Aumi Guerra maintains lead in women's division as qualifying reaches halfway mark


    2012 BWC

    Defending champion averaged 234.40 for ten games; Team USA's Danielle McEwan shoots first perfecto of the 48th Bowling World Cup; cut for 24th place is 1973 (197.30 ave.)

    2012BWCAumiGuerra4.jpgAumi Guerra (pictured left) of the Dominican Republic maintained the qualifying lead in the women's division of the 48th Bowling World Cup due to a strong finish in the second block Tuesday at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    The World Cup winner in 2010 and 2011, who had a 1201 series Monday, started the second block with 192, 201, and 224 before she closed things out with 280 and 246 to lead the field of 69 women with 2344 total, a 234.40 average for ten games, as qualifying has reached the halfway point.

    2012BWCKirstenPenny.jpgGuerra, who bowled in Squad B on Tuesday morning, lost some ground as her 1143 series was only the fifth-highest series of the day, which featured on 1200- series and total nine 1100-series.

    2012BWCShaynaNg2.jpgKirsten Penny (right) of England remained in second place with 2318 (231.80) but narrowed the gap to mere 26 pins behind the third-best 1172 series including six games between 216 and 248.

    Shayna Ng (left) posted a 1215 series, the highest series of the tournament so far for both men and women, to leap from sixth to third place with 2302 total. The Singaporean international averaged 243 for the day behind games of 269, 255, 231, 191 and 269.

    2012BWCDanielleMcEwan3.jpgTeam USA's Danielle McEwan (right) rolled the 50th 300 game in the history of the World Cup and the 10th by a woman in her 1183 series, which propelled her from eighth to fourth place with 2260.

    McEwan, who won the Team USA Trials in January en route to qualify for the event, started with games of 247, 224 and 217, then posted the first 300 game of the tournament before she finished with 195 for the second-highest series of the day.

    2012BWCJanineGabel3.jpg2012BWCDaniellevanderMeer2.jpgJanine Gabel (left) of Germany retained fifth place with 1129 and 2220 overall. Melonie Lister of New Zealand leaped one spot sixth place with 2211 thanks to an 1125 series and is the only no-name player in the top 10.

    World Games champion Krista Pöllänen of Finland moved from 11th to seventh place with 1130 and 2193 overall. Rounding out the top 8 after 10 of 20 qualifying games was Norwegian international Heidi Thorstensen, who used an 1135 series to leap eight spots with 2176 total.

    2012BWCPatriciadeFaria2.jpg2012BWCNasheehaKing.jpgMoving up eight places to capture 11th was Dani√ęlle van der Meer (above right). The Dutch had the fourth-best 1150 set including a high game of 269 and 2157 total.

    Patricia de Faria (left) of Venezuela, who made a considerable move toward the top of the standings, going from 24th to 12th place with 1134 and 2129 overall.

    Blanka Hanusikova, Czech Republic, and Nasheeha King (right), Mauritius, are currently tied for 24th and last place to advance at 1973 or an average of 197.30.

    The women return on Wednesday for the third qualifying block starting at 11 a.m. (Squad A) and 5.30 p.m. (Squad B) 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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