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USA women set the pace in Team event at World Senior Championships


Defending women’s team champion USA out averaged their nearest competitor Sweden by more than 15 pins to take the lead in the team event at the World Senior Championships after the first three-game block Friday afternoon at Dream Bowl Palace in the Munich-area suburb of Unterföhring, Germany.

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

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Leanne Hulsenberg, Lynda Barnes and Tish Johnson rolled games of 767, 869 and 853 to set the pace in a field of 23 countries with 2489 and an average of 207.42, which set a new record for the Championships.

Hulsenberg, who celebrated her 50th birthday today, posted the field-best 649 series and was followed by Johnson (636), Dorin-Ballard (614) and singles champion Barnes (590).

Trailing the Americans by 182 pins to sit in second place was 2013 team champion Sweden. Defending masters champion Susanne Olsson, Kristina Nordenson, Christel Carlsson and Lena Sulkanen took a 98-pin lead after the first game (865), but fell behind after losing 200 pins on the Americans in the second game (689 to 889). The Swedes finished with 753 for 2307 total (192.25).

Canada is further 73 pins back in third place with 2234 (186.17). France Joubert, Laurie Griffith, Sharon Tataryn and Jill Friis had games of 723, 799 and 712.

Australia’s Robyn Flynn, Julie Harrison, Janet Baker and Jeanette Baker started the first block with 700 and 710 but jumped into fourth place thanks to a 771 last game. The Aussies totaled 2181 (181.75).

All teams will return on Saturday at 12.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) for the second block of three games after which the field is cut to the top 4. The medal round starts at 6 p.m. with the semi-finals. The No. 1 seed takes on No. 4 and No. 2 meets No. 3. The winners of the best-of-three games matches in Baker style advance to the gold medal match and the losers share the bronze medal.

The team event will also determine the medals in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event). With 15 of 18 games in the books, Leanne Hulsenberg (left) has regained the lead with 3255 total and an average of 217.

Lynda Barnes slipped to second place with 3205 and was followed by Reija Lundén of Finland in third place with 2968. Lena Sulkanen is just two pins off the pace for the medals in fourth place with 2966.

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.

Bowling officially gets underway Aug. 15. 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 after Block 1

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

Women’s All-Events after 15/18 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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