After a solid start into B squad, Yan Korshak
had a strong finish that propelled the Russian to the top of the leaderboard in the men’s qualifying of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, which got underway Monday with the first of four five-game blocks at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Korshak (right) followed games of 210 and 199 with 236, 267 and 239 to lead the field of 81 men from 81 countries after the first round with 1151 and an average of 230.20. Pictured above from left to right are A squad leaders Perreri Salonen, Marshall Kent and Antonino Fiorentino.
Sam Cooley (left) of Australia, who won the China International Open here at Hao’s Bowling last week, was the only other player who surpassed the 1100-mark. Cooley toppled 1101 pins, including games of 213, 236, 212, 261 and 179.
Squad A leader Petteri Salonen (right) was the lone player who managed to roll five games over 200 on the challenging lane conditioning pattern to finish the opening day in third place with 1097. The former World and European champion had games of 203, 234, 226, 223 and 211 to beat out PBA champion Marshall Kent, United States, for the bragging rights by 17 pins.
Kent started his set with 277, the highest game in men’s division so far, and added 195, 200, 173 and 235 for 1080 to finish second in A squad and fifth overall. Sweden’s Martin Larsen (left), a multiple World and European champion himself, moved into fourth place with 1093.
Wang Hongbo from the host country China tied Kent at 1080 but was seeded sixth due to the lower last game, 235 to 219 in Kent’s favor. Tobias Börding of Germany, who finished second in the 50th edition of the World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland, and Rafiq Ismail (right) of Malaysia moved into seventh and eighth place with 1041 and 1019, respectively.
Italian two-handed player, Antonino Fiorentino (left) fell from third to ninth place with 1013 and was followed by Kert Truus , Estonia (1011); Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland (1011) and Mohamed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia (1003), who the 12th and last player who surpassed the 1200-mark.
With just five of 20 qualifying games in the books, Martin Williamson of Scotland holds the 24th and last spot to advance to the next stage with 965 and an average of 193.
The men will return to Hao’s Bowling on Tuesday for the second block of qualifying. A squad starts at 8 a.m. China Standard Time (CST) and B squad will follow at 11.45 p.m.
The 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
will be held from October 14-23 at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Shanghai including reports, photos and results after each round. The United States Bowling Congress will provide live streaming on BowlTV.
Split into A and B squad in each division, men and women, all competitors will bowl 20 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 28-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).
The top 4 players with highest 36-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs, which will be staged on a specially constructed two-lane arena in the Luwan Sports Complex which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located. This will be covered by live streaming on BowlTV and local Chinese live streaming through Ali Sports.
There will be 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 will earn a spot in the championship game.
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