The first qualifying round of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships was held on Thursday, Sept. 20, in the country of Cyprus. All of the best bowlers in the world have traveled to Cyprus in hopes of winning the tournament while representing their country. Several of the bowlers participating are huge stars on the PBA Tour including Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, Stuart Williams, Andres Gomez and Osku Palermaa. While the competition is very stiff at this tournament, it did not keep Tommy Jones from taking a commanding lead after the first qualifying round.
Now that the first qualifying round is completed, all 71 bowlers will bowl one more qualifying round consisting of six more games. After the second qualifying round is completed, the tournament field will be cut to the top 24 bowlers. These remaining bowlers will then compete in a single elimination match play round until there is only one bowler left standing.
Tommy Jones was able to get off to an unbelievable scoring pace through the first six games of qualifying. At the conclusion of the first qualifying round, Jones was already able to secure a 105 pin lead over the closest competitor, Osku Palermaa. Jones was able to get such a large lead by averaging 251.83 in his six games and by not bowling a game below 233 during the entire round. Jones' low game of 233 was higher than all but two other bowlers were able to average during the qualifying round. While the huge lead does not guarantee that Jones will be able to win this tournament, his odds of making the next round are almost guaranteed.
Before this tournament started, I predicted that it would be won by a member of the PBA. At the end the first qualifying round, five of the top ten bowlers in the standings have all had some success on the PBA Tour during their career. The most shocking occurrence in this tournament other than the great start by Jones would have to be the poor start of Chris Barnes. Barnes was only able to average 202.17, which has put him in 29th place. This is not an ideal position for Barnes, but he is more than capable of bowling great in the next qualifying round to be able to make it to the next round.
Tommy Jones has not bowled that great the last few years on the PBA Tour, and I did not think that he was going to be the United States' best hope for a gold medal. Based on what he has been able do for the national bowling team the past few months, I think Tommy Jones is about to have a monster season on the PBA Tour.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.
Source: pba.com, bowlingdigital.com
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