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Wu Siu Hong captures first-ever World Cup title for Hong Kong


2015BWCWuSiuHong2.jpgAsian and Southeast Asian champion Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong, China, defeated tournament leader Francois Louw of South Africa in two games in best-of-three games format en route to win the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Thursday at Sam’s Town bowling center in Las Vegas.

Top 3 men in the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. L-R Francois Louw (2nd), champion Wu Siu Hong and Jaris Goh (3rd), Singapore. Photo Max Bulanov.

It marks the first time in the history of the prestigious tournament that a Hong Kong bowler brings home the coveted trophy.

Wu (left) had a disastrous start into title match suffering back-to-back open frames followed by two spares, while Louw, who led the men’s division after each round (qualifying, Rounds of 24 and 8), started with three strikes to take a commanding lead.

2015BWCFrancoisLouw3.jpgHowever, the South African (right) alternated spares and strikes in the remaining seven frames to let the multiple Asian ranking winner back into the match. Wu started to strike in the fifth frame and went off the sheet, winning game one, 233-219, to take a 1-0 lead.

“At the beginning I was bowling too fast and those two open frames meant a bad start”, said Wu. “Then I changed my ball and found my form, just taking it shot by shot.”

Wu countered a double by Louw with three consecutive strikes and never looked back. Louw had “Greek Church” in his third frame and managed only one double in the rest of the game, which Wu was able to counter again, to win game two, 223-180, and the match, 2-0.

2015BWCJarisGoh8.jpg“I feel fantastic” said the winner. “This is the fourth time I have played in the World Cup and my best position was 9th, so I finally feel I can do it. It fills me with confidence and it shows Hong Kong people can do it. Now I just want to come back next year!”

In the semi-final match, Wu, the No. 2 seed, swept third-seeded Jaris Goh (left) of Singapore, 2-0, to advance to the title match. He survived a low-scoring opening game, 198-173, then defeated the first-round leader in the second game, 223-194, so seal the win.

2015BWCHighGameAward.jpgEngland’s Keira Reay, who had the lone 300 game of the event, the 72nd perfect game in the history of the World Cup and the 14th by a woman, received the women’s High Game Award.

South Africa’s Francois Louw and Team USA’s Kamron Doyle, who both had a 289 game in the third game of qualifying, shared the men’s High Game Award.

L-R Reay, Louw, Doyle and World Cup manager, Anne-Marie Board.

2015BWCTeamChampionSingapore.jpgBy finishing third in the men’s division and fifth in the women’s division, Singapore won the Bent Petersen trophy for the top country.

L-R Singapore’s Jaris Goh and Geraldine Ng with Sam’s Town bowling center manager, Tom Pippinger Jr.

2015BWCLogo.jpgAll competitors at the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup bowled 24 qualifying games over three days, Sunday thru Tuesday, before the field was cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Wednesday morning.

The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 8 players for the round-robin match-play portion on Thursday morning, after which the top three advanced to the stepladder finals based on their 40-game totals, including bonus pins.

2015BWCFinalsHerbertBickel.jpgBowlingdigital.com provided onsite coverage of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results after each round.

Pictured here is Herbert Bickel, owner/editor-in-chief of Bowlingdigital.com.

2015BWCLucasWiseman.jpgOnsite coverage commenced on Saturday, November 14th with the opening ceremony and concluded on Thursday 19th with the stepladder finals.

The picture shows commentator Lucas Wiseman of USBC Communications in the World Cup live streaming booth.

The United States Bowling Congress provided live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. All shows have been archived.

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51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Finals

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Nov. 13-20, 2015)

 Championship Round:
1. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 877 (4 games)
2. Francois Louw, South Africa, 399 (2 games)
3. Jaris Goh, Singapore, 367 (2 games)

Pat Ciniello, Chairman, QubicaAMF Worldwide, awarded the trophies to the top 3 men. L-R Louw, Wu and Goh. Photo Bowlingdigital/Max Bulanov. Click image to enlarge.

Playoff Results (best-of-three games):
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Wu def. No. 3 Goh, 2-0
(198-173, 223-194)
Championship: Wu def. No. 1 Louw, 2-0
(233-219, 223-180).

51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Division Final Standings

4. Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia
5. Tomoyuki Sasaki, Japan
6. Paul Stott Jr., Ireland
7. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia
8. Alexei Parshukov, Russia
9. Markus Jansson, Sweden
10. Biboy Rivera, Philippines
11. Ildemaro Ruiz Jr., Venezuela
12. Kamron Doyle, United States
13. Michael Little, Australia
14. David Maycock, Bermuda
15. Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, Norway
16. Romeo Gagenoiu, Romania
17. Oron Cohen, Israel
18. Nicola Pongolini, Italy
19. Sam Rose, England
20. Kim Bolleby, Thailand
21. Mohamed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia
22. Benjamin Martinez, Mexico
23. Luboslav Jurinyi, Slovakia
24. Mike Bartaire, France
25. Patrick Meka, Netherlands
26. Dmitri Chilkine, Belarus
27. Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland
28. Jean-Marc Samain, Belgium
29. Marco Moretti, Costa Rica
30. Shaker Al Hassan, UAE
31. Balint Luczek, Hungary
32. Daniel Vezis, Latvia
33. Vladislav Yalovega, Ukraine
34. Konstantinos Xagoraris, Greece
35. James Footner, Wales
36. Axel Guimo, Catalonia
37. Olari Nebokat, Estonia
38. Jean-Francois Gorley, Canada
39. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland
40. Mark McQueen, Scotland
41. Paulo Lopes, Portugal
42. Yang Wei, China
43. Jay Leon Guerrero, Guam
44. Manino Fernandez, Dominican Republic
45. Sven Garbotz, Germany
46. Zoe Dias Ma, Macau
47. Tomasz Janicki, Poland
48. Kestutis Gudauskas, Lithuania
49. Mubarak Al Muraikhi, Qatar
50. Jozko Hlede, Slovenia
51. Lorenzo Quereda Ferre, Spain
52. William Nimick, Northern Ireland
53. Igor Pizzoli, Brazil
54. Harn-Chieh Kwan, Switzerland
55. Dhruv Sarda, India
56. Jean Perez, Puerto Rico
57. Julio Acosta, El Salvador
58. Mise Mrkonjic, Croatia
59. Jiri Uhlir, Czech Republic
60. Mario Lemos, Ecuador
61. Steeve Thia, Mauritius
62. Nathan Jarvis, Jersey
63. Michael Wood, Gibraltar
64. Zane Carlson, New Zealand
65. Tiago Pontes, Azores
66. Joseph Cona, New Caledonia
67. Ammar Yamin, Jordan
68. Alan Lorenz, Curacao
69. Alexis Moreno, Panama
70. David Johnson, Virgin Islands
71. Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgaria
72. Arifov Bakhodir, Uzbekistan
73. Frederic Barre, Reunion
74. Enkhbayar Enkhkbold, Mongolia
75. Zerezghi O Haile, Eritrea
76. Ijaz Ur Rehman, Pakistan
77. Mirsad Sejdiu, Kosovo
78. Shant Panos Tomassian, Iraq
79. Maurice Talane, French Guiana
80. Djene Hailemariam Yimer, Ethiopia
81. Bryan Helmeyer, Aruba
82. Kenrick Brathwaite, Bahamas
83. Farid Ghobrial, Egypt
84. Khaled Meziou, Tunisia
85. Zvonko Volchevski, Macedonia
86. Redha El Fezzani, Libya


Top 8 men and women at the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Photo Max Bulanov.

51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Standings after Round of 8

Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals

BWC Tie Rules:
In the event of a tie of total pinfall during games 1 through to 32, the player with the highest last game will take the higher position.
In the event of a tie for 24th place in Qualifying, 8th place in the Round of 24, and third place in match play, the following WTBA rule applies:
(a) One-game roll-off or, if this resultss in a further tie then:
(b) 9th and 10th frame roll-off.
In the event of during the round robin match play, the win bonus will be divided equally.
In the event of a tie during the semi-final and final knockout matches, a two-frame roll-off consisting of a 9th and 10th frame will be held to determine the winner.

Herbert Bickel

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