Caroline Lagrange sets the bar with a 1510 series to lead Bowling World Cup women's division


    2013 BWC

    Canadian takes a 98-pin lead after the first of four six-game blocks; Luminita Farkas and Danielle McEwan crack the 1400-bar; 13 players surpass the 1300-bar; cut for 24th place is currently 1230 (205 average)

    2013BWCCarolineLagrange2.jpg2013BWCLuminitaFarkasBucin.jpgCaroline Lagrange (pictured left) of Canada got off to a blistering start as she tallied a 1510 series Monday evening at Sharovaya Molniya Bowling Center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia to take a commanding lead in the women's division of the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    Lagrange, who won the 2009 World Cup in Melaka, Malaysia, averaged 251.67 for the first of four qualifying blocks including games of 279, 258, 247, 220, 248 and 258 to lead her nearest competitor Luminita Farkas (right) of Romania by 98 pins.

    Farkas, who bowled together with Lagrange in Squad B, the final squad of the first day, had six games between 267 and 214 for 1412 (235.33) to overtake Squad A leader Danielle McEwan, United States, by two pins.

    2013BWCDanielleMcEwan.jpg2013BWCCherieTan.jpgThe American (left), who finished fourth in last year's World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland, had a high game of 255 and a low game of 214 to hit 1400 on the nose, a 233.33 average, good for third place overall.

    Cherie Tan (right) was mere eleven pins behind McEwan after finishing her set with a low game of 183. Representing Singapore, the country of 2013 BWC women's champion Shayna Ng, Tan came out of the gates quickly with 245, 232, 267, 234 and 228 but had to settle for fourth with 1389 (231.50).

    2013BWCAumiGuerra.jpg2013BWCAutumChamberlain2.jpgTwo-time World Cup champion (2010 & 2011) and last year's runner-up, Aumi Guerra (left) of the Dominican Republic, was second to McEwan in Squad A en route to move into fifth place with 1374 followed by Maria Lourdes Arles, Philippines, in sixth place with 1370.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will advance to round robin match play after 32 games, were Autum Chamberlain (right) of England and Patcharin Torgersen (below left) of Norway with 1337 and 1335, respectively.

    Besides Lagrange's 1500-series and the two 1400-series there were another 13 players, who surpassed the 1300-mark.

    2013BWCPatcharinTorgersen.jpg2013BWCHelgaDiBenedetto.jpgAfter the first qualifying block, Helga Di Benedetto (right) of Italy and Nataliya Shcherbinina of Ukraine sit in 23rd and 24th place with 144 and 1230, resp. The top 24 after 24 games of qualifying will advance to the next round.

    The 49th edition of the World Cup drew female bowlers from 64 countries and 138 players from 76 countries overall, the lowest number of participating countries for the BWC since Kobe, Japan in the year 1998 (68 countries).

    The women are done for today and will return Tuesday for the second six-game block with Squad B starting at 4 p.m. and Squad A to follow at 8 p.m. Krasnoyarsk Time (CET -7 hours; EST -13 hours).

    2013BWCLogo.jpg 2013BWCLucasWiseman2.jpg The World Cup features a long qualifying format as all players bowl four six-game blocks over four days. The field is then cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women for eight additional games to determine the top eight for round-robin match play. After match play, the top three men and top three women advance to the stepladder finals.

    BowlTV will provide live streaming of the entire World Cup from start to finish. To watch the live stream commented by Lucas Wiseman (pictured), click here.

    Photos by Beat Grauwiler/Bowlingdigital.


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