The World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championship is set to begin on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Limassol, Cyprus. 72 of the greatest bowlers from 40 different countries have gone to Cyprus in hopes of winning the tournament for their country. With so many great bowlers from across the world, this tournament will truly determine the best bowler in world.
This is the first year that the WTBA World Singles Championship is being held, but it has already drawn great support from the stars of the PBA. PBA greats Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones will be representing the United States. They will be competing against PBA bowlers Dan MacLelland, Osku Palermaa, Andres Gomez and Stuart Williams, who will all be representing their home countries. The tournament will start with two qualifying round consisting of six games each. After these 12 games are completed, the field will be cut to the top 24 bowlers. The top 24 will then bowl in a single elimination match play bracket until there is only one bowler left holding the gold medal.
I think this will be a very interesting tournament to follow to see how the bowlers from each country fare. Most of the bowlers from the smaller countries are going to be fairly unknown, but they may be just as talented as any of the bowlers from the PBA. While I am sure that every bowler in attendance is going to be extremely talented, I still think that a PBA bowler is going to win this tournament. They have more experience at bowling large tournaments on tough oil patterns, and that is enough to set them apart from the rest of the field. Over the next week we are going to have a better understanding of who has the best bowlers in the world, but do not be too surprised if you recognize the name winning the gold medal.
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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