Choi Yong-Kyu holds on to the lead in the men's division after 32 games


    2009 BWC

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

    2009BWCChoiYongKyu4.jpg2009BWCRyanLalisang.jpgQualifying leader Choi Yong-Kyu (pictured left), Korea, averaged 213.25 in the men's Round of 24 of the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Thursday night but lost more than 120 pins to the next four bowlers.

    Kyu held on to the lead with 7358 pinfall total and an average of 229.94 over 32 games as the field was cut to the top 8 players who advanced to the semifinal on Thursday morning at Melaka International Bowling Center in Melaka, Malaysia,

    Ryan Lalisang (right), Indonesia, narrowed the gap by 129 pins after posting an 1835 series. The Asian Games gold medalist is still 157 pins behind Kyu in second place with 7201 (225.03).

    2009BWCMartinLarsen_small.jpg2009BWCMichaelSchmidt3_small.jpgLast year's runner-up Martin Larsen (left), Sweden, used high games of 298 and 279 for the round-best 1887 series to remain in third place with 7169 (224.03).

    2005 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup champion Michael Schmidt (right), Canada, was mere one pin behind Larsen in the Round of 24, using his 1886 series to maintain his fourth place with 7165 (223.91), just four pins off the pace for the finals.

    2009BWCWalterRayWilliams6.jpgAll-time PBA titlist Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left), United States, who just has won his 46th PBA title, leaped two spots to fifth place with 6984 (218.25) behind another 1828 series. The PBA super star, who is 185 pins off the pace for third place, has another 8 games to overtake two opponents to make the cut to the show.

    "I felt really good coming into this week, so I'm really surprised that I didn't do well the first two days," Williams told USBC's Lucas Wiseman.

    "I still have a chance to make the top three, but I've got to strike a lot. It's definitely doable but those guys up there are doing a lot of striking. They are going to have to falter a little bit, and I have to bowl really well."

    2009BWCZulmazranZulkifl_small.jpg2009BWCSurasakManuwong_small.jpgLast year's runner-up Zulmazran Zulkifli (left), Malaysia, and Surasak Manuwong (right), Thailand, slipped one spot each to sixth and seventh place with 6956 (217.38) and 6894 (215.44), respectively.

    Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, lost the 8th and final spot to the more experienced 2008 Asian ranking champion Hussain Al-Suwaidi (below right), UAE. The Arab finished with an 181 game and 6838 (213.69) and almost lost his ticket for the finals as Yeung finished strong with 247 but fell nine pins short to settle for 9th place with 6829 (213.41).

    2009BWCLogo_small.jpg 2009KOHussainAlSuwaidi_small.jpgThe top 8 will return on Thursday morning to 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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