Strong finish propels Clara Juliana Guerrero to the top of the women's leaderboard


    2015 BWC

    Defending champion from Colombia overtakes Sandra Gongora (MEX) in the final qualifying game to lead the top 24 women into Wednesday's intermediate round



    2015BWCClaraJulianaGuerrero5.jpg2015BWCSandraGongora4.jpgDefending World Cup champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (left) of Colombia finished the third round at the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup with a big 248 game to win the qualifying and to lead the top 24 women into the intermediate round Wednesday at Sam's Town bowling center in Las Vegas.

    Guerrero, who started the last eight game block in fifth place, posted the field-best 1741 series, an average of 217.63, to overtake Sandra Gongora (right) of Mexico in the last game with 5177 total and an overall average of 215.71 for 24 games.

    2015BWCShannonPluhowsky3.jpg2015BWCMariaBulanova2.jpgSecond-place Gongora lead the field of 70 women from as many countries after the 22nd and 23rd game, slipped to back to second place with 5158 (214.92) behind a last game of 182.

    Shannon Pluhowsky (left) of the host country United States, who held a 22-pin lead over Gongora after the second block on Monday, lost the lead to Guerrero after the fifth game today and slipped to fourth place, but closed with a big 257 game to finish qualifying in third place with 5134.

    Pluhowsky's feat came at the expense of European Champions Cup winner Maria Bulanova (right). The 17-year-old Russian champion and youngest winner in the history of the European Bowling Tour, was mere four pins behind Pluhowsky in fourth place with 5130 behind the third-best 1738 series.

    2015BWCSitiSafiyah2.jpg2015BWCGeraldineNg.jpgSiti Safiyah Amirah (left) of Malaysia dropped one spot to fifth place with 5084 behind a 1640 series. Geraldine Ng (right) of Singapore posted games of 220, 226, 203, 217, 239, 195, 216 and 224 for the second-highest series of the day (1740) to leap from 12th to sixth place with 5025.

    Third-place Isabelle Hultin of Sweden had six sub-par games in this round and slipped to seventh place with 1569 and 5017 overall. Rounding out the top 8, who will survive the intermediate round after the second cut, was Sanna Pasanen of Finland, who rolled the six-best series of 1667 to maintain this spot with 4993.

    2015BWCAumiGuerra5.jpg2015BWCYifatTal.jpgJust outside the top 8 looking in was two-time World Cup champion Aumi Guerra (left), Dominican Republic, who narrowed the gap to four pins after closing out with 246 for 1694 and 4989 overall.

    World Cup champion Kerrie Ryan-Ciach of Canada is already 118 pins off the pace for the top 8 in 12th place with 4875. Former world champion Liza del Rosario, Philippines, is 14th with 4814.

    Yifat Tal (right) of Israel, who bowls in her first World Cup since a long bowling break and the second since 2005, made the first cut in 21st place with 4735.

    2015BWCCatherineDurieux.jpg2015BWCOlenaRoshchenko2.jpgCatherine Durieux (left) of Belgium, Narelle Baker of Australia, Olena Roshchenko (right) of Ukraine and Julia Lam of Macau battled it out for the 24th and last place to advance.

    Durieux, who was "on the bubble" after the second block closed out with 254 and 205 to hit the cutoff number with 4667, or an average of 194.46.

    The top 24 women will return on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) for an additional eight-game block (to be played simultaneously with the men) after which the field will be trimmed to the top 8 players who will advance to Thursday's round robin match play.

    2015BWCLogo.jpg All 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 commenced 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's Final Qualifying Standings

    Top 24 advance to the next round

    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.


    51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Women Round 3 Qualifying