Jensen takes lead after women's first 8 games



    Laura Rhoney, Scotland rolls first 300 of the tournament

    2006BWCMaiGingeJensen.jpg Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark leads the women after the first eight games of qualifying at the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Caracas, Venezuela. Jensen, who won the women's doubles with her sister Anja at the 2006 European Women's Championships, took the lead on the strength of a 257 closing effort. She has 1,893 pins for eight games, and a 236.63 average.

    2006BWCDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg Lisa John of England, 1,889 pins and a 236.13 average, and Diandra Asbaty (right) of the U.S.A. with 1,887 pins and a 235.88 average, stand second and third, respectively. Helen Johnsson of Sweden is fourth with 1858.

    The 22-year-old Jensen felt she benefited from having only two of her bowling balls arrive in Caracas in time for Sunday's official practice. "It was probably less confusing for me to practice with a limited number of balls. I wound up finding a very good strike line very easily."

    She also feels that the World Cup's long qualifying format (18 games before the first cut) will benefit her game. "I like marathon-style qualifying. I know that if I bowl a 150 game, I can make up for that with a 250 later on."

    2006BWCLauraRhoney_small.jpg A 300 game by Laura Rhoney (left) of Scotland in Game 3 highlighted the women's morning session. Rhoney is in fifth place with 1,852 pins and a 231.50 average. The perfect game score came in the third game at Centro Nacional de Bowling Mampote. Rhoney rolled the game on lanes 35 and 36. It was her second career 300-game. Listen to the interview here.

    The 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup looks to become one of the highest-scoring Bowling World Cups ever. The top 8 players reached the 1800-plateau. The next eight players cracked the 1700-bar and a total of 27 of the 73 women averaged over 200.

    2006BWCKarenMarcano_small.jpg Rounding out the top 8 are 6. Putty Armein, Indonesia, 1848 7. Rebecca Simpson, Australia, 1847 and 8. Siti Safiyah, Malaysia, 1844. Venezuela's Karen Marcano (right) is tied with Patricia Maaswinkel of the Netherlands for 19th place, with 1,663 pins and a 207.88 average.

    First Round Results