Lynda Barnes triumphs in women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Championship Match: Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 3.15 p.m.
    No. 1 Lynda Barnes, USA def. No. 3 Fiona Banks, England, 2-0
    230 - 197
    219 - 188

     U.S. National Amateur Champion
    Lynda Barnes claimed the women's title in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Barnes played in her own class during the seven-day competition averaging 235,74 over her 39 games.

    In the championship match, Barnes started the first game with four consecutive strikes and never looked back. A turkey in frames 8 through 10 made it 1-0. Same procedure in the second game when the strike machine from Flower Mound, Texas, started off with four strikes and rebounded from a 2-8 split in the 5th frame with another turkey. Banks could not put any pressure on the reigning U.S National Amateur champion, who swept the championship match, two-games-to-none to win the second consecutive women's World Cup for the United States and the third in the last four years.

    The picture shows Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards (left) and 2005 Women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup champion Lynda Barnes with the trophy.


    Lynda Barnes and Fiona Banks to bowl for the women's title in QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    It's gone fairly quickly this morning in the women's semifinals in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup here at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the first match Fiona Banks of England defeated Ann Louise Haugen of Norway, 2-0, in the best-of-three games format to advance to the championship match scheduled for 3.15 p.m. There a big hurdle called Lynda Barnes between her and the title. Barnes (pictured) shot games of 278 and 227 to fly past Malaysian Wendy Chai, 2-0.


    Semifinal Match #1: Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 8 a.m.
    No. 3 Fiona Banks, England def. No. 7 Ann Louise Haugen, Norway, 2-0 211 - 181
    210 - 186

    Fiona Banks has won her second consecutive match in a sweep in the women's finals of the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowl in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The 21-year-old former English youth international, who was on the adult team for the first time during the women's world Championships in Denmark in August bowed a clean first game to take a 1-0 lead in the first semifinal in best-of-three games format on early Sunday morning.

    Banks doubled in the 3rd and 4th frame and in the 10th and spared single pins - mostly the 10-pin - in all other frames. The 17-year-old Norwegian showed nerves in the first three frames. Haugen missed a 7-pin in the first and got the 'big four' (4-6-7-10 split) in the second before she failed to convert the 5-9 constellation in the third frame. She stayed clean till the end including a turkey in frames 6-8 but never caught up.

    Banks stayed clean again in game #2 until the ninth frame including two doubles when she got an 'orrible 3-4-6-7-9-10 split. However, as Haugen had already opened twice and was unable to double in her first eight frames, Banks needed just five pins on her first ball in the 10th frame and secured her spot in the final with a clutch strike. "I'm very happy with my game and I'm looking forward to playing Wendy or Lynda, in the final," said Banks afterwards.


    Semifinal Match #1: Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 9.30 a.m.
    No. 1 Lynda Barnes, USA def. No. 4 Wendy Chai, Malaysia, 2-0
    278 - 187
    227 - 225

    It's gone fairly quickly this morning in the women's semifinals in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup here at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Lynda Barnes flew past Wendy Chai in two games to set up a championship match against Fiona Banks.

    The American shot an awesome pair of five-baggers with only a 10-pin in between to prevent her having a chance to bowl the first ever women's 300-game in a World Cup TV final. Wendy was unable to double in the whole game alternating strikes and spares on both lanes.

    The second game was much closer and decided in the final frame. Barnes had a 12-pin advantage heading into the 10th frame but a turkey from the Malaysian put some pressure on and forced her to finish either with 9-spare-strike or Strike and nine pins. The American got a strike on her first ball and sealed the victory with 9-spare.


    It's down to four in women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Quarterfinal Match #1: Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 3 p.m.
    No. 4 Wendy Chai, Malaysia def. No. 5 Nadia Aqeel, Bahrain, 2-1
    201 - 158
    182 - 213
    192 - 162

    Nadia Aqeel is the first bowler from Bahrain - man or woman - to reach a final in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. She bowled very consistent this week as she was in fifth place after each of the five blocks.

    Wendy Chai, 27, the 2005 Asian Tournament of Champions winner, started with a solid 201 game despite two open frames to take a 1-0 lead as Aqeel open four times - two single-pin missed and two washouts. Aqeel, who won the women's tournament in this year's Bahrain Open Championships, rebounded with a 213-game to level the match. Two splits (7-10 and 2-10) were offset by two turkeys.

    In the decider both players struck or opened in the first four frames. The Bahraini suffered two unlucky breaks in the middle of the game when the right-hander was unable to carry two seven pins. When she got a 3-4-6-7-9-10 split in the next frame, the match was practically over. Chai spared six consecutive single pins to cruise to victory. Aqeel was eliminated and finished … fifth.


    Quarterfinal Match #2: Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 4.30 p.m.
    No. 3 Fiona Banks, England def. No. 6 Isabelle Saldjian, France, 2-0
    202 - 143
    202 - 191

    World Games Mixed Doubles champion Isabelle Saldjian, 36, handed the first game to Fiona Banks, 21, on silver plate. Saldjian who has won 11th consecutive French national championships from 1995-2005 started with a 7-10 split and suffered four more open frames including a 4-6-7 and a 2-4-10 split. Banks got out of the gates fast connecting for three consecutive strikes. The English youth international could afford to miss a 10-pin spare in 7th and a 2-7-8 split in the 9th and still put the game away well before the final frame.

    Saldjian started game two with a strike to take an early lead as Banks failed to convert a 4-9 split. The game was immediately level as the French left the 'Greek church' (4-6-7-9-10 split) in the second. Both players stayed clean till the end of the game. Banks doubled in frames 4 and 5, while Saldjian was unable to double till the 9th and 10th frame. Working on a strike, Banks needed to mark to win two-games-to-none and she sealed the victory with a strike.


    Quarterfinal Match #3: Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 6 p.m.
    No. 7 Ann Louise Haugen, Norway def. No. 2 Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 2-1
    191 - 176
    147 - 269
    179 - 160

    17-year-old Ann Louise Haugen not only advanced to the semifinals of the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, where she will meet Fiona Banks, she also sealed the victory for Norway in the team championship. Norway and Sweden were the only countries that brought both players - man and woman - into the finals. As both men - Anders Öhman and Petter Hansen - dropped out in the quarterfinals the winner of this match automatically secure the 'Bent Petersen Country Award" for her country.

    Ann Louise, sister of 2001 World Cup champion Kim Asbjörn Haugen, won the first game 191-171 against the three-time national champion from Sweden. Johnsson came up strong in the second game when she posted the high score of the day with 269.

    The young Norwegian could stand the pressure and started the decider with a double. While Johnson suffered splits in the first and third frame to fall behind early. Both players struck in the fourth and added three spares. Haugen spared again in the 8th frame while Johnson got a strike. As she was unable to double, Haugen cruised to victory despite two open frames at the end.


    Quarterfinal Match #4: Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 7.30 p.m.
    No. 1 Lynda Barnes, USA def. No. 8 Clair Johnston, Australia, 2-1
    237 - 210
    233 - 244
    246 - 163

    The organizers of the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup saved the best for the last match of the day. Women's No. 1 seed and tournament average leader Lynda Barnes and Clair Johnston showed a great match in front of the audience at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    Both players struck on all but two shots on the left lane (15) and it was the wife of PBA Superstar Chris Barnes who figured the right lane out earlier. Lynda doubled in the 5th and 6th frame and connected for a four-bagger from frame eight. The 21-year-old Aussie, who was competing in her first TV final, matched the double and had a turkey from frame eight but fell 27 pins short in the first game.

    The U.S. champion started game two with two strikes but when she opened twice in frames 3 and 4, Johnston took a slim 3-pin lead after frame 3 and fired six consecutive strikes. Barnes spared in the fourth frame and countered with a six-bagger, but Johnston evened the match with a spare in the 10th frame.

    In the deciding game the former PWBA champion showed her class as she was perfect for the first seven frames to put the match out of reach for the Australian. Barnes, who has now a 235,43 average over 35 games, will meet Malaysia's Wendy Chai in the semis on Sunday.

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