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Bowling News USA - December 7, 2011 Belmonte, Asbaty Roll for World Cup Titles...

Storm International star Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones and Mykhaylo Kalika have made the finals in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. The finals are set for Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. local time at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Belmonte averaged 246 for the day and compiled a 4-4 won-loss record for 8790 total and an average of 244.17. The two-hander from Down Under became just the second player in BWC history to roll multiple 300 games in a tournament (Osku Palermaa, Finland, was the first in Caracas, Venezuela, 2006) and the first player who has three perfectos under his belt including one in St. Petersburgh, Russia, 2007. 

Jones, a 13-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year 2005-06, started the day in first place mere 37 pins ahead of Belmonte, Australia. The Team USA member won five of his eight matches including games of 277, 279, 258, 269, 235, 268, 269 and 233 for 2088 and 8977 total including 150 bonus (30 per win). Jones, who had one of five 300 games in the tournament averaged 249.36 for 36 games. 

Kalika who had a comfortable 147-pin lead over Lucas Legnani, Argentina and Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, heading into round robin match play, started the day with a 288 game but dropped to fourth place due to two consecutive sup-par games (192, 168). 

Legnani, who also had a 300 game in qualifying, won his first three matches including back-to-back 279 games, to overtake third place. The Ukrainian rebounded with four straight wins with games of 233, 222, 263 and 257 to regain third place and to hold a 93-pin lead over Legnani before the final position round. 

The Argentinean won the match by 55 pins, 236-181, and received 30 pins bonus but fell eight pins short of the stepladder. Kalika took the No. 3 seed with 8635 (239.86), while Legnani had to settle for fourth place with 8627 (239.64). 

The fourth 300-gamer, Biboy Rivera Philippines, used the field-best 6-2 match play record to help grab fifth place with 8536 (237.11). Lehtonen finished in sixth place with 8394 (233.17) with local favorite Francois LouwSouth Africa in seventh place with 8387 (232.97) and Mats Maggi, Belgium in eighth with 8375 (232.64). 

Belmonte joins fellow Storm staffer Diandra Asbaty, who advanced to the women's stepladder finals, have already secured the Bent Petersen Award for the top country in the 47th Bowling World Cup. 

Asbaty joins defending champion and tournament leader Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic, and No. 3 seed,Sandra Andersson, Sweden, will determine the women's champion in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in best-of-three games match play format Wednesday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

(courtesy: bowlingdigital,com)

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