Mykhaylo Kalika sets the tone in men's qualifying at 48th Bowling World Cup


    2012 BWC

    Mykhaylo Kalika set the tone in men's qualifying at 48th Bowling World Cup


    2012BWCMarshallKent3.jpgMykhaylo Kalika (pictured left) of Ukraine posted an 1149 five-game series in the first of three squads Monday at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland to take the early lead in the men's qualifying at the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    The 24-year-old six-time Ukrainian national champion, who averaged 229.80, used a high game of 259 and four games between 235 and 213 to lead Squad C leader Mise Mrkonjic by seven pins.

    The underdog from Croatia finished his series with back-to-back 255 games to shoot into second place with 1142. Third place belonged to Marshall Kent (right), United States, who was second to Kalika in Squad A with 1132.

    2012BWCMadsSandbakken.jpg2012BWCGhalibAlbusaidi.jpgThe 20-year-old, who became the second-youngest player ever to win an European Bowling Tour title in the Russian Open in September at the age of 19, started with four consistent games between 225 and 246 but fell to third place behind a 183 final game.

    Fourth place belonged to two-time European Champion Mads Sandbækken (left) of Norway. The lefty rebounded from a slow start (177) with three 230-plus games and a high game of 251 to lead Squad B with 1226 total.

    Ghalib Albusaidi (above right) is the second underdog in the top 8 in fifth place with 1122 and was followed by Syafiq Ridhwan with 1113. The Malaysian sandwiched four games of 238, 223, 236 and 266 around a 150 in game three.

    2012BWCJamesGruffman.jpg2012BWCMagnusMagnusson.jpgEuropean Champions Cup winner James Gruffman (left) of Sweden tied Ridhwan at 1113 with Magnus Magnusson (right) of Iceland in eighth place with 1109.

    Just outside the top 8 looking in were two-time Word Cup champion Michael Schmidt of Canada (9th; 1108), PBA champion Andres Gomez of Colombia (10th; 1106) and Greek international Leonidas Maragkos (11th; 1103).

    11 of the 82 players surpassed the 1100-mark and half of the field bowled even (based on a 200 average) or better. With five of twenty qualifying games in the books, Jarmo Ahokas of Finland holds the 24th and last place to advance with 1042 or an average of 208.40.

    The men return on Tuesday for the second qualifying block starting at 8 a.m. (Squad B), 2.30 p.m. (Squad C) and 9 p.m. (Squad A) local time (CET).

    For more photos, go to Bowlingdigital's Photo Album (© Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler).

    2012BWCLogo_small.jpg The 2012 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 26 to Dec 1 at 24-lane Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. It marks the first time since its inception in 1965 in Dublin, Ireland that the BWC visits Poland.

    151 players, 82 men and 69 women, representing 84 countries participate in the 48th edition of the event. The men were split into three squads (A, B and C) while the women's division features two squads (A and B).

    All players will bowl four five-game blocks of qualifying over four days beginning Monday, Nov. 26. The women's squads are sandwiched between the men's squads. After 20 games, the field will be cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Friday, Nov. 30.

    The top eight men and the top 8 women after 28 games advance to eight games round robin match play Saturday morning, Dec. 1, where the field will be paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals starting at 1 p.m. CET (7 a.m. EST).


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    Men's Qualifying - Standings after the first block (all 82 players)