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Masters Finals are underway at World Men Championships


The Masters finals of the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships got underway Tuesday afternoon with the Round of 24 at the SCAA bowling center in Causeway Bay, HoFng Jong, China.

The 16 players who finished 9th to 24th in All-Event based on the total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team preliminaries squared off in best-of-three games match play format. In each round of the Masters finals, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second highest the second lowest, and so on.

Defending Masters champion, Francois Lavoie (l.) of Canada, who qualified for the Round of 24 in 11th place, was among the four players who swept their opponents, two-games to-none.

Lavoie, the 2016 U.S. Open winner, who subsequently earned PBA Rookie of the Year honors, defeated Nicola Pongolini of Italy, 192-189 and 223-200.

Ryan Lalisang (l.) of Indonesia used games of 246 and 205 to eliminate Colombia’s Manuel Otalora, 2-0.

Jari Ratia (l.) of Finland ousted Shogo Wada of Japan in two games thanks to 214 and 277.

And finally Marco Moretti (l.) of Costa Rica topped Italian Antonino Fiorentino, 211-202 and 212-192. The Italians will bowl in the semi-finals of the Team event later today.

The other four matches went the distance. In the match between the no. 9 and no. 24 seed, Mattias Wetterberg (l.) of Sweden easily won the first game against Oliver Morig of Germany, 204-165. Morig rebounded nicely with a 279-227 win in game two, but Wetterberg got progressively better, winning the third game and the match, 234-164.

Hardy Rachmadian (r.) will join compatriot Lalisang in the Round of 16 tomorrow, as he sidelined Wetterberg’s fellow countryman, Pontus Andersson, thanks to a 217-213 win in the decider.

There will be four Canadians and three Americans in the Round of 16 as Mitch Hupé and Zach Wilkins won their matches, 2-1.

Hupé (r.) fired a big game in the decider to hold off Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand, 258-224.

Wilkins (r.) won in three games against multiple World Champion Tommy Jones, USA. The Canadian easily won the first game 243-163. Jones then leveled the match with a 198-167, before Wilkins won the deciding game, 204-167.

The top eight qualifiers in Masters, who received first-round byes, will join the first-round winners in the Round of 16 Wednesday at noon Hong Kong Time. The 2018 World Men Championships conclude with the Masters final Wednesday night.

Masters Round of 16 Match-ups
#1 EJ Tackett, USA vs. #20 Mitch Hupé, Canada
#2 Andrew Anderson, USA vs. #16 Marco Moretti, Costa Rica
#3 Dan MacLelland, Canada vs. #15 Zach Wilkins, Canada
#4 Kyle Troup, USA vs. #14 Jari Ratia, Finland
#5 Koo Seonghoi, Korea vs. #12 Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia
#6 Christopher Sloan, Ireland vs. #11 Francois Lavoie, Canada
#7 Jaris Goh, Singapore vs. #10 Hardy Rachmadian, Indonesia
#8 Kim Kyungmin, Korea vs. #9 Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden

The Round of 24 will be followed by the medal round for the five-player team event at 17.00 Hong Kong Time. In the opening semi-final match, no. 1 USA takes on no. 4 Singapore, while no. 2 Canada and no. 3 Italy square off in the other semi-final match.

The 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships will be held from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5 at 40-lane South China Athletic Association (SCAA) bowling center in Hong Kong, China. The Championships are being hosted by World Bowling, bowling’s world governing body, and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress.

265 players from 47 countries, maximum six men per country, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 11-day competition (Nov. 25-Dec. 5).

The Championships is contested on the 38-foot Los Angeles pattern from the current World Bowling library of lane conditioning patterns.

Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 2018 World Men Championships featuring reports, results and photos commencing with the 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference “Youth Development and Coaching” at the Hong Kong Sports Institute Nov. 20-21, followed by the Opening Ceremonies (Nov. 24), the preliminaries in Singles, Doubles, Trios (Nov. 24-30), the Team preliminaries (Dec. 1-4), during which the Singles and Doubles Finals will be contested, followed by the Trios and Team Finals, all the way through to the Masters finals (Dec. 4-5).

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2018 World Men Championships – Men’s Masters Round of 24

Single-elimination, best-of-three games format. Winners advance, losers eliminated.


Herbert Bickel

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