Choi Yong-Kyu moves to the top of the men's leaderboard after 16 games


    2009 BWC

    Melaka International Bowling Center in Melaka, Malaysia (Nov. 13-20, 2009)

    2009BWCMartinLarsen3.jpg2009BWCLarsenChoiZulkifli.jpgKorea's Choi Yong-Kyu (center) moved up one spot during the second qualifying block Tuesday morning at Melaka International Bowling Center in Melaka, Malaysia, en route to overtake the lead in the men's division of the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after 16 games with 3666 pinfall total and an average of 229.13.

    Choi had the highest 8-game total of all 87 competitors with 1788 and averaged 223.50 for the round, which wasn't as high scoring as yesterday but almost showed the same overall average for all players, 195.99 (1st block) to 195.85 (2nd block). Choi had eight games over 200 with a 241 high game and a 201 low game.

    Last's year's runner-up Martin Larsen (left), Sweden, also leaped one spot and is in the same position as last year with 3573 (223.31). Ditto for last year's second runner-up Zulmazran Zulkifli (right), Malaysia, who moved from fifth to third behind a 1770 series today with 3534.

    2009KORyanLalisang.jpg2009BWCThomasLarsen2.jpgAsian Games gold medalist Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, leaped from 11th to fourth with 3485 due to an 1757 series today. Dane Thomas Larsen (right)  fell one spot to fifth place with 3477.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will survive the second cut on Thursday morning are 6. Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE, 2466 7. Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 3454 and 8. Mark Kerr, Scotland, 3436.

    Kerr (below right) owns the bragging rights for the highest game of the tournament since he rolled a 287 on Monday. Paul Wright, Jersey (32nd, 3271), had the high game of the day with 276.

    2009BWCMichaelSchmidt3.jpg2009BWCMarkKerr.jpgDay one leader Michael Schmidt (left), Canada, slipped to 9th place after finishing his 8-game block today with five consecutive 180s and a final 179 for a sub-par 1533 block and 3413 overall.

    4-time BWC title holder Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippines, who won the World Cups in Teheran, Iran (1976), Jakarta, Indonesia (1980), Le Mans, France (1992) and Belfast, Ireland (1996), made up some ground thanks to a 1685 series. The USBC ambassador leaped from 31st to 22nd place with 3311.

    Nepomuceno is 16 pins ahead of the cut as 24th placed Marco Reviglio (below left), Italy, the man on the bubble, has felled 3295 pins, an average of 205.94.

    2009BWCMarcoReviglio.jpg2009BWCPetterHansen.jpgEngland's Darren Cundy fell seven spots and slipped out of the top 24 with 3284. Falling one spot to 31st place was Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, with, 3274. 46-time PBA champion and 3-time World Champion, Walter Ray Williams Jr., United States, moved up two places after a 1648 series today and is 30 pins off the pace for the top 24 in 34th place with 3265, a 204.06 average.

    Norwegian anchor Petter Hansen (right) leaped 28 spots from 68th to 40th with 3190, while Mexican standout Daniel Falconi lost seven spots and fell to 45th with 3176. Thierry Sacco, France, leaped 15 places into 46th with 3156. Falling back into 49th place was 3-time Asian Games and 2-time World champion Remy Ong, Singapore, with 3119.

    Click here to view a slide show with action shots from all 88 players
    taken during the men's official practice on Sunday morning.
    Note: Taisier Nazmei, Palestine, withdrew before the first qualifying round.

    The 87 men from 87 countries are done for today and will return on Wednesday afternoon for the third and last qualifying block before the cut to the top 24 players.

    2009BWCLogo_small.jpg The 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup drew 153 players - 87 men and 66 women - from 91 countries.

    All players in each division, men and women, will bowl 24 qualifying games over three days. As the 52-lane center is split in two sections, each 8-game block will be divided into two blocks with 4 games being bowled on lanes 1-26 and 4 games on lanes 27-52. The top 24 qualifiers in each division will advance to the intermediate round with the 24-game total being carried forward.

    Those 24 men and 24 women will bowl a further 8 games to cut to the top 8 who will advance to the quarterfinals with the 32-game total being carried forward.

    Those 8 men and 8 women will determine the three finalists in round robin match play plus position round (total 8 games).

    The semifinals and the finals will be decided in best-of-three games format. No. 3 bowls No. 2 for the right to bowl No. 1 for the title. The highest seed player will have the choice of starting lane. The United States (men) and Singapore (women) are the defending champions.

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    Men's Qualifying after the second block of 8 games