Zara Giles leads top 24 into the quarterfinal of the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2009 BWC

    Live streaming to start on Thursday morning at 12.30 p.m. local time


    2009BWCSitiSafiyahAmirah2.jpgZara Giles, England, averaged 222.88 on the third day of qualifying in the women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Melaka, Malaysia, en route to finish atop the leaderboard for the third consecutive day and to lead the top 24 players into the quarterfinals on Wednesday evening at Melaka International Bowling Center.

    The multiple World and European champion posted 8-game blocks of 1805, 1687 and 1783 to lead the field from 66 countries with 5275 pinfall total and an average of 219.79 over 24 games.

    2009BWCEvgeniaTsarkova3.jpg2009BWCCarolineLagrange2.jpgLocal favorite, reigning World Ranking Masters champion Siti Safiyah Amirah (above right), Malaysia, rolled the highest 8-game block of the tournament, men and women, this morning to leap from 9th to second place with 5218 (217.42).

    Amirah had games of 232, 176, 197, 279, 258, 279, 203 and 269 and an 1893 total, an average of 236.63. Caroline Lagrange (left), Canada, maintained third place with 5175 (215.63) after going 1759 today.

    The only underdog in the top 8, Evgenia Tsarkova (right), Russia, bowled another great series with six games including three games in the 240s but a final 163 cost her the second place and she dropped to fourth with 5122 (213.42).

    2009BWCTennelleMilligan.jpg2009BWCBaekSeungja3.jpgThree of the favorites finished qualifying in 5th to 7th place. Team USA member and U.S. Open champion, Tennelle Milligan (left), rolled an 1805 series en route to jump from 11th to fifth place with 5122. Next was Liza del Rosario, Philippines, who fell one spot to sixth with 5098 after a 1667 series.

    Helén Johnsson, Sweden, a world and European champion, used an 1820 series to move from 14th to 7th place with 5092. Rounding out the Baek Seung-ja (right), Korea, with 5065.

    Just outside the top 8, looking in is 2007 World Cup champion and last year's runner-up, Ann-Maree Putney, Australia, who totaled 5054. As expected, all the other favorites made the cut to the top 24.

    2009BWCLauraRhoney2.jpg2009BWCIsabelleSacco3.jpgSurviving the first cut were 13 player from Europe (Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden), 8 from Asia (Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore) and 3 from America (Canada, Mexico, United States).

    10th place belonged to Patcharin Torgersen (5032), Norway, who was followed by Laura Rhoney (left), Scotland, in 11th place with 5015. 2005 World Games winner Isabelle Sacco (right), France, moved from 16th to 12th behind a 1746 series today with 4998.

    2009BWCTinaHulsch3.jpg2009BWCSayuriYamada.jpgWorld Youth champion Tina Hulsch (left), Germany, made the first cut in 13th place with 4997, but has to make up some ground in the next eight games to have a chance to repeat her 3rd place performance from the 2007 BWC.

    Next are Wendy Kok, Netherlands, and Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, in 14th and 15th place with 4982 and 4945, resp. Sayuri Yamada (right), Mexico, leaped another five spots to land in 16th place with 4913.

    2009BWCPuttyArmein3.jpg2009BWCBerniceLim2.jpg17th place belonged to Pia Burkal, Denmark, with 4873 with Joey Yip, Hong Kong, in 18th and Prathima Hegde, India, in 19th place with 4811. Katrien Goossens, Belgium, was the last player with a 2000-plus average in 20th place with 4806.

    Bernice Lim (left), Singapore, was 21st with 4794, followed by Reija Lunden, Finland, in 22nd with 4789. Indonesian standout Putty Armein (right) leaped sixth spots in the final block thanks to a 1670 series to make the cut in 23rd place with 4751.

    Uliana Grosu (below right), Moldova, hit the cutoff number for 24th place with 4743 or an average of 197.63.

    2009BWCUlianaGrosu.jpg2009BWCLogo_small.jpg The top 24 will return on Wednesday evening for the quarterfinal with the qualifying total being carried forward. The top 8 after another 8-game block (32 games overall) will advance to the semifinal on Thursday morning.

    Those 8 will determine the three finalists in round robin match play plus position round (total 8 games) with the pinfall from the previous round being carried forward.

    All stepladder matches 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 seeded player will have the choice of starting lane. will partner with the United States Bowling Congress to live stream the men's and women's semifinals and finals of the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Lucas Wiseman (pictured right), USBS Senior Public Relations Coordinator, will serve as play-by-play announcer for all broadcasts.


    Live streaming will start on Thursday 12.30 p.m. local time
    (Thursday 5.30 a.m. in Europe or Wednesday 11.30 p.m. EST in America).

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    Women's Qualifying after the third block of 8 games

    The top 24 players advance to the quarterfinal.