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It’s down to eight women in World Singles Championships

The eight-game group phase 1 trimmed the top 32 women to eight, who advanced to the final group stage of the World Singles Championships Friday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

The remaining women consist of three players each from World Bowling’s American and European zone and two from the Asian zone.

For this year’s competition a group stage was added prior to the knockout phase. The top 32 players after qualifying were assigned to four groups to bowl eight games against each other with a point system determining the top two players of each group advanced to a group phase 2 on Friday.

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.

2016WSCKellyKulickSandraGongoraDefending champion Kelly Kulick (left), United States, averaged 230.50 for her eight match play games, including 236, 216, 226, 227, 279, 217, 215 and 228, and accumulated 45 points, the most in both divisions women and men to advance from Group A. Joining the only woman ever to win a PBA title (2010 PBA Tournament of Champions) was Sandra Góngora (right) of Mexico, who made 24 of her 36 pints in the final four games (213, 227, 225 and 221).

2016WSCShaynaNgLauraBeuthnerWhile Germany’s Laura Beuthner (right) cruised to the top seed in Group B with an average of 219.25 and total 39.5 points, the second spot to advance to the next stage was decided in the final game. Shayna Ng (left) of Singapore closed with 236, good for six points, to overtake Diana Zavjalova of Latvia (183; 3 points) and Karen Marcano of Venezuela (168; 1 point), 34-31-31.

2016WSCShannonPluhowskyJennyWegner2016 World Cup champion Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden set the tone in Group C with the field-best 232.38 average and 42 points. Wegner had games of 266, 236, 257, 187, 209, 255, 210 and 239. Second place went to multiple world champion Shannon Pluhowsky (left), United States, who earned 37.5 points while averaging 225.13 for the day.

2016WSCNewHuiFenGhislaineVanderTolFour-time European Bowling Tour titlist Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol (right) from the Netherlands overtook New Hui Fen (left) of Singapore, the 2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year, in the last game (235 to 189 or 7 to 4 points) to lead Group D with 40 points, despite only averaging 211.63 for eight games. New, who averaged 221 secured second place with 38 points.

The remaining eight women will return to Qatar Bowling Center on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST) to bowl eight games in one group with a system as in group phase 1. The top 4 will bowl for the medals in head-to-head matches starting at 3.30 p.m. with the semi-finals.

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

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

The top 4 advance 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 offer 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 1 – Women Group A

Top 32 after qualifying were split into four groups to bowl eight games. Each player in the 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. Top 2 from the point standing of each group advance to Group Phase 2.

From left: Esther Cheah, Malaysia; Birgit Pöppler, Germany; Britt Brøndsted, Denmark; Lara Posadas, Philippines; Kelly Kulick, United States; Tanya Cuva, Switzerland; Sandra Góngora, Mexico; and Nadezda Korablinova, Russia.

From left: Esther Cheah, Malaysia; Birgit Pöppler, Germany; Britt Brøndsted, Denmark; Lara Posadas, Philippines; Kelly Kulick, United States; Tanya Cuva, Switzerland; Sandra Góngora, Mexico; and Nadezda Korablinova, Russia.

2016 WSC Group Phase 1 – Women Group B

Top 2 from the point standing of each group advance to Group Phase 2.

From left: Bigi Manico, Switzerland; Laura Beuthner, Germany; Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia; Sanna Pasanen, Finland; Shayna Ng, Singapore; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia;   Karen Marcano, Venezuela; and Bauke Jespers, Belgium.

From left: Bigi Manico, Switzerland; Laura Beuthner, Germany; Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia; Sanna Pasanen, Finland; Shayna Ng, Singapore; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia;
Karen Marcano, Venezuela; and Bauke Jespers, Belgium.

2016 WSC Group Phase 1 – Women Group C

Top 2 from the point standing of each group advance to Group Phase 2.

From left: Jenny Wegner, Sweden; Rocio Restrepo, Colombia; Shannon Pluhowsky, United States; Rebecca Voukolos, Australia; Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden; Piritta Maja, Finland; Stephanie Martins, Brazil; and Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico.

From left: Jenny Wegner, Sweden; Rocio Restrepo, Colombia; Shannon Pluhowsky, United States; Rebecca Voukolos, Australia; Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden; Piritta Maja, Finland; Stephanie Martins, Brazil; and Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico.

2016 WSC Group Phase 1 – Women Group D

Top 2 from the point standing of each group advance to Group Phase 2.

From left: Esther Cheah, Malaysia; Birgit Pöppler, Germany; Britt Brøndsted, Denmark; Lara Posadas, Philippines; Kelly Kulick, United States; Tanya Cuva, Switzerland; Sandra Góngora, Mexico; and Nadezda Korablinova, Russia.

From left: Esther Cheah, Malaysia; Birgit Pöppler, Germany; Britt Brøndsted, Denmark; Lara Posadas, Philippines; Kelly Kulick, United States; Tanya Cuva, Switzerland; Sandra Góngora, Mexico; and Nadezda Korablinova, Russia.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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