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51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
November 13 - 20, 2015 Las Vegas, USA
Historical win for Hong Kong

19th November, Las Vegas: Second-seed, Wu Siu Hong made history by becoming the first Hong Kong bowler to win the Men's title of the 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup on Thursday while Clara Guerrero of Colombia won the women's crown for the second time.

After some amazing bowling in the Top 8 semi-finals which saw Louw topping the standings with 9015 pinfalls from six wins, 61 pins ahead of Wu in second with 8954 from four wins. Muhammad Jaris Goh of Singapore made the stepladder in third with 8777.

Wu was up against Muhammad Jaris in the semi-final. Muhammad Jaris had an open frame and never caught it back in the first game losing 173-189. Hong then started the second game with a turkey and never looked back, winning by two games to zero, 223-194.

The Hong Kong national opened the first two frames but started striking in the fifth frame, including a really lucky strike in ninth, to win the first game 233-219.

Wu Siu Hong with his champion's trophy

A big split in frame three really hurt Francois, while Wu stayed clean, running out the winner by 223-180.

"At the beginning I was bowling too fast and those two open frames meant a bad start," said Wu after the match. "Then I changed my ball and found my form, just taking it shot by shot.

"I feel fantastic. This is the fourth time I have played in the World Cup and my best position was ninth, so I finally feel I've done it. It fills me with confidence and it shows Hong Kong people can do it. Now I just want to come back next year!"

In the women's semi-final match, second-seed Shannon Pluhowsky of the USA started very strongly and Russian student Maria Bulanova was simply not in the first game with the American winning 219-174. But Maria came back with a vengeance and won the second game 242-177 forcing a deciding game.

An open frame from Pluhowsky gave Bulanova an early lead, but by the seventh frame it was nip and tuck with neither player having the upper hand. But Pluhowsky's experience came through getting a run of strikes to win, 238-194.

So the women's final was between Clara Guerrero, the defending champion from Colombia, and Pluhowsky, who was bidding to become the first woman to win the title three times.

Clara Guerrero winning the women's title twice

But Pluhowsky never found a line so Guerrero won the first game, 202-177. The Colombian went on to win the second game 243-238, becoming the sixth woman to win the World Cup twice.

"It was a tough final. Shannon is such a tough competitor, and I knew if I could only get in front I would stand a chance," said the champion, who has won everything she can possibly win, was also delighted.

"And I made the good shots when I needed to. I really want to come back next year and try to win for the third time and set a record!"

Singapore with Muhammad Jaris in third and Geraldine Ng tieing fourth in the women's division, were presented with their trophies as top country by Tom Pippenger, the Sam's Town Bowling Centre manager.

QubicaAMF have announced that the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup 2016 will be held in Shanghai, China.

Photos courtesy of QubicaAMF.

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