Van der Tol wins qualifying in 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup; leads top 24 women into the next round


    2007 BWC

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

    2007BWCGhislainevanderTol.jpg Ghislaine van der Tol (left), Netherlands, won the women's qualifying in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    The Dutch lefty rolled a 1402 series in the fourth and final qualifying round to jump from 9th to first with a 5179 24-game total and an average of 215.79.

    2007BWCHelenJohnsson.jpg Another lefty, Sharon Koh, Malaysia, finished in second place with 5168. Squad B leader Helen Johnsson (right), Sweden, needed a 235 to earn the top spot but had to settle for third with 5140 behind a 195 in the final game.

    2007BWCLeeSunHee.jpg Lee Sun Hee (left), Korea, who led the women's division on the first two day, ended up in fourth place with 5129.

    Third round leader Sue Abela, Malta, who led the 73-player field after 18 games, slipped to fifth with 5094 behind a sup-par 1171 this morning.

    2007BWCAumiGuerra2.jpg Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, has become a familiar face among the top 8 in major events such as the World Cup or the World Ranking Masters. Guerra had a 1220 series this afternoon to land in sixth place with 5074.

    Rounding out the top 8 were Piritta Kantola, Finland, in seventh with 5030 and Ann-Maree Putney, Australia, with 5028.

    2007BWCMelodyYeung.jpg Just outside the box (for the next cut tomorrow) looking in are Melody Yeung (left), Hong Kong, in 9th with 5012, and 2005 World Cup champion Lynda Barnes (below, right), United States, who is 10th with 5010.

    2007BWCLyndaBarnes3.jpg 2001 World Games champion Sofia Granda, Guatemala, checked in with pinfall total of 5000, a 208.33 average, good for 11th place. 18-year-old Tina Hulsch, Germany, dropped 8 spots behind an 1139 series to sit in 12th with 4987.

    Also advancing to the Round of 24 were 13. Ivonne Gross, Austria;

    2007BWCEugeniaTsarkova.jpg 14. Sasha Luciano, Puerto Rico; 15. Olena Mischenko, Ukraine; 16. Jo Allsebrook, England; 17. Rocio Restrepo, Colombia; 18. Rebeca Veloz, Mexico; 19. Sandra Torrents, Spain; 20. Daphne Tan, Singapore; 21. Liza del Rosario, Philippines; 22. Trine Simonsen, Denmark; 23. Eugenia Tsarkova (left), Russia.

    2007BWCNofarHerskovitch.jpg Nofar Herskovitch (right), Israel, took the 24th and final qualifying spot with 4756 or an average of 198.17.

    Women's Division Block 4

    The top 24 men and the top 24 women after 24 games of qualifying will bowl eight games on Thursday (women at 8 a.m., men at 11.30 a.m.) with the qualifying pinfall being carried forward. The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 32 games will advance to round robin match play on Friday.

    2007BWCLogo_small.jpg Following 8 games of head-to-head competition (30 pins bonus for each win, 15 pins for a tie), the top three men and the top three women will advance to the TV stepladder finals in best of three format on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with the women with the men to follow at 2 p.m. No. 3 meets No. in the semi-final, the winner will take on the No. 1 seed for the title.

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