Team USA cruises to victory in the Team event at the 2006 World Championships in Korea

    09/04/06

    2006 MWC

    Asiad Bowling Center in Busan, Korea (Aug. 27 - Sept. 9, 2006)



     Team USA with Scott Pohl, Ronnie Sparks, David Haynes, Rhino Page, Bill Hoffman and Dan Patterson cruised to the gold medal in the five-player team event at the Men's World Championships in Busan, Korea.
    L-R Team Manager Pat Winkels, Haynes, Sparks, Pohl, Page, Hoffman, Patterson, Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards, coaches Assistant Coaches: Ken Yokobosky and Gordon Vadakin, and Director of USBC Team USA Kevin Dornberger. Click on the image to view it full size.

    2006MWCTeamChampionUSA4.jpg This is the first gold for Team USA in the team event since 1971. The Americans had to settle for silver at the last two World Championships in Abu Dhabi (1999) and Kula Lumpur (2003).

    2006MWCBillHoffman2_small.jpg Two time U.S. National Amateur champion Bill Hoffman (left) shot a 300 in the second game, when the Americans pulled away from the field with an 1167-game. Hoffman averaged 240 in the team event and overtook the lead in All Events with an overall average of 229,89. 

    Squad 1 leader Malaysia with Daniel Lim, Ben Heng, Azidi Ameran, Alex Liew, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Aaron Kong (left) earned the silver medal after an outstanding performance on short oil today. The Malaysians felled 3327 pins on the challenging lane condition, an average of 221,80, to finish 100 pins off the pace with 6518 pinfall total and an overall average of 217,27. Click on the image to view it full size.

    Finland with Kimmo Lehtonen, Osku Palermaa, Kai Virtanen, Petri Mannonen, Lasse Lintilä and Petteri Salonen (right) topped two-time defending champion Sweden with Robert Andersson, Anders Öhman, Peter Ljung, Martin Larsen, Tomas Leandersson and Tobias Karlsson in the battle for bronze by 14 pins.


    Malaysia challenges Team USA and Sweden for team title at the World Championship



    2006MWCMalaysia.jpg Daniel Lim, Ben Heng, Azidi Ameran, Alex Liew, Zulmazran Zulkifli (pictured with substitute Aaron King) from Malaysia had games of 1122, 1185 and 1020 to overtake the lead in the Team event at Men's World Championship with 6518 pinfall total and an average of 217,27.

    The Malaysians, who where in fourth place in their squad and in eighth overall after the first block on long oil with 3191, averaged 221,80 and felled 3327 on short oil today. Yesterday's leaders Team USA and defending champion Sweden have to bowl 3124 and 3212, respectively to overtake Malaysia, still a long way to go for both teams.

    Finland, always among the favorites in the team event, started with a disastrous 932 to fall behind Malaysia, Norway and Japan in fourth place. Kimmo Lehtonen, Osku Palermaa, Kai Virtanen, Petri Mannonen and Lasse Lintilä came back with huge 1174 in game two but could not match this pace in the final game (1046) to settle for second place with 6394, a 213,13 average.

    Team Canada bowled a very consistent block with 1062, 1086 and 1072 to leap into third place with 6293 (209,77). Norway was close behind in fourth position at 6277 and long-oil leader Japan fell to fifth with 6226 total behind a sub-par 2969 performance today on short oil.

    Including practice, the 20 five-player teams needed exactly five hours from 9am to 2pm for three games - without any breakdowns, just due to slow bowling of some teams. That should be a record for World Championships.


    Team USA off to strong start in team at Men's World Championships

    By Lucas Wiseman


    2006MWCTeamUSA.jpg With distinguished leadership and effective communication, the United States put itself in position Monday to win the gold medal in the five-man team event for the first time in 35 years at the 2006 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships.


    L-R Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards, Bill Hoffman, Scott Pohl, Ronnie Sparks, David Haynes and Rhino Page.

    Team USA, which last won gold in 1971, got off to a strong start in the opening three games on the long-oil pattern, finishing the day in first place with 3,395, an average of 226.33 per game. Team event will wrap up Tuesday with three games on the short-oil pattern at Asiad Bowling Center.

    2006MWCBillHoffman.jpg Led by veteran Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, the United States had three solid games Monday of 1,129, 1,143 and 1,123. Hoffman, also a member of Team USA when it won silver medals in team at the past two World Championships, had a 734 series, the highest three-game series of all 247 players today.

    David Haynes of Las Vegas shot 702, Scott Pohl of Minneapolis had 692, Ronnie Sparks Jr. of Wayne, Mich., shot 641 and Rhino Page of Fresno, Calif., contributed 626. Haynes and Pohl were also members of the 2003 silver-medalist team.

    "I feel as though today communication was at a premium between our team," said Hoffman, a two-time U.S. Amateur champion and a member of the United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors. "David and I are both leading this team, particularly in this event, because we are prepared to step up and also watch how the lane transitions to help the other guys out.

    "The difference between our team and the other teams is that we have not only three guys who bowled really high scores but two guys who bowled pretty good as well."

    Hoffman has been a member of Team USA seven times since 1999 and has clearly established himself as one of the leaders of this year's team. This year, Hoffman, along with Haynes and Page, was picked by the National Selection Committee to join Team USA, a process that Hoffman said is now paying dividends.

    "Without the selection process none of this is happening," Hoffman said. "If you see who is bowling well on this team it's the selections, and that's just reality. It's a positive for the team, and it's positive from a results standpoint."

    Team USA will have its work cut out for it Tuesday in the final round of team event. Two-time defending champion Sweden is within striking distance and currently sits in second place at 3,307. Japan is third at 3,257, and Finland is fourth at 3,242.

    The United States will field the same five players in the final three games. Sixth bowler Dan Patterson of Buffalo, N.Y., will again compete for his all-events total. Patterson shot 589 on Monday.

    For the United States, Hoffman continues to move up the standings in All Events and sits in third after Monday's performance. His 15-game total of 3,432 (a 228.8 average) is 10 pins from second and trails leader Jason Belmonte of Australia by 48.

    Page is 14th with 3,319, while Pohl's big score in team event moved him closer to the cut line. He is 29th with 3,254, just 47 pins out of 16th place. Haynes jumped 50 places Monday and is 59th with 3,147, while Patterson is 109th with 3,059.

    And finally, the United States delegation at the Men's World Championships got a special visit from current Team USA member Martin Bedford. Bedford is stationed in South Korea as a U.S. Air Force vehicle mechanic and made a five-hour trip by rental car to cheer on his teammates Sunday and Monday.


    2006MWCSweden.jpg Two-time defending champion Sweden with Doubles champions Robert Andersson and Martin Larsen, Anders Öhman, Peter Ljung and Tomas Leandersson (pictured with coach Magnus Johnsson and alternate Tobias Karlsson) had tied the Americans after one game with 1129, then added 1044 and 1134 for 3307 (223,93) to sit in second place. Larsen led the team with a 727-series.

    2006MWCJapan.jpg The Japanese team with Tomokatsu Yamashita, Toshihiko Takahashi, Masaru Ito, Masatoki Yoshinao, Masaaki Takemoto and Tomoyuki Sasaki rolled games of 1116, 1048 and 1134 to lead the second squad with 3257 (217,13) en route to move into third place in the overall standings. Yoshinao led his team mates with 719.

    2006MWCKimmoLehtonen.jpg Mere 15 pins off the pace for the medals, is Team Finland with Osku Palermaa, Petteri Salonen, Kai Virtanen, Petri Mannonen and Lasse Lintilä. The Finns felled 3242 pins (216,13) to sit in fourth place. Their sixth player, Kimmo Lehtonen (pictured), one of the best lefties in the world, was not in the starting five today.

    However, he compete but his scores will only count toward his All Events total. Lehtonen shot a 723-series, the third-highest of the day including one of two 279-games (Israel's Gal Shemer posted the other), the high games of the day.

    2006MWCNorway.jpg At the 2003 World Championships in Malaysia, Lehtonen was even better as he rolled a perfect 300-game in the 'make-up' team. Lehtonen will be back on the team for the final three-game block on short oil on Tuesday.

    Rounding out the top ten were Qatar, Germany, Norway (always a force to reckon with on short oil, pictured with their coach, former PBA champion Mats Karlsson, right, and team manger Erik Garder, left), Malaysia, Netherlands and the host country of Korea. Mexico (pictured below, with Mexican Bowling Fedeartion President Jose Aguilar, bottom left) is 11th at 3130.

    2006MWCMexico.jpg Jason Belmonte from Australia regained the lead in All Events thanks to a 717-set today. The Aussie has averaged 232,00 for fifteen games. Larsen is 38 pins behind in second place with Hoffman third another nine pins behind.

    The 40 teams will return tomorrow for the final three games on the short-oil pattern, with Squad 2 starting at 9am and Squad 1 to follow at 1.15 pm.


    Team USA on course for the first team gold since 35 years


    2006MWCTeamUSA.jpg Team USA has focused on the team event since the Americans failed to medal in Doubles and Trios in the 2006 Men's World Championship at the Asiad Bowling Center in Busan, Korea. Scott Pohl, Ronnie Sparks, David Haynes, Rhino Page, Bill Hoffman (pictured with head coach Jeri Edwards), shot games of 1129, 1143 and 1123 to take the lead in the Team event after Squad 1 of 2 on long oil with 3395 pinfall total and average of 226,33.

    Two-time U.S. National Amateur Champion Hoffman led the team with 734, followed by Haynes with 702. Pohl added 692, Sparks 641 and Page 626. The United States, which won silver in team the past two World Championships, has not won the gold medal in the five-player team event in 35 years.

    2006MWCSweden.jpg Two-time defending champion Sweden with Doubles champions Robert Andersson and Martin Larsen, Anders Öhman, Peter Ljung and Tomas Leandersson (pictured with coach Magnus Johnsson and alternate Tobias Karlsson) had games of tied the Americans after one game with 1129, then added 1044 and 1134 for 3307 (223,93) to sit in second place.

    Third place belonged to the team from Qatar with Ahmed Shaheen, Khalifa Al Kubaisi, Bandar Al Shafi, Abdulla Al-Qattan, Saeed Al-Hajri and Mubarak Al-Muraikhi. The Qataris checked in with 3237 (215,80) behind games of 1121, 1057 and 1059.

    Germany with Achim Grabowski, Jens Nickel, Thomas Block, Tobias Gäbler, Kai Günther and Michael Krämer, was in second place after two games (1072 and 1153) but fell to fourth place at 3233 behind a final game of 1008.

    40 of the 44 participating countries have sent a full team to the 2006 Men's World Championship in Busan, Korea. The field was divided into two squads with 20 teams each. All teams will bowl three games on the long oil pattern on Monday and three games on the short oil pattern on Tuesday.

    The team with the highest combined total will be declared World Champion. The medal ceremony will be held on Wednesday at 12:30.



    Monday, 04.09.2006
    08:00-09:00 Lane Maintenance
    09:00-13:15 Team - Squad 1, 3 games on long oil
    13:15-14:15 Lane Maintenance
    14:15-18:30 Team - Squad 2, 3 games on long oil

    Tuesday, 05.09.2006
    08:00-09:00 Lane Maintenance
    09:00-13:15 Team - Squad 2, 3 games on short oil
    13:15-14:15 Lane Maintenance
    14:15-18:30 Team - Squad 1, 3 games on short oil

    Wednesday, 06.09.2006
    12:30-13:30 Medal Ceremony Team