Singaporean misses cut by a 21 pins
8th November, St. Petersburg: Remy Ong's world cup campaign came to an end as the Singaporean finished 10th in the Top 24 round to miss the cut for the top 8 of the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup as Jason Belmonte lead the top 8 into the next stage.
Before the start of the Top 24 round, Remy Ong was already 58 pins ahead from the eighth-placed bowler and with the 24-game scores carried forward to this block, all the Singaporen need was to try and maintain that margin.
Despite crashing out, Ong put up one of his best-ever fight posting an 8-game series of 1727 to give himself a grand total of 6909, 21 pins short of making the top 8 cut. Ong knocked down lines of 207, 196, 211, 236, 259, 191, 217 and 210.
There was no stopping Australia's Jason Belmonte, who romped home by a convincing margin of 252 pins over his hearest opponent to move into the next stage in the lead. The Aussie posted an incredible 2038 series giving him a total of 7644.
American, Bill Hoffman, who trailed Belmonte all the way, finished second with 7392 after having posted the second highest 8-game series of 1903 followed by Colombia's Andres Gomez who remained third with 7111.
Finland's Petteri Salonen improving two notches to fourth with 7094 ahead of 20-year-old Brazlian student, Marcelo Suartz remained in fifth with 7059. 2005 champion, Michael Schmidt of Canada, Paul Moor of England and Thomas Gross of Austria finished sixth to eighth positions to complete the top 8 into the next stage.
The men will move to the 8-game round-robin matchplay quarterfinals including a position round match, with 30 points for a win and 15 for a tie.
Only the top 3 will proceed to the stepladder finals in which the third-placed bowler will meet the second-placed bowler over best of 3 games. The winner will meet the top-seed over the same format to determine this year's champion.
Detailed scores: Men's Top 24 | Photo Album.Photos courtesy of Hero Noda and QubicaAMF.