The 35th edition in 1999 was won by Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar and Amanda Bradley (left) of Australia. Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong and Colombia’s Clara Juliana Guerrero (right) emerged as the champions in the 51st edition in 2015.
The 17th edition took place in New York in 1981 and was won by USA’s Robert Worall and Pauline Smith of Great Britain.
Tournament organizer Anne-Marie Board and the World Cup staff are expecting bowlers from more than 80 countries to participate in the five-day competition (Nov. 6-10), the biggest event in the sport of tenpin bowling in regard to participating countries.
The following countries and regions have registered:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azores, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Catalonia, China, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, El Salvador, Spain, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, French Guiana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Iraq, Israel, Virgin Islands, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Nicaragua, New Caledonia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, South Africa, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Wales and the host country United States.
The 40th World Cup in Singapore in 2004 still holds the record for the most countries (95) and the most male bowlers (93), while the 46th edition in Toulon, France, drew the most players (167) including the most women (76).
Last year’s 53rd edition in Hermosillo, Mexico, drew 118 players, 64 men and 54 women, from 68 countries. The Philippines and USA are the defending champions. Krizziah Lyn Tabora of the Philippines defeated Siti Safiyah of Malaysia, 236-191, to capture the women’s title. PBA champion Jakob Butturff won the men’s title with a 246-201 victory against Oscar Rodriguez of Colombia.
The six multiple World Cup champions on the women’s side are Jeanette Baker, Australia (1982, 83); Pauline Smith, Great Britain (1981, 93); Shannon Pluhowsky, USA (2002, 04); Aumi Guerra (right), Dominican Republic (2010, 11), Caroline Lagrange, Canada (2009, 13) and Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia (2014, 15).
Paeng Nepomuceno (left), Philippines, who has won record four titles (1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996), Michael Schmidt of Canada (2005, 10) and Arne Svein Strøm of Norway (1977, 1982) are the only multiple men’s champions.
Guerrero, Guerra and Baker are the only players, men and women, who successfully defended a World Cup title.
Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with the first round of qualifying on Tuesday, Nov. 6, all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 10, completed in the afternoon.
All competitors at the 2018 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will bowl 24 qualifying games over three days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).
In a change to last year, the top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins will advance to the finals. No. 1 bowls no. 4 and no. 2 bowls no. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowl for the title.
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