First Day Results

by Bob Johnson 0

'Biboy' Rivera of Manila, Philippines tops the men's division leader board after the first five games in the 46th QubicaAMF

'Biboy' Rivera in action

Bowling World Cup at Bowling de Provence in Toulon, France, with  1181, an average of 236, leading

Wendy Chai on the lanes

second-placed Ham Chieh Kwan of Switzerland  (1159) and with former champion Mohammed Khalifa Al Qubaisi of the United Arab Emirates a further 14 pins behind.

Rivera is quoted as saying afterwards: “I didn’t bowl well in practice and gambled on a different game plan when we started. I bowled a little straighter and that gave me more room for error, plus I got good carry. I’m very pleased with the way I played today but there is still a long way to go.”

The high game so far is 289, by Alejandro Reyna of Costa Rica.

Asians shone again after Wendy Chai of Malaysia topped the women's  overall lead ahead of Korea's Gye Min-Young.
Wendy Chai, who finished second runnerup at the 2005 World Cup in Slovenia, did not have the best of starts as Venezuela's Patricia De Faria took the early lead with a superb opening game of 225 followed by Barbara Wilford of South Africa in second.

"This is my third attempt at this World Cup and I'm determined to do better than the last two," said Wendy Chai, 33. "I used a brand-new bowling ball and it worked well.

"This is only the first five games and there is still a long way to go. And I'll put in 110 percent if I want to make the top eight," added Chai.

Bowlers will play a total of four blocks of 5 games each over four days. The field will be cut to top 24 for another 8 games. At the end of the 8 games, the field will be further cut down to top 8 for their final 8 games. The top 3 will then advance to the stepladder finals.

All the bowlers will play 20 qualifying games before there is a cut to the top 24.  At present the cut is a 205 average with Stephen O’Connor of Ireland on the cut line. The overall average for all the men is 192.5.

Full standings and live scoring on:

Photos by Terence Yaw,

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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