In the opening match of the women’s stepladder finals at the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, third-seeded Aumi Guerra
, Dominican Republic, a PBA Women’s Series bowler, closed out the first game in best-of-three format with four strikes to shut out Fiona Banks
(right), England, the No. 2 seed, 237-223.
Guerra (pictured left) missed a 10-pin in her first frame of the second but rebounded with a six-bagger before the left another 10-pin in the eighth frame. She spared the 10-pin and got another spare in the 9th frame. When Banks, who finished second to Lynda Barnes in the 2005 World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia, did not strike in her 10th frame the match was over.
Guerra won the second game, 246-188, and advanced to the title match against No. 1 seed Gye Min-Young, Korea.
In the title match, Gye (pictured left), a two-time gold medalist at the 2008 Asian Championships and a four time gold medalist in the 2009 East Asian Games (including All Events and Masters), bowled a clean game with a string of strikes mid game to take a 1-0 lead over Guerra, 226-203.
The Dominican, who won the gold medal in Doubles at the 2010 Central American Games, made a ball change and closed out the first game with four consecutive strikes. Bothe players started the second game with two strikes, 9-spare and a strike.
Aumi took the lead with another strike in the fifth frame. Her next two shots went high. She spared the 3-6 in the sixth frame but left a big split in the seventh which resulted in an open frame. Gye got two lucky breaks in her next frames (7-8 with the 8 falling late and 2-7 with the 7 falling late) to take a slim lead heading into the home stretch of game two.
Aumi got a huge break in eighth frame with the 7-9 combination falling late for a strike. She made a big shot in the ninth ….. but got a horrendous break leaving a pocket 7-10 split.
Gye (left) got up and struck in the ninth frame and needed spare and 5 pins in the tenth to shut out Guerra. Instead the Korean left a 6-7-10 split. She got only two which gave the Dominican a second chance to strike out for a 202-196 win. Guerra (right) struck on the first ball and then on the second and leveled the match with a strike on the fill ball.
Guerra carried the momentum into the third and deciding game. She started with a double and a spare then reeled off five consecutive strikes to take a dominating 52-pin lead heading into the last two games.
Gye went Brooklyn in the eighth frame but her body-Korean could tell you, she knew that a second of lacking in concentration would cost her the World Cup title. When she left a 10-pin standing in the ninth frame it was game over.
Guerra sealed the victory with a sixth consecutive strike in her ninth frame and the 3-4-7 split in the tenth frame didn’t matter. Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic, coached by Craig Woodhouse, Canada, won the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in dramatic fashion.
It is the first World Cup title for the Dominican Republic and the first medal ever for any Dominican in this prestigious event. Gye Min-Young
, who led the field since qualifying round 2 and was just a mark away from the title at the end of game two, had to settle for the silver medal.
Fiona Banks (left), England, took the bronze medal. Banks and team mate Matt Miller, the men’s No. 1 seed, have already sealed the victory in the Country Championship (pictured right with the Bent Petersen trophy).
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46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Women’s Stepladder Finals
Bowling de Provence in Toulon, France (Oct. 24, 2010)
1. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 1128 (5 games)
2. Gye Min-Young, Korea, 618 (3 games)
3. Fiona Banks, England, 421 (2 games)
Playoff Results (best-of-three games):
Semifinal: #3 Guerra def. #2 Banks, 2-0 (237-223, 246-188)
Championship: Guerra def. #1 Gye, 2-1 (203-226, 202-196, 240-196).
L-R Banks (3rd), champion Guerra and Gye (2nd).
Video #4 High Def Slow Motion Studies (Men’s Qualifying and Round of 24)
It’s down to three men and three women in 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Matt Miller shoots big numbers to overtake the lead in 46th QubicaAMF World Cup
Video #3 Women’s and Men’s Qualifying
Gye Min-Young widens her lead in Women’s Bowling World Cup Round of 24
Team USA’s John Szczerbinski tops Men’s Division after qualifying at Bowling World Cup
Achim Grabowski rises to the top as Men’s Squad A has finished World Cup Qualifying
Korea’s Gye Min-Young leads top 24 women into Intermediate Round
Aumi Guerra sets the pace as Women Squad A has completed the 16-game preliminaries
John Szczerbinski averages over 246 to overtake the lead in Men’s World Cup
Business as usual at the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Bowling is cancelled for Tuesday at 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Mads Sandbækken powers his way into the lead at Men’s Bowling World Cup
Wendy Chai, Gye Min-Young atop the women’s field after Day One Qualifying
Video #2 Opening Ceremonies at Tour Royale, Toulon
Holly Fleming is the early leader in the Women’s Qualifying at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Biboy Rivera leads Men’s Qualifying after Day One
Video #1 Impressions from Bowling de Provence during the Women’s Official Practice
Swiss Kwan Harn-Chieh sets the pace in Men’s QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Preview of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Canada’s Schmidt, Wong en route to France for the 2010 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Team USA’s Dorin-Ballard, Szczerbinski ready to tackle World Cup
Hulst; Sanders win NBF Bowling Tour Finals 2010 to represent Netherlands in the World Cup
Rivera, Posadas earn Philippines’ Bowling World Cup spots
Ancarani, Manico cruise to victory in Swiss World Cup Qualifier
Mizrahi, Aviram in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Zavjalova, Vēzis to represent Latvia at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in France
Gablek, Kubalek win Austrian Bowling World Cup Qualifier
Over 90 countries to participate in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup moves from Zagreb, Croatia, to Toulon, France
Marcelo Suartz wins XIX Copa AMF Brazil to represent Brazil at 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
MTV Party at Bowling 300 Zagreb, host of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
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46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Final Standings Women’s Division