Abela powers her way into the lead in the women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    11/06/07

    2007 BWC

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

    2007BWCSueAbela5.jpg Sue Abela, representing Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, powered her way into the lead in the women's division at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after three of four qualifying blocks.

    Abela had games of 213, 225, 213, 248, 215 and 217 for a 1331 six-game series and an 3923 pinfall total, an average of 217.94 over 18 games.

    2007BWCSharonKoh.jpg Previous leader Lee Sun Hee, Korea, slipped to second with 3864. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, whose coach Craig Woodhouse is lying ill in his hotel room and was unable to attend a single game this week, leaped into third place with 3854 after posting the women's high series (1403) and high game (279) thus far.

    2007BWCHelenJohnsson.jpg Tina Hulsch, Germany, is fourth with 3848 behind a 1283 series on Tuesday. Sharon Koh (right), Malaysia, who moved from 31st to 10th place yesterday, leaped another five spots today thanks to a 1328 series in Squad A. The reigning World Youth Masters champion has felled 3844 pins, an average of 213.56.

    2007BWCLyndaBarnes.jpg Places 6-8 belong to players from Squad B. Helen Johnsson (left), Sweden, is sixth with 3823, with Melody Yeung, Hong Kong, in seventh at 3805.

    2007BWCGhislainevanderTol.jpg 2005 World Cup Champion Lynda Barnes (right), United States, in eighth at 3779. Barnes and her team mates Shannon Pluhowsky (2002, 2004) and Diandra Asbaty (2006) have won four World Cup titles in the last five years.

    Ghislaine van der Tol (left), Netherlands, who won the European Bowling Tour stop in San Marino this year, is ninth with 3777. Rounding out the top 10 is Rebeca Veloz, Mexico, with 3769.

    The women are done for today and will return on Wednesday for the fourth and last 6-game block before the cut to the top 24 players. Squad A will start at 8 a.m. local time (GMT +3) and Squad B will follow at noon.

    2007BWCLogo_small.jpg Women's Division Block 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.

    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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    Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from St. Petersburg commencing November 3 all the way through to the finals on Sunday, November 10.