qatar was the best Asian qualifier on 2134 followed by Finalnd's Mika Koivuniemi in sixth with 2133. Bahrain's Hassain Ghulook Hassani, Qatar's Abdulla Al Qattan, Bahrain's Youdif Falah and Saudi's Yousef Akbar completed the top 10.
The top 4 locals plus the top 26 overseas qualifiers together with 2 from the desperado squad will make the cut for the top 40 finals which will be contested on the 7th June. The top 16 at the end of the finals will proceed to the semifinals on the 8th June.
The top 16 Asian finishers in the semifinals will also make the cut for the inaugural Asian Bowlng Tour Saudi leg which will be held at the Universal Bowling Centre on the 9th June, telecast LIVE on the local TV station.