Aumi Guerra in familiar place after first qualifying block at 48th Bowling World Cup


    2012 BWC

    Two-time defending champion averages over 240 to lead the women's division after 5 of 20 qualifying games

    2012BWCAumiGuerra.jpg2012BWCKirstenPenny.jpgTwo-time defending champion Aumi Guerra (pictured left) of the Dominican Republic averaged 240.20 in the first of four five-game qualifying blocks to take the lead in the women's division of the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Monday at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    Guerra, who targets to become the first player ever to win three consecutive BWC titles, started Squad B commandingly by posting a 770 series for the first three games (245, 256 and 269). She couldn't match her vigorous pace in the fourth game (196) but cracked the 1200-bar with a 235 final game to lead the field of 69 players with 1201 total pinfall.

    2012BWCRebeckaLarsen.jpg2012BWCLiliaRobles.jpgFormer world and European champion, Kirsten Penny (above right) of England, who led Squad A with 1146, slipped to second place. Penny started her series with 251 and added four games between 235 and 212.

    Rebecka Larsen (left) of Sweden was close behind with 1129 to overtake third place. The two-time gold medalist at the 2012 Women's European Championships sandwiched high games of 236, 243 and 257 between low games of 203 and 190.

    Lilia Robles (right) of Mexico and Germany's Janine Gabel were next to Guerra in Squad B to move into fourth and sixth place in the qualifying standings with 1111 and 1091, respectively.

    2012BWCShaynaNg.jpg2012BWCMelonieLister.jpgShayna Ng (left) of Singapore and Melonie Lister (right) of New Zealand were the best players of the Asian Bowling Federation on the opening day in sixth and seventh place with 1087 and 1086, resp.

    Rounding out the top 8 was Team USA's Danielle McEwan with 1077, a 215.40 average, including a 269 high game. One third of the 69-player field surpassed the 1200-mark (200 average).

    Patricia de Faria (below left) of Venezuela currently holds the 24th and last place to advance to the next round with 995 or an average of 199.

    2012BWCPatriciaDeFaria.jpg2012BWCHelaMeziou.jpgAfter only five of 20 qualifying games, Guerra has a 124-pin cushion on eighth place, a hefty 206-pin cushion on 24th place and outaveraged 69th place Hela Meziou (right; 703, 140.60 ave.) of Tunisia by almost 100 pins.

    The women return on Tuesday for the second qualifying block starting at 11 a.m. (Squad B) and 5.30 p.m. (Squad A) local time (CET).

    For more photos, go to Bowlingdigital's Photo Album (© Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler)

    2012BWCLogo_small.jpg The 2012 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 26 to Dec 1 at 24-lane Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. It marks the first time since its inception in 1965 in Dublin, Ireland that the BWC visits Poland.

    151 players, 82 men and 69 women, representing 84 countries participate in the 48th edition of the event. The men were split into three squads (A, B and C) while the women's division features two squads (A and B).

    All players will bowl four five-game blocks of qualifying over four days beginning Monday, Nov. 26. The women's squads are sandwiched between the men's squads. After 20 games, the field will be cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Friday, Nov. 30.

    The top eight men and the top 8 women after 28 games advance to eight games round robin match play Saturday morning, Dec. 1, where the field will be paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals starting at 1 p.m. CET (7 a.m. EST).


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    Women's Qualifying - Standings after the first block (all 69 players)