Bill Hoffman strikes out for the lead

    07/22/03

    2003 WRM

    Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, FL, USA (July 20-23, 2003)

    2003WRMSquad2Hoffman.jpg 2-time U.S. National Amateur champion Bill Hoffman (right, with Kegel President John Davis) and Finn Sami Konsteri battled it out for the highest series in the men's second round at the World Ranking Masters and the $1.000 extra prize.

    Trailing Hoffman by one pin, Konsteri struck out in his tenth frame for a 1406, 6-game series. The American, who has recently announced his candidacy for FIQ President, countered with three strikes to win the squad with 1407 pinfall, 234,5 average, and to overtake the lead in the men's division after 12 games with 2651 (220,92).

    2003WRMMarcosBaeza.jpg Like yesterday, World Champion Ahmed Shaheen slipped to second place in the final game of the day. The Qatari has toppled 2644 pins, an average of 220,33. 2002 Mexican champion Marcos Baeza (left) leaped one spot into third behind a 1359-series today.

    2003WRMSamiKonsteri.jpg Konsteri (right) leapfrogged 14 places in a span of six games. He felled 1174 pins on the short oil pattern (32 feet) and 1406 on the long oil pattern (42 feet) for 2580 overall.

    2003WRMChesterKing.jpg Rounding out the top 8 are 5. Chester King, Philippines, 2579; 6. Mika Luoto, Finland, 2553; 7. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 2535 and 8. Anders Öhman, Sweden, 2531.

    2003WRMRemyOng.jpg Asian Ranking champion Remy Ong (right) found something at the end of day 2, averaging 243 for his last four games to jump into 10th position, just 37 pins off the top 8.

    The men return tomorrow at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the final qualifying blocks to cut to the top 8 for the single elimination finals.


    Men's Division after Block 2

    Players with position, country, 12-game total (Block 1-2) and average

    2003WRMDay2Top3Men.jpg 1. (7.) Bill Hoffman, USA, 2651 (1244-1407), 220,92
    2. (2.) Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar, 2644 (1311-1333), 220,33
    3. (4.) Marcos Baeza, Mexico, 2641 (1282-1359), 220,08
    4. (19.) Sami Konsteri, Finland, 2580 (1174-1406), 215,00
    5. (9.) Chester King, Philippines, 2579 (1236-1343), 214,92
    6. (6.) Mika Luoto, Finland, 2553 (1254-1299), 212,75
    7. (3.) Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 2535 (1294-1241), 211,25
    8. (8.) Anders Öhman, Sweden, 2531 (1242-1289), 210,92
    L-R Leader Bill Hoffman, Ahmed Shaheen and Marcos Baeza.

    9. (1.) Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 2507 (1319-1188), 208,92
    10. (18.) Remy Ong, Singapore, 2494 (1180-1314), 207,83
    11. (15.) Göran Carlsson, Sweden, 2488 (1191-1297), 207,33
    12. (5.) David Romero, Colombia, 2461 (1261-1200), 205,08
    13. (16.) Thomas Gross, Austria, 2445 (1189-1256), 203,75
    14. (10.) Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2441 (1226-1215), 203,42
    15. (23.) Mubarak Ali Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, 2426 (1151-1275), 202,17
    16. (13.) Jose Ferreira, Venezuela, 2413 (1194-1219), 201,08
    17. (11.) Bandar Al-Shafi, Qatar, 2403 (1207-1196), 200,25
    18. (14.) Robert Andersson, Sweden, 2367 (1192-1175), 197,25
    (tie) (20.) Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2367 (1162-1205), 197,25
    20. (22.) Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2360 (1156-1204), 196,67
    21. (23.) Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 2347 (1151-1196), 195,58
    22. (17.) Engelberto Rivera, Philippines, 2344 (1182-1162), 195,33
    23. (12.) Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippines, 2334 (1198-1136), 194,50
    24. (20.) Andrew Frawley, Australia, 2268 (1162, 1106), 189,00