Song Young-Seok, Amanda Ng win International Qualifying at IBC in Japan


    2013 World Bowling Tour #4

    Korean, Singaporean lead the top 36 men and the top 24 women into the main event Jan. 17-19 at Inazawa Grandbowl in Inazawa City, Japan; World Bowling Tour "major" offers total prize fund of 30 million Yen (approx. USD375,000)

    2013IBCSongYoungSeok.jpg 2013IBCAmandaNg.jpg Song Young-Seok (pictured left) of Korea and Singapore's Amanda Ng (right) won the international qualifying of the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC en route to lead the top 36 of 37 men and the top 24 of 37 women into the main event which starts Thursday afternoon at Inazawa Grandbowl in Inazawa City in Greater Nagoya, Japan.

    Koreans Song Young-Seok and Jang Dong-Chul battled it out for men's international qualifying lead in the seventh and penultimate qualifying Squad Wednesday afternoon.

    Leading by 13 pins heading into the tenth frame, Song doubled and got nine on the fill ball to jump from 31st to first place with 795 three-game total and an average of 265. He got things started with 237 and 290.

    2013IBCJangDongChul.jpg 2013IBCYangTaeSeon.jpg Jang (left), who came out of the gates with 289 and 225, suffered a pocket 7-10 split on his first ball in the tenth resulting in an open frame and 749 total pinfall (249.67 average) to leap from 24th to fourth place overall.

    Previous leader Yang Tae-Seon (right) of Korea slipped to second place with 792 while Alex Liew of Malaysia fell to third place with 775. Rounding out the top 6 were Koreans Park Jong-Woo and Kang Seong-Yu with 733 and 731, respectively.

    Raymond W. M. Leung of Hong Kong and Pham Gia Phu of Vietnam battled it out for the 36th and last place to advance. Leung topped Pham by 17 pins, 590 to 573, to secure his place in the finals.

    2013IBCShalinZulkifli.jpg 2013IBCGyeMinYoung.jpg Amanda Ng was the lone player in both men's and women's division who rolled an 800-series in qualifying. The Singaporean national team member had games of 266, 287 and 264 in squad four for 817 total or an average of 272.33.

    Shalin Zulkifli (left) of Malaysia, who rolled the first of three 300 games in the tournament so far and the lone by a woman, retained second place with 790. Third place belonged to Jeon Gwi-Ae of Korea with 785. Her compatriot Gye Min-Young (right) and Kristel Oh of Singapore were tied for fourth place with 779.

    2013IBCLeeNaYoung.jpg 2013IBCLyndaBarnes.jpg They were followed by another two Koreans, Lee Na-Young (left) and Kim Seul Ki in sixth and seventh place with 774 and 773, respectively.

    Heading into the last squad, long-time Team USA member Lynda Barnes (right), United States, had a high series of 672 and was in danger to miss the cut. The USBC Queens and QAMF Bowling World Cup champion, who has been elected to the USBC Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category, fired games of 237, 238 and 268 to jump into eighth place with for 743 (247.67), 54 pins above the cut line.

    2013IBCPuttyArmein.jpgPutty Armein (left) of Indonesia hit the cutoff number for the 24th and last place to advance with 689 or an average of 229.67.

    The main event starts Thursday, Jan. 17, with a press conference at 2.30 p.m. Japan Standard Time (CET -8 or EST -14), which is followed by the bowlers' meeting starting at 3.45 p.m. The Opening Ceremonies will kick off the main tournament at 4.30 p.m.

    Real action begins at 5.30 p.m. with the first block of three games in both men's and women's division.

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

    Like the international qualifying, the main event will be held at 116-lane Inazawa Grandbowl, the biggest bowling center in the world on one floor (according to the Guinness Book of World Records).

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

    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.

    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".

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    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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