Aumi Guerra holds huge 335-pin lead in Women's World Cup heading into Round of 24


    2011 BWC

    Defending champion averages 243.15 for twenty games; cut for 24th place is 3976 (198.80 average)

    2011BWCAumiGuerra2.jpg2011BWCDiandraAsbaty2.jpgAumi Guerra (pictured left) of the Dominican Republic dominated the women's qualifying of the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup which concluded its four-day run Sunday evening at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The defending champion, who led the field of 69 women since the second block, posted the high series of the day to widen her lead to 335 pins. Guerra had five-game sets of 1145, 1272, 1304 and 1142 for 4863 total and an average of 243.15 for twenty games.

    Her series on Sunday included her fourth 279 game of the tournament (she also had a 280 and a 278) and the sole sub-200 game (158) in her preliminaries. Guerra outaveraged her nearest competitor, 2006 BWC champion Diandra Asbaty (above right) by more than 16 pins.

    2011WWCKristaPollanen.jpg2011BWCLizaClutario.jpgThe long Team USA member, who has won gold medals in World and American Zone championships in her illustrious career, was second with 4528 and an average of 226.40. There were no changes among the top nine players during the fourth qualifying block.

    Cherie Tan, Singapore, remained in third place with 4455 but lost some ground to the top two players due to a 1038 set. Krista Pöllänen (left), Finland, and Liza Clutario (right), Philippines, changed places as World Games and European Bowling Tour Masters winner Pöllänen was mere one pin behind Guerra in block four with 1141 en route to overtake former world champion Clutario (1043) by 41 pins, 4408 to 4367.

    2011BWCSandraAndersson.jpg2011BWCWendyKok.jpgSandra Andersson (left), Sweden, held on to sixth place with 1096 and 4333 overall, with Evgeniya Zelenkova (1097), Russia, in seventh place with 4241 and Wendy Kok (right, 1061), Netherlands, in eighth place with 4241 and an average of 212.05.

    With a 674-pin cushion over ninth place Hannah Cullen (below left), Ireland, and only eight games to go in the Round of 24, Guerra has practically secured her spot for the Round of 8 on Tuesday.

    Katrien Goossens (below right), Belgium, beat out Daria Pajak, Poland, and long-time Colombian national team member Luz Adriana Leal, who plays for Catalonia, for the 24th and last place to advance by two pins with 3976 total and an average of 198.

    2011BWCHannahCullen.jpg2011BWCKatrienGoossens.jpg14 of the 24 countries represented in the Round of 24 are members of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF), six are members of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and four belong to the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON).

    13 countries, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Sweden, Ukraine and the United States, have still both of their players in the hunt for the titles and the Bent Petersen Award for the top country.

    2011BWCBanner.jpg All 69 women 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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    Women's Division - Standings after Qualifying (four blocks of five games)

    The top 24 advance to the next round