World Ranking Masters

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The World Ranking Masters was Ten-pin bowling's international ranking system, as with professional Tennis. It was governed by the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA).

This ten-pin equivalent is known as the 'World Ranking Masters' and is made up of three vast tours: the European, Americas and Asian bowling tours. The Masters' is worked out at the end of the three tours, the European, Americas (Not American although it does cover the US) and Asian tours.

The last World Ranking Masters was conducted by WTBA in 2009.

Organisation[edit]

It was divided into the following geographical Zones/Tours:

When all three vast tours are complete the top 8 bowlers over the three tours are invited each year to the World Ranking Masters.

For example, with the EBT, the list can be found on the official ETBF website [6]. It is also reported on in the leading Tenpin news site [7].

The World Ranking Masters is played on the "Dual Condition" format. Over the years the format has changed. The current qualifying format takes place over 3 days, with 8 games being played each day. The first day is played on a "long" lane pattern (oiled to around 44 ft), the second on a "short" pattern (oiled to around 35 ft). The final day is played on a "mixed" pattern (each lane is dressed alternately with the long and short patterns).

The top 8 Men and top 8 Women over the 24 games qualify for the single-elimination matchplay finals. The finalists are seeded according to their final position in qualifying. The finals are played using "best of 3" matchplay style on alternating lane patterns. The higher seeded player has the choice of which pattern to start on.

These patterns force the players to attack the 2 different lane conditions using different angles/equipment/hand positions and is the best way to determine the player with the most skills, versatility and knowledge.

2007 - Lake Wales, Florida[edit]

The 2007 World Ranking Masters event will be held in the Kegel Training centre, Lake Wales, Florida after the original Hosts, Qatar withdrew from hosting the event in February 2007.

The five-day competition will start May 3 and will conclude with the TV finals on May 7.

"We have TV again. It will be a 90-minute show this time, maybe even two hours", Kegel founder John Davis proudly stated. "The county made the decision to back the show. It seems they were very happy with our performance and ratings last time."

It marks the third time after 2003 and 2005 that the prestigious event will come to the Kegel headquarters.

"This will be the 7th edition of this tournament and we are proud to be able to have the tournament at our Kegel Training and Tournament centre here in Lake Wales, Florida for the third time", said Del Warren, Tournament Manager and Vice President of Kegel Training and Tournament centre. "In fact, I think we will make the theme of this tournament 'A Celebration of the Sport of Bowling'.

The World Ranking Masters features the top eight men and top eight women from each of the three WTBA zones (American, European and Asian) plus one male and one female bowler to be picked by the host - a total of 25 men and 25 women.

Sara Vargas, Colombia, will be on hand to defend the women's title while Khalid Al Dubyan of Kuwait, the 2006 men's World Ranking Masters champion did not qualify through the Asian rankings.

As tournament hosts, Kegel and USBC jointly selected Team USA members Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, Illinois to represent the United States in the event. However, just before the start of the tournament Bill Hoffman had to unfortunately withdraw due to a foot injury. Hoffman was replaced at short notice by Team USA team-mate, David O'Sullivan of Orlando, Florida.

The Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters will have a first prize of $10,000 US Dollars for both the men and the women and we will be paying down to 10th place.

"We will also be unveiling a few new ideas to help promote the sport of bowling with the goal of elevating our sport to the next level", Warren added.

"We want to express our gratitude to the World Tenpin Bowling Association for their confidence and willingness to give us the opportunity to host this prestigious event."

As earlier reported, the Qatar Bowling Federation (QBF) withdrew as host of the 2007 World Ranking Masters, which should originally take place in Doha, from April 30 through May 6. Three countries wanted to step in and have sent an application to the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA), the USA, Finland and Indonesia. The WTBA decided in favour of the Kegel/USBC bid.

Participants - Women's Division[edit]

American Zone

Asian Zone

European Zone

Host Country Pick

Participants - Men's Division[edit]

American Zone

Asian Zone

European Zone

Host Country Pick

(Late replacement for Bill Hoffman)

Results[edit]

Kan Jam World Rankings[edit]

Top 8 (highlighted) qualify for quarter finals.

Pos. Player Country Long
Oil
Short
Oil
Mixed
Pattern
Total
Score
Avg
1 Osku Palermaa Finland Finland 1909 1943 1946 5798 241.58
2 Jason Belmonte Australia Australia 1913 1845 1806 5564 231.83
3 Stuart Williams England England 1872 1940 1711 5523 230.13
4 Paul Moor England England 1969 1703 1782 5454 227.25
5 Martin Larsen Sweden Sweden 1828 1861 1731 5420 225.83
6 Mossellem and Wilkie USA United States 1898 1814 1693 5405 225.21
7 Peter Ljung Sweden Sweden 1808 1757 1825 5390 224.58
8 Thomas and Gross Austria Austria 1820 1678 1881 5379 224.13
9 Remy and Ong Singapore Singapore 1969 1712 1679 5360 223.33
10 Mark and Buffa Canada Canada 1863 1782 1690 5335 222.29
11 Manuel and Otalora Colombia Colombia 1729 1748 1842 5319 221.63
12 Biboy and Rivera Philippines Philippines 1809 1766 1725 5300 220.83

Qualifying - Women (top 12 only)[edit]

Top 8 (highlighted) qualify for quarter finals

Pos. Player Country Long
Oil
Short
Oil
Mixed
Pattern
Total
Score
Avg
1 Caroline Lagrange Canada Canada 1885 1861 1755 5501 229.21
2 Diandra Asbaty USA United States 1637 1901 1924 5462 227.58
3 Wendy Chai Malaysia Malaysia 1659 1750 1856 5265 219.38
4 Zara Glover England England 1859 1695 1696 5250 218.75
5 Zandra Aziela Malaysia Malaysia 1599 1741 1875 5215 217.29
6 Aumi Guerra Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 1804 1676 1718 5198 216.58
7 Patricia Schwarz Germany Germany 1739 1657 1798 5194 216.42
8 Alicia Marcano Venezuela Venezuela 1662 1757 1765 5184 216.00
9 Helen Johnsson Sweden Sweden 1633 1795 1745 5173 215.54
10 Putty Armein Indonesia Indonesia 1742 1701 1715 5158 214.92
11 Paola Gomez Colombia Colombia 1731 1663 1731 5125 214.92
12 Tannya Roumimper Indonesia Indonesia 1691 1715 1656 5062 210.92

Quarter Finals - Men[edit]

Seed Player Score Seed Player Game Scores
1 Finland Osku Palermaa 0 - 2 8 Austria Thomas Gross 196-265, 203-207
2 Australia Jason Belmonte 0 - 2 7 Sweden Peter Ljung 190-258, 158-279
3 England Stuart Williams 2 - 0 6 United States David O'Sullivan 247-191, 240-205
4 England Paul Moor 2 - 0 5 Sweden Martin Larsen 238-204, 212-204

Quarter Finals - Women[edit]

Seed Player Score Seed Player Game Scores
1 Canada Caroline Lagrange 1 - 2 8 Venezuela Alicia Marcano 225-257, 235-213, 237-244
2 United States Diandra Asbaty 2 - 0 7 Germany Patricia Schwarz 267-220, 234-212
3 Malaysia Wendy Chai 1 - 2 6 Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra 193-172, 185-202, 221-226
4 England Zara Glover 2 - 0 5 Malaysia Zandra Aziela 258-223, 213-184

Semi Finals - Men[edit]

Seed Player Score Seed Player Game Scores
3 England Stuart Williams 2 - 1 8 Austria Thomas Gross 186-236, 197-151, 206-204
4 England Paul Moor 0 - 2 7 Sweden Peter Ljung 227-258, 234-246

Semi Finals - Women[edit]

Seed Player Score Seed Player Game Scores
2 United States Diandra Asbaty 2 - 1 8 Venezuela Alicia Marcano 186-234, 224-177, 245-165
4 England Zara Glover 2 - 0 6 Dominican Republic Aumi Guerra 226-183, 233-201

Final - Men[edit]

Seed Player Score Seed Player Game Scores
3 England Stuart Williams 2 - 1 7 Sweden Peter Ljung 233-236, 235-224, 269-240

Final - Women[edit]

Seed Player Score Seed Player Game Scores
2 United States Diandra Asbaty 2 - 0 4 England Zara Glover 233-148, 235-220

Past Events[edit]

Previous Finals - Men[edit]

Year Location Winner Score Runner-up Game Score
2001 Abu Dhabi, UAE United Arab Emirates Hong Kong Sunny Hui 2 - 0 Qatar Bandar Al-Shafi 247-225, 226-224
2002 Aalborg, Denmark Denmark Belgium Gery Verbruggen 2 - 0 Sweden Anders Öhman 247-234, 221-217
2003 Lake Wales, Florida, USA United States Sweden Anders Öhman 2 - 1 United States Bill Hoffman 237-223, 199-211, 220-179
2004 Moscow, Russia Russia United Arab Emirates Mohammed Al-Qubaisi 2 - 1 Finland Lasse Lintilä 188-244, 269-196, 210-190
2005 Lake Wales, Florida, USA United States Finland Kimmo Lehtonen 2 - 1 Finland Jouni Helminen 204-159, 216-253, 202-151
2006 Kuwait City, Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Khalid Al Dubyan 2 - 0 Finland Pasi Uotila 172-171, 178-166
2007 Lake Wales, Florida, USA United States England Stuart Williams 2 - 1 Sweden Peter Ljung 233-236, 235-224, 269-240
2008 Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Finland Jari Ratia 2 - 1 Malaysia Zulmazran Zulkifli 248-191, 173-179, 212-185
2009 Naples, Italy Italy Finland Osku Palermaa 2 - 0 Norway Tore Torgersen 259-234, 248-238

Previous Finals - Women[edit]

Year Location Winner Score Runner-up Game Score
2001 Abu Dhabi, UAE United Arab Emirates Singapore Jesmine Ho 2 - 0 Denmark Iben Tchu 191-179, 228-174
2002 Aalborg, Denmark Denmark Singapore Jennifer Tan 2 - 0 Singapore Jesmine Ho 205-172, 223-200
2003 Lake Wales, Florida, USA United States Denmark Britt Brøndsted 2 - 0 Germany Patricia Schwarz 224-164, 224-215
2004 Moscow, Russia Russia United States Diandra Asbaty 2 - 0 Malaysia Shalin Zulkifli 247-163, 277-169
2005 Lake Wales, Florida, USA United States Colombia Clara Juliana Guerrero 2 - 1 Malaysia Wendy Chai 219-235, 214-195, 223-157
2006 Kuwait City, Kuwait Kuwait Colombia Sara Vargas 2 - 1 Indonesia Putty Armein 176-185, 278-193, 187-184
2007 Lake Wales, Florida, USA United States United States Diandra Asbaty 2 - 0 England Zara Glover 233-148, 235-220
2008 Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Malaysia Wendy Chai 2 - 0 Venezuela Karen Marcano 186-181, 220-201
2009 Naples, Italy Italy Malaysia Siti Safiyah Amirah 2 - 0 Germany Tina Hulsch 215-199, 175-166

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