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USA takes early lead in Doubles preliminaries at World Men Championships

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Team USA’s Jakob Butturff and Kyle Troup took the early lead in the Doubles preliminaries at the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships as the duo led the 34 teams in the first of four squads at SCAA bowling center in Hong Kong Tuesday morning with 2549 six-game total or an average of 212.42 as a team.

Three-time Professional Bowlers Association champion Troup (right), a 27-year-old two-handed player who delivers the ball from the right-hand side, led all 64 bowlers with 1346 and an average of 224.33. Butturff (left), a 24-year-old left-hander, who owns four-time PBA titles, contributed 1203.

Featured photo from top right, counterclockwise: Kyle Troup & Jakob Butturff (USA), Joel Tan & Jonovan Neo (SIN); Rafiq Ismail & Timmy Tan (MAS); and Ivan Tse & Tony Wong (HKG).

The Americans rolled games of 414, 465, 433, 437 and 438 to pull ahead of the field before they closed with their low game of 362. Singapore’s Joel Tan and Jonovan Neo (left, l-r) closed their set with the highest game so far in this Championships (494) to narrow the gap to 58 pins to sit in second place with 2491 (207.58).

Neo, 21, led the duo with 1291 and Tan, who is celebrating his 23rd birthday today, hit 1200 on the nose, thanks to a 267 last game effort.

The Singaporeans were followed by another three teams from the Asian Bowling Federation. Timmy Tan, 24, and Rafiq Ismail (left, l-r), 21, of Malaysia hovered near the top for the first three games, but fell behind due to 377 and 314 in games four and five. The Malaysians closed with a 460 last game to finish this squad in third place with 2459 (204.92).

One of the youngest teams in the doubles event, Ivan Tse, 18, and Tony Wong, 23 (right, r-l), from the host country Hong Kong rebounded from a slow start (357, 353) with games of 406, 448, 434 and 442 to be the last team mathematically still in contention for the medals in fourth place with 2440 (203.33).

All other teams in this squad are already out of the race for the medals. Thailand’s Surasak Manuwong and Sithiphol Kunaksorn (left, r-l) were the first team out in fifth place with 2407 (200.58).

Julien Sermand and Thibaut Lanos (right, l-r) from France were the best team from Europe and the last to average over 200 in sixth place with 2403 (200.25).

The bowlers of squad 2 will bowl their six-game series this afternoon with squads 3 and 4 to follow on Wednesday starting at 9 and 13.45 p.m. Hong Kong time.

The top 4 duos at the end of the preliminaries will advance to the medal round on Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at 18.30. No. 1 takes on no. 4 and no. 2 meets no. 3 in the semifinals.

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

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

Bowlingdigital will provide 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, followed by the Opening Ceremonies (Nov. 24), the preliminaries in Singles, Doubles, Trios (Nov. 24-30), the Team preliminaries (Dec. 1-4), during which the Singles and Doubles Finals will be contested, followed by the Trios and Team Finals, all the way through to the Masters finals (Dec. 4-5).

For more information on the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships, please read our Championships Preview.

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