Aumi Guerra paces women's division as World Cup qualifying reaches halfway mark


    2011 BWC

    Defending champion averages over 241 for ten games; cut for 24th place is currently 1990 (199 average)

    2011BWCAumiGuerra2.jpg2011BWCCherieTan.jpgDefending champion Aumi Guerra (pictured left), Dominican Republic, added an huge 1272 five-game series to the 1145 of the first block to overtake the lead in the women's preliminaries as qualifying has reached the halfway mark at the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in South Africa.

    Guerra rolled games of 244, 280, 279, 190 and another 279 Friday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg to pace the field of 69 women with 2417 ten-game total (241.7 average).

    Guerra's 254 average was more than 15 pins higher than Cherie Tan's 239.20. The Singaporean (right) used an 1196 series including a 279 high game to leap from fifth to second place with 2290 and trails Guerra already by 127 pins.

    2011BWCDiandraAsbaty2.jpg2011BWCKristaPollanen.jpgDiandra Asbaty (left), United States, who was tied with Tan after the first block at 1094 averaged 232.40 in the second block to move into third place with 2256. Asbaty also had a high game of 279.

    Liza Clutario, Philippines, dropped one spot to fourth place behind an 1129 set on Friday. Clutario has totaled 2253 pins. Fifth place belonged to reigning World Games and European Bowling Tour Masters champion Krista Pöllänen (right). The Finn used a 277 final game for an 1165 set and 2220 overall.

    2011BWCHannahCullen.jpg2011BWCYelenaGrishinenko.jpgDay one leader Mercedes Perez de la Losa, Argentina, fell to sixth place with 2123 behind a sup-par (based on 200 average) 966 series. Hannah Cullen (left), Ireland, was four pins behind in seventh place with 2119.

    Rounding out the 8 was Yelena Grishinenko (right) Kazakhstan, with 2111. The top 8 women are averaging between 211 and 241 with players in ninth to 23rd place averaging over 200.

    With ten of twenty qualifying games in the books, Teresa Oberkersch (below right), Austria, holds the 24th and last place to advance with 1990 or an average of 199.

    2011BWCBanner.jpg 2011BWCTeresaOberkersch.jpgAll 69 women will bowl another 10 qualifying games, block 3 on Saturday and block 4 on Sunday. The field will then be cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Monday, Dec. 5.

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    The top eight after 28 games advance to the Round of 8 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, where the field will be paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    Photos: Beat Grauwiler.


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    Women's Division - Standings after Block 2/4

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