USBC, Kegel to host 2007 World Ranking Masters


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    Hoffman, Asbaty selected to to represent the host country

    USBCLogoRed_small.jpg KegelLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress and Kegel have been selected by the World Tenpin Bowling Association to jointly host the 2007 World Ranking Masters in May, a move made necessary after original host country Qatar withdrew several weeks ago.

    The World Ranking Masters, which will feature 48 of the world's top bowlers, will take place at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., from May 3-7. It will be the third time in the seven-year history of the World Ranking Masters that the event will be held at the Kegel facility.

    KevinDornberger.jpg "It's an honor for USBC and Kegel to step in at the last minute to host this event," USBC Chief Officer of National Governing Body Kevin Dornberger said. "The World Ranking Masters has quickly become regarded as one of the top events on the international bowling calendar."

    As tournament hosts, Kegel and USBC have jointly selected Team USA members Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago to represent the United States in the event.

    2006BWCDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg 2007PAGTTBillHoffman_small.jpg Hoffman (l.), an eight-time Team USA member, helped lead the United States men to their first gold medal in team event at the Men's World Championships last year. Asbaty (r.), the USBC Youth spokesperson, is a nine-time Team USA member and two-time U.S. Amateur champion.

    "Originally, no U.S. athletes were scheduled to take part in the World Ranking Masters," Dornberger said. "Having Bill and Diandra step in and compete is an added bonus. Both of them are world-class athletes who will represent the United States well in this event."

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association solicited what it termed as emergency bids to host the World Ranking Masters after Qatar was unable to conduct the event. The WTBA selected the USBC and Kegel proposal over bids from Indonesia and Finland.

    The World Ranking Masters features the top eight men and top eight women from each WTBA zone (American, European and Asian). Last year's event was held in Kuwait, where Khalid Al Dubyan of Kuwait won the men's title while Colombia's Sara Vargas finished first among the women.