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24th Malta Open Championships
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Hermosillo is a city of 800,000 and is known as ‘The Sun City’. It is the capital of the state of Sonora in the north of Mexico just 250 kilometers from the border with the USA. It marks the third time after 1994 and 2008 that proprietors Fernando and Daniel Gutierrez will host the event.
The 30th edition in 1994 was won by Tore Torgersen of Norway and Anne Jacobs of South Africa (right, l-r). The 44th edition in 2008 saw some of the highest scoring finals in the history of the tournament won by Derek Eoff, USA, and Singapore’s Jasmine Yeung-Nathan.
Other Mexican venues were Guadalajara (1988, 1968) and Mexico City (1983).
Tournament organizer Anne-Marie Board and the entire World Cup staff are expecting 72 men and 57 women from 75 countries to participate in the six-day competition (Nov. 6-11), the biggest event in the sport of tenpin bowling in regard to participating countries.
The following countries and regions have registered:
Argentina, Australia, Azores, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Catalonia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, USA, Venezuela, Wales, and the host country Mexico.
The 40th World Cup in Singapore in 2004 still holds the record for the most countries (95) and the most male bowlers (93), while the 46th edition 2010 in Toulon, France, drew the most players (167) including the most women (76).
Last year’s tournament in Shanghai, China, drew 144 players, 81 men and 63 women, from 83 countries. The champions were Jenny Wegner of Sweden and China’s own Wang Hongbo (pictured) right. Wegner will be on hand in Hermosillo to defend her title.
The six multiple World Cup champions on the women’s side are Jeanette Baker, Australia (1982, 83); Pauline Smith, Great Britain (1981, 93); Shannon Pluhowsky, USA (2002, 04); Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic (2010, 2011), Caroline Lagrange, Canada (2009, 2013) and Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia (left; 2014, 2015).
Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippines, who has won record four titles (1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996), Michael Schmidt of Canada (2005, 2010) and Arne Svein Strøm of Norway (1977, 1982) are the only multiple men’s champions.
Guerrero, Guerra and Baker are the only players, men and women, who successfully defended a World Cup title. Guerra will also be on hand in Hermosillo aiming to become the women’s first three-time champion.
All competitors at the 2017 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup 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).
Due to live TV coverage of the finals, the format was changed back to what we had last year: 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.
Fresh off a runner-up finish in the U.S. Open, Jakob Butturff (right), United States, is the red-hot favorite in the men’s division. The 23-year-old left-hander has won two PBA titles and PBA season record of nine regional titles in 2016.
Other favorites include 2015 World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong (left) of Hong Kong; Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. of Venezuela, who won two silver medals in singles and doubles at 2017 World Games, Anže Grabrijan of Slovenia, who finished fourth in Shanghai last year; Mahmood Al Attar of the United Arab Emirates, the 2016 Gulf Cooperation Council Masters champion; Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia, who won gold in trios and team at the Southeast Asian Games 2015; European Bowling Tour champions Ray Teece of England and James Gruffman of Sweden, who won the European Champions Cup in 2012; and two-time defending European Youth Championships all-events gold medalist Niko Oksanen of Finland.
The favorites in the women’s field are spear-headed by defending champion and 2017 European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Jenny Wegner of Sweden and two-time World Cup champion Aumi Guerra (right), Dominican Republic, who also had a runner-up finish in 2012.
Other favorites include Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol, Netherlands, the only woman to win four EBT titles; Rocio Restrepo (left) of Colombia, a three-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association champion and gold medalist in doubles at the 2017 World Games (with two-time World Cup champion Clara Juliana Guerrero); PWBA champion Siti Safiyah of Malaysia, 2017 Team USA Trials winner Erin McCarthy, multiple Asian and Asian Bowling Federation Tour point ranking leader Chan Shuk Han of Hong Kong; 2013 European Champions Cup winner Sanna Pasanen of Finland; and Sue Abela of Malta, the record gold medalist at Mediterranean Challenge Cup and Mediterranean Bowling Championships.
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.
To view the detailed schedule please click here.
|No.||75 countries||72 men||/||57 women|
|1.||Argentina||Christian Saint Bonnet||/|
|2.||Australia||Jarrod Langford||/||Rebecca Whiting|
|4.||Bahamas||Leonardo Davis||/||Uchenna Ijeuma-Delva|
|5.||Belarus||Dmitri Chilkine||/||Inna Kunts|
|6.||Belgium||Mats Maggi||/||Bauke Jespers|
|7.||Brazil||Renan Zoghaib||/||Stephanie Martins|
|8.||Bulgaria||Kaloyan Ivanov||/||Marina Stefanova|
|9.||Canada||Ryan Reid||/||Miranda Panas|
|10.||Catalonia||Lluis Montfort||/||Ingrid Julià|
|12.||Colombia||Oscar Rodriguez||/||Rocio Restrepo|
|13.||Costa Rica||Marco Moretti||/|
|16.||Czech Republic||Ladislav Švec||/||Anna Petáková|
|17.||Denmark||Dan Østergaard Poulsen||/|
|18.||Dominican Republic||Willie Javier||/||Aumi Guerra|
|19.||Ecuador||Raul Felipe Ayala Salazar||/||Nicole Andrea Riaño Sánchez|
|20.||El Salvador||Alejandro Velásquez||/||Edith Quintanilla|
|21.||England||Ray Teece||/||Lorna Scott|
|22.||Estonia||Jaanek Talisainen||/||Tiia Lige|
|23.||Ethiopia||Getachew Alehegn Mengeste||/||Zebenay Nega Berihanu|
|24.||Finland||Niko Oksanen||/||Sanna Pasanen|
|25.||France||Pierre Luc Sanchez||/||Stephanie Dubourg|
|26.||Germany||Oliver Morig||/||Vanessa Timter|
|28.||Hong Kong||Wu Siu Hong||/||Chan Shuk Han|
|29.||Hungary||Róbert Rusznyák||/||Sarolta Dosztály|
|30.||Iceland||Einar Már Björnsson||/|
|32.||Iran||Seyed Hamidreza Seyed Azizollah||/|
|33.||Iraq||Shant Panos Tomassian||/|
|35.||Israel||Ron Berlov||/||Adva Eliav|
|36.||Italy||Nicola Pongolini||/||Melanie Rossi|
|38.||Latvia||Artemijs Hudjakovs||/||Veronika Hudjakova|
|39.||Lithuania||Aidas Daniunas||/||Jurate Palaimaite|
|40.||Luxembourg||Romain Oberweis||/||Nora Turci|
|41.||Macau||Derek Lee||/||Julia Lam|
|42.||Malaysia||Ahmad Muaz||/||Siti Safiyah|
|43.||Malta||Justin Scicluna||/||Sue Abela|
|44.||Mexico||Arturo Estrada||/||Maribel Orozco|
|45.||Mongolia||Odkhuu Narantuya||/||Narantuya Shagdar|
|46.||Netherlands||Michell Stinissen||/||Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol|
|47.||New Caledonia||David Gervolino||/||Lauren Gervolino|
|48.||New Zealand||James Kelly||/||Suzanne Howell|
|50.||Northern Ireland||Kevin Horton||/||Lauren Dugan|
|51.||Norway||Tor Inge Jansen||/||Åse Jacobsen|
|54.||Philippines||Jomar Roland Jumapao||/||Krizziah Lyn Tabora|
|55.||Poland||Krzysztof Olesiński||/||Marta Lydka|
|56.||Portugal||Paulo Lopes||/||Cristina Soares|
|57.||Reunion||Stephane Severin||/||Lancien Marine|
|58.||Romania||Valentin Piros||/||Laura Piros|
|59.||Russia||Roman Starchenkov||/||Maria Koshel|
|60.||Scotland||Steven Gill||/||Jacqui MacColl|
|62.||Singapore||Brandan Tan||/||Charlene Lim|
|63.||Slovenia||Anže Grabrijan||/||Lidija Zaletel|
|64.||South Africa||Alain Regnard||/||Ursula Ekermans|
|65.||Spain||José Estevez||/||Raquel Mir Cuevas|
|66.||Sweden||James Gruffman||/||Jenny Wegner|
|67.||Switzerland||Eric Chambettaz||/||Carina Hügin|
|68.||Tunisia||Khaled Meziou||/||Hela Meziou|
|69.||Turkey||Cevat Bayram||/||Adile Sevgi Michajlow|
|70.||UAE||Mahmood Al Attar||/|
|71.||Ukraine||Roman Ilyin||/||Alexandra Levchuk|
|73.||USA||Jakob Butturff||/||Erin McCarthy|
|74.||Venezuela||Ildemaro Ruiz Jr.||/|
|75.||Wales||Gareth Roberts||/||Louise Roberts|
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