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Krizziah Lyn Tabora, Jakob Butturff win 53rd QubicaAMF World Cup

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Krizziah Lyn Tabora of the Philippines and Team USA’s Jakob Butturff both climbed from third to first place to win the women’s and men’s title in the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday afternoon at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Tabora (right), a 26-year-old member her country’s national team, which is coached by four-time World Cup champion Paeng Nepomuceno, started her run at the title with a 249-222 win over second-seeded Rocio Restrepo (left) of Colombia in the second semi-final match.

In the first semi-final match, fourth-seeded Siti Safiyah (left) of Malaysia stunned defending champion Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden, who led the tournament wire-to-wire, 227-197.

In the title match, Tabora used a double in the second and third frame and a four-bagger from frame five to put the game away well before the 10th frame.

Tabora is the third Filipina to win the women’s World Cup title after Bong Coo Garcia (1979) and Lita de la Rosa (1978).

Safiyah had to settle for second place, while Wegner and Restrepo tied for third place.

After missing the World Games in July due to a broken finger, Jakob Butturff (right) finally made his debut on Team USA at the World Cup.

The 23-year-old left-handed bowler, who secured his spot in the men’s finals with a huge 277 last game in round robin match play, got the front nine to fly past no. 2 seed, Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia in the semi-final, 266-176.

In the other semi-final match, Oscar Rodriguez of Colombia, seeded fourth, eliminated tournament leader Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. (right) of Venezuela, 232-193.

In the title match, Butturff, a two-time PBA champion who finished second in the U.S. Open last week, rolled eight strikes and had two single-pin spares to cruise to the prestigious title with a 246-201 victory.

Butturff’s win gave record titlist USA the 19th World Cup title and the 11th in the men’s division. The last men’s champion from the U.S. was PBA star Chris Barnes, who won the 50th anniversary edition in Wroclaw, Poland, in 2014.

Rodriguez (left) finished second, while Ruiz and Muaz tied for third place.

Colombia won the Bent Petersen Country Award for the best country (L-R with World Cup manager, Anne-Marie Board, left) at the 53 World Cup. The country with the lowest point total after the finals – man and woman combined – receives the trophy. The champion gets 1 point, the first runner-up gets 2 points, and so on.

The Colombians were tied with Malaysia, both with a second and third place finish. The tie was broken by the pinfall total and the award went to Colombia, 17576 to 17517.

Lluis Montfort of Catalonia and Aumi Guerra (right, l-r) from the Dominican Republic were chosen by the players from 68 countries for sportsman and sportswoman of the tournament.

The 53rd edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup was held from Nov. 4-12 at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

All competitors bowled 24 qualifying games over four days before the field was cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 8 players who advanced to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).

The top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins advanced to the playoffs. There was a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match earned a spot in the championship game.

Bowlingdigital provided onsite coverage of the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Hermosillo including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with the first round of qualifying on Monday, Nov. 6, all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 11, completed in the afternoon.

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53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Finals

Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico (Nov. 4-12, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Jakob Butturff, USA, 512 (2 games)
2. Oscar Rodriguez, Colombia, 433 (2 games)
3. Ildemaro Ruiz Jr., Venezuela, 193 (1 game), and
(tie) Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 176 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semi-Final Match 1: No. 4 Rodriguez def. No. 1 Ruiz, 232-193
Semi-Final Match 2: No. 3 Butturff def. No. 2 Muaz, 266-176
Championship Match: Butturff def. Rodriguez, 246-201.

53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Women’s Finals

Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico (Nov. 4-12, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Krizziah Lyn Tabora, Philippines, 485 (2 games)
2. Siti Safiyah, Malaysia, 418 (2 games)
3. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 197 (1 game), and
(tie) Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 222 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semi-Final Match 1: No. 4 Safiyah def. No. 1 Wegner, 227-197
Semi-Final Match 2: No. 3 Tabora def. No. 2 Restrepo, 249-222
Championship Match: Tabora def. Safiyah, 236-191.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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