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U.S. women follow the men, earn No. 1 seed for WSrC women’s team finals


Senior Team USA’s Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Leanne Hulsenberg, Lynda Barnes and Tish Johnson followed in the footprints of their male counterparts as the foursome led the teams from 23 countries after the second three–game block of the women’s team preliminaries to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round at the World Senior Championships in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.

Pictured above are the top 4 teams, from top left, clockwise: United States, Sweden, Canada and Japan.

The Americans (above right) added 2428 to the 2489 from the first block to lead the field with championship record 4917 pins and an average of 204.88. Hulsenberg led the team with 1294, and was followed by Johnson (1215), Dorin-Ballard (1208) and singles gold medalist Barnes with 1200.

Trailing the defending team champion by 382 pins to sit in second place was 2013 WSrC team champion Sweden (left). Defending masters champion Susanne Olsson, Kristina Nordenson, Christel Carlsson and Lena Sulkanen used games of 793, 728 and 707 to maintain their second place from the first day with 4535 (188.96).

Canada’s doubles gold medalists France Joubert and Jill Friis joined forces with Laurie Griffith and Sharon Tataryn (right) and registered games of 747, 727 and 758 to remain in third place with 4466 (186.08).

Eiko Toriyabe, Yuko Miyakura, Yumiko Yoshida and Honami Yanagawa of Japan topped Australia in the last game, 744-691, to make up a 14 pin deficit and to claim the last place for the medal round with 4399 (183.29).

Robyn Flynn, Julie Harrison, Janet Baker and Jeanette Baker (left) had to settle for fifth place with 4353 (181.38).

The medal round, which will be held simultaneously with the men, 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.

The team event also determined the medals in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event). Leanne Hulsenberg (center) cruised to her first career gold medal at World Championships as she totaled record 3900 pins or an average of 216.67 for 18 games to lead the 110 women from 32 countries.

Lynda Barnes (left) took the silver medal with 3815 and was followed by Reija Lundén (right) of Finland in third place with distant 3540. Yumiko Yoshida of Japan missed the bronze medal by 27 pins to finish fourth with 3513.

Bianca Völkl-Brandt of Germany took the eighth and last spot to earn one bye for the masters finals with 3455 (191.94). Laurie Griffith of took the 24th and last place to advance to first round of match play masters with 3268 (181.56).

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

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 magnificent 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 share the bronze medals.

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 – Women’s Team Preliminaries

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

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

Top three after 18 games will earn the medals in all-events; top 24 will advance to match play masters, top 8 receive a first-round bye.

Herbert Bickel

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