Eoff, Larsen Zulkifli to bowl for men's title in 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Live TV Finals


    2008 BWC

    Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico (Nov. 7-15, 2008)

    2008BWCDerekEoff4.jpg No changes atop the men's leaderboard in round robin match play on Thursday evening at Bol 300 in Hermosillo Mexico. Derek Eoff (pictured left), United States, secured the No. 1 seed for the live TV finals in the 44th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Friday at 2.30 p.m.

    Eoff won five of his eight matches (30 bonus per win) in round robin to finish with 9369 pinfall total including bonus and an average of 230.48 over 40 games.

    2008BWCMartinLarsen3.jpg Martin Larsen (right) of Sweden and Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia both made runs late in the day Thursday, but finished second and third, respectively.

    "It ended up being a lot closer than I wanted it to get, but in the end, I came through when I needed it, and it feels amazing," said Eoff, whose first television appearance came at the 1999 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships.

    2008BWCZulmazranZulkifli3.jpg "I felt like I had a good reaction today, and if I really focused on making quality shots, I knew the strikes would come. They both bowled great today, and I was fortunate to be able to hold them off."

    Larsen, a 3-time World Champion, narrowed the gap to 26 pins after 40 games after going 7-1 in match play including a 233-201 win over Eoff in the position round. Larsen earned the No. 2 seed with 9343 pinfall total (228.33).

    Zulkifli (left), who rolled the tournament's fifth perfecto in the Round of 24 prior to this round, won all but one match in round robin and claimed the No. 3 seed with 9201.

    2008BWCJackGuay3_small.jpg Larsen and Zulkifli will face off in the semifinal match to battle for a chance to meet Eoff in the title match. All matches will feature a best-of-three format.

    Trailing Zulkifli by 311 pins to finish in fourth place was Jack Guay (left) with 8890 (219.25) and a 4-4 won-loss record.

    The Canadian was the first player, who rolled a 300 game in a Bowling World Cup, 14 years ago also in Hermosillo Mexico.

    2008BWCLuizRodriguez3_small.jpg 2008BWCLeonidasMaragkos3_small.jpg Fifth place belonged to Luis Rodríguez (left), Puerto Rico, who checked in with 8799 (217.73) and a 3-5 match play record.

    Leonidas Maragkos
    (right), Greece, finished the World Cup in sixth position with 8753 (215.83) after going 4-4 in match play.

    2008BWCPaulStott3_small.jpg 2008BWCHussainAlSuwaidi_small.jpg Hussain Al Suwaidi, UAE, and Paul Stott, Ireland, won one match each to land in 7th and 8th place with 8750 (218.00) and 8501 (211.78), respectively.

    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.

    The first match will be Zara Glover against Ann Maree Putney, followed by Zulmazran Zukifli against Martin Larsen. The women's final will follow with the men's final going on the lanes immediately afterwards.

    Men's Division - Round Robin Match Play

    The top 3 advance to Friday's Live TV Stepladder Finals.