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Agerbo, Pluhowsky lead top 4 men and women into WSC semifinals

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Jesper Agerbo of Denmark and Team USA’s Shannon Pluhowsky finished group phase 2 atop the men’s and women’s leaderboard to lead the top four players of each gender into the semi-finals at the World Singles Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The remaining eight men and eight women bowled a final eight-game group phase to determine the four players who will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in one-game matches.

Points were awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game received 7 points, the second highest scoring 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who received 0 points.

2016WSCJesperAgerboAgerbo (left), who barely made the qualifying cut in 32nd and last place, averaged 232.13 for his eight games and accumulated 38 pins to earn the men’s No. 1 seed. The seven-time European champion rolled games of 257, 246, 233, 227, 244, 235, 193 and 222.

2016ECCJoonasJahiHe will take on Joonas Jähi (right) of Finland who tied Michael Mak of Hong Kong at 32 points, but was seeded fourth due to his lower eight-game total, 1782 to Mak’s 1817.

2016WSCRafiqIsmail2Rafiq Ismail (left) of Malaysia earned 32 of his 33 points in games 2-7 (268, 254, 226, 211, 245 and 223) to earn the No. 2 seed. The teenager will bowl Asian champion Mak (below right) in the semifinals.

2016WSCMichaelMak2Marcelo Suartz of Brazil (5th; 27), Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand (6th; 25.5), qualifying leader Chris Via, USA (7th; 23) and Anže Grabrijan of Slovenia (8th; 13.5) were eliminated.

2016WSCKellyKulickShannonPluhowskyThe women’s semifinal will feature two USA vs. Singapore matches. Multiple world champion Shannon Pluhowsky (pictured with Kelly Kulick, left) averaged 217.88 for eight games and totaled 27 points to beat out fellow Team USA member Kelly Kulick for the top spot by one point.

Kulick, the defending women’s champion, was in danger to make the cut to the top 4 behind a low start with games of 179, 163 and 199. Kulick, who made sports history by winning the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour event, rebounded with 226, 256, 268, 236 and 223 to leap into second place with 36 points and the field-best 218.75 average.

2016WSCNewHuiFenShaynaNgAs the No. 2 seed, Kulick will bowl third-seeded Shayna Ng (pictured with New Hui Fen, left) of Singapore in the semifinal. Ng earned 30.5 points while averaging 211.63 for the day.

Ng’s fellow countrywoman New Hui Fen, the 2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year, was 0.5 points behind to secure the fourth place with 30 points and an average of 213.88. New will bowl Pluhowsky in the other semifinal match.

Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol, Netherlands (5th; 27), Jenny Wegner of Sweden (6th; 24), Laura Beuthner of Germany (7th; 22) and Sandra Góngora of Mexico (8th; 17.5) were eliminated.

2016WSCLogoThe 2016 World Singles Championships will be held Dec. 2-9 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Up to two men and two women from each member federation of World Bowling are eligible to compete in the second edition of the event. Each player must have reached the age of 15 years on January 1, 2016.

The Championships drew 134 players from 50 countries, including 81 men from 47 countries and 53 women from 33 countries.

After four days of qualifying featuring three four-game blocks, the top 32 players of each gender advanced. Men and women were split into four groups according to the following bracket: Group A (1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 24, 25, 32); Group B (2, 7, 10, 15, 18, 23, 26, 31); Group C (3, 6, 11, 14, 19, 22, 27, 30); and Group D (4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28, 29).

Each qualifying group bowled eight qualifying games. Each player in the qualifying group bowled against every other player in the group every game. Points were awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game received 7 points, the second highest scoring 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who received 0 points.

The top 2 from the point standing of each group advanced to play eight games in one group with a system as specified above.

The top 4 advanced to the semifinals (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3), with the higher ranked players having the choice of the starting lane. The losers of both one-game matches will receive bronze medals.

The semifinal winners will determine the champion in a final one-game match. The winner of this match will receive a gold medal and the loser a silver medal.

The men’s gold medalist will receive US$8,000, the silver medalist will earn US$6,000 and the bronze medalists will take home US$3,000 apiece. The women’s gold medalist will receive US$6,000, the silver medalist will get US$4,000 and the bronze medalists will earn US$3,000 each.

The prizes will be paid by the Qatar Bowling Federation which also offered daily high series awards, $300 for men and $200 for women.

For more details including the latest schedule, click here.

The World Singles Championships will be held every four years. The inaugural WSC was held at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26, 2012) and drew 128 players from 44 countries, 71 men from 40 countries and 57 women from 33 countries.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 115 member federations within three geographical zones. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

Photos courtesy of Terrance Yaw, Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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2016 WSC Group Phase 2 – Men’s Round of 8

Each player in the group bowled against every other player every game. Points were awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game received 7 points, the second highest scoring 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who received 0 points. Top 4 from the point standing advance to the semifinals.

From left: Rafiq Ismail, Jesper Agerbo, Michael Mak, and Joonas Jähi.

From left: Rafiq Ismail, Jesper Agerbo, Michael Mak, and Joonas Jähi.

2016 WSC Group Phase 2 – Women’s Round of 8

Each player in the group bowled against every other player every game. Points were awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game received 7 points, the second highest scoring 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who received 0 points. Top 4 from the point standing advance to the semifinals.

From left: Kelly Kulick, Shannon Pluhowsky, Shayna Ng, and New Hui Fen.

From left: Kelly Kulick, Shannon Pluhowsky, Shayna Ng, and New Hui Fen.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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