2007 St. Petersburg

2007 BWC

11/21/07

Hoffman ends U.S. drought at Men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Updated with photos from the Victory Banquet

2007BWCBillHoffman_small.jpg Team USA's Bill Hoffman (left) defeated Jason Belmonte in the decisive game, 221-181, to win the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 33-year-old right-hander ended an almost 12-year U.S. drought in the men's division at the World Cup with a two-games-to-one victory over Belmonte, who finished second after leading the event since day one qualifying. Hoffman, seeded second, swept No. 3 seeded Andres Gomez in the opening match of the three-player shootout, 2-0.
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2007 BWC

11/13/07

Anne-Maree Putney wins Women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

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2007BWCAnnMareePutney_small.jpg Tournament leader Ann-Maree Putney (pictured) of Australia fired two big scores to capture the women's title in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, from top seed. In the best-of-three games finals, Putney, 37, flew past her opponent, No. 3 seeded Lee Sun Hee, Korea, in game one, 280-201, and secured the victory with a 247-226 win in game two. In the opening match, Lee, 36, edged 18-year-old Tina Hulsch, Germany, in a close opening match, two-games to none.
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2007 BWC

11/09/07

Belmonte, Hoffman and Gomez to bowl for the men's title in 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

2007BWCTop3Men_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (left), the High Roller champion from Australia, 2-time U.S. Amateur champion Bill Hoffman (center) and former PBA exempt bowler Andres Gomez (right), Colombia, will bowl for the men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup title Saturday in the live TV finals at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. The stepladder finals will be contested in best-of-three game format. Hoffman will take on Gomez in the opening match. The winner will bowl Belmonte for the title. 


2007 BWC

11/09/07

Putney, Hulsch and Lee will determine the women's champion at 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCTop3Women_small.jpg 1999 World Masters champion Ann-Maree Putney (center), Australia, Tina Hulsch (lef), Germany, and Lee Sun Hee (right), Korea, emerged as the top 3 women bowlers in the match play round of 8 in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The live TV stepladder finals will be contested in best-of-three game format Saturday, Nov. 10 and start at 10 a.m. with the ladies final. The men will follow at 2 p.m. In the opening match, Hulsch will bowl Lee for the right to challenge Putney for the title. Australia with Putney and men's leader Jason Belmonte have already secured the country title.

2007 BWC

11/08/07

Belmonte, Hoffman pull ahead of the men's field 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

 2007BWCBillHoffman3_small.jpg Qualifying leader Jason Belmonte (left), Australia, widened his lead to 252 pins in the quarterfinals to lead the top 8 men into round robin match play at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Aussie felled 7644 pins over 40 games, an average of 238.88. Bill Hoffman (right), United States is second with 7392 and has a 281-cushion over 3rd place. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7111.

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2007 BWC

11/08/07

It's down to eight in women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Russia

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCGhislainevanderTol_small.jpg 2007BWCLeeSunHee_small.jpg The top 24 women - 12 from Europe and six each from Asia and America - took on the lanes at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia for another eight game block to cut to the top 8 players in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Qualifying leader Ghislaine van der Tol (left), Netherlands 2nd placed Sharon Koh, Malaysia and 4th placed Lee Sun Hee (right), Korea traded the lead almost every game. When the dust had settled, Van der Tol had regained the lead and will be the top seed for round robin match play on Friday.

2007 BWC

11/08/07

Belmonte wins men's qualifying at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg

Suartz, Salonen, Schmidt move into top 8 in final Squad B

2007BWCJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte from Australia remained unchallenged in the final qualifying squad and will lead the top 24 men into the second round in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. Belmonte had six-game blocks of 1452, 1374, 1380 and 1400 to lead the field of 88 players with 5606 and an average of 233,58. Opposite to the previous years, the pinfall will be carried forward until the 3-player stepladder final. No complaint from Belmonte.He led the qualifying in the 2004 World Cup in Singapore but fell to eventual winner, Kai Virtanen, in the first round of the single-elimination finals to finish fifth.

2007 BWC

11/07/07

Belmonte eyes victory in men's qualifying at 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCJasonBelmonte_small.jpg 2007BWCBillHoffman_small.jpg Jason Belmonte, Australia, rolled his second 1400 series in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, to hold a 117-pin lead after the players from Squad A have finished their 24 games of qualifying. Belmonte had a 5606 pinfall total and an average of 233.58. Team USA's Bill Hoffman (right) regained the second place with 5489. Squad B leader Marcelo Suartz, Brazil, must shoot a new World Cup record of 1548 to overtake Belmonte by one pin and to win the qualifying.

2007 BWC

11/07/07

Van der Tol wins qualifying in 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup; leads top 24 women into the next round

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCGhislainevanderTol_small.jpg Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, won the women's qualifying in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Dutch lefty rolled a 1402 series in the fourth and final qualifying round to jump from 9th to first with a 5179 24-game total and an average of 215.79. Another lefty, Sharon Koh, Malaysia, finished in second place with 5168. Squad B leader Helen Johnsson, Sweden, needed a 235 to earn the top spot but had to settle for third with 5140 behind a 195 in the final game. Nofar Herskovitch, Israel, took the 24th and final qualifying spot with 4756 or an average of 198.17.

2007 BWC

11/07/07

Van der Tol, Koh take the lead as Women Squad A has finished qualifying in 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCSharonKoh_small.jpg 2007BWCGhislainevanderTol_small.jpg Two lefties, Ghislaine van der Tol (left), Netherlands, and Sharon Koh (right), Malaysia, took the lead in the women's division in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, after Squad A has finished their 24-game qualifying. The Dutch rolled a 1402 series on Wednesday to finish with 5179 24-game total and an average of 215.79. Koh ended up in second place with 5168. Overnight leader Sue Abela, Malta, slipped to third with 5094.
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2007 BWC

11/07/07

Belmonte widens his lead on Day Three Qualifying in men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Argyrios Ketsetzis rolles the second 300 game of the tournament

2007BWCGlennMartenPerdersen_small.jpg 2007BWCJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (l.), the High Roller champion from Australia, rolled games of 245, 190, 206, 289, 253 and 197 to lead the men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the third consecutive day. The two-hander, who is going to be married in eleven days, added a 1380 series to the 1452 from day one and the 1374 from day two for a 4206 18-game total and an average of 233.67. Glenn Morten Pedersen (r.), Norway, finished Squad A with back-to-back 279 games and a 1469 series to jump into second place with 4119.

2007 BWC

11/06/07

Brazilian Suartz fires 1500 series to overtake the lead in Squad B after 18 games at Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCMarceloSuartz_small.jpg 2007BWCPetteriSalonen3_small.jpg Marcelo Suartz (l.), Brazil, took over the lead in the men's Squad B at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia behind games of 212, 246, 259, 279, 275 and 247 and 1518 six-game series. The 20-year-old overtook previous squad leader Petteri Salonen (r.), who was third in the overall standings, by 62 pins to lead the 43-player field with 4059 18-game pinfall and an average of 225.50.


2007 BWC

11/06/07

Abela powers her way into the lead in the women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCSueAbela5_small.jpgSue Abela, representing Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, powered her way into the lead in the women's division at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after three of four qualifying blocks. Abela had games of 213, 225, 213, 248, 215 and 217 for a 1331 six-game series and an 3923 pinfall total, an average of 217.94 over 18 games. Previous leader Lee Sun Hee, Korea, slipped to second with 3864. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, whose coach Craig Woodhouse is lying ill in his hotel room and was unable to attend a single game this week, leaped into third place with 3854 after posting the women's high series (1403) and high game (279) thus far.
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2007 BWC

11/06/07

Guerra comes up strong to move into second place in women's division at 43rdQubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCHelenJohnsson_small.jpg 2007BWCLeeSunHee_small.jpg Aumi Guerra (left), Dominican Republic, set the pace in Squad B on day 3 qualifying at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Guerra had games of 229, 279, 240, 242, 182, 231 and a 1403 six-game series Tuesday morning at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, to fall just ten pins short of the lead in the women's division. Lee Sun Hee (right), Korea, remained atop the 73-player field with 3864 18-game total and an average of 214.67. Guerra is second with 3854. Squad A will start at 11.30 a.m. Latest News: Abela needs 159 in the final game to take the lead.

2007 BWC

11/06/07

Abela, Luciano move into second and third in the women division at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCSashaLuciano_small.jpg 2007BWCSueAbela3_small.jpg Sue Abela (left) from Malta, who led Squad A after the first round of six games and was third overall, moved into second place with 2592 12 game total after she led Squad A fort he second consecutive day. Abela trails leader Sun Hee Lee from Korea (2636) by 44 pins. Sasha Luciano (right), Puerto Rico, was 24 pins behind Abela to move into third place overall with 2568. Tina Hulsch of Germany is fourth with 2565.
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2007 BWC

11/06/07

Lee maintains lead in women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCSunHeeLee_small.jpg 2007BWCTinaHulsch_small.jpg First block leader Sun Hee Lee (left), Korea, rolled the second highest six-game block of squad B on Monday to maintain her lead in the women's division of the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Korean averaged 208.33 for the round and felled 1250 pins including a high game of 223 and a low game of 192. With 2636 12-game total, an average of 219.67, Sun holds a 71 pin lead over Tina Hulsch (right), Germany, who is second with 2565.
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2007 BWC

11/05/07

Salonen shoots a new World Cup record to jump into third place in the men's division

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCPetteriSalonen_small.jpg There must be something in the Russian water. Petteri Salonen, who won four gold medals at the 2005 European Championships in Moscow, Russia, set a new record for six games on day two qualifying in St. Petersburg, Russia, en route to leapfrog 45 spots at the men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Salonen had games of 247, 220, 256, 279, 279 and 257 for 1538, an average of 256.33 and 380 pins more than the Finn had his first block yesterday (1158). His 2696 12-game total propelled him from 48th to third place.
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2007 BWC

11/05/07

Belmonte, Hoffman continue to lead men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCBillHoffman_small.jpg 2007BWCJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Day one leaders Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Bill Hoffman, United States, battled it out for the lead on the second day of qualifying in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The two-hander from down-under (pictured left) started out commandingly with games of 249, 255, 245 and 213 (962) to widen the lead as the Team USA member (right) had 'only' 910. Hoffman rebounded with 269 in game #5 to take the pole but Belmo countered with 222 in the final game to regain the lead.
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2007 BWC

11/05/07

Lee, Guerra move to the top in women's qualifying at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCSunHeeLee_small.jpg 2007BWCAumiGuerra_small.jpg Lee Sun Hee (left) overtook the lead in the women's division of the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, after the first of four qualifying blocks. The Korean felled 1386 pins over six games, an average of 231.00. Aumi Guerra (right), Dominican Republic was mere ten pins behind in second place with 1376 (229.33). The right-hander was the most consistent player in the field with a low game of 222 and a high game of 238. Video: Impressions from St. Petersburg

2007 BWC

11/05/07

Abela takes the early lead in the women's division at 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

2007BWCSueAbelasmall2.jpg Sue Abela, Malta, took the early lead in the women's division Squad A in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia., with 1342 pinfall total and an average of 223,67. Abela started with 191, 213, 253 and 214, overtook the lead with 223 in game #5 and closed out her six-game series with 248. She was the sole player of the squad, who reached the 1300-plateau.
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