Swiss Kwan Harn-Chieh sets the pace in Men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2010 BWC

    Leads Squad B in Qualifying Round One with a 231.8 average

    2010BWCKwanHarnChieh.jpgKwan Harn-Chieh (pictured left2010BWCWilliamChing.jpg) of Switzerland, started the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Monday morning at Bowling de Provence in Toulon, France with the front eight en route to set the pace in the first round of the men's qualifying with 1159 five-game total and an average of 231.80.

    The 25-year-old lefthander had games of 269, 214, 234, 226 and 216 to out average his nearest competitor in Squad B (Squad A will take to the lanes at 11.45 CET) by more than 10 pins. William Ching, Venezuela, was second with 1107 followed by Team USA's John Szczerbinski (below left) in third with 1101.

    2010BWCJohnSzczerbinski.jpg2010BWCRedhaElFezzani.jpg2005 BWC winner and last year's runner-up, Michael Schmidt, Canada, was in ninth place with 1044. Redha El Fezzani (right), Libya, took the 45th and last place in Squad B with 709 or an average of 141.80 trailing leader Kwan by 450 pins.

    Record 168 players (92 men and record 76 women) from 93 countries will bowl for the coveted World Cup titles. Men and women bowl in separate divisions each split into two squads.

    The total number of participants broke the previous record of 166 set in the 40th BWC in Singapore in 2004. The number of females bowlers broke the previous record of 73 set in Singapore, Caracas (2006) and St. Petersburgh (2007) .

    To view the complete list of participating countries and players click here .

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    The preliminaries consist of 4 blocks of 5 games with the top 24 men and the top 24 women after 20 games advancing to the intermediate round. The top 24 players bowl another 8 games with the pinfall total from the preliminaries being carried forward.

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 28 games will bowl a further 7 games round robin match play plus 1 game position round total 8 games) with 30 pins bonus per win and 15 for a tie. The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 36 games including bonus pins will determine the champions in a stepladder final in best-of-three games format on Saturday Oct. 23.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif will cover the event live from Bowling de Provence with stories and results after each round, high quality photos and high definition videos commencing Sunday Oct. 17 with the Opening Ceremonies all the way through to the stepladder on Saturday Oct. 3.

    Bowlingdigital will also simulcast all broadcast coverage provided by USBC's Lucas Wiseman is working hard to get things started. According to Lucas there are chances that live streaming will start this afternoon with Women Squad A.


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    Men's Qualifying Round One (Squad B only)