MANAMA, Bahrain – Top qualifier Shaker Al Hassan of the United Arab Emirates defeated Roto Grip's John Szczerbinski of N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 231-229, Friday to win the $25,000 first prize in the 12th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open at Ozone Entertainment Center, denying Szczerbinski his first PBA Tour title.
"A little short here in Bahrain," said Szczerbinski via Twitter. "Congrats to Shaker on the victory! Just want to say thank you to Roto Grip for the great balls and Vise grips for great accessories! Best products hands down!"
Storm's Tim Mack reports that Al Hassan used the Storm IQ Tour Edition for the win.
Szczerbinski, after eliminating fellow American PBA member Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 197-166, in the semifinal match, needed to beat Al Hassan twice in order to win the title, but came up two pins short in the first game. The win was Al Hassan’s first in WTBA World Bowling Tour competition, but he does not receive credit for a PBA International Tour title because he isn’t a PBA member.
Loschetter used an IQ Tour Fusion and Hy-Road.
The third event in a four-tournament WTBA-PBA International Tour series, the 11th Kuwait International Open, begins Monday and concludes on Friday, March 14, at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya City, Kuwait. The four-event series concludes with the 10th Brunswick Euro Challenge from Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, March 15-23. PBA fans can follow all of the action in Asia and Europe by clicking on the feature-photo links on pba.com.
12TH KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Ozone Entertainment Center, Manama, Bahrain, March 7
1, Shaker Al Hassan, United Arab Emirates, $25,000. (Used Storm)
2, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., $12,500. (Roto Grip)
3, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, $8,000. (Storm)
Semifinal Match: Szczerbinski def. Loschetter, 197-166.
Championship: Al Hassan def. Szczerbinski, 231-229.
Other PBA Cashers:
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland-Hartland, Mich., $6,000.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $5,000.
7, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, $3,000.
9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $2,700.
10, Dom Barrett, England, $2,600.
12, Paul Moor, England, $2,250.
13, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $2,000.
15, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $2,000.
17, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., $2,000.
19, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., $1,500.
20, Osku Palermaa, Finland, $1,500.
21, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, $1,500.
22, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., $1,500.