2007 Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters is underway in Florida


    2007 WRM

    Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla. (May 3-7, 2007)

    2007WRMLogo.jpg The 2007 Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters will be held at the Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla., United States. The five-day competition will start May 3rd and will conclude with the TV finals on May 7th.

    JohnDavisCEOKegel_small.jpg "We have TV again. It will be a 90-minute show this time, maybe even two hours", Kegel founder John Davis proudly stated.

    "The county made the decision to back the show. It seems they were very happy with our performance and ratings last time."

    Bowlingdigital Banner.gif Bowlingdigital covers the event live from Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales from the first to the last minute.

    2005WRMGuerreroLehtonen.jpg It marks the third time after 2003 and 2005 that the prestigious event will come to the Kegel headquarters.

    Pictured right: Clara Juliana Guerrero from Colombia (vs. Wendy Chai, Malaysia) and Kimmo Lehtonen (vs. Jouni Helminen), both Finland, won the TV finals commented by PBA super star Brian Voss in 2005.

    "This will be the 7th edition of this tournament and we are proud to be able to have the tournament at our Kegel Training and Tournament Center here in Lake Wales, Florida for the third time", said Del Warren, Tournament Manager and Vice President of Kegel Training and Tournament Center. "In fact, I think we will make the theme of this tournament 'A Celebration of the Sport of Bowling'.

    2007PAGTTBillHoffman_small.jpg 2006BWCFinalDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg The World Ranking Masters features the top eight men and top eight women from each of the three WTBA zones (American, European and Asian) plus Bill Hoffman (pictured right) and Diandra Asbaty (left) selected by the host federation, the United States Bowling Congress - 49 men and 49 women overall.

    2007WRMSaraVargas.jpg Sara Vargas, (left) Colombia, will be on hand to defend the women's title while Khalid Al Dubyan of Kuwait, the 2006 men's WRM champion did not qualify through the Asian rankings.

    As we have reported earlier, As tournament hosts, Kegel and USBC have jointly selected Team USA members Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago to represent the United States in the event.

    The Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters will have a first prize of $10,000 US Dollars for both the men and the women and we will be paying through 10th place.

    "We will also be unveiling a few new ideas to help promote the sport of bowling with the goal of elevating our sport to the next level", Warren added.

    "We want to express our gratitude to the World Tenpin Bowling Association for their confidence and willingness to give us the opportunity to host this prestigious event."

    As earlier reported, the Qatar Bowling Federation (QBF) withdrew as host of the 2007 World Ranking Masters, which should originally take place in Doha, from April 30 through May 6. Three countries wanted to step in and have sent an application to the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA), the United States, Finland and Indonesia. The WTBA decided in favor of the Kegel/USBC bid.

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