Rolle, Burrows hit the lanes in Indonesia

Following the first two blocks of games of the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, currently ongoing halfway around the world in Palembang, the capital city of Indonesia’s South Sumatra province, the two-member Bahamian team is significantly off the pace in making the cuts in their respective genders.

On the female side, Driskell Rolle is 37th overall out of 60 bowlers, 161 pins off the pace for the top 24 that will advance into stage two of the week-long tournament. She has a 2,095 total pinfall count and is averaging 174.58 halfway through qualifying – a dozen games are completed and there are 12 more to go. Rolle has a high game of 201. She will bowl another block of games on Wednesday and her final block on Thursday before the field is narrowed down to 24 bowlers on Friday.

American Kelly Kulick leads the competition with a 2,610 total pinfall, averaging 217.50 through 12 games. She has a high game of 247. Natasha Roslan, of Malaysia, is currently in second place with a 2,543 total pinfall, averaging 211.92 through 12 games. She has a high game of 234. The Dominican Republic’s Aumi Guerra is third with a 2,493 total pinfall, averaging 207.75 through 12 games. She has a high game of 267.

On the men’s side, Bahamian Derrick Burrows is 65th out of 73 bowlers. He has a total pinfall of 1,948, averaging 162.33 through 12 games, 439 pins off the pace for the top 24 that will go through to the second round of the competition on Friday. He has a high game of 228, and will bowl another block of games on Wednesday and the fourth and final block on Thursday before the field is narrowed down.

South African Francois Louw leads the competition with a 2,806 total pinfall count, averaging 233.83 through 12 games. He has a high game of 290. In second place is Niko Oksanen of Finland. He has a 2,606 total pinfall count, averaging 217.17 through 12 games with a high game of 256. In third is Jasem Alsaqer of Kuwait. He has a 2,578 total pinfall count, averaging 214.83 through 12 games with a 278 high game.

The pinfall totals in both genders will be carried over into the second stage. The top 24 bowlers, in each gender, will bowl an additional eight games before the field is narrowed down further to the top eight bowlers who will go on to the quarterfinals. Once again, the pinfall totals will be carried over.

In the quarters, the bowlers will bowl an additional eight games for a 40-game total pinfall count including bonus points to decide the top four bowlers to go on to the semifinals. At the end of the quarters, the pinfall totals will not be carried over. Finally, the semifinals and finals will be in a single game format.

The event will conclude with a victory banquet on Saturday evening at which time the awards will be presented.

The QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup is the most prestigious amateur singles event in the sport of bowling and the largest annual international sports championship in bowling in terms of participating nations. It has been 39 years since the Bowling World Cup was last held in Indonesia. It was held in Jakarta on the northwest coast of the island of Java in Indonesia in 1980.

This year, it is being held in the 40-lane center which is part of the huge and impressive Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, Indonesia.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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