Singles qualifying wraps up at World Games

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CALI, Colombia - Qualifying in the singles event wrapped up Saturday at the 2013 World Games, but with all pins being dropped headed into round-robin match play, any of the remaining players still have a chance to reach the stepladder finals.

Finland's Osku Palermaa and the Ukraine's Daria Kovalova led their respective divisions after 18 games of qualifying at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. The top 10 men and top 10 women advanced to match play.

Palermaa easily led the men's field with 4,375 (243 average), while Norway's Mads Sandbaekken qualified second with 4,281. Canada's Dan MacLelland took the third spot with 4,243.

The other players who qualified for match play in the men's division were Korea's Dongjun Hwang, Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli, Mexico's Alejandro Cruz, Colombia's Santiago Mejia, Germany's Pascal Winterheimer, Team USA's Mike Fagan and Chinese Taipei's Hsing-Chao Cheng.

"Today I learned what not to do tomorrow," said Fagan, who totaled 4,063 (225.7 average) in qualifying. "We'll have a little bit of a different game plan for tomorrow. Luckily, I was able to hold on and stay in the top 10."

On the women's side, Kovalova finished qualifying with 4,068 (226 average) to pace the field. Colombia's Clara Guerrero was second with 3,959, while Malaysia's Esther Cheah was third with 3,937.

The other players who qualified were Venezuela's Karen Marcano, Singapore's Geraldine Ng, Mexico's Sandra Gongora, Finland's Sanna Pasanen, Team USA's Kelly Kulick, the Dominican Republic's Aumi Guerra and Canada's Lynne Gauthier.

"The only important thing is that I qualified," said Kulick, who finished qualifying with 3,825 (212.5 average). "Tomorrow we are going to use a new strategy. I'm going to use a stronger ball and get left of the rest of the girls and see how that works."

The remaining players will bowl 10 games of round-robin match play Sunday morning before cutting to the top three men and top three women for the stepladder finals.

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