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United States, Korea win Doubles at 2016 World Youth Championships

2016WYCDoublesBoysGoldWesleyLowAnthonySimonsen.jpgJunior Team USA’s Wesley Low Jr. earned his second gold medal in as many events at the 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships, while Lee Yeong Seung and Park Yu Na of Korea broke two qualifying records Friday on the way to the girls’ doubles title at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States.

xxxxx2016WYCDoublesBoysSilverTunHakimRafiqIsmail2jpgLow (r.), the boys’ singles winner earlier in the week, teamed with World Youth Championships first-timer Anthony Simonsen (l.) to win gold in boys’ doubles with a 418-338 victory against Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail and Tun Hakim (right, r-l).

Gold medalists in Doubles: L-R. Park Yu Na, Lee Yeong Seung (Korea), Wesley Low Jr. and Anthony Simonsen (USA)

Simonsen led the way for the United States with a 227 game, and Low added 191. Ismail and Tun Hasnul Azam earned the silver medal, shooting 189 and 149, respectively.

“I’ve won a few tournaments throughout my bowling career, but winning a gold medal for your country is a completely different, and amazing, feeling,” said Simonsen, also a member of adult Team USA. “I’m speechless, really, but I wouldn’t be disappointed to have this feeling a few more times.”

Simonsen and Low managed just two strikes in the first five frames against Malaysia, but the duo used a 3-7 split conversion from Low in the fifth frame to turn the momentum in their favor. Low followed with two strikes, and Simonsen tossed four of his own to pull away.

2016WYCDoublesGirlsGoldParkYuNaLeeYeoungSeung.jpg“After the fourth frame, (Team USA head coach) Rod (Ross) told us he wasn’t seeing the intensity he saw in the first match, and we needed to get that back,” Simonsen said. “Wesley making the 3-7 was the turning point, and we were fortunate to be able to string some strikes for the win.”

On the girls’ side, the Koreans dominated doubles from the start, breaking the event’s three (1,392) and six-game (2,694) qualifying records. Singapore previously held the three-game mark with 1,358, rolled in Helsinki in 2010, and Mexico owned the six-game record with 2,675, shot in Orlando, Florida, in 2008.

2016WYCDoublesGirlsSilverJuliaBondGazmineMason2.jpgThe strikes continued for Lee and Park (above, r-l) in a 514-342 win against the United States in the championship match. Park set the pace with a 277 effort, while Lee contributed 237.

Junior Team USA’s Gazmine Mason, the singles gold medalist this week, and Julia Bond (r-l), who won bronze in singles, fell behind early with a pair of open frames and managed just one double prior to Mason’s 10th frame. Mason finished with a 184 game, and Bond had 158. Mason and Bond earned the silver medal.

“It has been my dream to be a world champion, and I’m so happy we were able to be successful,” Lee said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.”

2016WYCDoublesGirlsBronzeEmilyAllenKeiraReay.jpg2016WYCDoublesGirlsBronzeStephanieSchwartzJordanRichard.jpgBoth Korea and the United States were unchallenged in their semifinal wins.

Lee (201) and Park (208) downed England’s Emily Allen and Keira Ray (left, l-r), 409-311, and Mason (196) and Bond (208) topped their Junior Team USA teammates, Stephanie Schwartz and Jordan Richard (right, l-r), 404-335.

Allen rolled a 181 game in the loss, and Ray had 130. Schwartz led the way for the United States with 203, and Richard added 132. All four bowlers earned bronze medals.

2016WYCDoublesBoysBronzeHectorSimoWascarCavallo.jpgIn the boys’ semifinals, Low and Simonsen cruised to a 482-372 win against the Dominican Republic’s Hector Simo (left; 190), who won bronze in singles, and Wascar Cavallo (right; 182). Simonsen had 246 in the win, and Low rolled a 236 game.

2016WYCDoublesBoysBronzePontusAnderssonJesperSvensson2.jpgMalaysia had little trouble dispensing Sweden’s Pontus Andersson and Jesper Svensson (l-r), who broke the boys’ six-game qualifying record (2,815) Thursday on the way to the top seed for Friday’s semifinals.

In the 458-394 win, Hakim finished with 234, and Ismail added 224. Svensson had 206 for Sweden, and Andersson, a defending doubles champion at the World Youth Championships, had 188.

Sweden and the Dominican Republic earned bronze medals.

2016WYCLogo.jpgCompetition at the 2016 World Youth Championships continues with the first squad of girls’ team qualifying live on BowlTV on Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern. All teams will bowl six games over two days, with the top four girls’ teams and top four boys’ teams advancing to the best-of-three Baker semifinals, scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. EDT.

This 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships includes more than 200 competitors from 37 countries, and bowlers will compete for medals in five events – singles, doubles, team, all-events and masters.

Bowling fans from around the globe will be able to watch the competition live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV with continued coverage of all qualifying, semifinal and final rounds. The complete live-streaming schedule (all times Eastern) can be found here.

For complete information on the World Youth Championships, click here.

Photos courtesy of ABF Online.

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14th World Bowling Youth Championships – Boys Doubles Playoffs

Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA (July 29, 2016)

2016WYCDoublesBoysMedalistsBanner.jpg

Championship Round:
1. United States (Anthony Simonsen, Wesley Low Jr.)
2. Malaysia (Rafiq Ismail, Tun Hakim)
3. Sweden (Pontus Andersson, Jesper Svensson) and
(tie) Dominican Republic (Wascar Cavallo, Hector Simo)

From left, back row: Hakim, Ismail, Low and Simonsen
front row: Andersson, Svensson, Cavallo and Simo.

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Malaysia (Ismail 224, Hakim 234) def.
No. 1 Sweden (Andersson 188, Svensson 206), 458-394
Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 USA (Simonsen 246, Low 236) def.
No. 3 Dominican Republic (Cavallo 182, Simo 190), 482-372
Championship: USA (Simonsen 227, Low 191) def.
Malaysia (Ismail 189, Hakim 149), 418-338.

14th World Bowling Youth Championships – Girls Doubles Playoffs

Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA (July 29, 2016)

2016WYCDoublesGirlsMedalistsBanner.jpg

Championship Round:
1. Korea (Lee Yeong Seung, Park Yu Na)
2. United States (Gazmine Mason, Julia Bond)
3. United States (Jordan Richard, Stephanie Schwartz) and
(tie) England (Keira Reay, Emily Allen)

From left, back row: Schwartz, Richard, Allen and Reay
front row: Bond, Mason, Lee and Park.

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Korea (Lee 201, Park 208) def.
No. 4 England (Reay 130, Allen 181), 409-311
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 USA (Mason 196, Bond 208) def.
No. 2 USA (Richard 132, Schwartz 203), 404-335
Championship: Korea (Lee 237, Park 277) def.
USA (Mason 184, Bond 158), 514-342.

14th WYC – Girls Doubles Preliminaries after Squad 2/2

Players with position, country and 6-game total. Top 4 advance to the playoffs.

14th WYC – Boys Doubles Preliminaries after Squad 3/3

Players with position, country and 6-game total. Top 4 advance to the playoffs.

14th World Bowling Youth Championships – Girls All-Events after 12 of 18 games

Players with position, country and 12-game total. Top 24 after 18 games (six games each in Singles, Doubles and Team) will advance to the Masters finals.

14th World Bowling Youth Championships – Boys All-Events after 12 of 18 games

Players with position, country and 12-game total. Top 24 after 18 games (six games each in Singles, Doubles and Team) will advance to the Masters finals.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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