Michael Schmidt leads top 8 men in into finals; Badr Al Sheikh shoots fourth perfecto

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

     Michael Schmidt of Canada posted a 1804 eight-game total on Friday afternoon here at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to lead the top 8 men into the match play finals of the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Schmidt, who led the tournament since the first day, finished with 7444, an average of 232,63 over 32 games.

    Schmidt's 32-game total was neither the highest 32-game total in the World Cup history (Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7639 in 2004) nor the highest of this year's event. Women's leader Lynda Barnes totaled 7527 pins and averaged 235,22 on the same lane condition.

    Schmidt bowls No. 8 seed Arturo Hernandez in the fourth quarterfinal on Saturday at 13.30 p.m. The Venezuelan battled it out with Steve Thornton of England, the player who shot the first 300-game of the tournament. The English led by few pins heading into the final two frames. When he opened in the 9th frame and failed to convert a 3-6-7-10 split in the 10th, Hernandez took advantage with a (Brooklyn-)strike in his tenth to grab the last spot for the finals.

     Last year's runner-up Petter Hansen of Norway finished in second place with 7279 (227,47) and will meet Badr Al Sheikh of Saudia Arabia in the third quarterfinal match at 11 a.m. The Arab (picture courtesy of Hero Noda) highlighted the Round of 24 when he fired 12 consecutive strikes in the 29th game en route to the fourth perfect game of the tournament and the 31st in the World Cup history.

    Lucas Legnani of Argentina takes on or Aviram from Israel in match no. 2 at 9.30 a.m. Legnani was third with 7208 (225,25), while Aviram ended the prelims in sixth position with 7137 (223,03).

     The first match on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. will feature the two old European rivals, Gery Verbruggen of Belgium and Anders Öhman of Sweden. Verbruggen was the best of fifteen lefties in the field in fourth place with 7179 (224,34), with Öhman close behind in fifth place with 7156 (223,63).


    Quarterfinal Match-ups

    Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 8 a.m.
    No. 4 Gery Verbruggen, Belgium vs. No. 5 Anders Öhman, Sweden
    Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 9.30 a.m.
    No. 3 Lucas Legnani, Argentina vs. No. 6 Or Aviram, Israel
    Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 11.00 a.m.
    No. 2 Petter Hansen, Norway vs. No. 7 Badr Al Sheikh, Saudi Arabia
    Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 12.30 p.m.
    No. 1 Michael Schmidt, Canada vs. No. 8 Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela


    Men Top 24

    Players with position, country, 32-game total (b/f and block 5) and average

    1. Michael Schmidt, Canada, 7444 (5640-1804), 232,63
    2. Petter Hansen, Norway, 7279 (5521-1758), 227,47
    3. Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 7208 (5326-1882), 225,25
    4. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 7179 (5352-1827), 224,34
    5. Anders Öhman, Sweden, 7156 (5368-1788), 223,63
    6. Or Aviram, Israel, 7137 (5325-1812), 223,03
    7. Badr Al Sheikh, Saudi Arabia, 7074 (5199-1875), 221,06
    8. Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 6968 (5189-1779), 217,75
    The top 8 advance to match play finals.

    Missed Cut:
    9. Steve Thornton, England, 6959 (5262-1697), 217,47
    10. Thierry Sacco, France, 6931 (5125-1806), 216,59
    11. Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar, 6923 (5109-1814), 216,34
    12. Tyrone Ongpauco, Philippines, 6869 (5184-1685), 214,66
    13. Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 6815 (5102-1713), 212,97
    14. Mikael Braendeskov, Denmark, 6793 (5075-1718), 212,28
    15. Alan Bride, Ireland, 6787 (5137-1650), 212,09
    16. Khalid Al Dubyyan, Kuwait, 6785 (5030-1755), 212,03
    17. Nayef Eqab Abdulla Jaber Alabdool, UAE, 6757 (5212-1545), 211,16
    18. Tamas Szabo, Hungary, 6710 (5134-1576), 209,69
    19. Arnar Saebergsson, Iceland, 6685 (5082-1603), 208,91
    (tie) Koichi Takahashi, Japan, 6685 (5058-1627), 208,91
    (tie) Seto Sai Tung, Hong Kong, 6665 (5068-1597), 208,28
    22. Rhino Page, USA, 6651 (5062-1589), 207,84
    (tie) William Nimick, Northern Ireland, 6651 (5011-1640), 207,84
    24. Leonidas Maragos, Greece, 6562 (5020-1542), 205,06