Lynda Barnes leads QubicaAMF World Cup as field was cut to top 24

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

     Team USA's Lynda Barnes led the women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as the field was cut to the top 24 players. The wife of PBA superstar Chris Barnes who withdrew from the USBC Masters in Milwaukee on Wednesday due to a back injury, felled 5601 pins and averaged 233,38 over 24 games.

    "The lanes were a little tighter in the back so they played a little different today," said Barnes, who hovered at or near the top during the week, never falling below third place in any round. She highlighted the women's competition with a 1531-series (255,17 average) yesterday to take the lead.

    "I was really anxious today. I wanted to get out and bowl. I had to settle myself down and get refocused." Barnes did not bowl a game below 200 including a 248 and totaled 1317 pins today, the second-highest block of the day and an average of 219,50.

    I heard the sad news from the USBC Masters but I couldn't talk to Chris directly since two days." Barnes said. "It motivates me even more that he has something positive to think about".

     The reigning U.S. National Amateur champion is 176 pins ahead of second-place finisher Helen Johnsson of Sweden, who checked in at 5435 after rolling the high series of the fourth block with the 1414.

    England's Fiona Banks leaped one spot into third with 5269 pinfall total. Malaysian international Wendy Chai slipped to fourth with 5211 behind a sub-par 1162-series.

    Lorraine Casha of Malta (pictured) shot a 238-final game to take the 24th and final qualifying post with 4587 (191,13).

    Those 24 will roll an additional eight games on Friday morning at 8 a.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.

     Though 8th placed Marieke de Jong from the Netherlands is already 618 pins behind, Lynda Barnes doesn't think the top seed has an advantage. "If it would be best-of-seven, I would say 'yes', but best-of-three is a sprint," said the mother of twins, Ryan and Troy.

    "I just try to keep learning tomorrow," added Barnes, who wants to follow in the footsteps of TEAM USA team mate Shannon Pluhowsky. The lefty, who made the first cut in the USBC Masters on Wednesday, who won the World Cup in 2002 and 2004 (the picture shows Pluhowsky with the women's trophy after winning last year's World Cup in Singapore) and finished second in 2003.

    "Shannon is a good friend and you always want to bring it back to your country", said Barnes. "I know that my husband, my kids and my team mates are with me."

    The top 24 women take on the lanes at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Friday morning at 8 a.m.


    Women 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. Lynda Barnes, USA, 5601 (4284-1317), 233,38
    2. Helen Johnsson, SWE, 5435 (4021-1414), 226,46
    3. Fiona Banks, ENG, 5269 (3969-1300), 219,54
    4. Wendy Chai, MAS, 5211 (4049-1162), 217,13
    5. Nadia Aqeel, BHR, 5141 (3862-1279), 214,21
    6. Ann Louise Haugen, NOR, 5087 (3829-1258), 211,96
    7. Isabelle Saldjian, FRA, 5045 (3758-1287), 210,21
    8. Marieke de Jong, NED, 4983 (3689-1294), 207,63
    9. Clair Johnston, AUS, 4965 (3709-1256), 206,88
    10. Patricia Schwarz, GER, 4950 (3657-1293), 206,25
    11. Piritta Kantola, FIN, 4927 (3654-1273), 205,29
    12. Aida Granillo , ESA, 4856 (3586-1270), 202,33
    13. Iliana Lomeli, MEX, 4850 (3653-1197), 202,08
    14. Trine Daugbjerg Simonsen, DEN, 4802 (3554-1248), 200,08
    15. Ellen Ramos, PHI, 4752 (3495-1257), 198,00
    16. Bigi Manico, SUI, 4749 (3579-1170), 197,88
    17. Beatrix Pesek, HUN, 4736 (3538-1198), 197,33
    18. Nardy del Biondo, VEN, 4717 (3579-1138), 196,54
    19. Lynda Black-Watson, NIR, 4710 (3554-1156), 196,25
    20. Ina Kunts, BLR, 4653 (3483-1170), 193,88
    21. Laura Meade, IRE, 4649 (3449-1200), 193,71
    22. Suzuna Miyagi, JPN, 4644 (3525-1119), 193,50
    23. Natassa Rovothaki, GRE, 4596 (3481-1115), 191,50
    24. Lorraine Casha, MLT, 4587 (3420-1167), 191,13
    The top 24 advanced to the next round.

    Missed Cut:
    25. Carmen Tang, HKG, 4581 (3393-1188), 190,88
    26. Cherie Shi Hua Tan, SIN, 4578 (3393-1185), 190,75
    27. Natalia Martin, POL, 4571 (3345-1226), 190,46
    28. Evelyn Tutschka, AUT, 4559 (3358-1201), 189,96
    29. Belinda Tan, NZL, 4557 (3393-1164), 189,88
    30. Olga Tarasova, UKR, 4534 (3442-1092), 188,92
    31. Veronica Lalande-Lapointe, CAN, 4522 (3439-1083), 188,42
    32. Sandra Torrents, SPA, 4507 (3425-1082), 187,79
    33. Olga Tabachkova, RUS, 4497 (3361-1136), 187,38
    34. Samy-Anna Saba, EGT, 4478 (3260-1218), 186,58
    35. Aumi Guerra, DOM, 4475 (3330-1145), 186,46
    36. Sue Thomas, WLS, 4428 (3273-1155), 184,50
    37. Yifat Tal, ISR, 4427 (3240-1187), 184,46
    38. Anna Cionna, ITA, 4408 (3288-1120), 183,67
    39. Dana Hanusova, CZE, 4377 (3284-1093), 182,38
    40. Myria Kastori, CYP, 4323 (3259-1064), 180,13
    41. Piia Lutt, EST, 4320 (3253-1067), 180,00
    42. Jacqui MacColl, SCO, 4318 (3212-1106), 179,92
    43. Marie-Pierre Tartaroli, REU, 4297 (3203-1094), 179,04
    44. Ana Maria Benko, ARG, 4279 (3214-1065), 178,29
    45. Veronika Solozhenkina, KAZ, 4269 (3242-1027), 177,88
    46. Stepheny Le Lion, JER, 4252 (3238-1014), 177,17
    47. Sandrine Peelman, BEL, 4248 (3156-1092), 177,00
    48. Filomena Choi, Macao, 4241 (3186-1055), 176,71
    49. Daniele Amsellem, MOR, 4132 (3161-971), 172,17
    50. Sumathi Nallabantu, IND, 4115 (3152-963), 171,46
    51. Rahma Mubarak Al Sharqi, UAE, 4113 (2986-1127), 171,38
    52. Nadezda Logetskaya, AZE, 4066 (2961-1105), 169,42
    53. Polina Schischmanova, BUL, 4047 (3052-995), 168,63
    54. Daiva Perminiene, LIT, 4043 (3025-1018), 168,46
    55. Julie Jackson, GIB, 4002 (2967-1035), 166,75
    56. Gudny Gunnarsdottir, ICE, 3946 (3008-938), 164,42
    57. Odette Piticariu, ROM, 3943 (3071-872), 164,29
    58. Ljiljana Rakamaric, CRO, 3935 (2923-1012), 163,96
    59. Elena Sergeeva, UZB, 3838 (2893-945), 159,92
    60. Monika Bozsoky, SLK, 3816 (2868-948), 159,00
    61. Barbara Brezic, SLO, 3793 (2842-951), 158,04
    62. Joanne Johnson, GUE, 3722 (2715-1007), 155,08
    63. Manuela Soares, POR, 3715 (2803-912), 154,79
    64. Gordana Radulovich, SMO, 3701 (2769-932), 154,21
    65. Diane Moore, IOM, 3555 (2666-889), 148,13
    66. Elena Capatina, MOL, 3549 (2695-854), 147,88
    67. Rita de Franco, ETH, 3526 (2649-877), 146,92
    68. Antonieta Costa, AZO, 3522 (2632-890), 146,75


    Women Round 4

    Women after Qualifying
    Players with position after Round 4 (3/2/1), country, 24-game total (Block 1-4) and average

    1. (1./2./3.) Lynda Barnes, United States
    5601 (1300-1453-1531-1317), 233,38
    2. (3./3./1.) Helen Johnsson, Sweden
    5435 (1341-1363-1317-1414), 226,46
    3. (4./4./10.) Fiona Banks, England
    5269 (1226-1402-1341-1300), 219,54
    4. (2./1./2.) Wendy Chai, Malaysia
    5211 (1323-1443-1283-1162), 217,13
    5. (5./5./5.) Nadia Aqeel, Bahrain
    5141 (1274-1302-1286-1279), 214,21
    6. (6./6./8.) Ann Louise Haugen, Norway
    5087 (1258-1274-1297-1258), 211,96
    7. (7./8./7.) Isabelle Saldjian, France
    5045 (1261-1234-1263-1287), 210,21
    8. (9./10./4.) Marieke de Jong, Netherlands
    4983 (1278-1140-1271-1294), 207,63
    9. (8./20./30.) Clair Johnston, Australia
    4965 (1119-1214-1376-1256), 206,88
    10. (10./12./15.) Patricia Schwarz, Germany
    4950 (1187-1203-1267-1293), 206,25
    11. (11./17./32.) Piritta Kantola, Finland
    4927 (1115-1241-1298-1273), 205,29
    12. (13./11./9.) Aida Granillo , El Salvador
    4856 (1235-1171-1180-1270), 202,33
    13. (12./15./18.) Iliana Lomelí, Mexico
    4850 (1155-1216-1282-1197), 202,08
    14. (16./14./14.) Trine Daugbjerg Simonsen, Denmark
    4802 (1189-1192-1173-1248), 200,08
    15. (20./13./23.) Ellen Ramos, Philippines
    4752 (1141-1242-1112-1257), 198,00
    16. (14./7./6.) Bigi Manico, Switzerland
    4749 (1273-1237-1069-1170), 197,88
    17. (18./19./11.) Beatrix Pesek, Hungary
    4736 (1213-1126-1199-1198), 197,33
    18. (14./9./18.) Nardy del Biondo, Venezuela
    4717 (1155-1317-1107-1138), 196,54
    19. (16./26./16.) Lynda Black-Watson, Northern Ireland
    4710 (1169-1104-1281-1156), 196,25
    20. (21./16./13.) Ina Kunts, Belarus
    4653 (1202-1167-1114-1170), 193,88
    21. (23./18./28.) Laura Meade, Ireland
    4649 (1126-1226-1097-1200), 193,71
    22. (19./30./28.) Suzuna Miyagi, Japan
    4644 (1126-1133-1266-1119), 193,50
    23. (22./28./35.) Natassa Rovothaki, Greece
    4596 (1103-1164-1214-1115), 191,50
    24. (27./23./21.) Lorraine Casha, Malta
    4587 (1144-1166-1110-1167), 191,13
    25. (28./22./34.) Carmen Tang, Hong Kong
    4581 (1106-1210-1077-1188), 190,88
    26. (28./27./26.) Cherie Shi Hua Tan, Singapore
    4578 (1130-1142-1121-1185), 190,75
    27. (33./24./20.) Natalia Martin, Poland
    4571 (1148-1128-1069-1226), 190,46
    28. (32./31./17.) Evelyn Tutschka, Austria
    4559 (1163-1086-1109-1201), 189,96
    29. (28./33./25.) Belinda Tan, New Zealand
    4557 (1133-1095-1165-1164), 189,88
    30. (24./21./22.) Olga Tarasova, Ukraine
    4534 (1142-1178-1122-1092), 188,92
    31. (25./29./24.) Veronica Lalande-Lapointe, Canada
    4522 (1135-1128-1176-1083), 188,42
    32. (26./34./51.) Sandra Torrents, Spain
    4507 (1025-1194-1206-1082), 187,79
    33. (31./41./45.) Olga Tabachkova, Russia
    4497 (1040-1118-1203-1136), 187,38
    34. (38./36./42.) Samy-Anna Saba, Egypt
    4478 (1067-1122-1071-1218), 186,58
    35. (34./25./12.) Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic
    4475 (1204-1071-1055-1145), 186,46
    36. (37./32./43.) Sue Thomas, Wales
    4428 (1059-1182-1032-1155), 184,50
    37. (42./37./35.) Yifat Tal, Israel
    4427 (1103-1081-1056-1187), 184,46
    38. (35./48./54.) Anna Cionna, Italy
    4408 (981-1125-1182-1120), 183,67
    39. (36./47./50.) Dana HanuÅ¡ová, Czech Republic
    4377 (1028-1081-1175-1093), 182,38
    40. (39./35./31.) Myria Kastori, Cyprus
    4323 (1118-1078-1063-1064), 180,13
    41. (40./38./27.) Piia Lutt, Estonia
    4320 (1127-1056-1070-1067), 180,00
    42. (45./42./41.) Jacqui MacColl, Scotland
    4318 (1069-1088-1055-1106), 179,92
    43. (46./51./53.) Marie-Pierre Tartaroli, Reunion
    4297 (1007-1069-1127-1094), 179,04
    44. (44./38./38.) Ana Maria Benko, Argentina
    4279 (1095-1088-1031-1065), 178,29
    45. (41./43./37.) Veronika Solozhenkina, Kazakhstan
    4269 (1101-1026-1115-1027), 177,88
    46. (43./45./40.) Stepheny Le Lion, Jersey
    4252 (1071-1042-1125-1014), 177,17
    47. (49./49./49.) Sandrine Peelman, Belgium
    4248 (1033-1065-1058-1092), 177,00
    48. (47./46./39.) Filomena Choi, Macao
    4241 (1091-1020-1075-1055), 176,71
    49. (48./40./46.) Daniele Amsellem, Morocco
    4132 (1039-1135-987-971), 172,17
    50. (50./44./33.) Sumathi Nallabantu, India
    4115 (1107-1017-1028-963), 171,46
    51. (55./57./44.) Rahma Mubarak Al-Sharqi, UAE
    4113 (1045-939-1002-1127), 171,38
    52. (57./54./60.) Nadezda Logetskaya, Azerbaijan
    4066 (952-1060-949-1105), 169,42
    53. (52./50./47.) Polina Schischmanova, Bulgaria
    4047 (1035-1043-974-995), 168,63
    54. (53./56./56.) Daiva Perminiene, Lithuania
    4043 (969-1026-1030-1018), 168,46
    55. (56./54./47.) Julie Jackson, Gibraltar
    4002 (1035-977-955-1035), 166,75
    56. (54./53./55.) Gudny Gunnarsdottir, Iceland
    3946 (970-1083-955-938), 164,42
    57. (51./52./52.) Odette Piticariu, Romania
    3943 (1015-1060-996-872), 164,29
    58. (58./58./61.) Ljiljana Rakamaric, Croatia
    3935 (941-997-985-1012), 163,96
    59. (59./59./59.) Elena Sergeeva, Uzbekistan
    3838 (964-972-957-945), 159,92
    60. (60./60./57.) Monika Bozsoky, Slovakia
    3816 (968-938-962-948), 159,00
    61. (61./61./62.) Barbara Brezic, Slovenia
    3793 (913-966-963-951), 158,04
    62. (64./68./67.) Joanne Johnson, Guernsey
    3722 (876-855-984-1007), 155,08
    63. (62./64./58.) Manuela Soares, Portugal
    3715 (967-826-1010-912), 154,79
    64. (63./62./63.) Gordana Radulovich, Serbia & Montenegro
    3701 (910-910-949-932), 154,21
    65. (66./66./65.) Diane Moore, Isle of Man
    3555 (881-885-900-889), 148,13
    66. (65./65./64.) Elena Capatina, Moldova
    3549 (887-893-915-854), 147,88
    67. (67./63./68.) Rita de Franco, Ethiopia
    3526 (861-936-852-877), 146,92
    68. (68./67./66.) Antonieta Costa, Azores
    3522 (877-883-872-890), 146,75


    Helen Johnsson nearly perfect; rolls 299 in QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

     Helen Johnsson flirted with perfection, firing eleven strikes in the early Thursday morning squad before a 10-pin ended her dreams to shoot the sixth perfect game by a woman in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup history. Johnsson started off with 213, 212 and 259, before she fired the 299. The three-time Swedish champion closed out the day with 237 and 194 for a 1414-series and an average of 235,67.

    The Swedish international led the 33 players of Squad A after qualifying with 5435 pinfall total and an average of 226,46. She outaveraged her nearest competitor, Clair Johnston, by nearly 20 pins. The Aussie was second with 4965. Finn Piritta Kantola moved into third place with 4927 behind a 1273-score today.

     Aida Granillo (pictured), a lawyer from El Salvador, who participates in her record 15th World Cup, is fourth with 4856. Iliana Lomelí of Mexico was fifth with 4850, with Ellen Ramos of the Philippines sixth, 4752, and Bigi Manico from Switzerland seventh, 4749. Rounding out the top 8 from Squad A is Beatrix Pesek of Hungary with 4736.

    Squad B with overall leader Lynda Barnes of the United States will take on the lanes at 11.30 after which the 68-player field is trimmed to the top 24. Remaining athletes then will roll an additional eight games on Friday morning at 8 a.m. with the top 8 in total pinfall (32 games) advancing to the best-of-three match play finals.


    Women Round 4

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

    1. Helen Johnsson, SWE (4021-1414), 5435, 226,46
    2. Clair Johnston, AUS (3709-1256), 4965, 206,88
    3. Piritta Kantola, FIN (3654-1273), 4927, 205,29
    4. Aida Granillo , ESA (3586-1270), 4856, 202,33
    5. Iliana Lomelí, MEX (3653-1197), 4850, 202,08
    6. Ellen Ramos, PHI (3495-1257), 4752, 198,00
    7. Bigi Manico, SUI (3579-1170), 4749, 197,88
    8. Beatrix Pesek, HUN (3538-1198), 4736, 197,33
    9. Ina Kunts, BLR (3483-1170), 4653, 193,88
    10. Suzuna Miyagi, JPN (3525-1119), 4644, 193,50
    11. Natassa Rovothaki, GRE (3481-1115), 4596, 191,50
    12. Sandra Torrents, SPA (3425-1082), 4507, 187,79
    13. Olga Tabachkova, RUS (3361-1136), 4497, 187,38
    14. Samy-Anna Saba, EGT (3260-1218), 4478, 186,58
    15. Aumi Guerra, DOM (3330-1145), 4475, 186,46
    16. Yifat Tal, ISR (3240-1187), 4427, 184,46
    17. Myria Kastori, CYP (3259-1064), 4323, 180,13
    18. Marie-Pierre Tartaroli, REU (3203-1094), 4297, 179,04
    19. Stepheny Le Lion, JER (3238-1014), 4252, 177,17
    20. Filomena Choi, MAC (3186-1055), 4241, 176,71
    21. Daniele Amsellem, MOR (3161-971), 4132, 172,17
    22. Sumathi Nallabantu, IND (3152-963), 4115, 171,46
    23. Rahma Mubarak Al Sharqi, UAE (2986-1127), 4113, 171,38
    24. Nadezda Logetskaya, AZE (2961-1105), 4066, 169,42
    25. Polina Schischmanova, BUL (3052-995), 4047, 168,63
    26. Daiva Perminiene, LIT (3025-1018), 4043, 168,46
    27. Ljiljana Rakamaric, CRO (2923-1012), 3935, 163,96
    28. Monika Bozsoky, SLK (2868-948), 3816, 159,00
    29. Manuela Soares, POR (2803-912), 3715, 154,79
    30. Gordana Radulovich, SMO (2769-932), 3701, 154,21
    31. Elena Capatina, MOL (2695-854), 3549, 147,88
    32. Rita de Franco, ETH (2649-877), 3526, 146,92
    33. Antonieta Costa, AZO (2632-890), 3522, 146,75