Michael Schmidt stays in command of the leaderboard

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

     Michael Schmidt remained atop the leaderboard as the field was cut to the top 24 men in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    The 25-year-old Canadian took the lead on the first of four days of qualifying and never looked back since then. Schmidt had six-game series of 1413, 1459, 1436 and 1332 for a 5640 pinfall total and an average of 235,00 over twenty-four games.

    Steve Thornton, England, Anders Öhman, Sweden and Tamas Szabo rolled 300-games during qualifying.

    The QubicaAMF World Cup, which began in 1965 and is held in a different country every year, is the world's largest annual sports event in terms of the number of countries competing - 84 countries are represented this year.

    The picture shows men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup leader Michael Schmidt and Canadian national coach Sandy Lowe.

     Norwegian Petter Hansen finished in second place with 5521 and an average of 230,04. The Norwegian international is targeting to improve one spot on his runner-up finish in last year's World Cup in Singapore. Hansen, who owns a bowling center in Oslo, will host the 2006 Norwegian Open from September 23 through October 1, a major tournament on the European Bowling Tour.

    Anders Öhman of Sweden finished with a 280-game to regain the third position with 5378 pins. Gery Verbruggen of Belgium, World Ranking Masters champion like Öhman, is fourth with 5352. Lucas Legnani is close behind in fifth place with 5326 pins.

    Or Aviram of Israel used the highest series of day - 1471 including two 279-games - to leap into sixth position with pinfall total of 5325. Steve Thornton of England is seventh with 5262. William Nimick of Northern Ireland hit the cutoff number for 24th place with 5011 or an average of 208,79.

    Those 24 will roll an additional eight games on Friday at 2 p.m. with the top 8 in total pinfall (32 games) advancing to the best-of-three match play finals. The No. 1 seed will bowl the No. 8 seed, the No. 2 faces No. 7, No. 3 meets No. 6 and No. 4 plays No. 5.


    Men Round 4

    A and B Squad after 24 games
    Players with position, country, 24-game total (b/f and block 4) and average, Top 24 advance

    1. Michael Schmidt, CAN, 5640 (4308-1332), 235,00
    2. Petter Hansen, NOR, 5521 (4229-1292), 230,04
    3. Anders Öhman, SWE, 5368 (3944-1424), 223,67
    4. Gery Verbruggen, BEL, 5352 (4121-1231), 223,00
    5. Lucas Legnani, ARG, 5326 (3951-1375), 221,92
    6. Or Aviram, ISR, 5325 (3854-1471), 221,88
    7. Steve Thornton, ENG, 5262 (3881-1381), 219,25
    8. Nayef Oqab, UAE, 5212 (3856-1356), 217,17
    9. Badr Al-Sheikh, KSA, 5199 (3783-1416), 216,63
    10. Arturo Hernandez, VEN, 5189 (3933-1256), 216,21
    11. Tyrone Ongpauco, PHI, 5184 (3958-1226), 216,00
    12. Alan Bride, IRE, 5137 (3900-1237), 214,04
    13. Tamas Szabo, HUN, 5134 (3879-1255), 213,92
    14. Thierry Sacco, FRA, 5125 (3761-1364), 213,54
    15. Ahmed Shaheen, QAT, 5109 (3771-1338), 212,88
    16. Daniel Falconi, MEX, 5102 (3806-1296), 212,58
    17. Arnar Saebergsson, ICE, 5082 (3832-1250), 211,75
    18. Mikael Braendeskov, DEN, 5075 (3753-1322), 211,46
    19. Seto Sai Tung, HKG, 5068 (3793-1275), 211,17
    20. Rhino Page, USA, 5062 (3864-1198), 210,92
    21. Koichi Takahashi, JPN, 5058 (3795-1263), 210,75
    22. Khalid Al-Dubyyan, KUW, 5030 (3717-1313), 209,58
    23. Leonidas Maragos, GRE, 5020 (3891-1129), 209,17
    24. William Nimick, NIR, 5011 (3707-1304), 208,79
    The top 24 advanced to the next round.

    Missed Cut:
    25. Eric Kok, NED, 4963 (3683-1280), 206,79
    26. Guy Caminsky, RSA, 4951 (3651-1300), 206,29
    27. Jason Waters, NZL, 4944 (3681-1263), 206,00
    28. Nikita Koshelev, RUS, 4935 (3898-1037), 205,63
    29. Victor Richards Jr, DOM, 4931 (3689-1242), 205,46
    30. Mika Luoto, FIN, 4929 (3481-1448), 205,38
    31. Kai Guenther, GER, 4915 (3667-1248), 204,79
    32. Edmanuel Ramirez, PRC, 4894 (3677-1217), 203,92
    33. Dominic Lim Zhong, SIN, 4867 (3745-1122), 202,79
    34. George Frilingos, AUS, 4839 (3647-1192), 201,63
    35. Nuno Martinho, POR, 4835 (3607-1228), 201,46
    36. Heorhi Pryhozhy, BLR, 4798 (3624-1174), 199,92
    37. Marek Przezpolewski, POL, 4780 (3567-1213), 199,17
    38. Costas Kyriakou, CYP, 4760 (3443-1317), 198,33
    39. Massimo Pirozzi, ITA, 4753 (3602-1151), 198,04
    40. Hussain Ghuloom, BHR, 4743 (3582-1161), 197,63
    41. Alex Liew, MAS, 4741 (3589-1152), 197,54
    42. Peng Sheng Cheng, MAC, 4714 (3640-1074), 196,42
    43. Julio Acosta Jr, ESA, 4705 (3466-1239), 196,04
    44. Leopold Grundschober, AUT, 4666 (3525-1141), 194,42
    45. Zabi Sikander, BUL, 4648 (3530-1118), 193,67
    46. Raul Beekmann, EST, 4644 (3528-1116), 193,50
    47. Dainius Zaltauskas, LIT, 4622 (3606-1016), 192,58
    48. Antonín Nosek, CZE, 4614 (3537-1077), 192,25
    49. David Hill, IOM, 4591 (3482-1109), 191,29
    50. Mark Bondi, SCO, 4547 (3419-1128), 189,46
    51. Marjan Pecaver, SLO, 4543 (3389-1154), 189,29
    52. Sergii Gontar, UKR, 4531 (3426-1105), 188,79
    53. Samuel Castillo, SPA, 4516 (3382-1134), 188,17
    54. Kenneth Arpa, MLT, 4489 (3321-1168), 187,04
    55. Derek Tomlin, GUE, 4481 (3278-1203), 186,71
    56. Maurice Talane, FGU, 4479 (3351-1128), 186,63
    57. Graham Coles, GIB, 4474 (3263-1211), 186,42
    58. Marin Tranier, NCA, 4460 (3368-1092), 185,83
    (tie) Jean-Marc Godel, SUI, 4460 (3409-1051), 185,83
    60. Sergey Sapov, UZB, 4436 (3326-1110), 184,83
    61. Makhmut Lazaridi, KAZ, 4425 (3332-1093), 184,38
    62. Patrick Mehdi Leroy, MOR, 4412 (3336-1076), 183,83
    63. Bira Teodoro, BRA, 4400 (3235-1165), 183,33
    64. Lee Jarvis, JER, 4388 (3290-1098), 182,83
    65. John Koon, MAU, 4376 (3225-1151), 182,33
    66. Thia Song Fat, REU, 4288 (3317-971), 178,67
    67. Shashi Kumar, IND, 4279 (3228-1051), 178,29
    68. Atiq Sikander, AFG, 4195 (3109-1086), 174,79
    69. Mohamed Hedi Arif, TUN, 4190 (3140-1050), 174,58
    70. Reynaldo Zialcita, GUA, 4171 (3099-1072), 173,79
    71. Chico Pontes, AZO, 4153 (3099-1054), 173,04
    72. Mekuria Habteyes, ETH, 4147 (3114-1033), 172,79
    73. Ladislav Frunyo, SLK, 4138 (3101-1037), 172,42
    74. Krunoslav Struml, CRO, 4131 (3034-1097), 172,13
    75. Steve Dalton, WLS, 4072 (2964-1108), 169,67
    76. Shant Panos Tomassian, IRQ, 4060 (3045-1015), 169,17
    77. Alex Telejman, ROM, 4043 (2932-1111), 168,46
    78. Bashar Kalaji, SYR, 4036 (3041-995), 168,17
    (tie) Omar Al-Fazani, LIB, 4036 (3059-977), 168,17
    80. Aleksandrs Zavjalovs, LAT, 4021 (2981-1040), 167,54
    81. Ilkin Babayev, AZE, 4013 (3051-962), 167,21
    82. Dejan Radulovich, SMO, 3727 (2828-899), 155,29
    83. Eduard Capatina, MOL, 3660 (2744-916), 152,50


    Michael Schmidt holds top spot as men's qualifying nears conclusion; Tamas Szabo rolls third perfecto


    Michael Schmidt, the 25-year-old Canadian who leads the men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup since the first day held the top spot after Squad A has finished the 24-game qualifying at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    Schmidt posted a 1332 six-game series, his first under 1400 in the tournament, en route to a 5640 pinfall total and an average of 235,00. Gery Verbruggen of Belgium, who won the European rankings in the years 2000-03, is second with 5352. Luca Legnani jumped into third place (5326) behind a 1375-series today.

    Or Aviram of Israel shot the high series of 1471 including two 279-games to overtake fourth place with 5325. Steve Thornton of England, who shot the first 300-game of the tournament on Monday is fifth with 5262. Sixth place belongs to Tyrone Ongpauco from the Philippines with 5184.

    Tamas Szabo of Hungary (pictured) set another highlight in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup when he rolled his first career 300-game, the third in this tournament and the 30th in the World Cup history (twenty-five by men, five by women).


    Men Round 4

    B Squad after 24 games
    Players with position, country, 24-game total (b/f and block 4) and average

    1. Michael Schmidt, CAN, 5640 (4308-1332), 235,00
    2. Gery Verbruggen, BEL, 5352 (4121-1231), 223,00
    3. Lucas Legnani, ARG, 5326 (3951-1375), 221,92
    4. Or Aviram, ISR, 5325 (3854-1471), 221,88
    5. Steve Thornton, ENG, 5262 (3881-1381), 219,25
    6. Tyrone Ongpauco, PHI, 5184 (3958-1226), 216,00
    7. Tamas Szabo, HUN, 5134 (3879-1255), 213,92
    8. Ahmed Shaheen, QAT, 5109 (3771-1338), 212,88
    9. Daniel Falconi, MEX, 5102 (3806-1296), 212,58
    10. Arnar Saebergsson, ICE, 5082 (3832-1250), 211,75
    11. Mikael Braendeskov, DEN, 5075 (3753-1322), 211,46
    12. Seto Sai Tung, HKG, 5068 (3793-1275), 211,17
    13. Khalid Al-Dubyyan, KUW, 5030 (3717-1313), 209,58
    14. Eric Kok, NED, 4963 (3683-1280), 206,79
    15. Nikita Koshelev, RUS, 4935 (3898-1037), 205,63
    16. Dominic Lim Zhong, SIN, 4867 (3745-1122), 202,79
    17. Nuno Martinho, POR, 4835 (3607-1228), 201,46
    18. Heorhi Pryhozhy, BLR, 4798 (3624-1174), 199,92
    19. Alex Liew, MAS, 4741 (3589-1152), 197,54
    20. Julio Acosta Jr, ESA, 4705 (3466-1239), 196,04
    21. Zabi Sikander, BUL, 4648 (3530-1118), 193,67
    22. Dainius Zaltauskas, LIT, 4622 (3606-1016), 192,58
    23. Antonín Nosek, CZE, 4614 (3537-1077), 192,25
    24. Sergii Gontar, UKR, 4531 (3426-1105), 188,79
    25. Samuel Castillo, SPA, 4516 (3382-1134), 188,17
    26. Maurice Talane, FGU, 4479 (3351-1128), 186,63
    27. Graham Coles, GIB, 4474 (3263-1211), 186,42
    28. Marin Tranier, NCA, 4460 (3368-1092), 185,83
    29. Sergey Sapov, UZB, 4436 (3326-1110), 184,83
    30. Patrick Mehdi Leroy, MOR, 4412 (3336-1076), 183,83
    31. Bira Teodoro, BRA, 4400 (3235-1165), 183,33
    32. Thia Song Fat, REU, 4288 (3317-971), 178,67
    33. Mohamed Hedi Arif, TUN, 4190 (3140-1050), 174,58
    34. Chico Pontes, AZO, 4153 (3099-1054), 173,04
    35. Mekuria Habteyes, ETH, 4147 (3114-1033), 172,79
    36. Ladislav Frunyo, SLK, 4138 (3101-1037), 172,42
    37. Steve Dalton, WLS, 4072 (2964-1108), 169,67
    38. Alex Telejman, ROM, 4043 (2932-1111), 168,46
    39. Bashar Kalaji, SYR, 4036 (3041-995), 168,17
    40. Aleksandrs Zavjalovs, LAT, 4021 (2981-1040), 167,54
    41. Dejan Radulovich, SMO, 3727 (2828-899), 155,29
    42. Eduard Capatina, MOL, 3660 (2744-916), 152,50