Bowlingdigital.com's choices for Top 8 Men

    11/06/06

    42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Bowlindigital.com editor Herbert Bickel and Lydia Rypcinski, the long-time Bowling World Cup press room officer, have chosen their top 8 men's favorites for the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Caracas, Venezuela.

    2006BWCMichaelSchmidt_small.jpg Michael Schmidt, Canada - the defending champion and one of only three previous champions competing in this year's World Cup (Peter Ljung of Sweden won in 1986, and Mohammed Al-Qubaisi, UAE, won in 1988). Schmidt was the top-seeded player last year when he defeated Or Aviram of Israel in the finals, 2 games to 1. He hopes to become the first back-to back champion since Jeannette Baker of Australia won in 1982 and 1983.

    2006BWCOskuPalermaa_small.jpg Osku Palermaa, Finland - currently second in the European rankings, Palermaa's two-handed ball delivery makes him a crowd favorite. His most recent top performance was at the Vienna Open in October, where he finished second to Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong.

    2006BWCAchimGrabowski_small.jpg Achim Grabowski, Germany - calls himself the "old man" in this year's field, but 40-year-old Grabowski is bowling like a frisky young horse these days. He is a multiple German national champion who won the silver medal in the men's World Championships Masters and the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament this year.

    2006BWCRyanLalisang_small.jpg Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia - a mainstay on the Indonesian national team, Lalisang has one of the smoothest deliveries in today's international game. He won a gold medal in singles in this year's Asian Championships and a bronze in Masters.

    2006BWCOrAviram_small.jpg Or Aviram, Israel - hoping to avenge his World Cup finals loss last year, Or has already won the European Champions' Cup this year, his biggest title to date. He is a mainstay on the European Bowling Tour. His sister Mor is competing in the women's division in the World Cup as well.

    2006BWCPetterHansen_small.jpg Petter Hansen, Norway - this brawny Norwegian won a motorboat for rolling two 300 games in the Evje Tournament in Norway in August. He's placed in the top 8 at the World Cup in the last two years, with his best showing coming in 2004 in Singapore (2nd place).

    2006BWCSaeedAlHajri_small.jpg Saeed Al-Hajri, Qatar - a gold medalist in this year's Asian Championships trios and a silver medalist in team and all-events Al-Hajri is no stranger to the top 8 at the World Cup. He made his first appearance there in 1994 in Hermosillo, Mexico, when he finished fifth.

    2006BWCDanPatterson_small.jpg Daniel Patterson, USA - the U.S. national champion is coming off a strong showing in the U.S. Bowling Congress Masters last week, forcing pro star Norm Duke to roll a 289 game against him to advance to the next round. Patterson was a member of the gold-medal winning team in this year's men's World Championships in Korea.

    2006BWCReydnierChavez_small.jpg Reydnier Chavez, Venezuela - though relatively untested in major international competition, he defeated Venezuela bowling legend Arturo Hernandez in his national World Cup finals. Chavez, like his teammate Karen Marcano, is from Caracas and hopes to ride a wave of public hometown support into the top 8.

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