Anne-Maree Putney wins Women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2007 BWC

    Updated with photos from the Victory Banquet

    2007BWCAnnMareePutney.jpg Tournament leader Ann-Maree Putney (left) of Australia fired two big scores to capture the women's title in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, from the top-seeded position.

    In the best-of-three games finals, Putney, 37, flew past her opponent, No. 3 seeded Lee Sun Hee, Korea, in game one, 280-201, and secured the victory with a 247-226 win in game two.

    In the opening match, Lee, 36, edged 18-year-old Tina Hulsch, Germany, in a close opening match, two-games to none.

    Loubna Sefrioui, Morocco, was voted 'Sportswoman of the Tournament'  by the players from 88 countries.

    A one-hour TV show from the women's final was aired on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 17:45 to 18:45 GMT.

    43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup - Women's Final

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

    1. Ann-Maree Putney, Australia, 527 (2 games)
    2. Lee Sun Hee, Korea, 911 (4 games)
    3. Tina Hulsch, Germany, 450 (2 games)

    Semi-final (best-of-three games)

    #3 Lee Sun Hee, Korea def. #2 Tina Hulsch, Germany, 2-0

    2007BWCTinaHulschAchimGrabowski.jpg Game 1: 18-year-old Tina Hulsch (pictured with coach Achim Grabowski) started the match with a double and a spare, while her 36-year-old opponent went strike, spare, double to level the match after three frames. Hulsch added another double-spare-spare-double to have the opportunity to shut Lee out. Finishing first a light pocket hit in the 9th frame resulted in 1 2-4-10 split which she was unable to convert. She struck out in the 10th to force Lee to double in her final frame. The Korean struck out for a 3-pin victory, 226-223. It was the third consecutive match between Hulsch and Lee, after they finished yesterday's match play round with a victory for Hulsch and a tie in the position round. It is 1-1-1 (won-loss-tie) now.

    2007BWCLeeSunMee.jpg Game 2: Lee (right) carried the momentum from game one into game two as she started with six strikes in a row to take a 41-pin lead after five frames. Hulsch had a double, two single-pin spares and another strike in the fifth frame, followed by another 9-pin-spare. But the match was far from being over. The German rebounded with three strikes in frames 7-9 to force the Korean, who had 9-spare, strike, 9-spare, to throw a strike and a spare in the 10th frame to shut her out. As in game one, the Korean went off the sheets to seal the victory, 258-227.

    Final (best-of-three games)

    #1 Ann-Maree Putney, Australia def. #3 Lee Sun Hee, Korea, 2-0

    Game 1: Tournament leader Ann-Maree Putney, who won a silver and a bronze medal at this year's World Championship eight years after she has won the Masters title at the 1999 Worlds, made quick work of her Korean opponent in game one. She started with a strike and single-pin spare and then went off the sheets for a huge 280 game. Lee had seven strikes in her game including a double (frames 3-4) and a turkey (frames 6-8) but also opened twice in the fifth and in the 9th frame to lose the game, by 79 pins, 280-201.

    Game 2: The second game was much closer than the first. The Aussie started with three single-pin spares, a strike and an a spare and was tied with Lee after five frames at 98 each. Lee, who had strikes in the second and fifth frame and three spares in the first, third and fifth frame, got a 4-6-7 split in frame 6 and almost spared it. However, Putney jumped on it with a strike to take the lead. As both players closed out the match with a five-bagger and a 9-count on the fill ball, Ann-Maree Putney won the game 247-226 and the match, 2-0, to claim the Women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup title.


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