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Jenny Wegner continues to lead as women’s field is cut to top 24


Jenny Wegner of Sweden won the qualifying at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to lead the top 24 of 54 bowlers from 54 countries into the next round Friday at Bowl 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Wegner (right), who went wire-to-wire in Hermosillo, rolled games of 259, 232, 206, 213, 226 and 221 for 1357, the highest score in the fourth six-game block on Thursday morning, to pace the field of 54 women after 24 games with 5453 total and an average of 227.21.

That includes the tournament’s lone 300 game so far in the second game of the first block. With the help of the perfecto, Wegner took the lead and never looked back since. However, there are still another 16 games to go before the cut to the playoffs.

Pictured above are the top four women after qualifying. From left: Jenny Wegner, Vanessa Timter, Rocio Restrepo and Erin McCarthy.

The 23-year-old right-hander, who won the 52nd edition of the prestigious event last year in Shanghai, China, is looking to become the seventh woman to win the World Cup twice and the fourth to win back-to-back titles after Jeanette Baker, Australia (1982, 83), Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic (2010, 11), and Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia (2014, 15).

It took an average of 191.83 to make the cut to top 24, an average of 212.42 to be among the top 8 and an average 215.04 to get into the top 4, who will make it to the TV finals Saturday.

Trailing Wegner by 170 pins to finish qualifying in second place was Vanessa Timter (left) of Germany, who posted the second-highest 1341 series to leap one spot into second place with 5283. The 31-year-old, who retired from the German National team, had games of 268, 188, 202, 214, 266 and 203.

The most decorated player in the field at the age of 29, three-time PWBA champion, 2017 World Games champion in doubles and multiple American Zone champion Rocio Restrepo (right) of Colombia also leaped one spot into third place behind the third-highest 1331 series.

Restrepo used games of 204, 190, 21, 258, 238 and 226 to move within 25 pins of Timter. There’s a bigger gap between third and fourth place.

Erin McCarthy (left), United States, who won the 2017 Team USA Team Trials to earn her ticket to the World Cup, chalked up the fourth-highest 1314 series to leap four spots and to regain fourth place with 5161.

McCarthy finished her set with a big 258 game to overtake Siti Safiyah (right), Malaysia’s first PWBA champion, by 12 pins. The long-time member of the Malaysian national team used a high game of 256 to move from sixth to fifth place with 5149.

Rebecca Whiting (left) of Australia, who is trying to improve on a seventh place finish last year, fell from second to sixth place with 5106. 26-year-old Aussie, who started the third block yesterday with back-to-back 278 and 289, managed only 1136 in the fourth block to slip four spots.

21-year-old Maribel Orozco (right) of Mexico, who has won the Copa Mexico at Bowl 300 to qualify for the World Cup, slipped from fifth to seventh place with 5099, behind a 1234 series on Thursday.

Krizziah Lyn Tabora (left), Philippines, was only one pins behind the Mexican in eighth place with 5098, including a 1249 series today.

Tabora has a 60-pin cushion over Sanna Pasanen (right), who made up some ground with 1296 and 5038 total. The 2013 European Champions Cup winner is just 60 pins off the pace for top 8.

Edith Quintanilla of El Salvador suffered four games under 200 in the first five games, but closed with a huge 289 for 1273 to round out the top 10 with 5016.

Two-time World Cup champion Aumi Guerra (right) of the Dominican Republic sits in 14th place with 4851 and has some work to do to make the cut to the top 8.

Chan Shuk Han (left) of Hong Kong started the day in 22nd place and slipped two spots because of an 1118 series, but earned the final spot to advance with a 4604 total, a 191.83 average.

The top 24 women and the top 24 men will return to Bol 300 on Friday morning at 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) to bowl eight additional games before the cut to the top 8.

The 53rd edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 4-12 at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

All competitors will bowl 24 qualifying games over four 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).

The top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs. There will be a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Hermosillo including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with the first round of qualifying on Monday, Nov. 6, all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 11, completed in the afternoon.

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