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World Men Championships commences with Masters Round of 24, Team Finals

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Action at the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships at the SCAA bowling center in Causeway Bay, Hong Jong, China, shifts to Masters match play, which includes the top 24 players from the all-events standings, based on their 24-game pinfall totals from singles, doubles, trios and team.

Featured photo from left, 2017 World Championships Masters finalists Xu Zhe-Jia, Chinese Taipei (silver); Francois Lavoie, Canada (gold); and bronze medalists Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark.

Defending Masters champion, Francois Lavoie of Canada, qualified for the Round of 24 in 11th place.

The top eight finishers receive first-round byes, while the No. 9-24 qualifiers return to the lanes Tuesday afternoon for the first round of best-of-three games matches. In each round the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second highest the second lowest, and so on.

Masters Round of 24 Match-ups
#9 Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden vs. #24 Oliver Morig, Germany
#10 Hardy Rachmadian, Indonesia vs. #23 Pontus Andersson, Sweden
#11 Francois Lavoie, Canada vs. #22 Nicola Pongolini, Italy
#12 Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia vs. #21 Manuel Otalora, Colombia
#13 Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand vs. #20 Mitch Hupé, Canada
#14 Jari Ratia, Finland vs. #19 Shogo Wada, Japan
#15 Zach Wilkins, Canada vs. #18 Tommy Jones, USA
#16 Marco Moretti, Costa Rica vs. #17 Antonino Fiorentino, Italy

The Round of 24 will be followed by the medal round for the five-player team event at 17.00 Hong Kong Time. In the opening semi-final match, no. 1 USA takes on no. 4 Singapore, while no. 2 Canada and no. 3 Italy square off in the other semi-final match.

The top eight qualifiers in Masters will join the first-round winners in the bracket when competition resumes Wednesday. The 2018 World Men Championships conclude with the Masters final Wednesday night.

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 are being 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).

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Herbert Bickel

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