USA's Sandelin, Mohr take lead in Singles after the first squad at World Senior Championships

    08/12/13

    2013 WSrC

    The top four players at the end of the qualifying will bowl for the medals on Monday afternoon

    2013WSrCLucySandelin.jpg2013WSrCRonMohr.jpgSenior Team USA's Lucy Sandelin (pictured left) and Ron Mohr (right) led Squad A in the women's and men's Singles event, as real action got underway in the inaugural World Senior Championships Monday morning at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, Nev.

    The bowlers of Squad B will conclude qualifying later this afternoon. The top four women and the top 4 men will battle it out for the medals in one-game playoff matches slated for 5 p.m.

    Sandelin, a former World Cup champion and the 2013 Women's Senior U.S. Open runner-up, took the early lead in the women's division with 1238 total and an average of 206.33 for six games.

    2013WSrCTishJohnson.jpg2013WSrCSusanneOlsson.jpgShe came out of the gates quickly with 235 and 228 and closed out the series on the 35-feet Beijing oil pattern with 174, 209, 190 and 202. Her team mate Tish Johnson (left), a 25-time PWBA champion, was mere s even pins behind in second place with 1231 including a 278 in game three, the highest game in the women's division so far.

    Susanne Olsson (right) finished her series with high games of 209, 208 and 214 to secure third place with 1221. Puerto Rico's Nora Serracin (below left) used a high game of 258 to help grab fourth place with 1153.

    2013WSrCNoraSerracin.jpg2013WSrCChristerPettersson.jpgOlsson's team mate Ann-Ki Larsson Carlsson (1145) and England's Angie Brown (1145) missed the top four by eight and nine pins, respectively.

    On the men's side, two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Ron Mohr had a solid start into the championships with games of 220, 178, 247 and 193. The eight-time winner on the PBA50 Tour struck 19 times in the last two games for 277 and 258 to take the lead with 1371 total and an average of 228.50.

    Christer Pettersson (right), the No. 2 qualifier in Sweden for the World Senior Championships, moved from fourth to second place thanks to a final 227 game. He was 68 pins behind Mohr with 1303 (217.17 ave.).

    2013WSrCWarrenStewart.jpg2013WSrCNicolasRuiz.jpgWarren Stewart (left) of Australia was further 23 pins behind to sit in third place with 1280. Nicolás Ruiz (right) of Colombia is the man "on the bubble" in fourth place with 1275.

    Pettersson's compatriot Jan Nordberg missed the top 4 by ten pins with 1265. The top four have to sit and wait until Squad B bowlers have finished qualifying to see if their scores hold on.

    The top four of 123 men and the top four of 90 women will advance to the semifinals slated for 5 p.m. The No. 1 seed bowls the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed bowls the No. 3 seed. The two semifinal winners will bowl for gold and silver, while the losers share the bronze medal.

    2013WSrCLogo.jpg The 1st World Senior Championships runs from Aug. 10 thru 16, 2013. Men and women will compete in separate divisions for medals in five events - Singles, Doubles, Team, All-Events and Masters. All participants must be 50 years of age or above in the year of the championship.

    The championship will be contested on the 35-feet Beijing and the 40-feet Athens lane conditioning pattern.

     


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