Kelly Kulick, Mike Fagan headed to World Games next week in Colombia


    IX World Games

    201213PBAMikeFagan.jpg201213PBAKellyKulick.jpgWith a field of the top bowlers in the world standing in their way, Team USA members Kelly Kulick (pictured left) of Union, N.J., and Mike Fagan (right) of Fort Worth, Texas, will look to give the United States its first gold medal in bowling at the World Games next week in Cali, Colombia.

    Since the World Games began in 1981, the United States has won two silver and three bronze medals but has been shut out of the gold medals in the event, which is held every four years.

    This ninth running of the World Games features 48 bowlers from 24 countries, including several past world champions.

    "I know that Kelly is bowling great, and I feel like I'm throwing the ball pretty well," Fagan said. "I really like our chances next week. Hopefully we'll bring home some gold medals."

    Both Team USA players are getting arguably the best warm up possible at this week's Bowling's U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio. They hope to turn a week's worth of bowling on tough conditions into success at the World Games.

    2012EBT16ClaraGuerrero.jpg2012PBASTourRotYAmletoMonacelli.jpg"The U.S. Open is long-format bowling, and every day I'm getting more and more muscle memory," Kulick said. "We're bowling on a medium pattern at the World Games, which is similar to what we are bowling on this week. So it's really great practice."

    Several other players in the field are also competing at this week's U.S. Open, including Canada's Dan MacLelland, Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero (left), Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli (right), the Dominican Republic's Aumi Guerra, England's Stuart Williams and Finland's Osku Palermaa.

    2013WorldGamesLogo.jpgFagan and Kulick will have their first shot at gold Thursday when the mixed doubles competition gets underway at the Alberto Galino Sport Unit Bowling Coliseum. The top three teams after six games of qualifying will battle in a stepladder final to determine the medalists.

    The players' individual scores from the mixed doubles carry forward and are combined with 12 additional qualifying games of singles on Friday and Saturday. The top 10 men and top 10 women after the 18 games advance to round robin match play Sunday morning with all qualifying pinfall dropped. The top three men and top three women after match play advance to the stepladder finals.


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    IX World Games in Cali, Colombia - Participating Players

    Subject to change

    American Zone (PABCON)
    Brazil - Marcelo Suartz, Roseli dos Santos
    Canada - Dan MacLelland, Lynne Gauthier
    Colombia - Santiago Mejia, Clara Guerrero
    Dominican Republic - Willie Javier, Aumi Guerra
    Guatemala - Andres Herrera, Sofia Rodriguez
    Mexico - Alejandro Cruz, Sandra Gongora
    Puerto Rico - Israel Hernandez, Kristie Lopez
    United States - Mike Fagan, Kelly Kulick
    Venezuela - Amleto Monacelli, Karen Marcano

    European Zone (ETBF)
    England - Stuart Williams, Hayley White
    Finland - Osku Palermaa, Sanna Pasanen
    France - Nicolas Marchand, Amadine Jacques
    Germany - Pascal Winternheimer, Birgit Pöppler
    Italy - Massimo Pirozzi, Annalisa Balzano
    Malta - Justin Caruana Scicluna, Melissa Swift
    Norway - Mads Sandbaekken, Andra Eliassen Hansen
    Ukraine - Mykhaylo Kalika, Daria Kovalova

    Asian Zone (ABF)
    Chinese Taipei - Hsing-Chao Cheng, Hsin-Yi Tsai
    Japan - Tomoyuki Teshima, Natsuki Teshima
    Korea - Dongjun Hwang, Nuri Oh
    Macau China - Dias Ma Zoe, Weng Sam Chan
    Malaysia - Zulmazran Zulkifli, Esther Cheah
    Philippines - Kenneth Chua, Liza Del Rosario
    Singapore - Howard Saw, Shayna Ng