2nd November, Kuwait: Newly-crowned and twice winner of the U.S. Open, Francois Lavoie of Canada led three other bowlers to make the top bracket of the WBT-PBA 13th Kuwaiti International Open qualifying standings on Day 3.
Lavoie, who defeated Sean Rash of USA, 221-172 in the title match to win his second U.S. Open title, became the 12th player to win the major multiple times and the first non-American player to win more than once.
The 26-year-old from Quebec City rolled lines of 246, 267, 288, 279 and 257 to top Squad 9 of the qualifying rounds with 1337 and took up second in the standings. 25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships Trios silver medallist, Mostafa Almousawi of Kuwait, who topped Squad 10 with 1335, joined Lavoie in third.
Qatar's Yousef Aljabir, who rolled the tournament's fourth perfect game in Squad 6 yesterday but managed only 1185, turned a much improved performance after topping Squad 7 with 1320 to finish fifth overall.
Squad 8 leader, Stuart Williams of England was the fourth player to join Lavoie after topping Squad 8 with 1320 to tie with Yousef in fifth. Overnight leader, Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela remained in the lead with 1354.
Thailand's Yannaphon Larpapharat, who was second yesterday 1334, slipped down to fourth overall. 2019 World Women's Championships Singles gold and Masters bronze medallist, Danielle McEwan of USA occupied seventh position reserved for the top female player outside the top 6.
The top 7 will earn two byes and automatically advance to Round 3 finals. 25th Asian Championships Trios silver medallist, Khaled Aldubyyan, who rolled the second 300 in Squad 5, occupied the eighth position reserved for the top Kuwaiti qualifer not in the top 7.
Indonesia's Billy Muhammad Islam, who rolled the tournament's first 300 in Squad 5, finished in the second bracket in 14th position with 1306 behind his compatriot and Squad 4 leader, Ryan Lalisang in 13th position with 1307.
Perfect gamer number 7, Bandar Alyabh of Saudi Arabia, headed the second bracket with 1314 followed by fifth perfect gamer, Callum Borck of Australia in tenth position with 1312. Nick Pate of USA and a second Qatari, Abdulrahman Aljaidah tie 11th position with 1311.
2019 World Women's Championships Team gold medallists, Clara Guerrero and Maria Rodriguez of Colombia took up 15th and 16th positions reserved for the second and third female qualifiers not in the top 16. Qualifiers positioned 9 to 16 will earn one bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals.
Third perfect gamer, Tony Wong of Hong Kong headed the third bracket in 17th position with 1304. A total of ten perfect games were rolled after three days of qualifying. The other perfect gamers were Khalid Albayudh of Saudi Arabia, AJ Chapman of USA, Dominic Barrett of England and Arnar Jonsson of Iceland.
Liz Johnson of USA, Indonesia's Putty Armein and Shinta Ceysaria occupied positions 44 to 46 reserved for female qualifers not in the top 46 positions. Ayad Alamiri earned the reserved top Kuwaiti qualifier spot in 47 position while Faisal Saleem was given 48th position as the top Kuwaiti youth qualifier.
Qualifiers positioned 17 to 48 (32 qualifiers) will bowl 5 games in Round 1 finals with the top 8 advancing to Round 2 joined by qualifiers from the second bracket, positions 9 to 16. They will bowl another 5 games and the top 8 with the highest pinfalls will advance to Round 3.
They will be joined by qualifiers from the top bracket, positioned 1 to 8 for another 5 games in Round 3. The top 5 with the highest pinfalls at the end of the round will proceed to the Final Round shootout.
A PBA international title will be awarded to the champion if he is a member of the Professional Bowlers Associaition. The WBT-PBA 13th Kuwait International Open is a first-tier World Bowling Tour stop with guaranteed prize money of a total of US$218,000.
Twelve qualifying squads remained after three days of qualifying and will end on November 4. The finals will be held on November 5 and 6 while the World Bowling Tour finals will be held on November 7.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
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