Wu Siu Hong captures the first-ever Bowling World Cup title for Hong Kong

    11/19/15

    2015 BWC

    Defeats top-seeded South African Francois Louw in two games to win the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup; Jaris Goh of Singapore takes the bronze medal

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    Top 3 men in the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. L-R Francois Louw (2nd), champion Wu Siu Hong and Jaris Goh (3rd), Singapore. Photo Max Bulanov.

     

    2015BWCWuSiuHong2.jpgAsian and Southeast Asian champion Wu Siu Hong (pictured left) of Hong Kong, China, defeated tournament leader Francois Louw of South Africa in two games in best-of-three games format en route to win the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Thursday at Sam's Town bowling center in Las Vegas.

    It marks the first time in the history of the prestigious tournament that a Hong Kong bowler brings home the coveted trophy.

    Wu had a disastrous start into title match suffering back-to-back open frames followed by two spares, while Louw, who led the men's division after each round (qualifying, Rounds of 24 and 8), started with three strikes to take a commanding lead.

    2015BWCFrancoisLouw3.jpgHowever, the South African (right) alternated spares and strikes in the remaining seven frames to let the multiple Asian ranking winner back into the match. Wu started to strike in the fifth frame and went off the sheet, winning game one, 233-219, to take a 1-0 lead.

    "At the beginning I was bowling too fast and those two open frames meant a bad start", said Wu. "Then I changed my ball and found my form, just taking it shot by shot."

    Wu countered a double by Louw with three consecutive strikes and never looked back. Louw had "Greek Church" in his third frame and managed only one double in the rest of the game, which Wu was able to counter again, to win game two, 223-180, and the match, 2-0.

    2015BWCJarisGoh8.jpg"I feel fantastic" said the winner. "This is the fourth time I have played in the World Cup and my best position was 9th, so I finally feel I can do it. It fills me with confidence and it shows Hong Kong people can do it. Now I just want to come back next year!"

    In the semi-final match, Wu, the No. 2 seed, swept third-seeded Jaris Goh (left) of Singapore, 2-0, to advance to the title match. He survived a low-scoring opening game, 198-173, then defeated the first-round leader in the second game, 223-194, so seal the win.

    2015BWCHighGameAward.jpg England's Keira Reay, who had the lone 300 game of the event, the 72nd perfect game in the history of the World Cup and the 14th by a woman, received the women's High Game Award.

    South Africa's Francois Louw and Team USA's Kamron Doyle, who both had a 289 game in the third game of qualifying, shared the men's High Game Award.

    2015BWCTeamChampionSingapore.jpg L-R Reay, Louw, Doyle and World Cup manager, Anne-Marie Board.

    By finishing third in the men's division and fifth in the women's division, Singapore won the Bent Petersen trophy for the top country.

    L-R Singapore's Jaris Goh and Geraldine Ng with Sam's Town bowling center manager, Tom Pippinger Jr.

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

    The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 8 players for the round-robin match-play portion on Thursday morning, after which the top three advanced to the stepladder finals based on their 40-game totals, including bonus pins.

    2015BWCFinalsHerbertBickel.jpg Bowlingdigital.com provided onsite coverage of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results after each round.

    Pictured here is Herbert Bickel, owner/editor-in-chief of Bowlingdigital.com.

    2015BWCLucasWiseman.jpg Onsite coverage commenced on Saturday, November 14th with the opening ceremony and concluded on Thursday 19th with the stepladder finals.

    The picture shows commentator Lucas Wiseman of USBC Communications in the World Cup live streaming booth.

    The United States Bowling Congress provided live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. All shows have been archived.

     


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    51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men's Finals


    Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Nov. 13-20, 2015)

     Championship Round:
    1. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 877 (4 games)
    2. Francois Louw, South Africa, 399 (2 games)
    3. Jaris Goh, Singapore, 367 (2 games)

    Pat Ciniello, Chairman, QubicaAMF Worldwide, awarded the trophies to the top 3 men. L-R Louw, Wu and Goh. Photo Bowlingdigital/Max Bulanov. Click image to enlarge.

    Playoff Results (best-of-three games):
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 Wu def. No. 3 Goh, 2-0
    (198-173, 223-194)
    Championship: Wu def. No. 1 Louw, 2-0
    (233-219, 223-180).

     


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


    4. Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia
    5. Tomoyuki Sasaki, Japan
    6. Paul Stott Jr., Ireland
    7. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia
    8. Alexei Parshukov, Russia
    9. Markus Jansson, Sweden
    10. Biboy Rivera, Philippines
    11. Ildemaro Ruiz Jr., Venezuela
    12. Kamron Doyle, United States
    13. Michael Little, Australia
    14. David Maycock, Bermuda
    15. Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, Norway
    16. Romeo Gagenoiu, Romania
    17. Oron Cohen, Israel
    18. Nicola Pongolini, Italy
    19. Sam Rose, England
    20. Kim Bolleby, Thailand
    21. Mohamed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia
    22. Benjamin Martinez, Mexico
    23. Luboslav Jurinyi, Slovakia
    24. Mike Bartaire, France
    25. Patrick Meka, Netherlands
    26. Dmitri Chilkine, Belarus
    27. Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland
    28. Jean-Marc Samain, Belgium
    29. Marco Moretti, Costa Rica
    30. Shaker Al Hassan, UAE
    31. Balint Luczek, Hungary
    32. Daniel Vezis, Latvia
    33. Vladislav Yalovega, Ukraine
    34. Konstantinos Xagoraris, Greece
    35. James Footner, Wales
    36. Axel Guimo, Catalonia
    37. Olari Nebokat, Estonia
    38. Jean-Francois Gorley, Canada
    39. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland
    40. Mark McQueen, Scotland
    41. Paulo Lopes, Portugal
    42. Yang Wei, China
    43. Jay Leon Guerrero, Guam
    44. Manino Fernandez, Dominican Republic
    45. Sven Garbotz, Germany
    46. Zoe Dias Ma, Macau
    47. Tomasz Janicki, Poland
    48. Kestutis Gudauskas, Lithuania
    49. Mubarak Al Muraikhi, Qatar
    50. Jozko Hlede, Slovenia
    51. Lorenzo Quereda Ferre, Spain
    52. William Nimick, Northern Ireland
    53. Igor Pizzoli, Brazil
    54. Harn-Chieh Kwan, Switzerland
    55. Dhruv Sarda, India
    56. Jean Perez, Puerto Rico
    57. Julio Acosta, El Salvador
    58. Mise Mrkonjic, Croatia
    59. Jiri Uhlir, Czech Republic
    60. Mario Lemos, Ecuador
    61. Steeve Thia, Mauritius
    62. Nathan Jarvis, Jersey
    63. Michael Wood, Gibraltar
    64. Zane Carlson, New Zealand
    65. Tiago Pontes, Azores
    66. Joseph Cona, New Caledonia
    67. Ammar Yamin, Jordan
    68. Alan Lorenz, Curacao
    69. Alexis Moreno, Panama
    70. David Johnson, Virgin Islands
    71. Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgaria
    72. Arifov Bakhodir, Uzbekistan
    73. Frederic Barre, Reunion
    74. Enkhbayar Enkhkbold, Mongolia
    75. Zerezghi O Haile, Eritrea
    76. Ijaz Ur Rehman, Pakistan
    77. Mirsad Sejdiu, Kosovo
    78. Shant Panos Tomassian, Iraq
    79. Maurice Talane, French Guiana
    80. Djene Hailemariam Yimer, Ethiopia
    81. Bryan Helmeyer, Aruba
    82. Kenrick Brathwaite, Bahamas
    83. Farid Ghobrial, Egypt
    84. Khaled Meziou, Tunisia
    85. Zvonko Volchevski, Macedonia
    86. Redha El Fezzani, Libya

     


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    Top 8 men and women at the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Photo Max Bulanov.

     



    51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men's Standings after Round of 8


    Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals

     


    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.