Tommy Jones wins men's qualifying at 47th Bowling World Cup in South Africa


    2011 BWC

    Leads top 24 qualifiers into next round; cut for 24th place is 4272 (213.60 average)

    2011BWCTommyJones2.jpg2011BWCJasonBelmonte2.jpgTommy Jones (pictured left), United States, averaged 240.4 on the fourth and last day of qualifying in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup en route to lead the top qualifiers into the Round of 24 Monday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The 13-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year 2005-06 used a 1202 five-game series to overtake the lead with 4903 total or an average of 245.15 for 20 games. Previous leader Jason Belmonte (right), Australia, slipped to second place with 4832 behind a 1077 set on Sunday. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, had a 1210 set to leap one spot to third place with 4754.

    2011BWCMatsMaggi.jpg2010BWCBiboyRivera3.jpg Argentinean Lucas Legnani, who joins Jones and Belmonte in the 300-club in Johannesburg, had games of 227, 235, 274, 259 and 289 for the field-best 1284 series, an average of 256.80, to move from 18th to fourth place with 4717.

    Mats Maggi (left), Belgium, leaped two places to fifth with 4653 thanks to a 1208 set. Last year's runner-up, Biboy Rivera (right), Philippines, used a 1238 set to jump from 13th to sixth place with 4613.

    Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, who was in the top three for the past three days, fell to seventh place with 4607 behind a 1040 set. Rounding out the top 8 was South African representative, Francois Louw, who slipped four spots due to a 1045 series and 4589 overall (229.45 average).

    2011BWCThomasGross.jpgPast European champion Thomas Gross (right), Austria, took the 24th and last place to advance with 4272 and an average of 213.60.

    13 of the 24 countries represented in the Round of 24 are members of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF), seven are members of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and four belong to the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON).

    2011BWCBanner.jpg All 81 men bowled 20 qualifying games, four blocks of five games on four days, before the field was cut to the top 24 who will bowl 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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    Men's Division - Standings after Qualifying (four blocks of five games)

    The top 24 advance to the next round

    300 Games (3) - Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones, Lucas Legnani.