Team USA's Derek Eoff leads men's preliminaries as field is cut to top 24 in 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2008 BWC

    Three players from Argentina, Korea, Poland hit the cutoff number

    2008BWCDerekEoff.jpg Team USA member Derek Eoff (pictured left) maintained his pole position at the end of the men's preliminaries in the 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup as the field of 82 players was cut to the top 24.

     The picture shows men's Squad A of the 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Eoff posted a 1344 series Wednesday at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico to finish the 24-game preliminaries with 5500 pinfall total and an average of 229.17.

    "I feel great, and I actually feel like I bowled better today than I did yesterday, even if the scores don't reflect that," said Eoff, a two-time Team USA member. "I'm throwing the ball well and making my spares, and I think my shotmaking has gotten better each day. Hopefully, my reaction will be the same tomorrow, and I will try to get as many pins as I can heading into match play."

    2008BWCZulmazranZulkifli.jpg Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, climbed from fifth to second place after he checked in with the second-best 1437 series in the fourth six-game block on Wednesday. Zulkifli is 98 pins behind the leader with 5402 (225.08).

    2008BWCMartinLarsen.jpg Block one leader Martin Larsen from Sweden moved up one spot to third place with 5326 (221.92).

    Canadian Jack Guay, a.k.a. the man, who rolled the first 300 in the history of the BWC (1994, Hermosillo), fell from second to fourth after a final 1228 series. Guay has a score of 5281 (220.04).

    2008BWCPaulStott.jpg Hussain Al Suwaidi also fell two spots to fifth place with 5276 (219.83).

    Ireland's Paul Stott is just one pin behind in sixth position. The underdog (right) leaped one place behind a 1359 series and has totaled 5275 pins (219.79).

    2007EBT17LeonidasMaragkos.jpg Leonidas Maragkos (left) from Greece, a familiar face on the European Bowling Tour, averaged 244.66 on Thursday en route to chalk up the highest series in the entire preliminaries.

    Maragkos had games of 268, 248, 256, 214, 258 and 224 for 1468 and a 5268 pinfall total (219.50) to leapfrog from 15th to 7th place. "I didn’t do anything different today but lady luck was with me and pins that yesterday did not fall somehow fell today," Maragkos smiled. "I carried everything!"

    2008MWCFrancoisSacco.jpg Rounding out the top 8 was Francois Sacco (right), France, with 5260 (219.17). The World Games champion cracked the top 8 for the first time this week thanks to a 1374 series in the fourth block.

    2008BWCRodolfoCorona.jpg Local favorite Rodolfo Corona, Mexico, and Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, who were in the top 8 after three blocks, fell to 11th and 14th place with 5172 and 5126, respectively.

    Rodolfo is the nephew of Benny Corona who came second in the Bowling World Cup in 1971 in Hong Kong.

    Chris Vandamme, Belgium, rolled the third 1400-plus series (1406) to leap from 25th to 13th place to easily make the first cut with 5135. Guy Caminsky, South Africa, posted a 1389 series to jump from 31st to 17th with 5039.

    2008BWCMarekPrzezpolewski.jpg The battle for the 24th place was a nail-biter. When the dust had settled Jonathan Hocsman from Argentina, Korean Choi Won-Young and Marek Przezpolewski (pictured right), Poland landed in 22nd to 24th place, all tied at 4988 (207.83).

    2008BWCNikitaKoshelev.jpg The fourth day of the preliminaries was the first day without a perfect game. Nikita Koshelev (left) from Russia, the only male bowler who rolled a 300 game in this year's BWC so far, slipped from 17th place all the way out of the top 24 to 29th place to miss the cut with 4930.

    The advancing players will bowl an additional eight games on Thursday morning at noon with the qualifying pinfall being carried forward. The top 8 will advance to an eight-game round robin match play round, which will be contested on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. (concurrently with the women's top 8) instead of Friday morning to meet the TV requirements. The top 3 will bowl for the title in Friday's live TV finals.

    Eurosport2Logo_small.jpg TelMexLogo_small.jpg QubicaAMF has announced that both finals, men and women, will be shown live on Mexican TV channel TelMex. According to European Sport Channel Eurosport2, the men's finals will be broadcasted live on Friday, Nov. 14, starting at 10.30 p.m. CET while the women's finals will be recorded and broadcasted on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 8.30 - 10 p.m. (updated schedule)

    Men's Division - Fourth block of six games