from the host country of Mexico averaged almost 240 in the first of four qualifying blocks to take the lead in the men’s division of the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Monday at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Pictured above are the top 4 men after the first round of qualifying. From left: Niko Oksanen, Lluis Montfort, Arturo Estrada and Nicola Pongolini.
Estrada (right) started his six-game block with 220, 247, 232 and 226 before he moved to the top of the leaderboard with back-to-back 250 and 258. He leads the 64-player field with 1433 pinfall total and an average of 238.83.
Lluis Montfort (left) of Catalonia celebrated an amazing comeback after a seven-year absence from the sport. Montfort, one of the best DJs in Barcelona, started his comeback after a three-week stint in a hospital at the end of August en route to win the Catalonian World Cup qualifier.
Montfort got out of the gates strong to pace the field after each of the first four games with 257, 258, 243 and 175. He dropped to second place after another 183 in game five but rebounded with 278 to narrow the gap to Estrada to 39 pins with 1394 and an average of 232.33.
There’s a bigger gap between second and third place. Nicola Pongolini (right) of Italy used high games of 259, 244 and 234 to take third place with 1315 (219.17).
Two-time defending European Youth Championships all-events champion Niko Oksanen (left) of Finland closed his series with a huge 268 game to leap into fourth place with 1309 (218.17).
Oscar Rodriguez (right) of Colombia was 30 pins behind Oksanen in fifth place with 1279 and was followed by Derek Lee of Macau in sixth place with 1271, including a 256 finishing game.
Ray Teece (left) of England slipped out of the top 4 to seventh place after closing with back-to-back 180s for 1269. Mats Maggi of Belgium was mere one pin behind in eighth place with 1268, with Marco Moretti of Costa Rica further two pins behind in ninth place with 1266.
Rounding out the top 10 was 2015 World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong (right) of Hong Kong, who toppled 1263 pins despite finishing with 164 and 177. Just outside the top 10 were Tor Inge Jansen of Norway (1255) and U.S. Open runner-up Jakob Butturff, United States (1252).
One of the most interesting player to watch, Alejandro Ishikawa (left), a 19-year-old two-handed lefty from Peru, struggled the first four games but rebounded with 276 and 254 to jump from nowhere to 22nd place with 1226.
With six out 24 qualifying games in the books, Feng Nan (right) of China, home of 2016 men’s champion Wang Hongbo, holds the 24th and last place to advance with 1218 and an average of 203.00.
40th place David Tanic (left) of Serbia rolled the highest game of the World Cup so far. Tanic threw eleven strikes but left the 1-2-4 combination on the fill ball and had to settle for 297.
The men will return to Bol 300 on Tuesday for the second block of qualifying at 3.30 p.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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