Belmonte, Hoffman continue to lead men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    11/05/07

    2007 BWC

    Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

    2007BWCBillHoffman.jpg 2007BWCJasonBelmonte.jpg Day one leaders Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Bill Hoffman, United States, battled it out for the lead on the second day of qualifying in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    The two-hander from down-under (pictured left) started out commandingly with games of 249, 255, 245 and 213 (962) to widen the lead as the Team USA member (right) had 'only' 910.

    Hoffman rebounded with 269 in game #5 en route to overtake Belmo, who suffered a 190 game (his first game under 200), by eight pins.

    2007BWCGlennMartenPerdersen.jpg The Aussie countered with 222 to Hoffman's 188 in the final game to regain the lead with 2826 pinfall total, and average of 235.50.

    2007BWCPeterLjung.jpg Hoffman is second with 2800 pinfall total and an average of 233.33. The American is hoping to end an 11-year drought for the Team USA at the World Cup.

    Ildemaro Ruiz
    , who bowled the first 300 game in the 43rd QubicaAMF BWC, is 115 pins behind Hoffman in third with 2685.

    Norwegian national team member Glenn-Morten Pedersen (above eft) used high games of 266 and 279 to move into fourth place in Squad A with 2650.

    2007BWCYahavRabin.jpg Andres Gomez
    , Colombia, is fifth with 2648, with 1986 BWC champion Peter Ljung (right), Sweden, in sixth at 2621.

    Yahav Rabin (left) had a high game of 268 in the second block this morning at Continent Bowling Center, which is located in a huge shopping mall, to land in seventh place with 2589.

    2007BWCThomasGross.jpg Eighth place belongs to Thomas Gross (right), who totaled 2580 behind a 1265 today.

    Men's Division Block 2

    The players from Squad B take on the lanes at noon for their second block of six games. The women's Squad B and A will follow at 4pm and 7.30 pm local time (GMT +3).

    All players will bowl 24 games of qualifying (4 blocks of six games from Sunday, Nov. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 7) to cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women. The cutoff number is currently 1237 or a 206.17 average, by Dong Ho Lee, Korea.

    Those 24 will bowl eight games with the qualifying pinfall being carried forward. The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 32 games will bowl another 8-game block to cut to the top 3 for the TV stepladder finals.

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