Singles underway at the 2021 IBF Masters World Championships in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates –The 2021 International Bowling Federation World Masters Championships (formerly senior) kicked off Thursday at the Dubai International Bowling Center, and the eight members of Senior United States team are over the cut line halfway through the singles qualifying.
For some, the first five games of the week were a chance to let go of the nerves and anxiety of competing on such a big stage.
For others, it was an opportunity to get comfortable in the center and on the condition of the 44-foot track of the event, while discovering what the various bowling balls could do over the course of the day. of the day and pattern transitions.
Team USA newcomer Tom Hess took advantage of a first frame incident to lighten the mood on the slopes, and he quickly got comfortable, racking up strikes en route to a total of 1,270 leader, an average of 254. He had games of 212, 279, 245, 255 and 279.
Sweden’s Peter Ljung is second with 1,198, followed by Norwegian Tore Torgersen (1,196) and American team Chris Barnes (1,193) and Parker Bohn III (1,169).
Team USA’s Bob Learn Jr. finished the day in 10th place with 1,133.
“I pulled the first one out of my hand, let’s put it that way,” Hess said. “It went down the lane and got into the pocket, but I left a 10 pin, which I ended up missing. When I came back Chris had a big smile on his face and said ‘eh well, you put it aside quickly. ‘ It really helped me relax. I wouldn’t say I was nervous, but I was anxious and excited for the first seven or eight frames before I started. “
Another first-time senior USA member Debbie Ayers set the tone for the women’s team with a total of 1,069, an average of 213.8. She finished the day third in the women’s general classification.
Tuula Tamminen of Finland and Antje Materne of Germany share first place after five games with a total of 1078. Sharon Powers of the United States team is fourth (1067) and Finland’s J. Anttas is fifth at 1057.
Team USA’s Tish Johnson is sixth at 1,053 and Tracy Calfee is 31st at 898.
“I was able to switch balls and try different lines today but missed a few spares in all five games which is not good,” said Johnson, who has competed in all five editions. of the Masters World Championships, which made their debut. in 2013. “I had a big game at the start (269) and a good game at the end (222), but tomorrow I’m going to clean up and put my foot in the stirrup.”
Two dozen countries are represented at the 2021 IBF Masters World Championships, and they compete in two age categories – 50+ and 65+. The United States team only competes in the 50+ division.
Each country at the 2021 IBF Masters World Championships can have a maximum of four men and four women in each age category.
There are 61 women competing in the 50+ division, and the men’s field consists of 79 bowlers.
The second half of the singles will only take place on Saturday, after which the field in each gender category will be reduced to the first 32 for the group matches, based on the totals of 10 matches per fall.
Each group in match play will consist of eight players, and they will all play seven games, allowing them to face all group members once each.
Points will be awarded for each victory, and the top two players from each group, based on points, will advance to the bracket-type quarter-finals.
The quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will all be one-game matches at the Masters World Championships.
Competition at the Dubai International Bowling Center resumes Friday morning at 8 a.m. (11 p.m. EST) with the doubles qualifiers.
Doubles will mark the start of the Baker competition, in which team members alternate frames to complete a single match. The team competition this week will also feature a modified Baker format.
Doubles qualifying will consist of 10 Baker matches, and the peloton for each gender will be reduced to the top 16 for matches.
The tournament follows a similar structure to that used for the recent IBF Super World Championships, the first of three events held in Dubai this month. The first IBF Para Bowling World Championships shared the spotlight.
“It was great bowling with Chris today, and our communication has been great all day,” said Hess, 2021 Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. “When you have a guy like Chris starting up and giving you information on what the tracks are doing when you move around, that helps. It was really nice to go out and do some great shots today. I think we did. are going to be twinned for the doubles tomorrow, so I look forward to another opportunity to hit the tracks together. “
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This week, Team USA are looking to defend the men’s singles, men’s doubles and men’s team titles, as well as the women’s doubles and team.
The United States has swept away team gold medals in the last three editions of the event (2019, 2017, 2015).
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