Korea's Yang Tae-Seon, Singapore's Amanda Ng take over lead in International Qualifying


    2013 World Bowling Tour #4

    KPBA professional uses third 300 game of the tournament for 792 series; Ng rolls 817 in Squad 4 to become the first player who cracked the 800-bar



    2013IBCYangTaeSeon.jpg2013IBCAmandaNg.jpgKorea's Yang Tae-Seon (pictured left) and Amanda Ng (right) of Singapore took over the lead as the international qualifying of the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC has reached the halfway point Wednesday at Inazawa Grandbowl in the Greater-Nagoya area in Japan.

    Yang, 51, a member of the Korea Professional Bowlers Association, started the second and last qualifying day with the third 300 game of the tournament and added 247 and 245 to help grab the lead in the men's division with 792 and an average of 264.

    2013IBCAlexLiew.jpg2013IBCMalaysianMen.jpgOvernight leader Alex Liew (left) of Malaysia, who also had a 300 game in his 775 series, slipped to second place. Liew is followed by Korean Park Jong-Woo in third place with 733.

    Aris Ardila (second from left) and Rafiq Ismail (right, with Syafig Ridhwan, left, and Isaac Russell) had 729 and 727 series in Squad 4 en route to move into fourth and fifth place in the overall qualifying standing. Ismail is tied with Gu Yong-Jin of Korea, who won the 2010 PBA Scorpion Championship.

    2013IBCTimMack.jpgBahrain head coach Tim Mack (left), United States, who has won over 70 international titles in his career, tested the lanes in squad 3 to sit in 24th place with 659. With 36 men having bowled at least one qualifying block, all players are currently qualified for the main event.

    Raymond W. M. Leung of Hong Kong mans 36th place with 534 or an average of 178.

    On the women's side, Singaporean national team member Amanda Ng sandwiched a 287 high game between a pair of 260s (266 & 264) to become the first player in this year's tournament, man or woman, who cracked the 800-bar. Ng tops the women's division with 817 total and an average of 272.33.

    2013IBCShalinZulkifli2.jpg2013IBCLizJohnson.jpgShalin Zulkifli (left) of Malaysia, who posted the first 300 game in the first game of Squad 1 yesterday, fell to second place with 790. Kristel Oh of Singapore had a 779 series in Squad 3 including a high game of 288 to position herself in third place.

    Kim Seul Ki of Korea slipped to fourth place with 773. Rounding out the top 5 was Geraldine Ng of Singapore with 741.

    Team USA member Liz Johnson (right) finished her first attempt in Squad 3 with a 290 game to sit in seventh place with 719.

    2013IBCHongSuYeonGyeMinYoungGangHyeEun.jpg2013IBCLyndaBarnes.jpgKorean national team members Gye Min-Young, Hong Su-Yeon and Gang Hye-Eun slipped to 19th, 20th and 22nd place with 685, 684 and 682, respectively, and are in danger to miss the cut.

    L-R Hong, Gye and Gang, who got married to Korean standout Choi Bok-Eum, the 2008 World Champion in All Events, in October 2012.)

    Lee Na-Young of Korea currently holds the 24th and last place to advance with 674 (224.67). Just outside the box looking in is Lynda Barnes (right), United States, with 672 in 25th place.

    2013IBCJapanLogo.jpg  The International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC runs from Jan. 15 to 19 and is the fourth event on the 2013 World Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "majors".

    The international qualifying and the main event will be held at 116-lane Inazawa Grandbowl in the Greater-Nagoya area in Japan, the biggest bowling center in the world on one floor.

    Click on the image to enlarge it.



    2013IBCInazawaGrandbowl5and4lbs.jpg Due to the world-record number of lanes, the equipment being used at Inazawa Grandbowl is also extra large.

    Pictured above are 30 racks with up to 18 house balls each ranging from 4 to 15 lbs. There are another twenty racks on the other side of the center which brings the total number of house balls to between 900 and 1,000. Pictured right are the 5 and 4 lbs. house balls, which have five finger holes.

     Next to the huge reception desk, you'll find Inazawa Grandbowl's 32 shoe racks, which span more than 50 square meters. Over 900 pairs of rental shoes are currently stored in those racks according to center manager Kenichi Nozawa. Click on the right image to enlarge it.

    The IBC offers total prize fund of 30 million Japanese Yen making the tournament one of the richest in the world on the 2013 schedule.

    Men and women bowl in separate divisions but in the same format for the JPY6,000,000 top prize. The runner-up gets 3.000.000 Yen, third place is 1.500.000 Yen and fourth place 800.000 Yen. All prize money is subject to 20.42% tax.

    The International Bowling Championships 2013 is currently the lone WBT "major" outside the United States. For the first time since its inception in 2011, "major" status will be granted for premium tournaments with no less than $200,000 prize fund. Double ranking points will be awarded in all "majors".

    The five finalists will have a chance for an even bigger payday as 10 million Yen will be awarded for EVERY 300 game bowled in the TV final eliminator rounds.

    Click here for more information on the International Qualifying.

    International qualifying concludes Jan 16 with Squads 3-8 scheduled to start at 8.30, 10.15 a.m., 12.30, 14.15, 17.30 and 19.15 p.m. Japanese Standard Time (CET -8 or EST -14) at Inazawa Grandbowl (pictured), whose 116 lanes span 198.39 meters (650.88 ft.) or 91,494 square feet without any pillars.

    Each of the eight qualifying squads for international bowlers features three games. The top 36 men and the top 24 women with the highest three-game series advance to the main event.

    The main event of the International Bowling Championships 2013 runs from Jan. 17 to 19 at Inazawa Grandbowl.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the whole event live from Inazawa Grandbowl including stories, results and photos commencing Tuesday, Jan. 15 with the international qualifying all the way through to the TV finals on Saturday, Jan. 19.


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    International Qualifying - Men's Division after Squad 4/8

    The top 36 men will advance to the main event.



    International Qualifying - Women's Division after Squad 4/8

    The top 24 women will advance to the main event.