Lynda Barnes takes women's top seed in QubicaAMF World Cup finals

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

     Tournament Lynda Barnes from the United States put on a show during the Round of 24 in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Friday morning. The U.S. National amateur champion fired games of 196, 279, 192, 247, 299, 236, 232 and 245 to earn the No. 1 seed for the TV finals at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    A 10-pin denied Barnes' bid for the first 300-game by a woman this year and the sixth in the World Cup history.

    Barnes, who won three gold, one silver and one bronze medal in the American Zone Championships in September, shot the field-best 1926-series, an average of 240,75 for eight games en route to a 7527 32-game pinfall total and an overall average of 235,22.

    The American will meet Clair Johnston in the last quarterfinal match on Saturday, November 19 at 7.30 p.m. The Australian battled it out with Germany's Patricia Schwarz for the eighth and final spot. Trailing Johnston by 19 pins before the last game, Schwarz, the 1997 World games champion, finished with a 213 game. The 21-year-old Australian youth international struck on six of her final seven to secure the 8th place with 236.

     Swede Helen Johnsson was second in the women's division after 32 games with 7130 pinfall total and an average of 222,81. The 3-time Swedish national champion takes on Ann Louise Haugen in the third match on Saturday schedule for 6 p.m. The 17-year-old Norwegian, sister of 2001 World Cup champion Kim Asbjörn Haugen, is the biggest surprise in the elite field that qualified for the women's finals.

    Starting the day in sixth position, the young Norwegian showed nerves in the first three games (177, 170, 164) and slipped out of the top eight. But a strong finish with games of 214, 238, 245, 266 and 196 brought her back into seventh place.

    In another all-European match (4.30 p.m.) third-seeded Fiona Banks of England will face Isabelle Saldjian of France, who finished the preliminaries in sixth place. Banks, who celebrated her 22nd birthday last week, is a former English youth international. Saldjian, 36, who has won 11th consecutive French national championships from 1995-2005, is one of the most experienced bowlers in Europe. The 36-year-old captured the Mixed Doubles title in the 2005 World Games in July in Germany.

     The first quarterfinal starting on Saturday at 3pm features No.4 seed Wendy Chai of Malaysia and No.5 Nadia Aqeel (pictured) of Bahrain. Chai, 27, who won the coveted Asian Tournament of Champions title earlier this year, is the clear favorite but the match won't be as easy as just going and bowling. The Bahraini was the most consistent player in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup thus far. Aqeel finished in fifth position in every of the five previous rounds.


    Quarterfinal Match-ups

    Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 3 p.m.
    No. 4 Wendy Chai, Malaysia vs. No. 5 Nadia Aqeel, Bahrain
    Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 4.30 p.m.
    No. 3 Fiona Banks, England vs. No. 6 Isabelle Saldjian, France
    Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 6 p.m.
    No. 2 Helen Johnsson, Sweden vs. No. 7 Ann Louise Haugen, Norway
    Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 7.30 p.m.
    No. 1 Lynda Barnes, USA vs. No. 8 Clair Johnston, Australia


    Women Top 24

    Players with position, country, 32-game total (b/f and block 5) and average

    1. Lynda Barnes, USA, 7527 (5601-1926), 235,22
    2. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 7130 (5435-1695), 222,81
    3. Fiona Banks, England, 7004 (5269-1735), 218,88
    4. Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 6861 (5211-1650), 214,41
    5. Nadia Aqeel, Bahrain, 6795 (5141-1654), 212,34
    6. Isabelle Saldjian, France, 6777 (5045-1732), 211,78
    7. Ann Louise Haugen, Norway, 6757 (5087-1670), 211,16
    8. Clair Johnston, Australia, 6749 (4965-1784), 210,91
    The top 8 advance to match play finals.

    Missed Cut:
    9. Patricia Schwarz, Germany, 6707 (4950-1757), 209,59
    10. Marieke de Jong, Netherlands, 6583 (4983-1600), 205,72
    11. Piritta Kantola, Finland, 6560 (4927-1633), 205,00
    12. Iliana Lomelí, Mexico, 6558 (4850-1708), 204,94
    13. Aida Granillo , El Salvador, 6551 (4856-1695), 204,72
    14. Trine Daugbjerg Simonsen, Denmark, 6503 (4802-1701), 203,22
    15. Ina Kunts, Belarus, 6435 (4653-1782), 201,09
    16. Bigi Manico, Switzerland, 6423 (4749-1674), 200,72
    17. Ellen Ramos, Philippines, 6323 (4752-1571), 197,59
    18. Lynda Black-Watson, Northern Ireland, 6301 (4710-1591), 196,91
    19. Laura Meade, Ireland, 6298 (4649-1649), 196,81
    20. Beatrix Pesek, Hungary, 6251 (4736-1515), 195,34
    21. Nardy del Biondo, Venezuela, 6230 (4717-1513), 194,69
    22. Lorraine Casha, Malta, 6219 (4587-1632), 194,34
    23. Suzuna Miyagi, Japan, 6207 (4644-1563), 193,97
    24. Natassa Rovothaki, Greece, 6098 (4596-1502), 190,56