Yeong-Nathan beats Putney to win the women's title in at 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2008 BWC

    First-ever victory for Singapore in the BWC history

    2008BWCChampionJasmineYeongNathan.jpg The women's finals of the 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico, featured two of the most experienced players, defending champion Ann-Maree Putney, Australia, and Zara Glover, England, and a 20-year-old youngster, No. 1 seeded Jasmine Yeong-Nathan.

     Women's Award Ceremonies. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    When the dust had settled the two-time member of Team Singapore had struck 20 times firing two huge games (263, 298) to dethrone Putney and to bring the World Cup back to Singapore for the first time in the 44-year-history of the prestigious event.

    “I just tried to throw the best ball I could and if that meant a 300, then that is what it meant." The champion said afterwards. "I have been having some psychology sessions before coming here and concentrating on my refocusing plan, coping with setbacks. These sessions have really helped me.”

    2008BWCJasmineYeongNathanMervynFoo.jpg Yeong-Nathan paid tribute to her coach, Mervyn Foo (pictured left). "He was in our national team for many years and it is great to have a coach who understands what a major tournament is all about." Yeong-Nathan, who rolled one of five perfect games at Bol 300 this week, started the first game of the championship match with nine consecutive strikes before a 4-6-10 ended her run at perfection, but a 263-222 win gave her the momentum in the match.

    2008BWCAnnMareePutneySilver.jpg The second game looked a lot like the first as Yeong-Nathan opened with 11 strikes on the way to a 298-215 victory. The 20-year-old right-hander left the 2-5 on her final shot. The previous high game rolled in the women's stepladder finals was 280, shot by Putney  in 2007.

    2008BWCZaraGloverBronze.jpg "I just came here to bowl my game and do my best, and winning is a great bonus," said Yeong-Nathan. "I took it one shot at a time, but it was great because everyone loves strikes. I feel really happy right now."

    With a win, Putney (right) would've been the first woman to win back-to-back titles since Jeanette Baker Finch, also from Australia, did it in 1982 and 1983, and would've become the fourth woman to win two World Cups (Finch, Shannon Pluhowsky of the United States and Pauline Smith (Buck) of Great Britain).

    Putney advanced to the final with a 2-0 win over England's Zara Glover (above, left), 246-219 and 248-202.

    Semifinal: #2 Putney def. #3 Glover, 2-0

    2008BWCZaraGlove3r.jpg While Zara Glover (left) from England started game #1 with spare, strike and split, Australian Ann-Maree Putney doubled and missed a single-pin spare in the third frame.

    2008BWCAnnMareePutney3.jpg The Aussie (right) rebounded with a five bagger. Glover spared twice including a washout and reeled off five strike on her own but could not put enough pressure on Putney, who spared in the 9th and struck out in the 10th to win, 246-219.

    Putney started the second game with split, strike, spare and Glover, who stayed clean to the early lead. But Putney struck on her next seven shots to put the game and the match away, 248-202. Putney advanced to the title match and Glover had to settle for third place.

    Putney's score sheet
    Glover's score sheet

    Championship: #1 Yeong-Nathan def. #2 Putney, 2-0

    2008BWCChampionJasmineYeongNathan2.jpg 20-year-old Jasmine Yeong-Nathan (left) started her match against the defending champion and former World Champion in style:

    The Singaporean fired 9 (nine) consecutive strikes before a 4-6-10 split denied her bid for her second 200 game of the tournament. Ann-Maree Putney struck on six of her first nine shots and left two 10s and an 8-pin on the others. She finished with a spare but is down 1-0, 263-222.

    2008BWCYeonNathanPutney.jpg Yeong-Nathan carried the momentum into the second game, this time striking on the front eleven. She missed her second perfecto in the 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup by two pins but won easily won the game, 298-215, and match, 2-0, to claim the first-ever Bowling World Cup title for Singapore.

    Yeong-Nathan was second after the first day of the preliminaries and overtook the lead on day two and never looked back. An outstanding performance by the young Singaporean.

    Yeong-Nathan's score sheet
    Putney's score sheet

    This year's World Cup featured 82 men and 63 women representing 85 countries. It was the event's second visit in Hermosillo, which also played host in 1994.

    Eurosport2Logo_small.jpg TelMexLogo_small.jpg Friday's championship round was shown live on Mexican television TelMex. The men's final was also aired live on Eurosport 2 while the women's finals was taped and air on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 8.30 - 10 p.m. CET.

    44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Women's TV Finals

    All matches in best-of-three games format.