Lagrange leads top 8 women into match play finals after dramatic showdown in Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters qualifying


    2007 WRM

    Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla. (May 3-7, 2007)

    2007WRMLagrangeAsbaty.jpg Caroline Lagrange (left) sealed the victory in the women's qualifying of the Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters with a final 237 game en route to take the No. 1 seed for the single-elimination finals and to earn a 1,000 Dollar bonus.

    Diandra Asbaty (right), 2005 World Ranking Masters and runner-up in the USBC Queens last week, won her second squad and another 1,000 Dollar check on the dual lane condition (one lane with short, the other with long oil) after her victory on long oil yesterday. Asbaty closed out the eight-game series with a 219 game and a 1924 series, an average of 240.50.

    2007WRMZaraGlover_small.jpg 2007WRMWendyChai_small.jpg Third place belonged to Wendy Chai (left) from Malaysia, who leaped from 8th to third place on the final qualifying day with 5265 pinfall total (219.38).

    Zara Glover
    (right) from England slipped two spots to fourth place to finish with 5250 (218.75).

    2007WRMAliciaMarcano_small.jpg 2007WRMAumiGuerra_small.jpg Lagrange, who led the women's division since the first round, will take on Alicia Marcano (left) from Venezuela in the quarterfinals. Marcano started the final game in 9th place 21 pins behind Zandra Aziela, Malaysia and 54 pins behind Aumi Guerra (right), Dominican Republic and Helen Johnsson, Sweden. It was a dramatic showdown and the girls gave their best to make it or to stay among the top 8.

    2007WRMZandraAziela_small.jpg Marcano had the front seven and finished with 266 to beat out Johnson for the eighth place by 11 pins, 5184 to 5173. Zandra Aziela (left) had the front nine to leap from 8th to fifth place behind a 278 game. Guerra secured the sixth place with a 226 game.

    2007WRMPatriciaSchwarz_small.jpg Patricia Schwarz (right), Germany, was struggling early and all in a sudden in danger to miss the cut. But the former World Games champion stayed clean for the remaining frames to secure the seventh spot.

    Putty Armein, the Asian ranking champion, fired ten strikes and had two ringing 10s in the two other frames to end with 259 and 5158, 26 pins off the pace for the top 8.

    Asbaty will meet Schwarz, Germany, in the finals. Chai takes on Guerra and Glover faces Aziela in the quarterfinals later this Sunday afternoon in best-of-three game single elimination format.

    Women's Division - Standings after Qualifying (Third Block)

    Women's Division - Block Three Results (one lane with short and one lane with long oil)