Van der Tol wins medium-oil contest to move into the lead in women's World Ranking Masters



    Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy (April 27 - May 3, 2009)

    2009EBT02GhislainevanderTol.jpg2009EBT04TinaHulsch2.jpgDutch national champion Ghislaine van der Tol (pictured left) rolled the sole 1700-plus series on medium oil (40 ft.) Thursday at Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy, en route to overtake the lead in the women's World Ranking Masters after 16 of 24 qualifying games.

    The lefty had eight games between 192 and 236 for 1714 8-game pinfall (214.25) and a 3337 total pinfall or an average of 208.56 over 16 games. As the block winner, van der Tol received a 1.000 U.S. Dollar bonus.

    Short-oil leader Tina Hulsch (above, right), Germany, posted the sixth-best 1645 series but fell to second place with 3319.

    2009WRMSitiSafiyahAmirah.jpg2009EBT04WendyKok.jpgSiti Safiyah Amirah (left), Malaysia, who had the second-best 1689 series today, leaped from 8th to third with 3278.

    Last year's WRM runner-up Karen Marcano, Venezuela, moved from 7th to fourth with 3259 behind a 1660 series on medium oil. Places 5 and 6 belong to the two other Dutch bowlers, Wendy Kok (right) and Nicole Sanders, with 3256 and 3168.

    Rounding out the top 8 are Patricia Luoto, Germany and Anne Lorraine Gales, Denmark, with 3167 and 3166 (197.88), respectively.

    All 23 players bowl 24 games of qualifying over three days, eight each on short, medium (40) and short (left lane) and medium (right lane) oil pattern. The top 8 after 24 games will advance to the single-elimination best-of-three games finals.

    The women's division offers USD32,500 total prize money with $10,000 going to the winner.


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