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Bowling News USA - November 27, 2012 Aumi Guerra Storms To The Lead at 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup...

(Aumi Guerra)


Two-time defending champion Aumi Guerra  of the Dominican Republic averaged 240.20 in the first of four five-game qualifying blocks to take the lead in the women's division of the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Monday at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. 

Guerra is using the Storm IQ™.

"Her look is amazing," said Guerra's coach Craig Woodhouse. "She shot 201 over using the IQ. I know we still have a long way to go, but a great start."

Guerra, who targets to become the first player ever to win three consecutive BWC titles, started Squad B commandingly by posting a 770 series for the first three games (245, 256 and 269). She couldn't match her vigorous pace in the fourth game (196) but cracked the 1200-bar with a 235 final game to lead the field of 69 players with 1201 total pinfall. 

Former world and European champion, (Storm staffer) Kirsten Penny of England, who led Squad A with 1146, slipped to second place. Penny started her series with 251 and added four games between 235 and 212. 

Rebecka Larsen  of Sweden was close behind with 1129 to overtake third place. The two-time gold medalist at the 2012 Women's European Championships sandwiched high games of 236, 243 and 257 between low games of 203 and 190. 

Lilia Robles of Mexico and Germany's Janine Gabel were next to Guerra in Squad B to move into fourth and sixth place in the qualifying standings with 1111 and 1091, respectively. 

Shayna Ng of Singapore and Melonie Lister of New Zealand were the best players of the Asian Bowling Federation on the opening day in sixth and seventh place with 1087 and 1086, resp. 

Rounding out the top 8 was Team USA's Danielle McEwan with 1077, a 215.40 average, including a 269 high game. One third of the 69-player field surpassed the 1200-mark (200 average). 

Patricia de Faria of Venezuela currently holds the 24th and last place to advance to the next round with 995 or an average of 199. 

After only five of 20 qualifying games, Guerra has a 124-pin cushion on eighth place, a hefty 206-pin cushion on 24th place and outaveraged 69th place Hela Meziou  of Tunisia by almost 100 pins. 

The women return on Tuesday for the second qualifying block starting at 11 a.m. (Squad B) and 5.30 p.m. (Squad A) local time (CET). 

On the Men's side, recently signed international Storm staffer Mykhaylo Kalika (pictured) of Ukraine posted an 1149 five-game series in the first of three squads Monday at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland to take the early lead in the men's qualifying at the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. 

The 24-year-old six-time Ukrainian national champion, who averaged 229.80, used a high game of 259 and four games between 235 and 213 to lead Squad C leader Mise Mrkonjic by seven pins. 

The underdog from Croatia finished his series with back-to-back 255 games to shoot into second place with 1142. Third place belonged to Marshall Kent, United States, who was second to Kalika in Squad A with 1132. 

The 20-year-old, who became the second-youngest player ever to win an European Bowling Tour title in the Russian Open in September at the age of 19, started with four consistent games between 225 and 246 but fell to third place behind a 183 final game. 

Fourth place belonged to two-time European Champion and International Storm staffer Mads Sandbækken of Norway. The lefty rebounded from a slow start (177) with three 230-plus games and a high game of 251 to lead Squad B with 1226 total. 

Ghalib Albusaidi is the second underdog in the top 8 in fifth place with 1122 and was followed by Syafiq Ridhwan with 1113. The Malaysian sandwiched four games of 238, 223, 236 and 266 around a 150 in game three. 

European Champions Cup winner James Gruffman of Sweden tied Ridhwan at 1113 with Magnus Magnusson of Iceland in eighth place with 1109. 

Just outside the top 8 looking in were two-time Word Cup champion Michael Schmidt of Canada (9th; 1108), Storm staffer Andres Gomez of Colombia (10th; 1106) and Greek international Leonidas Maragkos (11th; 1103). 

11 of the 82 players surpassed the 1100-mark and half of the field bowled even (based on a 200 average) or better. With five of twenty qualifying games in the books, Jarmo Ahokas of Finland holds the 24th and last place to advance with 1042 or an average of 208.40. 

The men return on Tuesday for the second qualifying block starting at 8 a.m. (Squad B), 2.30 p.m. (Squad C) and 9 p.m. (Squad A) local time (CET). 

The 2012 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 26 to Dec 1 at 24-lane Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. It marks the first time since its inception in 1965 in Dublin, Ireland that the BWC visits Poland. 

151 players, 82 men and 69 women, representing 84 countries participate in the 48th edition of the event. The men were split into three squads (A, B and C) while the women's division features two squads (A and B). 

All players will bowl four five-game blocks of qualifying over four days beginning Monday, Nov. 26. The women's squads are sandwiched between the men's squads. After 20 games, the field will be cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Friday, Nov. 30.

The top eight men and the top 8 women after 28 games advance to eight games round robin match play Saturday morning, Dec. 1, where the field will be paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals starting at 1 p.m. CET (7 a.m. EST).


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