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Kyle Troup achieves perfection; wins qualifying at 54th Bowling World Cup

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Team USA’s Kyle Troup averaged higher than 236 for 24 games to finish qualifying at the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup atop the 81-player leaderboard as the field was cut to the top 24 players.

The two-handed right-hander (right), who owns three Professional Bowlers Association titles, posted the highest eight-game series of 1914 at Sam’s Town bowling center in Las Vegas, an average of 239.25, including the second 300 game of the tournament, om his way to win the qualifying with 5674 total and an average of 236.42.

Troup, who led the qualifying wire-to-wire, started the day with 216, then connected on the next 12 shots for 300 and closed with 248, 226, 245, 234, 238 and 207. Troup had 1963 in the first block and 1797 in the second. Pinfall will be carried forward until the cut to the top 4 players for the finals.

Troup’s fellow two-hander Osku Palermaa (left) of Finland was just ten pins back in the third block (1904), including games of 243, 227, 258, 252, 245, 199, 244 and 236, to maintain second place with 5560 (231.67).

Five-time PBA champion Palermaa, who won the World Cup in 2006, is targeting to become just the fourth multiple men’s champion after Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippines (1976, ’80, ’92 and ’96); Arne Strøm, Norway (1977 and ’82); and Michael Schmidt, Canada (2005 and ’10).

Ryan Reid (right) of Canada, who rolled the first perfecto in the second block on Wednesday, added the fourth-highest 1853 Thursday, including a high game of 277, to solidify third place with 5479 (228.29).

Yannaphon Larp-apharat (left) of Thailand used the fifth-best 1836 series to overtake Andres Gomez of Colombia, who chalked up 1710 today (17th). Yannaphon, who owns one PBA title, moved into fourth place with 5384 (224.33), while Gomez, a three-time PBA titlist, slipped to fifth place with 5308.

Sam Cooley (right) of Australia and Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia leaped one spot into sixth and seventh place, respectively. Cooley knocked down 1765 pins for 5307 total and Lalisang had 1786 and 5285 total.

Sam Rose (left) of England fell three spots to eighth place with 5264, behind a 1693 series Thursday which included high games of 255, 233 and 231, but also low games of 180, 185 and 197.

Marcelo Suartz (right) of Brazil toppled 1758 pins, including high games of 279 and 254, to move from a tie for 10th place to 9th with 5247.

Arnar David Jonsson (left) of Iceland, who won his first European Bowling Tour title in the Odense International in early September, made an impressive leapfrog, moving from 18th to 10th in a span of eight games.

Jonsson registered the third-highest 1878 series today (234.75 average), including games of 210, 237, 236, 259, 207, 257, 225 and 247, to round out the top 10 with 5218 (217.42).

Four players battled it out for the last three spots to advance to the Round of 24 Friday morning starting at 8.30 Pacific Standard Time (PST) simultaneously with the women.

Barry Foley (right) of Ireland closed his set with 203 to take 22nd place with 4985 and an average of 207.71. Julien Keller (left) of France finished with back-to-back 211 games to land in 23rd place with 4981.

Starting the day 140 pins off the pace for the first cut in 41st place, Donald Lee (right) of Panama came out of the gates with 258, 205 and 300 on his way to an 1826 series to take the 24th and last place to advance with 4978 (207.42).

Lee closed out with 209 to overtake Phil Hulst (left), Netherlands, who suffered a 158 closing game, by four pins and pushed the Dutch to 25th place with 4974.

Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results from the first round all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 10, completed in the afternoon.

More details on the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, including the tournament schedule, can be found in our World Cup Preview.

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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54th QubicaAMF BWC – Men’s Qualifying Round Three Results


300 games (2) – Kyle Troup, Donald Lee.

54th QubicaAMF BWC – Men’s Standings after Qualifying

Top 24 advance to the next stage


300 games (3) – Ryan Reid (Round 2), Kyle Troup, Donald Lee (Round 3).

Herbert Bickel

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