Putney, Hulsch and Lee will determine the women's champion at 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2007 BWC

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

    1999 World Masters champion Ann-Maree Putney (center), Australia, Tina Hulsch (lef), Germany, and Lee Sun Hee (right), Korea, emerged as the top 3 women bowlers in the match play round of 8 in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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    The live TV stepladder finals will be contested in best-of-three game format and start on Saturday, Nov. 10th at 10 a.m. with the ladies final. The men will follow at 2 p.m. In the opening match, Hulsch will bowl Lee for the right to challenge Putney for the title. Australia with Putney and men's leader Jason Belmonte have already secured the country title.

    2007BWCAnnMareePutney.jpg Putney (left) started the day in fourth position mere 70 pins behind leader Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands. She started with 256 and 236 to move to the top but fell out of the top 3 again in the next game due to a 152.

    The silver and bronze medalist in this year's Women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico rebounded with 226, 207, 245 and regained the lead with a 237 before the final position round match.

    Five of the eight players were still in the race for one of the three spots fort he finals and each of them could fall out of the top 3 also.

    2007BWCSharonKoh_small.jpg In the position round match between the No. 1 and 2, Putney defeated reigning World Youth Masters champion Sharon Koh (right), Malaysia, 235-201, to secure the top spot with 8745 pinfall total including 150 bonus, an average of 214,88 for 40 games.

    Putney had the highest women series Friday with 1794 pins, an average of 224.25 over eight games and mere two pins shy of the men's high series (Paul Moor, 1796).

    2007BWCTinaHulsch_small.jpg 2007BWCLeeSunHee_small.jpg Tina Hulsch (left), who won four medals at the 2007 European Youth Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece, beat out Lee Sun Hee, Korea for the third place by five pins due to a 235-231 victory in the penultimate game. The rematch followed immediately as they met in the position round.

    Trailing Koh by 6 and 11 pins, respectively, the German and the Korean (right) were deadlocked at 216 after ten frames to share the 30 pins bonus and to overtake Koh with 8673 and 8668 to 8649.

    2007BWCGhislainevanderTol_small.jpg 2007BWCHelenJohnsson_small.jpg Hulsch (212.70 average) had the field-best 5-2-1 won-loss-tie record, while Lee (213,33) went 4-3-1and Koh (213.98) missed the top 3 in fourth place because she lost 5 of her eight matches today.

    Ghislaine van der Tol (left), Netherlands, who lead after the quarterfinals slipped all the way out of the finals after averaging only 205.00 today to finish fifth with 8631.

    Rounding out the top 8 women in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup were

    2007BWCAumiGuerra2_small.jpg 2007BWCPirittaKantola_small.jpg6. Helen Johnsson (above right), Sweden, 8558 7. Aumi Guerra (left), Dominican Republic, 8481 and 8. Piritta Kantola (right), Finland, 8441.

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