Cooley Tops Kuwait Qualifying With Massive 281.80 Average

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Many of the world’s top players are in Kuwait this week for the World Bowling Tour/PBA 13th Kuwait International Open, and the scores have been simply astronomical.

Players could bowl numerous qualifying squads to post their best five-game total, and after 20 squads, Australia’s Sam Cooley earned top qualifier honors with a total of 1,409, an astonishing 281.80 average.

Of the 112 players who competed in the event, 82 of them posted a qualifying average of at least 240 per game. In order to make the cut on the men’s side, it took a 261.80 average. The event features a $50,000 first-place prize and will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.

So why are the scores so high at the event? For starters, the players bowled their five-game qualifying rounds on the same pair of lanes. There were also only two players on a pair for qualifying.

Combine that with a soft lane condition and the use of World Bowling’s current frame scoring system and you get high scores. The scoring system awards 30 pins for a strike, while a spare equals 10 pins plus the pinfall of the first shot and an open equals the pinfall for the frame.

Under this scoring system, players only need to throw 10 strikes to shoot a 300 game and there were numerous 300 games in qualifying. Cooley actually started off his big block with a 300 game and followed it with 289, 276, 278 and 266.

Iceland’s Arnar Jonsson was the second-highest qualifier with 1,396, a 279.20 average, while Hong Kong’s Michael Mak posted a 1,381 total to finish third.

Denmark’s Thomas Larsen was fourth with 1,375, England’s Stuart Williams was fifth with 1,366 and Nick Pate was sixth with 1,364.

The six highest players plus the highest female and highest Kuwaiti earned a two-round bye into the finals. PWBA star Danielle McEwan was the high female with 1,302, while Mostafa Almousawi was the top Kuwaiti player with 1,335.

Eight other players, including two women, earned one-round byes. Those players were Martin Larsen, Ildemaro Ruiz, Mika Koivuniemi, Dom Barrett, Khalid Albayudh, Brad Miller, Maria Jose Rodriguez and Liz Johnson.

The remaining 32 advancing players received no byes and will bowl the first round of the finals Tuesday. The top eight players in that five-game block will advance to Round 2 where they will join the players with one bye for a five-game round.

Eight players will advance from Round 2 into Round 3 and join the players with two byes for a five-game round that will determine the five stepladder finalists.

All pinfall is dropped after each round of competition.

The first and second rounds of the finals will take place Tuesday, while the third round and stepladder will take place Wednesday.

Qualifying Results

Results courtesy ABF-Online.org

Pos BowlerCtryG1G2G3G4G5TotalAveDif
 Positions 1 to 6 includes 1 Woman in Position 7 qualifies for Round 3

1 SAM COOLEYAUS3002892762782661409281.80
2 ARNAR JONSSONISL2882552892882761396279.2-13
3 MICHAEL MAKHKG2782792682892671381276.2-28
4 THOMAS LARSENDEN2762772872562791375275-34
5 STUART WILLIAMSENG2892782672892431366273.2-43
6 NICK PATEUSA2742682762572891364272.8-45
7 DANIELLE MCEWAN (F)USA2662892782572121302260.4-107
 Position 8 Kuwaiti qualifies for Round 3







8 MOSTAFA ALMOUSAWIKUW2562572542792891335267-74
 Positions 9 to 16 qualifies for Round 2 includes 2 Women in Positions 15 & 16 (8 qualifiers)
9 MARTIN LARSENSWE3002552472892661357271.4-52
10 ILDEMARO RUIZVEN2652782672552891354270.8-55
11 MIKA KOIVUNIEMIFIN2892642322782891352270.4-57
12 DOMINIC BARRETTENG2642572652892771352270.4-57
13 KHALID ALBAYUDHKSA2782782672892331345269-64
14 BRAD MILLERUSA2422672682892781344268.8-65
15 MARIA RODRIGUEZ (F)COL2452552892552561300260-109
16 LIZ JOHNSON (F)USA2352782132462891261252.2-148
 Positions 17 to 46 qualifies for Round 1 includes 3 Women in Positions 44 to 46 (30 qualifiers)
17 BILLY M ISLAMINA2662662682772651342268.4-67
18 FRANCOIS LAVOIECAN2462672882792571337267.4-72
19 SEAN RASHUSA2672572892772461336267.2-73
20 OSCAR WIREFELDTSWE2672792452892551335267-74
21 YANNAPHON LARPAPHARATTHA2782112782782891334266.8-75
22 IVAN TSEHKG2782472672532891334266.8-75
23 TOM DAUGHERTYUSA2782892672562441334266.8-75
24 KYLE SHERMANUSA2792772222892661333266.6-76
25 SALEH KHALID HABIBKUW2092882762573001330266-79
26 ZULMAZRAN ZULKIFLIMAS2752472762542781330266-79
27 TOMMY JONESUSA2872782572792241325265-84
28 RYAN LALISANGINA2782772662772251323264.6-86
29 AJ JOHNSONUSA2652562572782671323264.6-86
30 MOHAMMED ALSAUDKSA2652212793002561321264.2-88
31 SHAWN MALDONADOUSA2862572782552451321264.2-88
32 GREG YOUNGUSA2672672532892451321264.2-88
33 YOUSEF AL JABERQAT2642342892892441320264-89
34 KHALID ALDUBYYANKUW2552682662412891319263.8-90
35 MITCH HUPECAN2782662342652761319263.8-90
36 AJ CHAPMANUSA2442672762892391315263-94
37 BANDAR ALYABAHKSA3002892472312471314262.8-95
38 KAMRON DOYLEUSA2182412783002771314262.8-95
39 OSKU PALERMAAFIN2892892232782341313262.6-96
40 CALLUM BORCKAUS2572433002662461312262.4-97
41 FRANCOIS LOUWRSA2872462782662341311262.2-98
42 ABDULRAHMAN ALJAIDAHQAT2552682682552651311262.2-98
43 FACHRI IBNU ASKARINA2342642462892761309261.8-100
44 TANNYA ROUMIMPER (F)INA3002562672361911250250-159
45 SHINTA CEYSARIA (F)INA2322242672442771244248.8-165
46 ANNA ANDERSSON (F)SWE2322772232562461234246.8-175
 Positions 47 to 48 Kuwaiti qualifies for Round 1 (2 qualifiers - 1 Youth and 1 Adult)
47 JASSEM AL SAQERKUW2642352762872441306261.2-103
48 SULAIMAN ALSHUAIBI (Y)KUW2782532352432571266253.2-143
 Did not advance








49 TONY WONGHKG2363002782672231304260.8-105
50 ADEL AL BARQIKSA2892552792352441302260.4-107
51 IBRAHIM AL JADIKUW2432682782562571302260.4-107
52 SULTAN FAROUG ALMASRIKSA2432782462442891300260-109
53 YAQOUB ALSHATTIKUW2622762462562531293258.6-116
54 AHMED AL MAHRIUAE2682872752302331293258.6-116
55 NAPAT BUSPANIKONKULTHA2662352562552781290258-119
56 PONTUS ANDERSSONSWE2462662892432451289257.8-120
57 ABDULWAHAB ALSHATTIKUW2532122682772781288257.6-121
58 GHALIB ALBUSAIDIOMA2782222332762771286257.2-123
59 SARI JAZAERIKSA2892572562362461284256.8-125
60 ASEEL ALROOMIKUW2182442672782761283256.6-126
61 BASEL ALANZIKUW2562432572552641275255-134
62 KAMAL FELIMBANKSA2762102672892251267253.4-142
63 DHARI ALAMEERIKUW2452552432562661265253-144
64 ALI AL RASHDIUAE2322532762332641258251.6-151
65 ERIC TSENGHKG2772132562332751254250.8-155
66 FAISAL SALEEM (Y)KUW2652711782792561249249.8-160
67 ALI KHALID HABIBKUW2632682672112401249249.8-160
68 ALI ASHKANANI (Y)KUW2662482342432571248249.6-161
69 JESPER RUNBOMSWE2572642352562351247249.4-162
70 AHMED ABULREESHKSA2652642562282321245249-164
71 LEE TAK MANMAC2432362252752561235247-174
72 ABDULLAH AL DUBAYAN (Y)KUW2342282462762451229245.8-180
73 HASSAN QASSEM (Y)KUW2242542462572471228245.6-181
74 MANSOUR ALAWAMIQAT2412362672212631228245.6-181
75 AYAD AL AMIRIKUW2202432892572151224244.8-185
76 CLARA GUERRERO (F)COL2552222782152531223244.6-186
77 AIDAN BYRNEIRL2482522222662331221244.2-188
78 ABDULLAH KHALID AHMADKUW2652142442552421220244-189
79 AHMED ALRUWAILIQAT2462122112772671213242.6-196
80 SALEM AL HAJRASKUW2142552642342441211242.2-198
81 MOHAMED A DARWISHUAE2532242662442131200240-209
82 SARA GAMAL (F)EGY2452552242312451200240-209
83 SIDNEY SCHROSCHKGER2442642302072441189237.8-220
84 ALI FADALKUW2642662142212241189237.8-220
85 PUTTY ARMEIN (F)INA2182632242332431181236.2-228
86 MOHAMED ALESSAILYEGY2572222652102211175235-234
87 FARIS BAHAMDINKSA2332152452891901172234.4-237
88 DANIEL RONBACKSWE2552242532112131156231.2-253
89 KHALID AL DOSARIQAT2462082431982431138227.6-271
90 FADEL AL QASSEMKUW1902341852532751137227.4-272
91 MOHAMMAD ALMUKHAITERKUW2082342332232361134226.8-275
92 UELLA MARCIAL (F)PHI2132232432192351133226.6-276
93 JR SABADOPHI1821932192412891124224.8-285
94 MOHAMAD KHALID HABIBKUW2582232242092071121224.2-288
95 IBRAHIM AL DUBAYANKUW1932781802552121118223.6-291
96 ALI SALEHKUW2242471952002441110222-299
97 SAOUD ABDULLAHQAT2101982462441981096219.2-313
98 MOHD JAMAL A JAMALQAT2172292222072191094218.8-315
99 MOUSA ABDULLAHKUW2022312102292191091218.2-318
100 MOHAMMAD ABDULLAHKUW1692462332212121081216.2-328
101 AHMAD AL GOUDBRN2322452281851871077215.4-332
102 ABDULLAH AL-YAHYOUNKUW2241822352171801038207.6-371
103 BADER MALALLAHKUW2532122221891361012202.4-397
104 SIDDARTH NAIRIND1942312191372251006201.2-403
105 HIND AL HAMMADI (F)UAE200185213191203992198.4-417
106 AHMED ALAJEELKUW227177194178207983196.6-426
107 NATALYA MANDRITSA (F)KAZ195196150215222978195.6-431
108 MOHAMAD AL REJEBAHKUW182213181211179966193.2-443
109 GLEN CORBITTUSA145222202175207951190.2-458
110 HASSAM KARAMKUW194194218149167922184.4-487
111 ALI ADEL ARQOUBJOR167190172214177920184-489
112 ALI AHMAD MANDANIKUW131158168242179878175.6-531

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