Bigi Manico, Roger Widmer emerge as 2012 Swiss National Champions



    Petersen Finals broadcasted live on Ustream; men's broadcast highlighted by two 300 games

    2012SUINCBigiManico.jpg2012SUINCRogerWidmer.jpgBigi Manico (pictured left) and Roger Widmer (right), both of Zurich, captured the women's and men's title in the 2012 Swiss National Championships which concluded the past weekend at bowling center White Line in Meierskappel.

    The duo will represent Switzerland in the 2012 European Champions Cup October15-22 at Dolfijn Bowling in The Hague, Netherlands.

    17 women and 20 men bowled 12 games in the semifinals on Saturday with the top 10 women and the top 10 men after 24 games preliminaries advancing to the Petersen style finals on Sunday to determine the champions.

    Those 10 bowled further nine games of match play and received 20 pins bonus per win and 10 for a tie. Additionally 5 pins bonus were awarded for each game from 200 to 249 and 10 pins bonus for 250 and over. The player with the highest 33-game total including bonus pins was declared the champion.

    Manico and Widmer led women's and men's field after 24 games with 209.25 and 221.83 average, respectively.

    2012SUINCTop3Women.jpgManico, the Swiss Champion of the years 2004, '05, '07 and '11, who held a 111-pin lead over Chantal Hügin, rolled eight games between 170 and 235 to seal the victory well be fore the final game. The lefty finished with 157 for 1940 nine games including the field-best 145 bonus to defend her title with 6962 total and an average of 206.58.

    Hügin was mere three pins and 25 bonus pins behind Manico to secure second place with 6,823. Valérie Cornuz, women's champion in 2008 and 2010, maintained third place to earn the bronze medal with 6735.

    Widmer, who was 68 pins ahead of 2005 Swiss champion Mathieu Berges after the preliminaries, started the finals with games of 244, 203, 258, 215 and 243 to maintain his lead. Sandro Ancarani had 232, 245, 247, 241 and 202 to narrow the gap by four pins.

    2012SUINCTop3Men.jpgIn game 6/9 Ancarani, who was targeting for his second title after 2010, fired a 300 game to overtake Widmer, who had only 201. However, Widmer rebounded with a perfecto in game #7 to regain the lad as Ancarani had only 204. Both 300 games can be reviewed on the video.

    Widmer closed things out with 223 and 225 for 2267 including 155 bonus eb route to win his first individual national title with 7591 total and an average of 225.33. Ancarani finished with 204, 213 to take the silver medal with 7417. The bronze medal went to Harn Chieh Kwan, who used the including the field-best 180 bonus to finish mere seven pins behind Ancarani with 7410.

    Bowlingdigital's Flavio Cuva and Beat Grauwiler provided Live Streaming of both finals.


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