Asian and Southeast Asian champion Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong, China, defeated tournament leader Francois Louw of South Africa in two games in best-of-three games format en route to win the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Thursday at Sam’s Town bowling center in Las Vegas.
Top 3 men in the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. L-R Francois Louw (2nd), champion Wu Siu Hong and Jaris Goh (3rd), Singapore. Photo Max Bulanov.
It marks the first time in the history of the prestigious tournament that a Hong Kong bowler brings home the coveted trophy.
Wu (left) had a disastrous start into title match suffering back-to-back open frames followed by two spares, while Louw, who led the men’s division after each round (qualifying, Rounds of 24 and 8), started with three strikes to take a commanding lead.
However, the South African (right) alternated spares and strikes in the remaining seven frames to let the multiple Asian ranking winner back into the match. Wu started to strike in the fifth frame and went off the sheet, winning game one, 233-219, to take a 1-0 lead.
“At the beginning I was bowling too fast and those two open frames meant a bad start”, said Wu. “Then I changed my ball and found my form, just taking it shot by shot.”
Wu countered a double by Louw with three consecutive strikes and never looked back. Louw had “Greek Church” in his third frame and managed only one double in the rest of the game, which Wu was able to counter again, to win game two, 223-180, and the match, 2-0.
“I feel fantastic” said the winner. “This is the fourth time I have played in the World Cup and my best position was 9th, so I finally feel I can do it. It fills me with confidence and it shows Hong Kong people can do it. Now I just want to come back next year!”
In the semi-final match, Wu, the No. 2 seed, swept third-seeded Jaris Goh (left) of Singapore, 2-0, to advance to the title match. He survived a low-scoring opening game, 198-173, then defeated the first-round leader in the second game, 223-194, so seal the win.
England’s Keira Reay, who had the lone 300 game of the event, the 72nd perfect game in the history of the World Cup and the 14th by a woman, received the women’s High Game Award.
South Africa’s Francois Louw and Team USA’s Kamron Doyle, who both had a 289 game in the third game of qualifying, shared the men’s High Game Award.
L-R Reay, Louw, Doyle and World Cup manager, Anne-Marie Board.
By finishing third in the men’s division and fifth in the women’s division, Singapore won the Bent Petersen trophy for the top country.
L-R Singapore’s Jaris Goh and Geraldine Ng with Sam’s Town bowling center manager, Tom Pippinger Jr.
All competitors at the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup bowled 24 qualifying games over three days, Sunday thru Tuesday, before the field was cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Wednesday morning.
The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 8 players for the round-robin match-play portion on Thursday morning, after which the top three advanced to the stepladder finals based on their 40-game totals, including bonus pins.
Bowlingdigital.com provided onsite coverage of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results after each round.
Pictured here is Herbert Bickel, owner/editor-in-chief of Bowlingdigital.com.
Onsite coverage commenced on Saturday, November 14th with the opening ceremony and concluded on Thursday 19th with the stepladder finals.
The picture shows commentator Lucas Wiseman of USBC Communications in the World Cup live streaming booth.
The United States Bowling Congress provided live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. All shows have been archived.
51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Division Final Standings
4. Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia 5. Tomoyuki Sasaki, Japan 6. Paul Stott Jr., Ireland 7. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia 8. Alexei Parshukov, Russia 9. Markus Jansson, Sweden 10. Biboy Rivera, Philippines 11. Ildemaro Ruiz Jr., Venezuela 12. Kamron Doyle, United States 13. Michael Little, Australia 14. David Maycock, Bermuda 15. Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, Norway 16. Romeo Gagenoiu, Romania 17. Oron Cohen, Israel 18. Nicola Pongolini, Italy 19. Sam Rose, England 20. Kim Bolleby, Thailand 21. Mohamed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia 22. Benjamin Martinez, Mexico 23. Luboslav Jurinyi, Slovakia 24. Mike Bartaire, France 25. Patrick Meka, Netherlands 26. Dmitri Chilkine, Belarus 27. Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland 28. Jean-Marc Samain, Belgium 29. Marco Moretti, Costa Rica 30. Shaker Al Hassan, UAE 31. Balint Luczek, Hungary 32. Daniel Vezis, Latvia 33. Vladislav Yalovega, Ukraine 34. Konstantinos Xagoraris, Greece 35. James Footner, Wales 36. Axel Guimo, Catalonia 37. Olari Nebokat, Estonia 38. Jean-Francois Gorley, Canada 39. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland 40. Mark McQueen, Scotland 41. Paulo Lopes, Portugal 42. Yang Wei, China 43. Jay Leon Guerrero, Guam 44. Manino Fernandez, Dominican Republic 45. Sven Garbotz, Germany 46. Zoe Dias Ma, Macau 47. Tomasz Janicki, Poland 48. Kestutis Gudauskas, Lithuania 49. Mubarak Al Muraikhi, Qatar 50. Jozko Hlede, Slovenia 51. Lorenzo Quereda Ferre, Spain 52. William Nimick, Northern Ireland 53. Igor Pizzoli, Brazil 54. Harn-Chieh Kwan, Switzerland 55. Dhruv Sarda, India 56. Jean Perez, Puerto Rico 57. Julio Acosta, El Salvador 58. Mise Mrkonjic, Croatia 59. Jiri Uhlir, Czech Republic 60. Mario Lemos, Ecuador 61. Steeve Thia, Mauritius 62. Nathan Jarvis, Jersey 63. Michael Wood, Gibraltar 64. Zane Carlson, New Zealand 65. Tiago Pontes, Azores 66. Joseph Cona, New Caledonia 67. Ammar Yamin, Jordan 68. Alan Lorenz, Curacao 69. Alexis Moreno, Panama 70. David Johnson, Virgin Islands 71. Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgaria 72. Arifov Bakhodir, Uzbekistan 73. Frederic Barre, Reunion 74. Enkhbayar Enkhkbold, Mongolia 75. Zerezghi O Haile, Eritrea 76. Ijaz Ur Rehman, Pakistan 77. Mirsad Sejdiu, Kosovo 78. Shant Panos Tomassian, Iraq 79. Maurice Talane, French Guiana 80. Djene Hailemariam Yimer, Ethiopia 81. Bryan Helmeyer, Aruba 82. Kenrick Brathwaite, Bahamas 83. Farid Ghobrial, Egypt 84. Khaled Meziou, Tunisia 85. Zvonko Volchevski, Macedonia 86. Redha El Fezzani, Libya
Top 8 men and women at the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Photo Max Bulanov.
51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Standings after Round of 8
Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals
Wu Siu Hong
Paul Stott Jr
BWC Tie Rules: In the event of a tie of total pinfall during games 1 through to 32, the player with the highest last game will take the higher position. In the event of a tie for 24th place in Qualifying, 8th place in the Round of 24, and third place in match play, the following WTBA rule applies: (a) One-game roll-off or, if this resultss in a further tie then: (b) 9th and 10th frame roll-off. In the event of during the round robin match play, the win bonus will be divided equally. In the event of a tie during the semi-final and final knockout matches, a two-frame roll-off consisting of a 9th and 10th frame will be held to determine the winner.
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