Bianca Wiekeraad, Patrick Meka book tickets to Las Vegas with victory in Dutch Bowling Tour





    2015NetherlandsBFLogo.jpgBianca Wiekeraad and Patrick Meka (pictured above with medals and tickets) won the 2015 Dutch Bowling Tour, which also serves as Dutch World Cup qualifier, to book their tickets to Las Vegas to represent the Netherlands at the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    The Netherlands is one of only 14 countries to have competed in all 50 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cups so far.

    After 10 tournaments during the DBT season, the top three players advanced to the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format Sunday, July 12, at Chandra Bowling in Nieuwegein.

    Unfortunately, women's defending champion Jolanda Visser had to withdraw due to an injury. The remaining players, Wiekeraad and Cheska Tomas battled it out for the women's title and their first berths into the prestigious World Cup.

    2015BWCQNetherlandsBiancaWiekeraad.jpgTomas won the low-scoring opening games, 184-169, but 25-year old Wiekeraad rebounded with a big 249-173 win in game two to level the match.

    Wiekeraad (left) carried the momentum into the deciding third game, starting with a string of strikes and never looked back. She sealed the victory with a 247-202 and earned her ticket to Las Vegas.

    In the men's finals, Meka, 'Mr. World Cup' Eric Kok, and top-seeded Michell Stinissen squared off. Stinissen, who averaged 253.6 for nine games, had to sit and wait for the winner of the semifinal match between Meka and Kok.

    2015BWCQNetherlandsPatrickMeka.jpgMeka (right), 24, came out of the gates quickly, taking a 1-0 lead by winning game one, 225-174. Kok, the defending champion and the most experienced bowler on the Dutch Bowling Tour, won the second game equally easily, 227-202, to force a decider.

    Meka escaped with 214-195 win to advance to the title match, 2-1. Meka was on roll while Stinissen couldn't match his vigorous pace from the preliminaries, resulting in a 261-207 win for Meka.

    2015BWCQNetherlandsPatrickMekaBiancaWiekeraad3.jpgIn a nerve-wrecking second game Lady Luck was smiling on Meka and he won the game (191-181) and the match (2-0) to wrap up the title and to join Wiekeraad on the flight to Las Vegas.

    The medals and tickets were presented by Irene Gronert, the only Dutch World Cup champion so far (1987 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

    The 51st edition of the prestigious QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held November 13-20, 2015, at Sam's Town bowling center inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


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