Canadian bowlers decided for 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup By Americo Scheftsik

    03/24/09

    Canada

    Centre De Quilles 440, Laval, Quebec, Canada (March 14-15, 2009)

    2009BWCCANFinalsSchmidtLagrangeLowe.jpgMichael Schmidt of Tyndall, Province of Manitoba and Caroline Lagrange from Montreal, Quebec won the Bowling World Cup Canadian National Championships conducted by Bowl Canada.

    L-R Schmidt, Lagrange and Team Canada couch Sandy Lowe. Pictures courtesy of Bowl Canada.

    They won the right to participate in the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to be held in Melaka, Malaysia between the 14th and the 21st. of November in a new 52 AMF lane Melaka International Bowling Center located inside the Melaka International Trade Center (MITC) which will open in June.

    The National finals were held on the 40 lanes of Centre de Quilles 440 in Laval, Province of Quebec, on March 14 and 15.

    Sixteen provincial champions (8 women and 8 men who won the 8 game provincial qualifiers) took part as well as the 2 last year winners. After two rounds of eight games, both Schmidt and Lagrange, earned the top stepladder positions averaging 241.1 and 214.7 respectively.

    2009BWCCANFinalsReidSchmidtGuay.jpgThe men semi-final pitted last year winner Jack Guay of Calgary, Alberta against third place qualifier Ryan Reid of Campbell River, British Columbia averaging 231.7. In a high caliber match Reid beat Guay, 277-258.

    In the final Michael Schmidt lost the first game against Reid narrowly 204-211 and then won the second (top seed safety game) in another nail biter, 236-226, clinching the title by mere 3 pins.

    L-R Reid, Schmidt and Guay.

    For Schmidt this will be his fourth trip to the BWC and a chance to repeat his inaugural 2005 triumph in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He then went to finish third in Caracas, Venezuela and fourth in St. Petersburg, Russia. He will bring to Melaka a 231 league average, 12 perfect games in the book and a career high 3-game series of 837.

    2009BWCCANFinalsParkLagrangeGauthier.jpgIn the women semi-final, last year winner, Nanaimo’s own Jennifer Park defeated third qualifier Lynne Gauthier from East St. Paul, Manitoba, 216-183. In the final Caroline Lagrange of Montreal, Quebec beat Jennifer Park convincingly 244 to 227.

    L-R Park, Lagrange and Gauthier.

    For Caroline Lagrange this will be her first BWC appearance and she will bring to Melaka a 222 league average, 11 perfect games in the book and a career high 3-game series of 792.

    Team Canada couch Sandy Lowe, a USBC Silver Level coach, will be accompanying the bowlers to Malaysia.



    2009 Bowling World Cup Canadian National Finals


    Centre De Quilles 440, Laval, Quebec, Canada (March 14-15, 2009)

    Men's Stepladder Finals:
    1. Michael Schmidt, Tyndall, Manitoba
    2. Ryan Reid, Campbell River, British Columbia
    3. Jack Guay, Calgary, Alberta

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match: #3 Reid def. #2 Guay, 277-258
    Title Match: Reid def. #1 Schmidt, 211-204 and in the
    Decisive Match: Schmidt def. Reid, 236-226.


    Women's Stepladder Finals:
    1. Caroline Lagrange, Montreal, Quebec
    2. Jennifer Park , Nanaimo, Canada
    3. Lynne Gauthier, East St. Paul, Manitoba

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match: #2 Park def. #3 Gauthier, 216-183
    Title Match: #1 Lagrange def. Park, 244-227.


    Men's Division - Standings after Qualifying (16 games)


    Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.

     

     

    Women's Division - Standings after Qualifying (16 games)


    Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.