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Mexico’s Arturo Estrada maintains his lead after two rounds in Hermosillo


Local favorite Arturo Estrada of Mexico maintained his lead after two rounds in the men’s division at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and leads a field of 64 bowlers from as many countries into the second half of qualifying Wednesday and Thursday at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Pictured above are the top four men after two blocks of qualifying. From left: Niko Oksanen, Jakob Butturff, Arturo Estrada and Oscar Rodriguez.

Starting the second day with a 39-pin cushion, Estrada (above right) added a solid 1249 block, including games of 199, 204, 235, 224, 194 and 193, an average of 208.17 for six games, to his 1433 and remained atop the leaderboard with 2682 and an overall average of 223.50.

Oscar Rodriguez (left) of Colombia used the second-highest 1360 series to leap from fifth to second place with 2639 (219.92). Rodriguez sandwiched high games of 248, 210, 277 and 236 between a pair of 190s.

19-year-old Niko Oksanen (right) of Finland, the two-time defending European Youth Championships all-events gold medalist, had six games between 236 and 195, to leap one spot to third place with 1297 and 2606 total (217.17).

Two-time PBA champion Jakob Butturff (left), United States, toppled 1352 pins today, 100 pins more than yesterday, to climb from 12th to fourth place with 2604 (217.00).

The 23-year-old, who led the U.S. Open after 56 games by 617 pins, including bonus pins, before he fell to Rhino Page in the title match to finish second, came out of the gates with 265 to jump into fifth place and added five games between 212 and 222.

Nicola Pongolini (right) of Italy slipped from third to fifth place with 1274 and 2589 (215.75), while Lluis Montfort of Catalonia fell from second to sixth place with 2583 (215.25) behind a sub-par 1189 series today.

Sweden’s James Gruffman (left), used high games of 256 and 274 to move into third place heading into the last game, but fell six spots to ninth place after finishing with his low game of 166 for 1321 and 2566 total (213.83).

Rounding out the top 10 was Ray Teece (right) of England with 2560 (213.33).

Dhruv Sarda (left) of India posted the fifth-best 1314 series to tie Mats Maggi (below right) of Belgium, who was second after 10 games, in 11th place with 2512 total.

Leonardo Davis (below left) from the Bahamas and Artemijs Hudjakovs, a 16-year-old two-handed bowler from Latvia, were tied for 24th and last place to advance with 2411 and an average of 200.92. In the case of a tie score after 24 qualifying games a one-game roll-off will take place, with total pins determining the winner.

The men will return to Bol 300 on Wednesday morning for the third qualifying block starting at 10.00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

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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