Norwegian Mads Sandbaekken triumphs in Boys Masters finals



    Bowlingcenter Schillerpark in Berlin, Germany (July 21-30, 2006)

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    2006WYCLogo_small.jpg Saturday July 29, 2006
    07:00-08:00 Lane maintenance
    08:00-10:00 Masters Boys Step 1 (8 matches, 16 players)
    10:00-10:45 Lane maintenance
    10:45-12:45 Masters Quarterfinal (4 matches, 8 players)
    12:45-13:15 Lane maintenance
    13:15-15:15 Masters Semifinal (2 matches, 4 players)
    15:15-15:45 Lane maintenance
    15:45-17:45 Masters Final (1 match, 2 players)
    18:00-18:20 Medal Ceremony

    Norwegian Mads Sandbaekken triumphs in Boys Masters finals

    2006WYCBoysMastersMadsSandbaekken.jpg Mads Sandbaekken of Norway (center, with coach Ulf Hämnäs, left, and team manager Erik Garder, right) won the coveted Boys Masters title when he defeated Canadian Dan MacLelland, three-games-to-one, in the 9th World Youth Championships at bowling center Schillerpark in Berlin, Germany.

    MacLelland, who earned the No. 2 seed from All Events, opened the championship match with a 202-191 victory in Game 1 before Sandbaekken, the No. 4 seed, roared back.

    2006WYCBoysMastersTop4.jpg He won the second game in the second roll-off after a 202-202 tie, won the third game 219-192 and capped off the day with a 247-189 victory in game four to claim the title. L-R MacLelland, Sandbaekken, Loader and Zulkifli.

    MacLelland earned the silver medal, while Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, shared the bronze medal with Australia's Glen Loader. The Masters featured the top 16 players in All Events (Singles, Doubles and Team) competing in a best-of-five, single-elimination match play format.

    Pictures courtesy of Kevin Hazaert, Erik Garder and Frieder Zimmermann.

    Boys Masters - Championship Match

    Single-Elimination, best-of-five games

    MacLelland and Sandbaekken to bowl for the Boys Masters title

    Singles silver medalist Dan MacLelland from Canada and Singles bronze medalist Mads Sandbaekken, Norway, will bowl for the Boys Masters title at the 9th World Youth Championships in Berlin, Germany. MacLelland fired games of 206, 238 and 257 to eliminate Australia's Glen Loader, 3-0. Sandbaekken flew past All Events champion Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, with games of 212, 213 and 234.

    Boys Masters - Semifinals

    Single-Elimination, best-of-five games

    Top 4 battle will it out for Boys Masters title at 9th World Youth Championships

    The top four boys from the All Events standings (aggregate from Singles, Doubles and Team event) will meet in the best-of-five games single-elimination Masters semifinals at the 9th World Youth Championships.

    All Events champion Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, and Swede Peter Nordensson traded wins over the first four games before Zulkifli secured a 3-2 quarterfinal victory with a 207-200 win in game five.

    The right-hander will take on red hot Mads Sandbaekken, Norway, who eliminated tournament favorite Jason Belmonte, Australia, in the quarterfinal. The lefty, who won bronze in Singles and the Team event, took a 1-0 lead after a 267-257 thriller, but the two-hander from down under leveled the match with an easy win in game two, 234-179. The Norwegian rebounded with games of 264 and 219 to shut out Belmonte, 3-1.

    Canadian Dan MacLelland, who has won one gold and two silver medals this week, outlasted Markwin Tee, Philippines, three-games-to-one. MacLelland won the first two games before losing 233-165 in game three. The Canadian pulled away for a 226-177 win to end the match.

    He will meet Australian Glen Loader in the second semi-final match. Loader made quick work of Badr Al Sheikh from Saudi Arabia, who struggled during the round, 3-0.

    Boys Masters - Second Round

    Single-Elimination, best-of-five games

    Top 4 move into Quarterfinals in Boys Masters Finals

    The top four bowlers in the boys division at won their best-of-five games single-elimination matches in the first round of the Masters finals at the 9th World Youth Championships in Germany.

    All matches are played on two pair of lanes, one pair dressed with long oil, the other with short oil. The higher seeded bowler chooses where to start. The second game will be played on the other pair and so on. The player who wins three games is the winner.

    Four games went in a quick 3-0. Dan MacLelland, Canada, who targets his fourth medal of the championships after gold in Doubles and silver in Singles and All Events, swept Finn Joonas Hulman; Singles and Team bronze medalist Mads Sandbaekken, Norway, sidelined Mohammed Al Mannai, Qatar; Badr Al Sheikh, Saudi Arabia, third-place finisher in the 2005 QubicaAMF World Cup, flew past Kim Jong-Wook, Korea, including a 280-game; and Jason Belmonte of Australia, a 3-time WYC gold medalist and one of the best amateur bowlers in the world, eliminated Mohammed Al Jahrami, Bahrain.

    After dropping the first game top seeded Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia (vs. Christian Dychangco, Philippines), No. 3 seed Glen Loader, Australia (vs. Alain Nicolas, France) and No. 12 seed Peter Nordensson, Sweden (vs. Aaron Kong, Malaysia), rebounded with three consecutive victories to win the matches, 3-1.

    Just one match went the distance. Dutch Peter Smits, seeded 7th, was down 2-0 against No. 10 Markwin Tee, Philippines, but leveled the match with back-to-back victories in games three and four. Tee won the decider on the short pattern (chosen by Smits), 203-185, to advance to the quarterfinal.

    Boys Masters - First Round

    Single-Elimination, best-of-five games