Singapore, Finland lead singles at World Games

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CALI, Colombia - After 12 of 18 games in the singles event, Singapore's Geraldine Ng and Finland's Osku Palermaa lead the field at the 2013 World Games at the Cali Bowling Coliseum.

Ng has a 12-game total of 2,650 (220.8 average), while Palermaa has totaled 3,000 (250 average) to pace the men's division. Qualifying resumes with six final games of qualifying Saturday.

Palermaa bowled a blistering 1,535 in the second round with games of 290, 266, 243, 270, 197 and 269 to blast the field. Norway's Mads Sandbaekken is second with 2,876, while Dan MacLelland of Canada is third with 2,857.

Team USA's Mike Fagan sits in fourth place with 2,778 and is 222 pins off the lead heading into the final round of qualifying.

"I was still on a high from winning the mixed doubles yesterday, so I need to get my mind back into the competition," Fagan said. "When everyone started striking so much, it motivated me, and I bowled some good games the last three to get back into a comfortable position."

In the women's division, Ng put together a second consistent six-game block Friday, finishing with 1,344 in the second round. She leads Colombia's Clara Guerrero by 18 pins, while the Ukraine's Daria Kovalova is third just 29 pins off the lead.

Team USA's Kelly Kulick entered the day with the lead but had a rough six-game block to drop to 10th overall with 2,523. After shooting 1,308 in the mixed doubles Thursday, Kulick shot just 1,215 in the second round.

"It was an extremely frustrating day," Kulick said. "The other girls made them look like a house shot, and I made them look hard. I feel like I threw the ball better today than yesterday but the results were the opposite."

After 18 games of qualifying, the singles field will be cut to the top 10 men and top 10 women for 10 games of round-robin match play. No pins from qualifying will carry forward. After round robin, the top three men and top three women will bowl in the stepladder finals.

The World Games bowling competition features 24 countries from around the globe.