Clara Sets the Pace

October 6th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

All the fives, 55, and that’s not a bingo call but the total entry for the 2011 European Women’s Masters which this year switches to the lanes of Bowling Pedralbes, and 18 of those entries took to the approaches on Thursday evening to get this popular event underway.

Clara Guerrero, Colombia, Texas and Columbia

As usual, six games are bowled in the qualifying round, with re-entries allowed as available, then the top 24 will advance to Sunday’s final rounds. The champion will be decided from the top four in the televised finals, playing best of three games for semi-finals and final.

Star of Thursday’s meet was none other than Colombia’s Clara Guerrero, fresh from being leading lady in the recent Columbia Vienna Open in Austria, but overcoming all tiredness and jetlag to post 1289 to be squad leader.

Just four weeks ago Guerrero was leading the Colombian team in the World Women’s Championships in Hong Kong. So, international travel has not worn you down, we asked?: “It was a good day and I am really happy,” she commented. “This has been a lot better than Vienna. The lanes here are a lot more playable although the approaches are quite slick, which is challenging to get the right rhythm.

“After Hong Kong I managed to get two weeks at home in Texas, then I flew to Vienna before I came here to Barcelona. I love international events now that we do not have many women’s tournaments in the United States, so I have decided to come to Europe a little bit more and I enjoy bowling some of the European tour stops. I have one of my best friends here in Barcelona so I try to come here as much as I can.”

Despite six 200-plus games, Guerrero did not have things all her own way. Hot on her heels was fellow Colombian Luz Adriana Leal (now Gonzalez), married and living in Barcelona. She was just 23 pins adrift when the dust of battle had settled with 1266 and this pair duelled the only scores over 1200. Third place goes to Catalonia’s own Sandra Torrents on 1172.

Full event details on www.fcbb.cat

STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 1:

VII EUROPEAN WOMEN’S MASTERS

PRESIDENT SAMARANCH TROPHY

 

QUALIFICATION – S1 Squad: S1

 

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins
1 Clara Guerrero Colombia 224 201 205 225 232 202 1289
2 Luz Adriana Leal Colombia 179 235 173 278 218 183 1266
3 Sandra Torrents Pelaez Catalonia 230 208 189 185 201 159 1172
4 Sanna Pasanen Finland 185 178 174 167 215 207 1126
5 Rosa Mas Puiggros Catalonia 147 213 204 163 169 199 1095
6 Francisca Nuñez Hernandez Catalonia 137 209 168 158 166 206 1044
7 Hakamaki Tiia Finland 171 154 208 166 178 142 1019
8 Sandra Oliva Tudela Catalonia 176 155 179 179 163 158 1010
9 Lia Mojarro Postigo Catalonia 126 150 178 210 149 162 975
10 Ingrid Julia Ingles Catalonia 158 184 150 155 188 140 975
11 Irene Molera Teruel Catalonia 129 146 160 228 171 135 969
12 Francisca Melendez Bejar Catalonia 159 164 133 119 192 189 956
13 Roser Romero Burgos Catalonia 136 152 144 180 167 158 937
14 Meritxell Sanchez Lloansi Catalonia 158 145 128 178 138 180 927
15 Mercè Burgues Flamarich Catalonia 149 155 149 147 171 151 922
16 Elisabet Cejudo Justo Catalonia 138 167 144 165 117 157 888
17 Noelia Rastrero Medina Catalonia 129 146 159 149 135 155 873
18 Sandra Barange Villavecchia Catalonia 163 115 146 144 132 140 840

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