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U.S. men earn No. 1 seed for team finals at World Senior Championships


Senior Team USA’s Lennie Boresch, Ron Mohr, Bob Learn Jr. and Parker Bohn III averaged 201 in the second block of three games of the doubles preliminaries to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round at the World Bowling Senior Championships 2017 in Germany.

Pictured above are the four finalists, from top left, clockwise: United States, Finland, Mexico and Canada.

The Americans will target their third gold medal of this Championships after winning the titles in singles (Mohr) and doubles (Bohn, Learn) starting at 4 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) at Dream-Bowl Palace, just outside Munich.

The defending team champion added 2412 to the 2433 three-game total from the first block to leap one spot and to lead the teams from 39 countries with 4845 total and an average of 201.88. The Americans had games of 859, 753 and 800 today.

Learn led the way with a 1286 effort, Mohr finished with 1212, Bohn had 1207 and Boresch added 1140.

Starting the last game in sixth position, Finland’s Jari Aikioniemi, Sami Luoto, Ari Halme and Teemu Raatikainen (right) rolled an 838 last game, while most of the other teams in the hunt for the top 4 were struggling, propelled the Finns into second place with 4803 (200.12).

Finland posted the higehst series in the second block with 2452, including games of 815, 799 and 838.

Overnight leaders Daniel Falconi, Jesus Gutierrez, Carlos Denot and Mario Garcia of Mexico (left) secured third place with 4776. Falconi led his team with 1310, the highest individual series in the team event.

Canada’s Fred Phillips, Conn Casey, Richard Lafleur and Joe Ciach (right) were just 11 pins behind the USA heading into the last game, but finished with a low game of 735 to slip to fourth place with 4769 (198.71).

2013 World Senior Championships team gold medalist Sweden started the day with 808 and 822 to move into third place, but fell all the way out of the top 4 behind a final 715 effort. Christer Petersson, Johan Åberg, Stefan Yngström and Christer Danielsson had to settle for fifth place with 4737 (197.38).

The medal round starts at 4 p.m. with the semi-finals. No. 1 USA takes on No. 4 Canada and No. 2 Finland meets No. 3 Mexico. The winners of the best-of-three games matches in Baker style advance to the gold medal match, while the losers tie for bronze.

Starting the last three games with a slim 17-pin lead in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event), Ron Mohr (left) posted games of 236, 205 and 182 to lead the 163-player field from 44 countries and to win his second gold medal and fifth overall in WSrC competition with 3907 total and an average of 217.06 for 18 games.

Mohr (center), who won gold in doubles an all-events (with record 4225 pinfall total) in the inaugural WSrC in 2013 and gold in the team event in 2015, as well as gold in singles three days ago, is the most winningest athlete in the short history of the Championships.

Marc Franceus (left) of Belgium remained in second place with 3859 (214.39) to earn the dsilver medal. 2015 Singles and masters champion Andrew Frawley (right) of Australia had games of 197, 237 and 213 to clinch the bronze medal with 3830 (212.78).

Ron van den Bogaard (left) of the Netherlands took the eighth and last spot to earn one bye for the masters finals with 3725 (206.94). Mario Garcia of Mexico took the 24th and last place to advance to first round of match play masters with 3556 (197.56).

Action shifts to the women’s team event. The 23 women’s teams return for the second block at 12.30 p.m. with the top 4 teams with the highest six-game totals advancing to the medal round, which will be held simultaneously with the men.

Click on the respective links to watch the action via the Internet:
All times are Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Friday – August 18, 2017
10:00-13:00 Men’s Team event 1st Block
13:00-14:00 Lane Maintenance
14:00-17:00 Women’s Team event 1st Block

Saturday – August 19, 2017
08:30-11:30 Men’s Team event 2nd Block
11:30-12:30 Lane Maintenance
Medal Presentation for Doubles (Men & Women)
12:30-15:30 Women’s Team event 2nd Block
16:00-17:30 Team Semi-Finals and Finals (Men & Women)
17:30 Medal Presentation for All-Events (Men & Women)
18:00 Medal Presentation for Team event (Men & Women)

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the event commencing Tuesday, August 15, with the singles preliminaries all the way through to the masters finals which will conclude the Championships on Sunday, August 20.

The 3rd World Senior Championships 2017 will be held from August 13-20 at Europe’s biggest bowling center, the beautiful 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

Up to four men and four women per country (players must be 50 years of age or above in the year of the championship) will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, four-player teams, all-events and masters in the seven-day competition.

Singles, doubles and team events include six games of qualifying before the field is narrowed to the top four who advance to the medal round. The winners of the semi-finals bowl for gold and silver, the losers tie for bronze.

The top 3 players in all-events (combined scores in singles, doubles and team preliminaries) also earn medals. The top 24 in all-events determine the medalists in masters in best-of-three games single-elimination match play format. The top 8 receive a first-round bye.

In accordance with World Bowling Statutes and Playing Rules Chapter 4.6.2, the 2017 World Senior Championships will be contested on the 41 feet Montreal lane conditioning pattern selected from Bank 2 (formerly “medium”) patterns of the World Bowling bank of patterns.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on World Bowling, click here.

The 4th World Senior Championships will return to Las Vegas in August 2019, this time to the new South Point Bowling Plaza, which is part of the South Point Hotel and Casino.

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World Senior Championships 2017 – Men’s Team Preliminaries

Top four teams after six games will advance to the medal round.

Men’s All-Events – Final Standings after 18 games

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