USBC Masters champion Bernice Lim
of Singapore maintained a 125-pin lead in the fourth and final five-game block of the women’s division at the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to lead the top 24 players into the second stage Friday at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Lim (pictured above) has won the Queens in May, but as an amateur, did not get credit for an official PWBA title. She started day 4 qualifying with her low game of 163, but averaged almost 240 for the next four games (223, 247, 227 and 261) for the third-best 1121 series.
The Singaporean national team member finished qualifying atop the leaderboard and led the 63 women from as many countries with 4470 total or an average of 223.50 for 20 games.
First-round leader Danielle McEwan (left), United States, a PWBA champion and current World Bowling Tour women’s point ranking leader, started her block with a huge 277 followed by four games between 232 and 214 for the second-best 1161 series (232.20) to leap from sixth to second place with 4345 (217.25).
Nadine Geissler (right) of Germany averaged 217.40 for the day for the fourth-best 1087 series, but slipped one spot to third place with 4300 (215.00).
Second-round leader Lisa John (left) of England had a solid start with 219 and 192, then exemplified consistency as she closed with 225, 224 and 224 for 1084, the fifth-best series of the day, and 4279 total (213.95).
Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden, who led the European Bowling Tour women’s point ranking in the 2015 season, was the best bowler of B squad and tied John at 4279. Wegner was seeded fifth as John had the higher last game, 224 to 211, which broke the tie.
Rebecca Whiting (left) of Australia, who led B squad after 15 games, slipped to sixth place with 4219 (210.95). She was followed by Iliana Lomeli of Mexico, who out-bowled the other 62 women and the 81 men on Thursday averaging 240 for five games.
Also bowling in A squad, Lomeli (right) hit 1200 on the nose, including games of 226, 205, 244, 235 and 290 to tie Bernice Lim for the highest game in the tournament and to leap into seventh place in the standings with 4204 total (210.20).
Lomeli’s feat came at the expense of Lara Posadas, Philippines (4154), Sharon Limansantoso, Indonesia (4096) and Roberta Rodrigues, Brazil (4034), who slipped one spot to eighth, ninth and tenth place, respectively. Rodriguez (left) was the last player who averaged over 200.
Two-time World Cup champion Aumi Guerra (right; 2010, ’11), Dominican Republic, and two-time defending champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (2014, ’15) of Colombia still have a theoretical chance to become the first three-time women’s champion in the 52-year history of the World Cup.
Guerra sits in 14th place with 3904 (195.20) and Guerrero (left) is 16th with 3883 (194.15), 250 and 271 pins, respectively, off the pace for 8th place (second cut). Zhang Yuhong from the host country China is sandwiched between the two World Cup champions in 15th place with 3891 (194.55).
Sabeena Athica of India took the 24th and last place to survive the first cut with 3730 and an average of 186.50.
The 39 bowlers in positions 25 to 63 were eliminated. The top 24 will return to Hao’s Bowling on Friday at 9 a.m. China Standard Time (CST) for another eight games before the second cut to the top 8.
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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