Top players for International Bowling Open.
The annual competition, which has been approved as a World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) Tournament, has attracted close to 100 participants from all over the world, including several top international names such as defending champion and former Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Champion Osku Palerm of Finland.
The preliminary round will consist of five groups of 24 bowlers apiece. Groups 'A' and 'B' kick things off today and tomorrow, while groups 'C', 'D' and 'E' play on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Action today begins with group 'A' at 2.30pm. All are welcome to attend each day of action. Entry will be free.
In the qualifying round, players play 16 games with the hope of being one of 30 to go through to the next stages.
In round two, positions 19 to 30 will play six games, with the top six advancing.
In round three, positions 13 to 18 plus the top six from round two play another six games for six berths in the fourth round. Same goes for positions seven through 12 in round four, along with the advancing six from round three.
In the fifth round, the top six from qualifying plus the best six from the previous stage battle it out for three positions in the final.
The final will be held in step-ladder format and in the championship game, the top seed will have a twice-to-beat advantage.
The tournament offers BD7,500 grand prize. The runner-up will receive BD3,500, while third-place winner gets BD2,000. Fourth will take home BD1,700, fifth BD1,400 and sixth BD1,100.
Players finishing seventh through 30th position also win prize money.
The Open is being sponsored by Elite Hospitality, Chevron, Bapco, Banagas and GPIC.
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