Koreans dominate Masters Round 1 at Men's World Championships


    2014 MWC Abu Dhabi

    Top 8 including four Koreans, two Americans, one Swede and one Aussie advance to round robin match play starting at noon local time (GST)

    2014MWCMastersChoiBokeum.jpgChoi Bokeum, Park Jongwoo and Kang Heewon of Korea averaged over 240 in the first round of the Masters competition which will conclude the Men's World Championships Sunday at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    Bokeum (pictured left), who has won the gold medals in Doubles, Team and All-Events, finished the six-game block on dual lane condition (left lane dressed with long oil, right lane with medium oil) with games of 280, 258 and 275 (813) and a 1447 series (241.17 average) for 7050 overall, or an average of 235 for 30 games.

    2014MWCMastersParkJongwoo.jpg2014MWCMastersKangHeewon.jpgHeading into round robin match play, Bokeum has a 143-pin buffer over fellow Doubles gold medalist Park Jongwoo (left), who leaped from sixth to second place behind an opening 269 game and never looked back. Jongwoo maintained second place with 1441 (240.17) and 6907 overall (230.23).

    Starting the day in 12th place, Kang Heewon (right) put together the highest block of the round (1461, 243.50 avg.) including games of 210, 289, 290, 248, 238 and 186 to jump into third place with 6829 (227.63).

    2014MWCMastersMikeFagan.jpg2014MWCMastersJasonBelmonte.jpgAll-Events silver medalist Mike Fagan (left) dropped two spots to fourth place with 6824 behind a 1314 series this morning. Australian two-handed player Jason Belmonte (right) used a 1407 series including a 290 to move from ninth to fifth place with 6801 (226.70).

    Martin Larsen is the only survivor of the five Swedish bowlers, who finished in the top 24 in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) to advance to the Masters.

    Larsen (pictured below, second from right, with his teammates Joachim Karlsson, Martin Paulsson, Jesper Svensson and Robert Andersson, l-r) dropped two spots to sixth place with 1282 and 6753 total (225.10).

    2014MWCMastersSweden5.jpg2014MWCMastersTommyJones.jpgTommy Jones, United States, who started the day in fifth place, slipped out of the top 8 behind games of 209, 203, 194, 211 and 202.

    The Team USA anchor bowler finished his block with a high game of 234 to take seventh place with 1253 and 6722 overall (224.07).

    Rounding out the top 8 was the fourth Korean bowler in the Round of 24, Shin Seunghyeon, who totaled 6719 pins, an average of 223.97.

    2014MWCMastersShinSeunghyeon.jpg2014MWCMastersFrederikOhrgaard.jpgSeunghyeon (left), who had five games between 202 and 218 and a high game of 256, was able to weather a strong charge by Trios gold medalist Frederik √ėhrgaard (right) of Denmark, who finished with a big 265 game to land in ninth place with 6709, just 13 pins short off the top 8.

    The top 24 in All-Events (pictured below) advanced to the Masters finals to bowl six games with the 24-game All-Events total (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) being carried forward.

    The top 8 will bowl further seven games of round robin match play (20 pins bonus per win, 10 for each tie). The top 4 after 37 games including bonus advance to the medal round. No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 2 meets No. 3 in a one-game semi-final match. The winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal.




    2014MWCLogo2.jpg 2014WorldBowlingLogo.jpg The 2014 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships will be held from December 4-15 at 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 272 players from 49 countries participate in the event.

    The Championships, hosted by World Bowling Tenpin, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, is open to all WTBA Member Federations who are currently paid up members of World Bowling and their respective zone (PABCON, ETBF, and ABF).

    Maximum six men per country compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 9-day competition (Dec. 6-14).

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi including reports, photos and results starting with the Singles event all the way through to the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 14.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress provides live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. Live Scoring can be found on the official Website and on the website of World Bowling

    2014MWCAtlanta38.jpg 2014MWCTokyo43.jpg In accordance with the World Bowling Tenpin Playing Rules, the 2014 Men's World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern, the 38 ft. Atlanta pattern and the 43 ft. Tokyo pattern, a medium and a long pattern from the World Bowling bank of patterns.

    The Championships are the fourth World Championships for men only since the world's governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling has decided at the WTBA congress in the year 2003 to split the men's and women's events .

    The 2006 MWC took place in Busan, Korea (on 33 ft. Sydney and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern), and was followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 (on 34 ft. Stockholm and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern) and Munich, Germany in 2010 (38 ft. Atlanta and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern).


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    2014 Men's World Championships - Masters Round 1

    Six games on dual lane condition (left lane long oil, right lane medium oil) with the All-Events total being carried forward. Top 8 advance to round robin match play.