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Mexican men lead World Senior Championships Team event after 3/6 games


Mexico, the United States, Belgium and Canada hold the top 4 places after the first three-game block in the men’s team event Friday morning at the World Senior Championships 2017.

Pictured above are the top 4 teams, from top left, clockwise: Mexico, United States, Belgium and Canada.

Daniel Falconi, Jesus Gutierrez, Carlos Denot and Mario Garcia of Mexico (right) came out of the gates with a 917 game, the highest game of the day, and added games of 777 and 743 to lead the field from 38 countries with a three-game total of 2437 and an average of 203.08 as a team.

Falconi led the way with 646, and was followed by Garcia (607), Gutierrez (605) and Denot (579).

The Mexicans beat out the odds-on favorite United States (left) for the halftime lead by just four pins. Lennie Boresch, Ron Mohr, Bob Learn Jr. and anchor bowler Parker Bohn III had games of 856, 849 and 728 to sit in second place with 2433 (202.75).

Led by their anchor bowler Marc Franceus, who rolled the highest individual three-game series of the day (676), Belgium’s (right) Jurgen Laermans, Herman Pellegroms and Philippe Van Vaerenbergh were just 23 pins behind The U.S. team in third place with 2410 (200.83).

Canada (left) was the only other team that averaged over 200 on the first day of the preliminaries. Fred Phillips, Conn Casey, Richard Lafleur and Joe Ciach used games of 808, 847 and 751 to secure fourth place with 2406 (200.50).

The next eight countries, Sweden, Australia, Finland, England, Netherlands, Colombia, Italy and Norway are merely 14 to 106 pins away from fourth place, making tomorrow’s second block before the cut to the top four promising to be an extra exciting round.

One pacer team and three make-up teams bowled alongside the 38 men’s teams. Especially the pacer team featuring German bowlers Christopher König, Matthias Kabel, Alfred Hoke and Bernhard Stöckl did fairly well coming out of the gates with an 841 game, good for fourth place after the first game.

Tournament Director Ulf Sjöblom of Sweden, 2nd VP of World Bowling, urged all team managers (pictured left) to ask their players to bowl faster and avoid slow bowling to keep the Championships schedule intact.

The men are done for today and will return on Saturday morning at 8.30 Central European Summer Time (CEST) for the second block. The medal round starts at 4 p.m. with the semi-finals. The No. 1 seed takes on No. 4 and No. 2 meets No. 3. The winners of the best-of-three games matches in Baker style advance to the gold medal match and the losers share the bronze medal.

With 15 of 18 games completed, Ron Mohr maintained a slim 17 pins lead in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team prelims) to lead the field of 163 players from 44 countries with 3284 and an average of 218.93.

Marc Franceus used games of 233, 222 and 221 to leap from fourth to second place with 3267 (217.80). Parker Bohn III remained in third place with 3195 (213.00). Just outside the box looking in was defending singles and masters champion Andrew Frawley of Australia, who was further 12 pins back in fourth place with 3183 (212.20).

Action shifts to the women’s team event this afternoon. The 23 women’s teams bowl their first block this afternoon. All teams will return on Saturday for the second block at 12.30 p.m. with the top 4 teams with the highest six-game totals advancing to the medal round, which will be held simultaneously with the men.

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All times are Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Friday – August 18, 2017
10:00-13:00 Men’s Team event 1st Block
13:00-14:00 Lane Maintenance
14:00-17:00 Women’s Team event 1st Block

Friday – August 18, 2017
18:00-19:00 Doubles Semi-Finals and Finals (Men & Women)

Saturday – August 19, 2017
08:30-11:30 Men’s Team event 2nd Block
11:30-12:30 Lane Maintenance
Medal Presentation for Doubles (Men & Women)
12:30-15:30 Women’s Team event 2nd Block
16:00-17:30 Team Semi-Finals and Finals (Men & Women)
17:30 Medal Presentation for All-Events (Men & Women)
18:00 Medal Presentation for Team event (Men & Women)

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the event commencing Tuesday, August 15, with the singles preliminaries all the way through to the masters finals which will conclude the Championships on Sunday, August 20.

The 3rd World Senior Championships 2017 will be held from August 13-20 at Europe’s biggest bowling center, the magnificent 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

Up to four men and four women per country (players must be 50 years of age or above in the year of the championship) will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, four-player teams, all-events and masters in the seven-day competition.

Bowling officially gets underway Aug. 15. Singles, doubles and team events include six games of qualifying before the field is narrowed to the top four who advance to the medal round. The winners of the semi-finals bowl for gold and silver, the losers share the bronze medals.

The top 3 players in all-events (combined scores in singles, doubles and team preliminaries) also earn medals. The top 24 in all-events determine the medalists in masters in best-of-three games single-elimination match play format. The top 8 receive a first-round bye.

In accordance with World Bowling Statutes and Playing Rules Chapter 4.6.2, the 2017 World Senior Championships will be contested on the 41 feet Montreal lane conditioning pattern selected from Bank 2 (formerly “medium”) patterns of the World Bowling bank of patterns.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on World Bowling, click here.

The 4th World Senior Championships will return to Las Vegas in August 2019, this time to the new South Point Bowling Plaza, which is part of the South Point Hotel and Casino.

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World Senior Championships 2017 – Men’s Team Preliminaries after Block 1

Top four teams after six games will advance to the medal round.

Men’s All-Events after 15/18 games

Top three after 18 games will earn the medals in all-events; top 24 will advance to match play masters, top 8 receive a first-round bye.

Herbert Bickel

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