Bowling News USA - December 23, 2012 Martin Larsen Rolls to Victory in the 6th Kingdom International Open...
In an all Storm final, staffer Martin Larsen of Sweden defeated tournament leader Yousif Falah of Bahrain twice to win the 6th Kingdom International Open Bowling Championship and the $25,000 top prize Friday at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Larsen, seeded second, won the first game by eight pins, 200-192, to force a deciding second game as the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title. The three-time world champion wrapped up the title with a 200-159 win. Falah had to settle for second place worth 13,000.
In the opening shootout match, 2012 European Bowling Tour point leader Storm's Dominic Barrett of England, seeded third, posted a huge 279 game to eliminate No. 4 seed, Tommy Jones, 239 United States, and No. 4 seed, Storm staffer Andrew Frawley (189), Australia.
Barrett fell to Larsen in the second match, 233-212, and received $8,000 for third place. Jones and Frawley took home $5,000 and $4,500 for fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The sixth Kingdom International Open Bowling Championship, which was held from 16-21, 2012 at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, drew 50 players from 15 countries.
After 16 games of qualifying, the top 28 qualifiers plus the next four Saudis advanced to the finals. The top three qualifiers plus the best Saudi earned one bye. The other 28 players bowled eight games scratch to cut to the top 11 plus the next Saudi who joined the four qualifying leaders in the Round of 16.
After another eight-game round, the top five players advanced to the stepladder finals. Players seeded 3-5 met in the opening match, the winner took on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match bowled the No. 1 seed for the title and the $25,000 top prize. According to the tournament rules in Riyadh, the No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.
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