Bowlers on World Cup excursion to Indonesia
David Maycock and Patrice Tucker left yesterday to represent Bermuda at the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Palembang, Indonesia.
The World Cup is returning to Indonesia for the first time in 39 years and will take place from November 16 to 24.
There will be singles competition in the men's and women's divisions, with competition taking place in the 40-lane centre, which is part of the Jakabaring Sport City, the venue of the 2018 Asian Games.
Shannon O'Keefe, of the United States, and Australia's Sam Cooley won their respective divisions last year in Las Vegas, which featured bowlers from 83 countries.
Roger Creamer, QuibicaAMF's regional manager and director of International Relations & Sports Development, said: “I recently visited Palembang and the bowling centre, and was very impressed by everything the city and the bowl has to offer. I know all our World Cup athletes and guests will have a fabulous trip.”
The first World Cup, then called the International Masters, was held in Dublin Ireland in 1965 and was open only to male bowlers. In 1972, women finally got the opportunity to participate in the tournament at the eighth edition in Hamburg, Germany.
The qualifying round has 20 games and the top 24 from both divisions advance to stage two, with the total pinfall carrying over. During stage two, the top 24 bowlers from each division bowl eight games. The top eight bowlers are based on total pinfall after the 28 games and move on to stage three.
Stage three consists of another eight games in a round-robin format with 30 bonus pins awarded for a win and 15 bonus pins awarded for a tie. The top four bowlers in each division then advance to the semi-finals.
The semi-final round consists of a single-elimination bracket for each division. The bowlers are seeded with the number four seed going against the number one seed and the second seed playing the third seed.
The winner from each bracket advances to the final, which is a one-off game in each division with the winners taking home the World Cup.