Belmonte wins men's qualifying at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg


    2007 BWC

    Suartz, Salonen, Schmidt move into top 8 in final Squad B

    2007BWCJasonBelmonte.jpg Jason Belmonte (left) from Australia remained unchallenged in the final qualifying squad and will lead the top 24 men into the second round in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Belmonte had six-game blocks of 1452, 1374, 1380 and 1400 to lead the field of 88 players with 5606 and an average of 233,58. Opposite to the previous years, the pinfall will be carried forward until the 3-player stepladder final. No complaint from Belmonte.

    He led the qualifying in the 2004 World Cup in Singapore but fell to eventual winner, Kai Virtanen, in the first round of the single-elimination finals to finish fifth.

    2007BWCBillHoffman2.jpg Belmonte was followed by three other players from Squad A. Team USA's Bill Hoffman (right) had a 1390 series on the final qualifying day en route to regain the second place with 5489 and an average of 228.71.

    2007BWCGlennMartenPerdersen.jpg Former PBA exempt player Andres Gomez, Colombia, managed the third-highest 1348 block including high games of 268 and 259 and despite two 182 games. Gomez ended up in third position with 5461. Glenn Morten Pedersen (left), Norway, was fourth with 5393 pinfall total.

    2007BWCMarceloSuartz.jpg Fifth place belonged to Squad B leader Marcelo Suartz (right), Brazil. Suartz used high games of 254 and 246 for a 5371 pinfall total, an average of 223.79.

    The 20-year-old beat out high calibers such as 4-time European Champion (2005) and 6-game record holder (1538) Petteri Salonen, Finland; two-time World Champion and 3-time Asian Games champion Remy Ong, Singapore; 2005 World Cup champion Michael Schmidt, Canada; 3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor, England and German standout Achim Grabowski.

    2007BWCPetteriSalonen2.jpg Salonen (left) was second in Squad B to take the sixth place in the overall qualifying standings with 5315, while Schmidt was third to move into seventh place with 5281.

    Rounding out the top 8 was Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, with 5267 (219,46). Ruiz shot one of two 300 games during qualifying (Argyrios Ketsetzis, Greece, had the other).

    2007BWCAlexeyParshukov.jpg Alexey Parshukov of the Federation of Sports Bowling in Russia landed in 18th place with 5049 pinfall total and an average of 210.38.

    He followed in the footprints of his team mate Eugenia Tsarkova, who made the cut in the women's division in 23rd place. This is the first time that both Russian players survived the first cut in Bowling World Cup.

    2007BWCPauloLopez2.jpg Paulo Lopes (left) of Portugal, the surprise leader of Squad B after six games, took the 24th and final qualifying spot with 4999 24-game total, an average of 208.29. The top 24 men and top 24 women after 24 games of qualifying advanced to the next stage.

    Those 24 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 Men's Division Block 4

    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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