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Mitch Hupé defeats top 4 qualifiers on his way to claim gold in Masters


Team Canada, from bottom left, counterclockwise: Coach Earl Sobotkiewicz, Mitch Hupé, Dan MacLelland, team manager Jabe Vetero, David Simard, Zach Wilkins, Francois Lavoie and Graham Fach.

The best-of-three games Masters match play concluded the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships at SCAA bowling center in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China, Wednesday.

Mitch Hupé of Canada swept Team USA’s Kyle Troup, two-games-to-none, to win the only gold medal for Canada in this Championships and to successfully defend the Masters crown which his team mate Francois Lavoie had won last at the 2017 combined World Championships.

Hupé, a 23-year-old right-hander, missed two chances to shut out 27-year-old PBA champion Troup, who throws the ball with two hands from the right-hand side, to tie the American at 192-192. Troup knocked down only nine pins in the one-ball roll-off and Hupé used his third chance and struck to take a 1-0 lead.

Finishing first, Hupé needed strike-spare to shut out Troup and to win the match. He got the strike, but left the 4-6-7 split on his next delivery to give Troup the chance to throw three strikes for a 202-202 tie. When Troup failed to strike on his first ball the match was over. Troup (left) added another silver medal to the gold medal in Trios, silver in Team and bronze in Singles.

When Hupé qualified for Masters match play in 20th place among the top 24 qualifiers, he knew it would be long and tough road to win a medal. After he won his Round of 24 match Tuesday against no. 13 Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand, 2-1, and qualifiers 21 to 24 got eliminated, Hupé had to bowl the highest seeded player in each round to come.

Hupé swept All-Events champion EJ Tackett, USA, in the Round of 16, then won in the deciding third game against no. 2 seed Andrew Anderson, USA, in the Round of 8, 2-1, before he eliminated Dan MacLelland (right) in an all-Canadian semi-final match, 2-0, to bowl no. 4 Troup for the title.

The other semi-final featured two two-handers with Troup narrowly defeating Ireland’s Christopher Sloan in two games (230-226, 245-220), 2-0. MacLelland has medaled in all events but in Trios. He won silver in Singles and bronze in Doubles, Team, All-Events and Masters. Sloan also got a bronze medal, the first medal ever for Ireland in a World Championship.

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

265 players from 47 countries, but maximum six men per country, competed 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 has been contested on the 38-foot Los Angeles pattern from the current World Bowling library of lane conditioning patterns.

Bowlingdigital provided 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, all the way through to the Masters finals on Dec. 5.

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From left: Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Dan MacLelland and Christopher Sloan.

2018 World Men Championships – Masters Finals

SCAA Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China (December 5, 2018)

Championship Round (best-of-three):
Gold: Mitch Hupé, Canada
Silver: Kyle Troup, USA
Bronze: Dan MacLelland, Canada
Bronze: Christopher Sloan, Ireland

Playoff Results:
Semi-final Match 1: No. 20 Hupé def. No. 3 MacLelland, 2-0
199-176, 224-221
Semi-final Match 2: No. 4 Troup def. No. 6 Sloan, 2-0
(230-226, 245-220)
Championship: Hupé def. Troup, 2-0
(192-192 and 10-9 in roll-off, 202-190)

2018 World Men Championships – Men’s Masters Round of 8

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


2018 World Men Championships – Men’s Masters Round of 16

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


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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