Verbruggen powers his way into lead in World Bowling Masters

    04/23/01

    2001 WBM

    Khalifa International Bowling Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE (April 21-25, 2001)

    Gery_Verbruggen_2870.jpg European rankings leader Gery Verbruggen (left) of Belgium averaged 235,18 in his first block of match play to take a dominating 123-pin lead in the inaugural World Bowling Masters at the Khalifa Int'l Bowling Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    Lefty Verbruggen fired games of 213, 249, 181, 236, 219, 268, 248, 243, 216, 246 and 268 en route to a 2587 11-game total and has collected a 9-2 match play record.

    Team USA member Bill Hoffman averaged 224 to sit in second place 113 pins ahead of third-place finisher Mika Luoto from Finland. Malaysia's Kenny Ang is the top Asian bowler in fourth place. The players return today for the final block of match play before the cut to the top 16.


    2001 World Bowling Masters - Standings after Match Play Round 1


    Players with position, country, 11-game pinfall, average, bonus and total

    1. Gery Verbruggen, BEL, 2587, 235,18, 270, 2857
    2. Bill Hoffman, USA, 2464, 224,00, 270, 2734
    3. Mika Luoto, FIN, 2411, 219,18, 210, 2621
    4. Kenny Ang, MAS, 2390, 217,27, 210, 2600
    5. Bandar Al-Shafi, QAT, 2333, 212,09, 210, 2543
    6. Tomas Leandersson, SWE, 2276, 206,91, 225, 2501
    7. Remy Ong, SIN, 2319, 210,82, 180, 2499
    8. Tore Torgersen, NOR, 2274, 206,73, 210, 2484
    9. Rolando A. Sebelen, DOM, 2281, 207,36, 180, 2461
    10. Chester King, PHI, 2308, 209,82, 135, 2443
    11. Patrick Backe, SWE, 2296, 208,73, 120, 2416
    12. Ahmed Shaheen, QAT, 2274, 206,73, 120, 2394
    13. Sami Konsteri, FIN, 2243, 203,91, 150, 2393
    14. Sunny Hui, HKG, 2266, 206,00, 120, 2386
    15. Mohamed Khalifa Al-Qubaisi, UAE, 2201, 200,09, 180, 2381
    16. Saeed Al-Hajri, QAT, 2280, 207,27, 90, 2370
    17. Andrew Fang, SIN, 2247, 204,27, 120, 2367
    18. Frankie Colon Jr., PRC, 2156, 196,00, 165, 2321
    19. Anders Österberg, SWE, 2186, 198,73, 90, 2276
    20. Rafael Gonzales, ESA, 2078, 188,91, 195, 2273
    21. Peter Ahlen, SWE, 2121, 192,82, 90, 2211
    22. Marco Odio, CRC, 2107, 191,55, 90, 2197