Top 3 women in the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. L-R Shannon Pluhowsky (2nd), champion Clara Juliana Guerrero and Maria Bulanova (3rd). Photos Bowlingdigital/Max Bulanov.
By winning the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, the two-world champion (2009 in Las Vegas) and former World Ranking Masters champion, who also owns two PBA regional titles and one European Bowling Tour title, became just the sixth female bowler to win the coveted trophy twice and only the third woman to win back-to-back World Cups.
The five women, who had accomplished the feat before are Jeanette Baker, Australia (1982, 83); Pauline Smith, Great Britain (1981, 93); Shannon Pluhowsky, USA (2002, 04); Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic (2010, 11) and Caroline Lagrange, Canada (2009, 13).
Pluhowsky (right), who was targeting to win an unprecedented third title, was unable to double in the first game of the title match in best-of-three games format, while Guerrero doubled twice to win the game, 202-177.
Guerrero came out of the gates commandingly in the second game connecting for the first five strikes to take a 20-pin lead. Pluhowsky converted two single-pin spares in the first and third frame and had strikes in the second and the fourth thru sixth frame.
Guerrero converted a single-pin spare in her sixth frame, then reeled off another three consecutive strikes. Pluhowsky finished with two spares and three strikes for 238. Finishing last, Guerrero left the 2-4-5-8 combination on her first shot and needed only two pins for the victory.
She knocked down three pins to win the game, 243-238, and the match, 2-0, to successfully defend her title.
“It was a tough final,” the winner stated. “Shannon is such a tough competitor, and I knew if I could only get in front I would stand a chance. And I made the good shots when I needed to. I really want to come back next year and try to win for the third time and set a record!”
In the opening match, Pluhowsky had some hard work to do to defeat 17-year-old Russian Maria Bulanova (left), two-games-to-one. The American, who had the experience on her side, topped her young opponent in the first game, 219-174.
Bulanova, who won the European Champions Cup last month and is the youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title in 2013 at the age of 14, rebounded with a 242-177 win to force a deciding third game.
Bulanova carried the momentum into game 3, but tides turned after Pluhowsky made a ball change to advance with a 238-194 win. After finishing fourth in the 50th edition of the World Cup in Poland last year, Bulanova improved one spot by finishing third.
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England’s Keira Reay, who had the lone 300 game of the event, the 72nd perfect game in the history of the World Cup and the 14th by a woman, received the women’s High Game Award.
South Africa’s Francois Louw and Team USA’s Kamron Doyle, who both had a 289 game in the third game of qualifying, shared the men’s High Game Award.
L-R Reay, Louw, Doyle and World Cup manager, Anne-Marie Board.
By finishing third in the men’s division and fifth in the women’s division, Singapore won the Bent Petersen trophy for the top country.
L-R Singapore’s Jaris Goh and Geraldine Ng with Sam’s Town bowling center manager, Tom Pippinger Jr.
The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 8 players for the round-robin match-play portion on Thursday morning, after which the top three advanced to the stepladder finals based on their 40-game totals, including bonus pins.
Bowlingdigital.com provided onsite coverage of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results after each round.
Pictured here is Herbert Bickel, owner/editor-in-chief of Bowlingdigital.com, with World Cup champion, Clara Juliana Guerrero.
Onsite coverage commenced on Saturday, November 14th with the opening ceremony and concluded on Thursday 19th with the stepladder finals.
The picture shows commentator Lucas Wiseman of USBC Communications in the World Cup live streaming booth.
The United States Bowling Congress provided live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. All shows have been archived.
Wu Siu Hong captures the first-ever Bowling World Cup title for Hong Kong
Francois Louw continues to lead as men’s field is cut to top 8
Clara Juliana Guerrero leads the top 8 women into Thursday’s match play round
Strong finish propels Clara Juliana Guerrero to the top
Francois Louw wins men’s qualifying
Jaris Goh continues to lead men’s qualifying after 16 games
Shannon Pluhowsky takes over lead after 16 games
Aumi Guerra leads by a whisker after women’s first round
Jaris Goh takes first-round lead
51st QubicaAMF World Cup kicks off with Opening Ceremonies, Welcome Reception
Onsite coverage of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Team USA’s Kamron Doyle, Shannon Pluhowsky head to World Cup in Las Vegas
51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup nears 90-country mark
51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup reaches 80-country mark
Tournament Preview – 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Sam Rose, Keira Reay to bowl for England at Bowling World Cup Las Vegas
Igor Pizzoli wins Brazilian Bowling World Cup Qualifier for Men
Bianca Wiekeraad, Patrick Meka book tickets to Las Vegas with victory in Dutch Bowling Tour
Yifat Tal, Oron Cohen will repeat at 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Las Vegas to host the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Nov. 13-20, 2015)
Juan Cabezas, President and Chief Growth Officer of QubicaAMF Worldwide, awarded the trophies to the top 3 women. L-R Pluhowsky, Guerrero and Bulanova. Photo Bowlingdigital/Max Bulanov. Click image to enlarge.
Playoff Results (best-of-three games):
Semifinal Match: No. 3 Pluhowsky def. No. 2 Bulanova, 2-1
(219-174, 177-242, 238-194)
Championship: No. 1 Guerrero def. Pluhowsky, 2-0
4. Sandra Gongora, Mexico
5. Geraldine Ng, Singapore
6. Sanna Pasanen, Finland
7. Isabelle Hultin, Sweden
8. Siti Safiyah, Malaysia
9. Keira Reay, England
10. Misaki Mukotani, Japan
11. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic
12. Bianca Wiekeraad, Netherlands
13. Amandine Jacques, France
14. Liza Del Rosario, Philippines
15. Kerrie Ryan-Ciach, Canada
16. Patricia de Faria, Venezuela
17. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway
18. Kristie Lopez, Puerto Rico
19. Stephanie Martins, Brazil
20. Milki Ng, Hong Kong
21. Tanya Cuva, Switzerland
22. Kamilah Dammers, Aruba
23. Catherine Durieux, Belgium
24. Yifat Tal, Israel
25. Narelle Baker, Australia
26. Olena Roshchenko, Ukraine
27. Julia Lam, Macau
28. Stacey-Lee Hooper, South Africa
29. Aoife Hall, Ireland
30. Cristina Sanz, Catalonia
31. June Dill, Bermuda
32. Stephanie George, New Zealand
33. Edith Quintanilla, El Salvador
34. Helga di Benedetto, Italy
35. Louise Roberts, Wales
36. Marina Stefanova, Bulgaria
37. Maria Toth, Hungary
38. Lauren Gervolino, New Caledonia
39. Nathalie Kempgens, Germany
40. Viviana Delgado, Costa Rica
41. Felinda Grzybowska, Poland
42. Leta Anuziene, Lithuania
43. Katerina Bestova, Czech Republic
44. Hazel McQueen, Scotland
45. Driskell Rolle, Bahamas
46. Lara Jesus, Azores
47. Luminita Farcas Bucin, Romania
48. Edisa Andrade, Panama
49. Michaela Blazeková, Slovakia
50. Inna Kunts, Belarus
51. Janet Shaikh, Pakistan
52. Ivana Krajacic, Croatia
53. Vanessa Valdez, Curacao
54. Samy-Anna Saba, Egypt
55. Helena Lourenco, Portugal
56. Dennise Quezada Pena, Ecuador
57. Alda Hardardottir, Iceland
58. Monica Jimenez, Spain
59. Piia Pearce, Estonia
60. Dominique Merlo, Reunion
61. Hind Al Hammadi, UAE
62. Manal Al Hijjawi, Jordan
63. Nasheeha King, Mauritius
64. Tatjana Zalokar, Slovenia
65. Kris Rive, Jersey
66. Elisabeth Relautte, Martinique
67. Caroline Horan, Northern Ireland
68. Theresa Depka, Virgin Islands
69. Hela Meziou, Tunisia
70. Baatarchuluun Oyuntsetseg, Mongolia
Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals
|1.||Clara Juliana Guerrero||Colombia||6901||233||219||182||244||234||256||204||243||1815||180||8896|
|3.||Shannon Pluhowsky||United States||6869||178||181||203||211||226||258||256||190||1703||150||8722|
BWC Tie Rules:
In the event of a tie of total pinfall during games 1 through to 32, the player with the highest last game will take the higher position.
In the event of a tie for 24th place in Qualifying, 8th place in the Round of 24, and third place in match play, the following WTBA rule applies:
(a) One-game roll-off or, if this resultss in a further tie then:
(b) 9th and 10th frame roll-off.
In the event of during the round robin match play, the win bonus will be divided equally.
In the event of a tie during the semi-final and final knockout matches, a two-frame roll-off consisting of a 9th and 10th frame will be held to determine the winner.
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