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Sweden’s Jenny Wegner holds on to the lead in World Cup after 12/24 games


Defending champion and first round leader Jenny Wegner of Sweden continued to lead the women’s division at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup as qualifying reached the halfway point Tuesday at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Wegner (right), who was the women’s point ranking leader on the 2017 European Bowling Tour for the second time after 2015, added 1318 to her 1445 series from Monday to lead the 54-player field from as many countries with 2763 and an average of 230.25 for 12 games.

Pictured above are the top four women after two blocks of qualifying. From right: Jenny Wegner, Erin McCarthy, Rocio Restrepo and Vanessa Timter.

Starting the day 56 pins ahead Germany’s Vanessa Timter (left), Wegner began to pull away with games of 223, 217, 229, 243 and 214, but lost some pins due to finishing with her low game of 192. Her 1318 series, however, was the third-best of the day.

Timter slipped to fourth place behind games of 205, 196 and 213, but regained second place with a huge 265 in game four and secured the spot with 213 and 225 for a 1317 block and 2706 overall, an average of 225.50.

Three-time PWBA champion Rocio Restrepo (right) of Colombia posted the second-highest 1329 block (221.50 avg.) to leap from fifth to third place with 2641 and an overall average of 220.08.

The gold medalist in doubles at the 2017 World Games together with two-time World Cup champion Clara Juliana Guerrero had games of 245, 192, 259, 217, 204 and 212.

Starting the second day of qualifying in 12th position with 1214, 141 pins off the pace for the top 4, Team USA Trials winner Erin McCarthy (left) out averaged the field by 12 pins and more to jump into fourth place with 2617 and an average of 218.08.

McCarthy rolled the lone 1400-series today, including games of 202, 223, 233, 257, 247 and 241 for 1403.

Maribel Orozco (right) from the host country of Mexico needed a doubles in the 10th frame in her last frame to stay in the top, but failed to get the second strike to sit just six pins behind McCarthy in fifth place with 2611 (217.58). After a 1355 series on Monday, Orozco managed 1256 today.

Krizziah Lyn Tabora (left) of the Philippines slipped from third to sixth place with 2587 (215.58) as she had four games between 203 and 224 and a pair of 190 low games for 1223.

Rebecca Whiting (right) of Australia and Siti Safiyah of Malaysia started the day tied for sixth place with 1270. Whiting, who finished seventh in the 2016 World Cup in Shanghai, China, improved by 43 pins Tuesday (1313) to sit in seventh place with 2583 (215.25).

Siti Safiyah (left), who became Malaysia’s first PWBA champion when she won the PWBA Wichita Open in June, almost matched her score from yesterday with 1264 and holds eighth place with 2534 (211.17).

Edith Quintanilla (right) of El Salvador was the sixth and last player who surpassed the 1300-mark Tuesday. She used a 1301 series to jump from 20th to 10th place with 2469 (205.75), 25 pins behind Ghislaine Stigter-Van der Tol (below left), Netherlands, who leaped one spot to ninth place with 2494 (207.83).

Charlene Lim (below right) of Singapore leaped four spots to hold the 24th and last place to advance with 2300 or an average of 191.67.

The women will return to Bol 300 on Wednesday afternoon for the third qualifying block starting at 4.30 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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