Aumi Guerra leads by a whisker after women's first round at Bowling World Cup


    2015 BWC

    Two-time World Cup champion leads the defending champion by just one pin after the first 8-game block



    2015BWCClaraJulianaGuerrero.jpg2015BWCGeraldineNg.jpgTwo-time World Cup champion Aumi Guerra (pictured above) of the Dominican Republic started her run for an unprecedented third title with a first-place finish after the first round of qualifying in the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World at Sam's Town bowling center in Las Vegas.

    Guerra averaged 217.25 for the round to lead defending World Cup champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (left) of Colombia by just one pin. Guerra, who won back-to-back World Cup titles in 2010 and 2011, had games of 246, 206, 215, 206, 235, 224, 184 and 222 to pace the field of 70 women from as many countries with 1738 total.

    Guerrero, a former World Ranking Masters winner and two-time world champion, rebounded from a slow start (160) with seven consistently high games between 211 and 238, but had to settle for second place with 1737.

    2015BWCIsabelleHultin.jpg2015BWCShannonPluhowsky.jpgThe top five bowlers surpassed the 1700-mark. Third place belonged to Singapore's Geraldine Ng (above right), who started with a 156 game but closed out with 227, 233, 240 and 223 for 1714.

    Isabelle Hultin (left) of Sweden was mere three pins behind in fourth place with 1711 and was followed by another two-time World Cup champion, Shannon Pluhowsky (right; 2002, 04) from the host country United States, with 1702, including a high game of 278.

    2015BWCMisakiMukotani.jpg2015BWCSitiSafiyah.jpgMisaki Mukotani (left) of Japan leads a group of 15 players who all surpassed the 1600-mark, a 200 average. Mukotani was on course for 1700 but finished with back to sub-200 games to sit in sixth place with 1684.

    Siti Safiyah Amirah (right) of Malaysia finished the block with her high game of 247 to leap into seventh place on 1675. Rounding out the top eight, who will advance to match play after 32 games, was Catherine Durieux of Belgium with 1673 and an average of 209.13.

    2015BWCKeiraReay.jpg2015BWCSandraGongora.jpgJust a few pins outside the top 8 were Keira Reay (left) of England and Sandra Gongora (right) of Mexico, who finished the first of three qualifying blocks in 9th and 10th place with 1671 and 1665, respectively.

    With eight of 24 qualifying games completed, Helga di Benedetto (below left) of Italy holds the 24th and last place to advance with 1548 or an average of 193.50.

    Qualifying continues on Monday, Nov. 16, with the second block. The women will start their eight games at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) with the men to follow at 1 p.m.

    2015BWCLogo.jpg 2015BWCHelgadiBenedetto.jpgAll competitors at the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will bowl 24 qualifying games over three days, Sunday thru Tuesday, before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Wednesday morning.

    The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players for the round-robin match-play portion on Thursday morning, after which the top three will advance to the stepladder finals based on their 40-game totals scheduled for 12.30 p.m.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif will provide onsite coverage of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results after each round.

    Onsite coverage will commence on Saturday, November 14th with the opening ceremony and concludes on Thursday 19th with the stepladder finals.

    The United States Bowling Congress will provide live streaming on BowlTV.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg BowlTV Live Schedule:
    (All times Eastern; subject to change)
    Nov. 15, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Qualifying Round 1
    Nov. 16, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Qualifying Round 2
    Nov. 17, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM - Qualifying Round 3
    Nov. 18, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Round of 24
    Nov. 19, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Round of 8
    Nov. 19, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Stepladder Finals


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    51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Women Round 1 Qualifying

    BWC Tie Rules:
    In the event of a tie of total pinfall during games 1 through to 32, the player with the highest last game will take the higher position.

    In the event of a tie for 24th place in Qualifying, 8th place in the Round of 24, and third place in match play, the following WTBA rule applies:

    (a) One-game roll-off or, if this resultss in a further tie then:

    (b) 9th and 10th frame roll-off.

    In the event of during the round robin match play, the win bonus will be divided equally.

    In the event of a tie during the semi-final and final knockout matches, a two-frame roll-off consisting of a 9th and 10th frame will be held to determine the winner.