Top 10 for World Cup debutant

4th November, St. Petersburg: World Cup debutant, Daphne Tan of Singapore put in a superb performance amongst the best women bowlers in the world to finish the first block qualifying round in eighth at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.  Despite a slightly nervous start of 186 in the opening game, Tan regained her composure to reel off 244, 200, 214, 234 and 189 to end the first block of 6 games in eighth position. Another world cup debutant, Sun Hee Lee of Korea blitzed the lanes at the Kontinent Bowling Center to take the lead in the Women's first block qualifying round after Squad B completed their 6-games.

Sun, 36 from the town of Dan Jin Kum and had looked in fine form during the practice session, posted consistent lines of 236, 244, 236, 221, 223 and 226 for an impressive 1386 to lead a field of 73 top women bowlers from the world.

Aumi Guerra of Dominican Republic finished second with a total of 1376, just 10 pins adrift the leader, Sun. Guerra had only arrived St. Petersburg a day before Hurricane Noel hit her home country.

Squad A leader and a season campaigner of the Bowling World Cup, Sue Abela of Malta, settled for third spot with 1342. Abela had featured 9 times in the series after an amazing 20 years since debuting in Malaysia.

2005 champion, Lynda Barnes started off slowly but gradually hauled herself up to a creditable 11th with 1252. The high game in the women’s section of the tournament so far is 263 from Tina Hulsch of Germany.

The cut for the top 24 will take place after 24 games have been bowled by all the competitors. At present the cut is a 195.8 average for the women.

Detailed scores: Women's 1stBlk | Photo Album.

Photos courtesy of Hero Noda and QubicaAMF.