Michael Schmidt leads QubicaAMF World Cup after Day 1

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

     Michael Schmidt (pictured) of Canada leads the players from 83 countries after the first day in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The 25-year-old right-hander from Winnipeg, Manitoba, had games of 236, 261, 222, 195, 265 and 234 in Squad A to finish the first of four six-game series with 1413 pinfall total and an average of 235,50.

    Arnar Saebergsson of Iceland led Squad A after four games with 948 but a 177 in the fifth cost him the lead. Saebergsson rebounded with 254 to move into second place in the overall standings with 1379, a 229, 83 average. Dominic Lim Zhong of Singapore was close behind with 1365, good enough to overtake the third place.

    Squad B leader Petter Hansen of Norway is in fourth position with 1356 pinfall total and an average of 226,00. Nayef Oqab is the best of fifteen lefties in the field in fifth place with 1349. Young Russian bowler Nikita Koshelev checked in with 1344 to overtake the sixth place.

     Steve Thornton of England set a highlight when he finished his 6-game set with the first 300-game of the tournament and the 28th in the World Cup history (23 by men, 5 by women). The 32-year-old, who finished fifth in the 2000 World Cup in Lisbon Portugal, used his 8th career perfecto to leap into seventh place with 1342 total.

    Former European and world ranking champion, Gery Verbruggen of Belgium, felled 1327 pins to sit in eighth place. Daniel Falconi had no practice yesterday due to a late arrival from Mexico. The 3-time American Zone champion toppled 1317 pins and is in 9th position. Rounding out the top 10 is Massimo Pirozzi of Italy with 1301.

    The men are done for today and will return on Tuesday at 8 a.m. (Squad A) and 12 a.m. (Squad B) for the second block of six games.


    Men Round 1

    A and B Squad after six games
    Players with position, country, 6-game total and average

    1. Michael Schmidt, CAN, 1413, 235,50
    2. Arnar Saebergsson, ICE, 1379, 229,83
    3. Dominic Lim Zhong, SIN, 1365, 227,50
    4. Petter Hansen, NOR, 1356, 226,00
    5. Nayef Oqab, UAE, 1349, 224,83
    6. Nikita Koshelev, RUS, 1344, 224,00
    7. Steve Thornton, ENG, 1342, 223,67
    8. Gery Verbruggen, BEL, 1327, 221,17
    9. Daniel Falconi, MEX, 1317, 219,50
    10. Massimo Pirozzi, ITA, 1301, 216,83
    11. Seto Sai Tung, HKG, 1289, 214,83
    12. Badr Al-Sheikh, KSA, 1281, 213,50
    13. Arturo Hernandez, VEN, 1276, 212,67
    14. Tyrone Ongpauco, PHI, 1274, 212,33
    15. Khalid Al-Dubyyan, KUW, 1272, 212,00
    16. Or Aviram, ISR, 1271, 211,83
    17. Thierry Sacco, FRA, 1270, 211,67
    (tie) Eric Kok, NED, 1270, 211,67
    19. Peng Sheng Cheng, MAC, 1268, 211,33
    20. William Nimick, NIR, 1267, 211,17
    (tie) Kai Guenther, GER, 1267, 211,17
    (tie) Leopold Grundschober, AUT, 1267, 211,17
    23. Koichi Takahashi, JPN, 1264, 210,67
    24. Mikael Braendeskov, DEN, 1258, 209,67
    25. Nuno Martinho, POR, 1254, 209,00
    26. Alan Bride, IRE, 1253, 208,83
    27. Raul Beekmann, EST, 1252, 208,67
    28. Ahmed Shaheen, QAT, 1243, 207,17
    29. Rhino Page, USA, 1241, 206,83
    30. George Frilingos, AUS. 1230, 205,00
    31. Victor Richards Jr., DOM, 1228, 204,67
    32. Edmanuel Ramirez, PRC, 1225, 204,17
    33. Jason Waters, NZL, 1218, 203,00
    34. Leonidas Maragos, GRE, 1205, 200,83
    35. Samuel Castillo, SPA, 1204, 200,67
    36. David Hill, IOM, 1203, 200,50
    37. Alex Liew, MAS, 1202, 200,33
    38. Heorhi Pryhozhy, BLR, 1200, 200,00
    39. Antonín Nosek, CZE. 1188, 198,00
    40. Lucas Legnani, ARG, 1187, 197,83
    41. Jean-Marc Godel, SUI, 1179, 196,50
    (tie) Thia Song Fat, REU, 1179, 196,50
    43. Marin Tranier, NCA, 1174, 195,67
    44. Dainius Zaltauskas, LIT, 1172, 195,33
    45. Zabi Sikander, BUL, 1166, 194,33
    46.Julio Acosta Jr., ESA, 1163, 193,83
    47. Tamas Szabo, HUN, 1157, 192,83
    48. Marek Przezpolewski, POL, 1154, 192,33
    49. Costas Kyriakou, CYP, 1135, 189,17
    50. Guy Caminsky, RSA, 1129, 188,17
    51. Anders Ohman, SWE, 1128, 188,00
    52. Sergii Gontar, UKR, 1126, 187,67
    53. Makhmut Lazaridi, KAZ, 1113, 185,50
    54. Marjan Pecaver, SLO, 1110, 185,00
    55. Mark Bondi, SCO, 1109, 184,83
    56. Mika Luoto, FIN, 1106, 184,33
    57. Hussain Ghuloom, BHR, 1103, 183,83
    58. Maurice Talane, FGU, 1100, 183,33
    59. Graham Coles, GIB, 1080, 180,00
    60. Bira Teodoro, BRA, 1074, 179,00
    61. Sergey Sapov, UZB, 1072, 178,67
    62. Bashar Kalaji, SYR, 1063, 177,17
    63. Lee Jarvis, JER, 1055, 175,83
    64. John Koon, MAU, 1048, 174,67
    65. Patrick Mehdi Leroy, MOR, 1041, 173,50
    66. Kenneth Arpa, MLT, 1028, 171,33
    (tie) Aleksandrs Zavjalovs, LAT, 1028, 171,33
    68. Krunoslav Struml, CRO, 1020, 170,00
    69. Reynaldo Zialcita, GUA, 1018, 169,67
    70. Omar Al-Fazani, LIB, 1008, 168,00
    71. Derek Tomlin, GUE, 1005, 167,50
    (tie) Ilkin Babayev, AZE, 1005, 167,50
    73. Mekuria Habteyes, ETH, 1004, 167,33
    74. Shashi Kumar, IND, 998, 166,33
    75. Atiq Sikander, AFG, 994, 165,67
    (tie) Arif Mohamed-Hedi, TUN, 994, 165,67
    77. Alex Telejman, ROM, 983, 163,83
    78. Dejan Radulovich, SMO, 980, 163,33
    79. Steve Dalton, WLS, 957, 159,50
    80. Chico Pontes, AZO, 949, 158,17
    81. Ladislav Frunyo, SLK, 936, 156,00
    82. Eduard Capatina, MOL, 919, 153,17
    83. Shant Panos Tomassian, IRQ, 917, 152,83


    Petter Hansen takes the early lead in 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

     Petter Hansen of Norway led the men's B Squad on Monday morning to take the early lead in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Hansen, a bowling center owner from Oslo, had games of 269, 178, 192, 215, 245 and 257 for 1356 pinfall total and an average of 226,00.

    "My target is to improve one spot on my finish last year", said the 37-year-old right-hander, who ended up second in last year's World Cup in Singapore. "I try to bowl well and to position myself among the top 8." The top eight players after the second cut will advance to the single-elimination finals to determine the World Cup champion in best-of-three game matches.

    "The lanes hook more as you go the right side of the house, especially in the middle of the lanes. I had two bad games in the second and third, when I moved to right, which was totally wrong." Hansen added. "after that I changed my ball speed. Normally, my ball speed is between 23 and 24 km per hour. I tried to bowl faster and it worked. But this isn't my A-game."

    Second place belonged to one of ten lefties in the squad, Nayef Oqab, with 1349. Italian Massimo Pirozzi finished his block with a 755 three-game series to leap into third place with 1301. Badr Al-Sheikh of Saudi Arabia rolled the highest game in B Squad with 280 to sit in fourth place with 1281.

    Arturo Hernandez from Venezuela lead the field of 41 bowlers with 711 after three games but a 565 in the second three games sent him to fifth place with 1276. Lefthanders Thierry Sacco of France and Sheng Cheng, a spinner from Macau, sit in sixth and seventh place with 1270 and 1268, respectively.

    Young Austrian Leopold Grundschober, Kai Günther of Germany (pictured), who has accomplished a 300-game in the 2002 World Cup, and William Nimick of Northern Ireland are tied for eighth place with 1267.

    The 42 players from Squad A take on the lanes at noon. The top 24 men after 24 games - four blocks of six games each from Monday through Thursday - will advance to the next round.


    Men Round 1

    B Squad after six games
    Players with position, country, 6-game total and average

    1. Petter Hansen, NOR, 1356, 226,00
    2. Nayef Oqab, UAE, 1349, 224,83
    3. Massimo Pirozzi, ITA, 1301, 216,83
    4. Badr Al-Sheikh, KSA, 1281, 213,50
    5. Arturo Hernandez, VEN, 1276, 212,67
    6. Thierry Sacco, FRA, 1270, 211,67
    7. Peng Sheng Cheng, MAC, 1268, 211,33
    8. Leopold Grundschober, AUT, 1267, 211,17
    (tie) Kai Günther, GER, 1267, 211,17
    (tie) William Nimick, NIR, 1267, 211,17
    11. Koichi Takahashi, JPN, 1264, 210,67
    12. Alan Bride, IRE, 1253, 208,83
    13. Raul Beekmann, EST, 1252, 208,67
    14. Rhino Page, USA, 1241, 206,83
    15. George Frilingos, AUS, 1230, 205,00
    16. Victor Richards Jr., DOM, 1228, 204,67
    17. Edmanuel Ramirez, PRC, 1225, 204,17
    18. Jason Waters, NZL, 1218, 203,00
    19. Leonidas Maragos, GRE, 1205, 200,83
    20. David Hill, IOM, 1203, 200,50
    21. Jean-Marc Godel, SUI, 1179, 196,50
    22. Marek Przezpolewski, POL, 1154, 192,33
    23. Costas Kyriakou, CYP, 1135, 189,17
    24. Guy Caminsky, RSA, 1129, 188,17
    25. Anders Öhman, SWE, 1128, 188,00
    26. Makhmut Lazaridi, KAZ, 1113, 185,50
    27. Marjan Pecaver, SLO, 1110, 185,00
    28. Mark Bondi, SCO, 1109, 184,83
    29. Mika Luoto, FIN, 1106, 184,33
    30. Hussain Ghuloom, BHR, 1103, 183,83
    31. Lee Jarvis, JER, 1055, 175,83
    32. John Koon, MAU, 1048, 174,67
    33. Kenneth Arpa, MLT, 1028, 171,33
    34. Krunoslav Struml, CRO, 1020, 170,00
    35. Reynaldo Zialcita, GUA, 1018, 169,67
    36. Omar Al-Fazani, Libya, 1008, 168,00
    37. Ilkin Babayev, AZE, 1005, 167,50
    (tie) Derek Tomlin, GUE, 1005, 167,50
    39. Shashi Kumar, IND, 998, 166,33
    40. Atiq Sikander, AFG, 994, 165,67
    41. Shant Panos Tomassian, IRQ, 917, 152,83