Jones, Belmonte, Kalika to bowl for men's World Cup title in South Africa


    2011 BWC

    Jones averages 261 in Round Robin to earn top seed for Wednesday's stepladder finals


    Tommy Jones (left), United States, averaged 261 for eight games round robin to earn the No. 1 seed for the men's stepladder finals in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Jason Belmonte (right), Australia and Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, will clash in the opening match starting Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. local time at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Jones, a 13-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year 2005-06, started the day in first place mere 37 pins ahead of Jason Belmonte, Australia. The Team USA member won five of his eight matches including games of 277, 279, 258, 269, 235, 268, 269 and 233 for 2088 and 8977 total including 150 bonus (30 per win). Jones, who had one of five 300 games in the tournament averaged 249.36 for 36 games.

    2011BWCMykhayloKalika.jpg2011BWCLucasLegnani.jpgHis fellow PBA champion Belmonte averaged 246 for the day and compiled a 4-4 won-loss record for 8790 total and an average of 244.17. The two-hander from Down Under became just the second player in BWC history to roll multiple 300 games in a tournament (Osku Palermaa, Finland, was the first in Caracas, Venezuela, 2006) and the first player who has three perfectos under his belt including one in St. Petersburgh, Russia, 2007.

    Kalika (left), who had a comfortable 147-pin lead over Lucas Legnani (right), Argentina and Kimmo Lehtonen (below left), Finland, heading into round robin match play, started the day with a 288 game but dropped to fourth place due to two consecutive sup-par games (192, 168).

    2011BWCKimmoLehtonen.jpg2010PHIBiboyRivera.jpgLegnani, who also had a 300 game in qualifying, won his first three matches including back-to-back 279 games, to overtake third place. The Ukrainian rebounded with four straight wins with games of 233, 222, 263 and 257 to regain third place and to hold a 93-pin lead over Legnani before the final position round.

    The Argentinean won the match by 55 pins, 236-181, and received 30 pins bonus but fell eight pins short of the stepladder. Kalika took the No. 3 seed with 8635 (239.86), while Legnani had to settle for fourth place with 8627 (239.64).

    2011BWCFrancoisLouw.jpg2011BWCMatsMaggi.jpgThe fourth 300-gamer, Biboy Rivera (above right), Philippines, used the field-best 6-2 match play record to help grab fifth place with 8536 (237.11). Lehtonen finished in sixth place with 8394 (233.17) with local favorite Francois Louw (left), South Africa in seventh place with 8387 (232.97) and Mats Maggi (right), Belgium in eighth with 8375 (232.64).

    Jonas and his team mate Diandra Asbaty, who advanced to the women's stepladder finals, have already secured the Bent Petersen Award for the top country in the 47th Bowling World Cup.

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    The 81 men, who participated in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, bowled 20 qualifying games, four blocks of five games on four days, before the field was cut to the top 24 who bowled eight additional games on Monday, Dec. 5.

    The top eight after 28 games advanced to the Round of 8 and bowled another eight games on Tuesday morning to cut to the top three who will determine the champion in the stepladder finals on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    Photos: Beat Grauwiler.


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    Men's Division - Standings after Round of 8

    The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals


    300 Games (5) - Jason Belmonte (2), Tommy Jones, Lucas Legnani, Biboy Rivera.