Chris Barnes sweeps two opponents to win men's title in 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2014 BWC



    After qualifying for the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup for the first time in his illustrious career, PBA star Chris Barnes (pictured left with the trophy; click image to enlarge) swept his two opponents in the stepladder finals to win the men's title in the 50th anniversary edition of the prestigious event Sunday, Nov. 9 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    2014BWCMagnusJohnson3.jpgThe six-time World Champion and 17-PBA titlist, who finally had won the Team USA Trials in January to earn berth into the World Cup after finishing second in the qualifier for five times. He matched the performance of his wife Lynda, who won the 41st World Cup in Llubljana, Slovenia, in 2005, making them the first husband-wife duo that has won the World Cup.

    2014BWCMykhayloKalika3.jpgEarlier on Sunday, the 40-year-old right-hander defeated Sweden's representative, Magnus Johnson (right), 257-213, in the position round match to overtake the 21-year-old Swedish youth national team member and to claim the No. 3 seed for the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.

    In the semifinal match against No. 2 seed, Mykhaylo Kalika (left) of Ukraine, Barnes won the first game by eleven nine pins, 215-205, then reeled off twelve consecutive strikes in the second game for a 300-219 win to advance to the title match, two-games-to-none.

    2014BWCChrisBarnes6.jpgIt was the fourth perfecto of the event and the 71st overall in the 50-year history of the event. Barnes is seventh U.S. bowler (six men, one woman) who achieved perfection at the World Cup. Kalika rolled his first perfecto in Wroclaw two years ago and his second in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, last year.

    The first game of the championship match against top-seeded Tobias Börding (right with Barnes), Germany, was a strike fest. Börding, who has led the event from the first day averaging almost 240 for 36 games, scored nine strikes and converted three single-pin spares. Barnes, however, had even ten strikes and only two single-pin spares to take a 1-0 lead, 265-248.

    2014BWCChrisBarnes4.jpgThe second game was close throughout eight frames. Working on a double, Börding, who held a slim lead, left a 10-pin standing in the ninth frame which opened the door for Barnes. The PBA star struck in his 9th and 10th frame to force Börding to throw two strikes in his last frame which would have force Barnes to throw another strike to win.

    Börding got away with the first strike but when he got another 10-pin on his second shot the match was over. Barnes won the game, 231-216, and the match 2-0, to capture his first and maybe last World Cup title.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif 2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg covered the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup live from Wroclaw including reports, photos and results after each round. The event was broadcast live on's BowlTV.

    2014BWCLogo.jpg The preliminaries consisted of four blocks of five games with the top 24 men and the top 24 women after 20 games advancing to the intermediate round. Those 24 players bowled further 8 games with the pinfall total from the preliminaries being carried forward.

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 28 games bowled a further seven games round robin match play plus one game position round (total 8 games) with 30 pins bonus per win and 15 for a tie.

    The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 36 games including bonus pins determined the champions in the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.




    50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men's Finals

    Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland (November 9, 2014)

    Championship Round:
    1. Chris Barnes, United States, 1015 (4 games)
    2. Tobias Börding, Germany, 464 (2 games)
    3. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, 423 (2 games)

    Playoff Results (best-of-three games):
    Semifinal Match: No. 3 Barnes def. No. 2 Kalika, 2-0
    (215-204, 300-219)
    Championship: Barnes def. No. 1 Börding, 2-0
    (269-248, 231-216).


    50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Men Division Final Standings

    1. Chris Barnes, United States
    2. Tobias Börding, Germany
    3. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine
    4. Magnus Johnson Jr. Sweden
    5. Biboy Rivera, Philippines
    6. Glen Loader, Australia
    7. Manuel Otalora, Colombia
    8. Oron Cohen, Israel
    9. Juhani Tonteri, Finland
    10. Steve Thornton, England
    11. Arturs Levikins, Latvia
    12. Romeo Gagenoiu, Romania
    13. Naif Oqab, UAE
    14. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia
    15. Michael Schmidt, Canada
    16. Tommaso Radi, Italy
    17. Alexei Parshukov, Russia
    18. Him Chung, Hong Kong
    19. Mohamed Janahi, Bahrain
    20. Dhruv Sarda, India
    21. Bader Al-Shaikh, Saudi Arabia
    22. Adam Shrubb, Gibraltar
    23. Lukas Andrassy, Slovakia
    24. Eric Kok, Netherlands
    25. Dmitri Chilkine, Belarus
    26. Neil Sullivan, Malta
    27. Isi Eskenazi, Mexico
    28. Pavlos Kechagias, Greece
    29. Gergely Kapronczay, Hungary
    30. Jozko Hlede, Slovenia
    31. Ilya Orlov, Kazakhstan
    32. David Manderscheid, Luxembourg
    33. Magnus Magnusson, Iceland
    34. Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica
    35. Olari Nebokat, Estonia
    36. Jaris Goh, Singapore
    37. Yousef Al Jabir, Qatar
    38. Thibault Lanos, France
    39. Jason Waters, New Zealand
    40. Elkhan Feyzullayev, Azerbaijan
    41. Mark McQueen, Scotland
    42. Artur Colomer, Catalonia
    43. Renan Zoghaib, Brazil
    44. Kestutis Gudauskas, Lithuania
    45. Jean Francisco Perez, Puerto Rico
    46. Clement Dubus, Belgium
    47. Lorenzo Quereda Ferre, Spain
    48. Choi Io Fai, Macau
    49. Radoslav Tenchev, Bulgaria
    50. Jiri Beran, Czech Republic
    51. Tore Rokkones, Norway
    52. Harn-Chieh Kwan, Switzerland
    53. Giancarlo Matteucci, El Salvador
    54. Michal Brachaniec, Poland
    55. Vedran Vedris, Croatia
    56. Leonardo Davis, Bahamas
    57. Taygun Erkeskin, Turkey
    58. Aidan Byrne, Ireland
    59. Aureliu Grosu, Moldova
    60. Lyndon Walters, Wales
    61. Alexis Moreno, Panama
    62. Frederic Barre, Reunion
    63. Alan Smith, Northern Ireland
    64. Ronnie Matthee, South Africa
    65. Askar Egamberdiev, Uzbekistan
    66. Mohammad Al-Masri, Jordan
    67. Belay Habtom, Eritrea
    (tie) Nathan Jarvis, Jersey
    69. Steeve Thia, Mauritius
    70. Renalda Bean, Bermuda
    71. Boris Capelli, New Caledonia
    72. William Rodriguez, Uruguay
    73. Marc Du, French Guiana
    74. Oleg Ten, Kyrgyzstan
    75. Seyed Hamidreza, Iran
    76. Khaled Meziou, Tunisia
    77. Baatar Shar, Mongolia
    78. Shant Panos Tomassian, Iraq
    79. Shema Mehmeti, Kosovo
    80. Redha El Fezzani, Libya
    81. Pedro Toste, Azores
    82. Getachew Syoum Aberha, Ethiopia


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