First 300-game shooter Guay returns to Mexico for 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    06/24/08

    2008 BWC

    Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico (Nov. 7-15, 2008)

    2008BWCLogo.jpg Jack Guay of Canada will take part in the 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in November returning to Hermosillo, Mexico, the city where he became the first player in the history of the event to hit a perfect game in 1994.

    Jack_Guay_4957.jpg Guay, right, repeated that feat the following year in Sao Paolo, Brazil, as well as finishing joint fifth in Singapore in 2004.

    Since Guay's first 300, a total of 30 men have hit a perfect game. Only Guay and Osku Palermaa of Finland (2006 in Caracas, Venezuela) have hit two.

    2004WRMShalinZulkifli_small.jpg Shalin Zulkifli, left, Malaysia, became the first woman to shoot a 300 game in the 1997 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. Since then another five women accomplished the feat. The total number of 300 games stands at 38.

    2008BWCBol300Exterior.jpg This time the event will be held in a brand new center, Bol 300, which like the venue for the 1994 event, Bol Satelite, is owned by local businessman, Fernando Gutierrez, who was one of the best bowlers in northern Mexico.

    The pictures show both exterior and interior views from Bol 300, which is currently finalizing its construction.

    2008BWCBol300Interior.jpg "The new centre will be opening soon and looks fantastic," Anne-Marie Board, QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Manager, said.

    "I know that Fernando and his team are ready to welcome everyone to Hermosillo and we are really looking forward to the event."

    2004WCShannonPluhowsky2005.jpg Shannon Pluhowsky of the USA will also be participating, trying to become the first woman to win the event three times. She won in Riga, Latvia, in 2002 and in Singapore in 2004 (pictured right). US national champion Derek Eoff will join her, hoping to bring the men's championship back to the States for the second time in a row, after Bill Hoffman's victory in St. Petersburg (Russia) last year.

    2007DrammenXmasAnnLouiseHaugen_small.jpg Among other notable entries received so far is Ann Louise Haugen, left, of Norway, who placed third in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2005. She is the sister of Kim Haugen, the champion in 2001 in Pattay (Thailand). Norway's male participant will be Mads Sandbækken, the reigning world youth masters champion and European adult masters champion.

    As usual, a number of players will be returning to the Bowling World Cup. Belinda Tan of New Zealand will be making her fourth appearance, while the male player for New Zealand, Adrian Judd, will be playing in the tournament for the first time but coming for the second time, having been the team coach last year.

    Portugal's Christophe Guimaraes will be taking part for the second time and we will also be welcoming the ever-smiling Dominique Merlot of Reunion, taking part for the third time.

    The Netherlands Antilles will be represented by Samir Daou, son of the late Fares Daou who played in the tournament three times in all.

    AnneMarieBoard.jpg "It is always a pleasure to meet up with regular Bowling World Cup players but it will be particularly pleasing to welcome Jack Guay again, back in Hermosillo, which must hold such good memories for him," Board, left, said.

    So far, 70 countries have officially entered. Most have still to hold their elimination competitions to determine their participants.

    QubicaAMF Worldwide is the founder, organizer and principal sponsor of the Bowling World Cup. As one of the largest bowling products companies in the world with worldwide headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, USA, and European headquarters in Bologna, Italy, the company manufactures a complete line of high-quality, innovative solutions for new and existing bowling and entertainment centers.