Al-Hassan, who earned the No. 1 seed and the advantage that his opponent had to defeat him twice to win the title, won his first World Bowling Tour title and the $ 25,000 top prize.
Szczerbinski, who took the third and last place for the stepladder finals, ousted his compatriot and fellow PBAer, Chris Loschetter (below left), in a low-scoring semifinal, 197-166.
Szczerbinski earned $ 12,000 for second place and Loschetter got $ 8,000 for third place.
Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland missed the stepladder finals by 49 pins to finish fourth. Chris Barnes, who won the Emir Cup in Doha, Qatar last weekend landed in fifth place.
The top 16 Asian bowlers qualified for the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Bahrain, the first leg of the 2014 ABFT season. The World Bowling Tour continues March 10-14 with the 11th Kuwait International Open at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait.
The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2013 with the PBA World Championship, consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), Asia (3), United States (3), Europe (2) and Australia (1).
Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2012 and all points from the 2013 and 2014 are added to determine the points list.
The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking will be invited to compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at South Point in Las Vegas.
The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 111 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, click here.
Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.
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Ozone Entertainment Center in Sitra, Bahrain (March 1-7, 2014)
1. Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, $ 25,000
2. John Szczerbinski, United States, $ 12,000
3. Chris Loschetter, United States, $ 8,000
Semifinal Match: No. 3 Szczerbinskidef. No. 2 Loschetter, 197-166
Championship: No.1 Al-Hassan def. Szczerbinski, 231-229.
Note: The tournament leader had to be defeated twice to win the title.
The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.
The top 6 advance to the fifth round. Players 7-12 eliminated, finish 13th to 17th, earn $ 2,000.