It's down to eight in women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Russia

    11/08/07

    2007 BWC

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

    2007BWCTop24Women.jpg The top 24 women (pictured) - 12 from Europe and six each from Asia and America - took on the lanes at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia for another eight game block to cut to the top 8 players in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    2007BWCGhislainevanderTol.jpg Qualifying leader Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands 2nd placed Sharon Koh, Malaysia and 4th placed Lee Sun Hee, Korea traded the lead almost every game.

    When the dust had settled, the Dutch lefty (right) had regained the lead and will be the top seed for round robin match play on Friday.

    2007BWCAnnMareePutney.jpg The Dutch champion closed out the closed out the round with a 209 game for a 1692 series and a 6871 32-game total, an average of 214,72. That feat came at the expense of Koh, who slipped to second with 6858 (214.31).

    Lee, who led the qualifying on the first two days and regained the lead after three game today when she rolled back-to-back 270s, ended up in third place with 6842.

    2007BWCTinaHulsch.jpg Ann-Maree Putney (left), Australia, leaped four spots to fourth behind a 1773 series. The 1999 World Masters champion has totaled 6801 pins.

    18-year-old Tina Hulsch (right), Germany, posted the highest series of all 24 players with 1783, a 222.88 average, to jump from 12th to fifth place with 6770.

    2007BWCAumiGuerra2.jpg Six players, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic; Piritta Kantola, Finland; Helen Johnsson, Sweden; Sofia Granda, Guatemala; Jo Allsebrook, England and Ivonne Gross, Austria battled it out fort he remaining three spots to advance.

    Guerra (left) finished with two big games, 245 and 238, to land in sixth place with 6742. Kantola was mere one pin behind in seventh with 6741.

    2007BWCHelenJohnsson.jpg Johnsson (right), who started the day in third place, fell out of the top 8 early when she had three sub-200 games in the first four games.

    The multiple Swedish champion fought back and took the 8th and final spot with a 212 in the last game. The cutoff number was 6735 pins, an average of 210.47.

    2007BWCSofiaGranda.jpg Granda (left), the 2001 World Games champion, fell 12 pins short of the cut despite a 247 in the last game to finish 9th with 6723.

    Allsebrook (below, right), who moved from 16th into the top 8, fell from 8th to 10 in the last game to finish with 6705. Gross landed in 11th place with 6696.

    2007BWCJoAllsebrook2.jpg The winning streak of the United States in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup (three consecutive titles and four in the last five years) came to an end when 2005 World Cup champion Lynda Barnes finished with 6684 in 12th place.

    Among those failing to advance was also third round leader Sue Abela, Malta, who finished 13th and the player from the host country of Russia, Eugenia Tsarkova, who ended up in 23rd with 6441.

    2007BWCLogo_small.jpg Following 8 games of head-to-head competition (30 pins bonus for each win, 15 pins for a tie) on Friday, the top three women will advance to the TV stepladder finals in best of three format on Saturday beginning at 10 a.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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