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Clara Guerrero wins her second consecutive World Cup


2015BWCClaraJulianaGuerrero4.jpgDefending champion Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia defeated Shannon Pluhowsky from the host country United States, two-game-to-none, to win her second consecutive Bowling World Cup title Thursday at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.

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).

2015BWCShannonPluhowsky3.jpgPluhowsky (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.

2015BWCMariaBulanova2.jpgShe 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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2015BWCHighGameAward.jpgEngland’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.

2015BWCTeamChampionSingapore.jpgL-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.

2015BWCLogo.jpgAll competitors at the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup bowled 24 qualifying games over three days, Sunday thru Tuesday, before the field was cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Wednesday morning.

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.

2015BWCHerbertBickelClaraJulianaGuerrero2.jpgBowlingdigital.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.

2015BWCLucasWiseman.jpgOnsite 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.

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51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Women’s Finals

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Nov. 13-20, 2015)

 Championship Round:
1. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 445 (2 games)
2. Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, 1054 (5 games)
3. Maria Bulanova, Russia, 610 (3 games)

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
(202-177, 243-238).

51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Women’s Division Final Standings

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 8 men and women at the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Photo Max Bulanov.

51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Women’s Standings after Round of 8

Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals

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.

Herbert Bickel

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