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54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup is underway at Sam’s Town Las Vegas

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The 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup officially got underway Monday afternoon with the opening ceremonies in Sam’s Town Live, the concert hall inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall located at Boulder Highway in Las Vegas. Pictured right are the wo perpetual trophies and the commemorative 54th Bowling World Cup pins.

Tournament director Bernard Gibbons of Ireland, who emceed the ceremonies, welcomed officials and guests to the opening ceremonies and introduced the dignitaries and speakers: Mike Conners, Director of Operations Sam’s Town Hotel; Mike Kaufman, Director of Bowling for Boyd Gaming; Sam’s Town bowling center manager, Tom Pippinger; Vern Vernazzaro, president of the Southern Nevada United States Bowling Congress; French bowling writer and publicist, Bernard Mora; and Ruben Ghiragossian of Venezuela, the technical delegate of the tournament, on behalf of World Bowling, the governing body of tenpin bowling.

The traditional march-in of the 149 athletes from 83 countries, 81 men and 68 women was spearheaded by the Chaparral High School marching band. At the end of the parade, Team USA’s Shannon O’Keefe and Kyle Troup, representing the host country, marched in, followed by the national anthem performed by singer Ginger Glass. Each of the players and dignitaries received a commemorative bowling pin.

Mora (right, with BWC manager Anne-Marie Board, left) was honored for attending his 45th Bowling World Cup. His first World Cup was the third edition back in 1967, when the World Cup visited Mora’s home city of Paris. The 89-year-old journalist did not miss a single event from 1972 through 2000.

In the tradition of the Olympic Games, O’Keefe (center, flanked by two Las Vegas show girls) took the oath on behalf of the players, while Vernazzaro took the oath on behalf of the officials and judges.

At the end of the one-and-a-half-hour show, Jay Buhl, Senior Vice President of QubicaAMF, the largest bowling products company in the world, declared the 54th Bowling World Cup officially open.

The opening ceremonies concluded with a welcome reception with food and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks.

Earlier on Monday, all players took to the 56 lanes at Sam’s Town bowling center for the official practice. Real action starts on Tuesday morning at 8.30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) with the first of three eight-game qualifying blocks in the men’s division. The women will follow at 2 p.m.

Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results from the first round all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 10, completed in the afternoon.

More details on the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, incuding the tournament schedule, can be found in our World Cup Preview.

After 24 games of qualifying the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to seven games round-robin match-play plus one game position round (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).

In a change to last year, the top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins will advance to the finals. No. 1 bowls no. 4 and no. 2 bowls no. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowl for the title.

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