Asbaty is in the pole position at Bowling World Cup



    2006BWCDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg A 1,910 series Thursday morning swept Diandra Asbaty of the U.S. into first place in the women's division at the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, as the remaining 24-woman field was narrowed to the top 8.

    Asbaty, the U.S. national champion, finished ninth at the 2000 World Cup in Portugal. She bowled well enough Thursday that she didn't even have to worry about the consequences of fouling during her sixth game.

    2006BWCMaiGingeJensen_small.jpg She finished that game with a 225 score, dropped to a 184 the next game, and then came back with a closing 265. She is now averaging 224.63 and has 7,188 pins. She is 72 pins ahead of Denmark's Mai Ginge Jensen.

    "The lanes were totally different again today," Asbaty said. "I used a ball I hadn't touched before. My husband John suggested I try it. It was a perfect choice. I didn't have to change balls all day. I give him credit for how well I did.

    "My one tough game was Game 7, when I had a 184. The lanes were at least four boards tighter on that pair. It was just a weird pair for me.

    "I also like bowling at a faster pace, so I think that helped a lot, too."

    Jensen, Monday's leader, pushed her way into second with a 1,892 series Thursday. Jensen was nothing if not consistent. Her low game was 209, her high game was 266, and she had only two opens. She is averaging 222.38 on the strength of 7,116 pins.

    2006BWCLauraRhoney_small.jpg Laura Rhoney (left) of Scotland, who so far owns the tournament's only 300 game by a woman, moved into third place. She posted a 1,842 block highlighted by a 279 game. Her 7,075 pins give her a 221.09 average.

    2006BWCLisaJohn_small.jpg Wednesday's leader, Lisa John of England, slipped into fourth with a total of 7,010 pins and a 219.06 average.

    John had mentioned before competition started Thursday that the whiplash injury she incurred in an auto accident last year was bothering her. "My neck is a little stiff this morning," she said. "I guess I should have brought my own contoured pillow from home, but what can you do with all the baggage restrictions these days?"

    2006BWCAumiGuerra_small.jpg 2006BWCPuttyArmein_small.jpg Dominican Republic star Aumi Guerra pushed her way into fifth place by rolling games of 276 and 279. Guerra has 6,972 total pins and a 217.88 average.

    Indonesian Putty Armein locked herself into sixth with 6,912 pins and a 216.0 average.

    2006BWCJasmineYeongNathan_small.jpg Singaporean national champion Jasmine Yeong-Nathan fell six pins shy of Armein's total after 32 games, with 6,906 pins and a 215.81 average.

    2006BWCHelenJohnsson_small.jpg The most nerve-wracking performance of the morning came from Helen Johnsson (right) of Sweden and Karen Marcano of Venezuela.

    Johnsson, Tuesday's leader, started the morning in third but had dropped into 10th place with one game remaining to bowl. The 2006 European Women's Masters champ posted a final game of 227 to scamper into the top 8 with 6,873.

    2006BWCKarenMarcano_small.jpg The woman left holding the short straw was Karen Marcano (right). She went into the final game in 12th place and rolled a huge 268. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough. She finished with 6,872 to miss the final round by the closest possible margin to end up in ninth.

    2006BWCClaraGuerrero_small2.jpg Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia, a pre-tournament favorite, continued to struggle on the lanes and finished 14th, 102 pins under the cut. She averaged 211.59 with 6,771 pins.

    The top 8 return to Centro Nacional de Bowling Mampote Thursday afternoon for the final Round of qualifying. Seven more games and a position round will determine the three players who advance to the TV finals on Friday.

    Top 8 after 32 Games 1. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 7188 2. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 7116 3. Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 7075 4. Lisa John, England, 7010 5. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 6972 6. Putty Insavilla Armein, Indonesia, 6912 7. Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 6906 8. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 6873.

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