Belmonte, Hoffman and Gomez to bowl for the men's title in 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2007 BWC

     Jason Belmonte (left), the High Roller champion from Australia, 2-time U.S. Amateur champion Bill Hoffman (center) and former PBA exempt bowler Andres Gomez (right), Colombia, will bowl for the men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup title Saturday in the live TV finals at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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    The stepladder finals will be contested in best-of-three game format on Saturday, Nov 10th at 2 p.m. ´local time (GMT +3). Hoffman will take on Gomez in the opening match. The winner will bowl Belmonte for the title.

    2007BWCJasonBelmonte2.jpg Belmonte(left)  led the men's field from day one and closed out the match play round with a 300 game, the third perfecto of this year's event and the 37th in the 43-year history of the Bowling World Cup. It was the 31st by a man.

    2007BWCBillHoffman_small.jpg The two-hander averaged 220,13 for the day and compiled a 4-3-1 won-loss-tie record en route to finish with 9540 pinfall total including 135 bonus (30 per win, 15 for a tie) and an average of 235,13 for 40 games.

    Trailing Belmonte by 188 pins to take the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals was Bill Hoffman (right).

    The American, who hopes to end an 11-year title drought for Team USA men bowlers in the World Cup, had the field-best 6-3 match play record to chalk up 9352 pins.

    2007BWCAndresGomez_small.jpg 2007BWCMichaelSchmidt_small.jpg Heading into the position round, 3rd placed Andres Gomez (left) had a slim 10-pin lead over 4th placed Michael Schmidt (right), the 2005 World Cup champion from Canada.

    The Colombian defeated Schmidt 234-179 to secure the third and final spot for the stepladder with 9008 pinfall total to Schmidt's 8913. Both players had a 4-4 match play record.

    2007BWCPaulMoor_small.jpg 2007BWCPetteriSalonen_small.jpg 3-time European Ranking champion Paul Moor (left) from England, had the field-best 224,50 average today winning five of his eight matches to end up in fifth place with 8909 pinfall total.

    Moor, who was 49th after day one qualifying, was the sole lefty in the men's Round of 8.

    2007BWCThomasGross_small.jpg 2007BWCMarceloSuartz_small.jpg Rounding out the top 8 were 6. Petteri Salonen (above right), Finland (8827), 7. Marcelo Suartz, Brazil (8827) and 8. Thomas Gross, Austria (8535.

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