Lynda Barnes and Michael Schmidt win 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Bowling Alley: Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

     Team USA member Lynda Barnes and Michael Schmidt of Canada captured one of the most coveted titles in amateur bowling when they won the women's and men's titles in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    For the first time since the World Cup finals are conducted in best-of-three games format (Lisbon, Portugal in 2000) the men's and women's No 1 seeds survived the three rounds of match play and earned the titles.

    Click on the picture to enlarge it. Use the left menu bar to review Bowlingdigital's Live Coverage from Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Scroll down this page for the final standings and other information on the World Cup.


     Lynda Barnes, 38, the reigning U.S National Amateur champion and wife of PBA superstar Chris Barnes, defeated Clair Johnston of Australia, 2-1, and swept Wendy Chai, Malaysia, and in the championship match, Fiona Banks of England, 2-0, to win the second consecutive women's World Cup for the United States and the third in the last four years. Barnes had the best overall average of both men and women with 235,82 over 39 games.

    L-R The pictures shows women's World Cup champion Lynda Barnes and Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards.

    Download the Women's Brackets here....


     Michael Schmidt, 25, captured the first men's World Cup title for Canada since Ray Mitchell accomplished the feat in Hamburg, Germany, in 1972, by defeating Arturo Hernandez of Venezuela, 2-1, Gery Verbruggen, Belgium. 2-0 and in the title match, Or Aviram, Israel, 2-1. His win ended the "top qualifier curse" as no male bowler had ever won the World Cup after earning the No. 1 seeded position in the prelims.

    The pictures shows men's World Cup champion Michael Schmidt and Team Canada's head coach Sandy Lowe.

    Download the Men's Brackets here....


    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men's Division Final Standings
    Player with position, country, No. of games played, pinfall total and average

    1. Michael Schmidt, Canada, (40), 9105, 227,63
    2. Or Aviram, Israel, (41), 8950, 218,29
    3. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, (36), 8043, 223,42
    (tie) Badr Al Sheikh, Saudi Arabia, (38), 8177, 215,18
    5. Anders Öhman, Sweden, (34), 7608, 223,76
    (tie) Petter Hansen, Norway, (35), 7814, 223,26
    (tie) Lucas Legnani, Argentina, (35), 7786, 222,46
    (tie) Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, (35), 7601, 217,17
    9. Steve Thornton, England, (32), 6959, 217,47
    10. Thierry Sacco, France, (32), 6931, 216,59
    11. Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar, (32), 6923, 216,34
    12. Tyrone Ongpauco, Philippines, (32), 6869, 214,66
    13. Daniel Falconi, Mexico, (32), 6815, 212,97
    14. Mikael Braendeskov, Denmark, (32), 6793, 212,28
    15. Alan Bride, Ireland, (32), 6787, 212,09
    16. Khalid Al Dubyyan, Kuwait, (32), 6785, 212,03
    17. Nayef Qqab, (32), 6757, 211,16
    18. Tamas Szabo, Hungary, (32), 6710, 209,69
    19. Arnar Saebergsson, Iceland, (32), 6685, 208,91
    (tie) Koichi Takahashi, Japan, (32), 6685, 208,91
    (tie) Seto Sai Tung, Hong Kong, (32), 6665, 208,28
    22. Rhino Page, United States, (32), 6651, 207,84
    (tie) William Nimick, Northern Ireland, (32), 6651, 207,84
    24. Leonidas Maragos, Greece, (32), 6562, 205,06
    25. Eric Kok, Netherlands, (24), 4963, 206,79
    26. Guy Caminsky, South Africa, (24), 4951, 206,29
    27. Jason Waters, New Zealand, (24), 4944, 206,00
    28. Nikita Koshelev, Russia, (24), 4935, 205,63
    29. Victor Richards Jr., Dominican Republic, (24), 4931, 205,46
    30. Mika Luoto, Finland. (24), 4929, 205,38
    31. Kai Günther, Germany. (24), 4915, 204,79
    32. Edmanuel Ramirez, Puerto Rico, (24), 4894, 203,92
    33. Dominic Lim Zhong, Singapore, (24), 4867, 202,79
    34. George Frilingos, Australia. (24), 4839, 201,63
    35. Nuno Martinho, Portugal, (24), 4835, 201,46
    36. Heorhi Pryhozhy, Belarus, (24), 4798, 199,92
    37. Marek Przezpolewski, Poland, (24), 4780, 199,17
    38. Costas Kyriakou, Cyprus, (24), 4760, 198,33
    39. Massimo Pirozzi, Italy, (24), 4753, 198,04
    40. Hussain Ghuloom, Bahrain, (24), 4743, 197,63
    41. Alex Liew, Malaysia. (24), 4741, 197,54
    42. Peng Sheng Cheng, Macau. (24), 4714, 196,42
    43. Julio Acosta Jr., El Salvador, (24), 4705, 196,04
    44. Leopold Grundschober, Austria, (24), 4666, 194,42
    45. Zabi Sikander, Bulgaria, (24), 4648, 193,67
    46. Raul Beekmann, Estonia, (24), 4644, 193,50
    47. Dainius Zaltauskas, Lithuania, (24), 4622, 192,58
    48. Antonín Nosek, Czech Republic. (24), 4614, 192,25
    49. David Hill, Isle of Man, (24), 4591, 191,29
    50. Mark Bondi, Scotland, (24), 4547, 189,46
    51. Marjan Pecaver, Slovenia, (24), 4543, 189,29
    52. Sergii Gontar, Ukraine, (24), 4531, 188,79
    53. Samuel Castillo, Spain. (24), 4516, 188,17
    54. Kenneth Arpa, Malta, (24), 4489, 187,04
    55. Derek Tomlin, Guernsey. (24), 4481, 186,71
    56. Maurice Talane, French Guiana, (24), 4479, 186,63
    57. Graham Coles, Gibraltar, (24), 4474, 186,42
    58. Marin Tranier, New Caledonia, (24), 4460, 185,83
    (tie) Jean-Marc Godel, Switzerland, (24), 4460, 185,83
    60. Sergey Sapov, Uzbekistan, (24), 4436, 184,83
    61. Makhmut Lazaridi, Kazakhstan, (24), 4425, 184,38
    62. Patrick Mehdi Leroy, Morocco, (24), 4412, 183,83
    63. Bira Teodoro, Brazil, (24), 4400, 183,33
    64. Lee Jarvis, Jersey, (24), 4388, 182,83
    65. John Koon, Mauritius, (24), 4376, 182,33
    66. Thia Song Fat, Reunion, (24), 4288, 178,67
    67. Shashi Kumar, India, (24), 4279, 178,29
    68. Atiq Sikander, Afghanistan, (24), 4195, 174,79
    69. Mohamed Hedi Arif, Tunisia, (24), 4190, 174,58
    70. Reynaldo Zialcita, Guam. (24), 4171, 173,79
    71. Chico Pontes, Azores. (24), 4153, 173,04
    72. Mekuria Habteyes, Ethiopia, (24), 4147, 172,79
    73. Ladislav Frunyo, Slovakia, (24), 4138, 172,42
    74. Krunoslav Struml, Croatia, (24), 4131, 172,13
    75. Steve Dalton, Wales, (24), 4072, 169,67
    76. Shant Panos Tomassian, Iraq, (24), 4060, 169,17
    77. Alex Telejman, Romania, (24), 4043, 168,46
    78. Bashar Kalaji, Syria, (24), 4036, 168,17
    (tie) Omar Al-Fazani, Libya, (24), 4036, 168,17
    80. Aleksandrs Zavjalovs, Latvia, (24), 4021, 167,54
    81. Ilkin Babayev, Azerbaijan, (24), 4013, 167,21
    82. Dejan Radulovich, Serbia & Montenegro, (24), 3727, 155,29
    83. Eduard Capatina, Moldova, (24), 3660, 152,50


    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Women's Division Final Standings
    Player with position, country, No. of games played, pinfall total and average

    1. Lynda Barnes, USA, (39), 9197, 235,82
    2. Fiona Banks, England, (38), 8214, 216,16
    3. Wendy Chai, Malaysia, (37), 7848, 212,11
    (tie) Ann Louise Haugen, Norway, (37), 7641, 206,51
    5. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, (35), 7735, 221,00
    (tie) Clair Johnston, Australia, (35), 7366, 210,46
    (tie) Nadia Aqeel, Bahrain, (35), 7328, 209,37
    (tie) Isabelle Saldjian, France, (34), 7111, 209,15
    9. Patricia Schwarz, Germany, (24), 6707, 209,59
    10. Marieke de Jong, Netherlands, (24), 6583, 205,72
    11. Piritta Kantola, Finland, (24), 6560, 205,00
    12. Iliana Lomeli, Mexico, (24), 6558, 204,94
    13. Aida Granillo , El Salvador, (24), 6551, 204,72
    14. Trine Daugbjerg Simonsen, Denmark, (24), 6503, 203,22
    15. Ina Kunts, Belarus, (24), 6435, 201,09
    16. Bigi Manico, Switzerland, (24), 6423, 200,72
    17. Ellen Ramos, Philippines, (24), 6323, 197,59
    18. Lynda Black-Watson, Northern Ireland, (24), 6301, 196,91
    19. Laura Meade, Ireland, (24), 6298, 196,81
    20. Beatrix Pesek, Hungary, (24), 6251, 195,34
    21. Nardy del Biondo, Venezuela, (24), 6230, 194,69
    22. Lorraine Casha, Malta, (24), 6219, 194,34
    23. Suzuna Miyagi, Japan, (24), 6207, 193,97
    24. Natassa Rovothaki, Greece, (24), 6098, 190,56
    25. Carmen Tang, Hong Kong, (24), 4581, 190,88
    26. Cherie Shi Hua Tan, Singapore, (24), 4578, 190,75
    27. Natalia Martin, Poland, (24), 4571, 190,46
    28. Evelyn Tutschka, Austria, (24), 4559, 189,96
    (tie) Belinda Tan, New Zealand, (24), 4557, 189,88
    30. Olga Tarasova, Ukraine, (24), 4534, 188,92
    31. Veronica Lalande-Lapointe, Canada, (24), 4522, 188,42
    32. Sandra Torrents, Spain, (24), 4507, 187,79
    33. Olga Tabachkova, Russia, (24), 4497, 187,38
    34. Samy-Anna Saba, Egypt, (24), 4478, 186,58
    35. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, (24), 4475, 186,46
    36. Sue Thomas, Wales, (24), 4428, 184,50
    37. Yifat Tal, Israel, (24), 4427, 184,46
    38. Anna Cionna, Italy, (24), 4408, 183,67
    39. Dana Hanusova, Czech Republic, (24), 4377, 182,38
    40. Myria Kastori, Cyprus, (24), 4323, 180,13
    41. Piia Lutt, Estonia, (24), 4320, 180,00
    42. Jacqui MacColl, Scotland, (24), 4318, 179,92
    43. Marie-Pierre Tartaroli, Reunion, (24), 4297, 179,04
    44. Ana Maria Benko, Argentina, (24), 4279, 178,29
    45. Veronika Solozhenkina, Kazakhstan, (24), 4269, 177,88
    46. Stepheny Le Lion, Jersey, (24), 4252, 177,17
    47. Sandrine Peelman, Belgium, (24), 4248, 177,00
    48. Filomena Choi, Macao, (24), 4241, 176,71
    49. Daniele Amsellem, Morocco, (24), 4132, 172,17
    (tie) Sumathi Nallabantu, India, (24), 4115, 171,46
    51. Rahma Mubarak Al Sharqi, (24), 4113, 171,38
    52. Nadezda Logetskaya, Azerbaijan, (24), 4066, 169,42
    53. Polina Schischmanova, Bulgaria, (24), 4047, 168,63
    54. Daiva Perminiene, Lithuania, (24), 4043, 168,46
    55. Julie Jackson, Gibraltar, (24), 4002, 166,75
    56. Gudny Gunnarsdottir, Iceland, (24), 3946, 164,42
    57. Odette Piticariu, Romania, (24), 3943, 164,29
    58. Ljiljana Rakamaric, Croatia, (24), 3935, 163,96
    59. Elena Sergeeva, Uzbekistan, (24), 3838, 159,92
    60. Monika Bozsoky, Slovakia, (24), 3816, 159,00
    61. Barbara Brezic, Slovenia, (24), 3793, 158,04
    62. Joanne Johnson, Guernsey, (24), 3722, 155,08
    63. Manuela Soares, Portugal, (24), 3715, 154,79
    64. Gordana Radulovich, Serbia & Montenegro, (24), 3701, 154,21
    65. Diane Moore, Isle of Man, (24), 3555, 148,13
    66. Elena Capatina, Moldova, (24), 3549, 147,88
    67. Rita de Franco, Ethiopia, (24), 3526, 146,92
    68. Antonieta Costa, Azores, (24), 3522, 146,75


    That championship feeling - Tenpin bowler returns to city with World Cup, gets hero's welcome

    Republished courtesy of Winnipeg Free Press
    By Allan Besson - November 25, 2005

     WHEN he was five, Mike Schmidt says his mom and dad had to make him stop bowling in the basement of their house in Tyndall with his plastic ball and pins because he would go on for "hours and hours."

    Yesterday, mom Linda was front and centre as about 100 family members and friends greeted him and his father Rick as they returned from the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia with the championship trophy held high.

    "I can't do this," said Linda Schmidt. "It is so overwhelming. Of course I am proud of him. I always have been. I was cautiously confident he could win the championship. You always think the best for your child."

    Click on the picture to enlarge it.


     Schmidt, who led throughout the tournament, needed the last ball to defeat Or Aviram of Israel two games to one in the final. That ball, he said, was the one he has waited 18 years to throw.

    "It was very tough to keep all my emotions in check," he said, between hugs and kisses from well-wishers. "Once I let go of the ball, it was a real nail-biter because the last two pins didn't want to fall. When they did, everyone just went nuts." "He loves the game and it showed," said his father. "He was so comfortable and so loose."

    "What makes him a champion is his build," his father went on. "He is not too tall, so he is well-balanced. When he releases the ball he has a nice little snap motion with his wrist that carries it all the way."

    The elder Schmidt said that no one, until this year, had ever led the World Cup from start to finish. Aviram cracked in the eighth frame and "lost his nerve," said Rick Schmidt, "opening the door for Mike."


     "I don't really know about that," said Schmidt. "I don't watch my opponents. When I am on the bench, I have my eyes closed and I am mentally visualizing what I want to do. I don't want to see him go four in a row throwing Brooklyns (fluky strikes to the wrong side of the head pin). That might play with my head."

    Schmidt doesn't have a job to go back to since quitting work a year and a half ago to concentrate on training for the World Cup. "I was able to win quite a bit of money," he said. "I won a CBC tournament for $10,000 and also won a TSN Pins game this past summer worth about $52,000. That allowed me to get by."

    Today he's back at Chateau Lanes in his regular slot with the Greater Winnipeg Classic Men's League, but he says he'll be looking over his shoulder for anyone with an open chequebook.

    "As an amateur I really don't know what else I can do," he said. "There is still the Canadian national team and the Pan Am Games in a few years. Then there is the pro tour down south. "So far no sponsor has come forth. Maybe after this they will."