Holly Fleming is the early leader in the Women's Qualifying at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2010 BWC

    Top 8 crack the 1000-bar in Squad A

    2010BWCHollyFleming.jpg2010BWCAumiGuerra.jpgScotland's Holly Fleming (pictured left) rolled five games between 205 and 234 to become the early qualifying leader in the women's division of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup currently underway at Bowling de Provence in Toulon, France.

    Fleming started her five-game series with back-to-back 205 games, added 214 and closed out the series with 232 and 234 to lead the 39 players from Squad A with 1090 and an average of 218.00.

    Aumi Guerra (right), Dominican Republic, who led the field after four games missed the top spot by three pins to sit in second place with 1087 (217.40).

    2010BWCHelenJohnsson.jpg2010BWCPatcharinTorgersen.jpgWorld and European champion Helén Johnsson (right), Sweden, used five games between 200 and 223 for a 1056 series, good for third place. Natsumi Koizumi (right), Japan, was fourth with 1039 and was followed by Team England's Fiona Banks in fifth place with 1034.

    Former Professional Women's Bowling Association super star Carolyn Dorin-Ballard ( below left) sits in sixth place with 1026. Patcharin Torgersen, Norway, was seventh with 1010. Rounding out the top 8 was Apple Posadas, Philippines, who knocked down 1ßß7 pins and was the last player, who averaged over 200.

    2010BWCCarolynDorinBallard.jpg2010BWCEdithQuintanilla.jpgJulieanne Mollet of New Zealand finished her series with 238, the highest game in the women's division so far, to jump into 18th place with 938. Orquídea Cerca, Portugal, currently sits in 24th place with 888 while Edith Quintanilla (right), El Salvador, is the first player outside the top 24 in 25th place with 887.

    The 37 women of Squad B will conclude qualifying day one on Monday evening.

    Record 167 players (91 men and record 76 women) from 92 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. Peters burgh (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 Bowlingdigital.com 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.

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    Women's Qualifying Round One (Squad A only)