Scores are going through the roof in South Africa; Aumi Guerra averages over 260 in Block 3


    2011 BWC

    Defending women's champion widens her lead to 299 pins; cut for 24th place is 2997 (199.80)

    2011BWCAumiGuerra3.jpgThe scores in the women's division of the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup went through the roof on the third day of qualifying at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Leading the 69-player field by 127 pins and an average of 241.7 after ten games, defending champion Aumi Guerra (pictured left) of the Dominican Republic averaged over 260 in the third five-game block to widen her lead to an enormous 299 pins with five more qualifying games to go.

    Guerra fired games of 278, a low game of 234, 267, 246 and a high game of 279 for 1304, the highest five game series ever by a women in World Cup history. Guerra outaveraged her nearest competitor Saturday, Sweden's Sandra Andersson with 1168 and an average of 233.60, by more than 27 pins.

    2011BWCDiandraAsbaty2.jpg2011BWCCherieTan.jpgWith 15 of 20 qualifying games in the books, Guerra leads the women's division with 3721 total or an average of 248.07. The 2010 BWC champion outaveraged her nearest competitor, 2006 BWC champion Diandra Asbaty (left) by almost twenty pins. The Team USA member leaped one spot to second place behind an 1166 series (233.30) and has totaled 3422 pins.

    Cherie Tan (right), Singapore, fell one place to third with 3417 behind an 1127 set. Liza Clutario, Philippines, and Krista Pöllänen, Finland, remained in fourth and fifth place with 3324 and 3267, respectively.

    2011BWCWendyKok.jpg2011BWCRieTotsuka.jpgSandra Andersson jumped from 13th to sixth place with 3237. Rounding out the top 8 were Evgeniya Zelenkova, Russia, in seventh place with 3218 and Wendy Kok (left), Netherlands, in eighth with 3180 (212 avg.).

    With the final five-game qualifying block to go on Sunday, Rie Totsuka (right), Japan, holds the 24th and last place to advance with 2997 or an average of 199.80.

     All 69 women will bowl another five qualifying games 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 3/4

    The top 24 after 20 qualifying games will advance to the next round