Shayna Ng wins women's qualifying at 48th World Cup


    2012 BWC

    Singaporean leads top 24 of 69 bowlers into Friday's eight-game round; cut for 24th place fell to Blanka Hanusikova with 3913 total and an average of 195.65

    2012BWCShaynaNg2.jpg2012BWCKirstenPenny.jpgShayna Ng (pictured left) of Singapore won the women's qualifying at the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup with 4659 total and an average of 232.95 for twenty games en route to lead the top 24 out of 69 bowlers into the Round of 24 Friday at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    The 24-year-old, who started the day in pole position with a 139-pin buffer easily maintained the top spot with an 1108 series including games of 215, 234, 211, 245 and 203, an average of 221.60 for five games.

    Kirsten Penny (right) of England topped Ng in by 40 pins today to narrow the gap to 99 pins and to finish in second place with 4560 (228.00). The multiple world and European champion, who was in second place after each of the four qualifying rounds, had high games of 254 and 267 in her 1148 series.

    2012BWCAumiGuerra.jpg2012BWCRebeckaLarsen2.jpgNG and Penny, who both bowled in A squad were followed by four B squad bowlers.

    Two-time defending World Cup champion Aumi Guerra (left) of the Dominican Republic, who led qualifying on the first two days, tied Ng in the last block at 1108 to maintain third place with 4510 total (225.50).

    Guerra, who targets to become the first player in the 48-year history of the event to win three consecutive titles, started with four consistent games between 222 and 235 before she closed out qualifying with 191.

    2012BWCJanineGabel2.jpg2012BWCDanielleMcEwan4.jpgTwo-time European champion Rebecka Larsen (above right) of Sweden moved from eighth to fourth place with 4469 total (223.45) by posting the highest series of day. Larsen, who third after the first day, averaged 238.60 including games of 224, 202, 259, 229 and 279 for an 1193 series.

    Trailing Larsen by mere three pins was German national team member Janine Gabel (left), who rolled 1100 on the nose but slipped from fourth to fifth place with 4466 (223.30).

    With the lone 300 game of the 48th World Cup to her credit, Danielle McEwan (right), United States, finished qualifying in sixth position with 4454 (222.70). McEwan, who won the 2012 Team USA trials to qualify for the World Cup, had the third-highest 1170 series today including a high game of 276.

    2012BWCKristaPollanen.jpg2012BWCHeidiThorstensen2.jpgPlaces seven and eight belonged to A squad bowlers Krista Pöllänen (left) of Finland and Norway's Heidi Thorstensen (right).

    Pöllänen, the reigning World Games champion, slipped from one spot to seventh place with 1088 and 4384 overall (219.20), while the Norwegian international fell three spots to eighth place with 4355 (217.75) behind a 1030 series.

    40 pins off the pace for the top 8, who will survive the second cut tomorrow, was Venezuela's Patricia de Faria with 4315.

    2012BWCSinLiJane.jpg2012BWCAnnMareePutney.jpgSin Li Jane (left) of Malaysia came out of the gates in Squad B with 258, 233, and 256 before her strike fest came to end resulting in a 189 game. The Malaysian national team member rebounded with yet another 255 game for the second-highest 1191 series en route to leap into 10th place and to narrow the gap to the top 8 by 122 pins.

    2007 World Cup champion Ann-Maree Putney (right) of Australia made the first cut in 17th place with 4131 and an average of 206.55, but has to make a 224 pins in the eight games on Friday to survive the second cut cut.

    2012BWCBlankaHanusikova.jpg2012BWCMarthaKaratzoula.jpgBlanka Hanusikova (left) of the Czech Republic beat out Martha Karatzoula (right) of Greece for the 24th and last place to advance by just one pin, 3913 (195.65) to 3912.

    The top 24 women return on Friday for eight additional games starting at 8 a.m. CET with the qualifying total being carried over. The top eight with the highest 28-game total will advance to Saturday's round robin match play.

    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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