Francois Louw wins men's qualifying at 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Las Vegas


    2015 BWC

    South African out averages his nearest competitor in Round 3 by almost 20 pins to lead the top 24 players into Wednesday's intermediate round; qualifying lead changes hands almost every game in final eight-game round



    Francois Louw (pictured above) of South Africa posted the highest eight-game block of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup so far en route to win the men's qualifying at Sam's Town bowling center in Las Vegas.

    2015BWCKamronDoyle.jpg2015BWCWuSiuHong.jpg Louw fired games of 256, 224, 226, 226, 254, 203, 242 and 264 in the third and last qualifying block on Tuesday for 1895, an average of 236.88, out averaging his nearest competitor in the round (Wu Siu Hong - 1736) by almost 20 pins.

    He jumped from 10th to the top of the 86-player leaderboard with 5351 and an overall average of 222.96 to lead the top 24 players into Wednesday's intermediate round.

    Trailing Louw by 95 pins to make the first cut in second place was Kamron Doyle (left) of the host country United States. The 17-year-old World Youth champion chalked up 1715, the fourth highest of the day, to remain in second place with 5256 total and an average of 219.

    2015BWCJarisGoh7.jpg2015BWCPaulStott.jpgDoyle maintained an eight-pin lead over Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong (above right), who jumped from 8th to third place with 5218.

    First and second-round leader Jaris Goh (left) of Singapore regained the lead in the fourth game, 20th game overall, but fell to fourth place after finishing his 1600-series (200 average) with 168, 170 and 195 for 5201.

    Paul Stott Jr. (right) of Ireland added 1676 to 1768 and 1735 to remain in fifth place for the third consecutive day finishing with 5179 total.

    2015BWCAlexeyParshukov2.jpg2015BWCBjornEinarRudshagen.jpgAlexei Parshukov (left) of Russia, who took the lead from Goh after three games, struggled in his last four games (166, 192, 179 and 199), to end up in sixth place with 5166. Seventh place belonged to Norwegian Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (right), who rebounded from three sub-200 games to finish with 1625 and 5125 overall.

    Former World Champion Biboy Rivera (below left), Philippines, leaped one spot into the top 8 with 5107 behind a 1648 series. The top 8 will survive the second cut on Wednesday.

    2015BWCBiboyRivera.jpg2015BWCRafiqIsmail2.jpgRafiq Ismail (right) of Malaysia (1735) and Benjamin Martinez (1697) posted the third and sixth-highest series to crack the top 24 and to make the cut in 23rd and 21st place with 4884 and 4893, respectively.

    Similar to the lead changes, the 24th and last place to advance the intermediate round changed hands after all but one game.

    Mike Bartaire, France; Jean-Marc Samain, Belgium; Daniel Vezis, Latvia; Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland; and Patrick Meka, Netherlands, were "on the bubble" during the round.

    2015BWCMikeBartaire.jpg2015BWCHafthorHardarson.jpgWhen the dust had settled after the 24th game, it was Bartaire (left) who hit the cutoff number with 4880 and an average of 203.33, while Meka (25th), Hardarson (right; 27th), Samain (28th) and Vezis (32nd) finished just below the cutline.

    The top 24 men will return on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) for an additional eight-game block (to be played simultaneously with the women) after which the field will be trimmed to the top 8 players who will advance to Thursday's round robin match play.

    2015BWCLogo.jpg All competitors at the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will bowl 24 qualifying games over three days, Sunday thru Tuesday, before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Wednesday morning.

    The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players for the round-robin match-play portion on Thursday morning, after which the top three will advance to the stepladder finals based on their 40-game totals scheduled for 12.30 p.m.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif will provide onsite coverage of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results after each round.

    Onsite coverage commenced on Saturday, November 14th with the opening ceremony and concludes on Thursday 19th with the stepladder finals.

    The United States Bowling Congress will provide live streaming on BowlTV.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg BowlTV Live Schedule:
    (All times Eastern; subject to change)
    Nov. 15, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Qualifying Round 1
    Nov. 16, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Qualifying Round 2
    Nov. 17, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Qualifying Round 3
    Nov. 18, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Round of 24
    Nov. 19, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Round of 8
    Nov. 19, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Stepladder Finals


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    51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men's Final Qualifying Standings

    Top 24 advance to the next round

    BWC Tie Rules:
    In the event of a tie of total pinfall during games 1 through to 32, the player with the highest last game will take the higher position.

    In the event of a tie for 24th place in Qualifying, 8th place in the Round of 24, and third place in match play, the following WTBA rule applies:

    (a) One-game roll-off or, if this resultss in a further tie then:

    (b) 9th and 10th frame roll-off.

    In the event of during the round robin match play, the win bonus will be divided equally.

    In the event of a tie during the semi-final and final knockout matches, a two-frame roll-off consisting of a 9th and 10th frame will be held to determine the winner.


    51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men Round 3 Qualifying