Singapore youngster makes top 24

7th November, St. Petersburg: Singapore's youngster and World Cup debutant, Daphne Tan squeezed into the Women's top 24 of the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at the end of the fourth block of qualifying rounds on Wednesday.  Daphne Tan started on a right footing with a superb eighth place finish in her opening block of 6 games on Sunday at the Kontinent Bowling Centre with 1267. Tan, who just turned 17 last month, slid into 12th place after posting 1226 in her second block on Monday.

Although she knocked down a better 1243 in her third block yesterday, Tan continued to slide to 13th but crucially, still in the top 24. A poor fourth block of only 1150 put her in danger of missing the cut but fortunately other bowlers also failed to improve giving her a 20th position finish in the end.

Last year's female representative, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan also made the top 24 in 12th position and went on to qualify for the quarterfinals in seventh but missed the semifinals finishing seventh. Tan will be hoping to improve on Singapore's showing this time round.

Ghislaine van der Tol of the Netherlands, clinched pole position with a total of 5179 after posting the highest 6-game series of the block with 1402. World Cup debutant, Sharon Koh of Malaysia, posted 1324 to give herself of total of 5168, again improving from fifth overnight to second overall.

Helen Johnsson of Sweden improved from sixth to third with 5140 from early leader, Sun Hee Lee of Korea in fourth on 5129. Overnight leader, Sue Abela of Malta, could not repeat the form she showed in the previous block dropping to fifth with 5094 ahead of Aumi Guerra of Dominican Republic sixth on 5074.

The top 24 will bowl another 8 games tomorrow where the field will be cut to top 8 for the quarterfinals on Friday, November 9. Detailed scores: Women's 4thBlk

Photos courtesy of Hero Noda and QubicaAMF.