Wendy Kok leads top 8 women into World Ranking Masters finals



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

    EBT08WendyKok.jpgWendy Kok (pictured left), Netherlands, was the most versatile player among the 23 women from 15 countries as she finished the qualifying of the 9th World Ranking Masters atop the leaderboard with 4935 pinfall total and an average of 206.62.

    The daughter of former Dutch standout Eric Kok started qualifying Wednesday at Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy with a 1600 8-game series on short oil (24 ft.), improved to 1656 Thursday on medium oil (40 ft.) and added 1679 on dual lane condition (left lane with short, right lane with medium oil) to lead the top 8 players into the single-elimination best-of-three games finals. As the qualifying leader, Kok received a 1.000 U.S. Dollar bonus.

    2008ToAAliciaMarcano_small.jpgFive players from Europe, two from America (the Marcano sisters) and one from Asia representing five countries - Netherlands, Germany, Venezuela (two each), Sweden and Malaysia.

    Kok will meet Alicia Marcano (right) in the quarterfinal, as Akicia hit the cutoff number for 8th place with 4725 (196.88). Only the top 4 women averaged over 200.

    2009WRMSitiSafiyahAmirah_small.jpg2009EBT04PatriciaLuoto_small.jpgTrailing Kok by mere six pins to land in second place was Siti Safiyah Amirah (left) with 4929 (205.38).

    The Malaysian, who had the third-highest series on Friday with 1651, will meet Germany's Patricia Luoto (right) in the finals. Luoto used a 1622 series to maintain her 7th place with 4789 pinfall total.

    2009EBT02GhislainevanderTol_small.jpg2008WRMKarenMarcano2_small.jpgIn the third match, medium-oil leader Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, will take on Karen Marcano, Venezuela. Van der Tol slipped from first to third place with 4907 due to a sup-par 1570 set today. Karen had only 1534 and fell from fourth to sixth place with 4793.

    European ranking champion Nina Flack, Sweden, rebounded from a 1493 series yesterday with the field-best 1724 series on dual condition to win the Block and the 1.000 U.S. Dollar bonus and to rocket from 11th to 4th place with 4867.

    2009EBT04NinaFlack_small.jpg2009EBT05TinaHulsch_small.jpgFlack (left) will meet short-oil leader Tina Hulsch (right), Germany, who fell three spots to fifth with 4795 due to a disappointing 1476 series on dual oil, the condition which will be used in the single-elimination finals.

    All the money thus far - for squad leaders Hulsch, Van der Tol, Flack and qualifying leader Kok - went to European bowlers. The women's division offers USD32,500 total prize money with $10,000 going to the winner.


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