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Whiting Finishes 6th at Bowling World Cup

Monday, November 13, 2017

The 53rd QubicaAMF World Cup began in Hermosillo, Mexico on Sunday 5th November with Jarrod Langford and Bec Whiting flying the flag for Australia at the six day tournament.

With all bowlers completing 20 games of qualifying over the first four days of competition both Australians needed to come out of the blocks quickly to make the top 24 cut on day four.

During the opening round, Whiting shot up the leader board to finish day one in sixth and place herself within striking distance of the top 4.  In the menís division, Langford tried to get his eye in across the six games to finish the day in 20th place.

On day 2, Whiting picked up where she left off to bowl games of 169, 242, 215, 244, 213 and 230 to finish in 7th place with Langford making a move to 16th after averaging 209 for the day.

On day 3, Langford needed to make a move to keep within the top 24 and following a 231 in game 1 the North Queenslander was off to a good start.  After bowling games of 176, 171, 206, 155 and 193, Langford fell outside the top 24 to finish in 25th place, with Whiting moving into 2nd place after averaging 231 for the day and in striking distance with only 6 games to go.

In the final block of 6 games, Whiting started with 180 to then go 202, 201, 152, 195 and 206 to finish in 6th place and make the top 24 cut.  But it wasnít to be for Langford who needed a strong finish to get back into the top 24.  After a 234 in game one, the left-hander bowled games of 176, 201, 172, 212 and 233 to finish in 28th place.

Having qualified for the round robin matches Whiting needed to gain some bonus pins to reach the top 4 and the stepladder final.  With 5 wins and 3 losses the Victorian bowler fell 144 pins short of the top 4 and a chance to move into the stepladder finals, finishing an impressive 6th overall. 

With the Australians out of contention the stepladder finals commenced and first up was Jenny Wegner (Sweden) against Siti Safiyah of Malaysia.  First playing fourth, one game, sudden death.  Wegner, the defending champion and the stand out player of the week, hit two splits and when Siti doubled into the ninth frame it was all over.  Siti ran out the winner by 227 to 197.

On came Rocio Restrepo of Colombia, second after all the qualifying games and drew Krizziah Tabora of the Philippines who had been in third.  Rocio split in the first frame and although she recovered she simply could not catch Krizziah who hit six in a row.  Krizziah won by 249 to 222.

In the final both Siti and Krizziah had an open frame but Krizziah then started striking and Siti could not match her.  Siti hit 191 but her score was eclipsed by the 236 from Krizziah and enough to see her crowned the 8th Philippino to win a Bowling World Cup title.

In the menís division, it was top seed Ildemaro Ruiz against Oscar Rodriguez from Colombia, who was the fourth placed finisher.  Yet again the fourth place finisher won, taking the match 232 to 193.  Jakob Butturff of the USA then played Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia in the second semi-final and Butturf was on fire, hitting the first nine strikes which was more than enough winning 266 to 176.

In the final it was tight until the fifth frame when Butturf moved ahead when Rodriguez left a wash out.  This was enough to see Butturf take the title, 246 to 201.

For all the finals results click here.

photos courtesy of QubicaAMF