Troup, Sin remain on top at 2018 QubicaAMF World Cup

Standings - Men | Women

Team USA member Kyle Troup has been looking forward to the 2018 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from the moment he locked up the men's title at the year-opening United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials.

The 27-year-old two-hander had an idea of what to expect this week at the prestigious event, but he also said it has been nice to ease into his Team USA career on his home turf.

Troup has been a hospitable host, making friends from dozens of countries off the lanes and then showing them how to properly navigate this week's 41-foot oil pattern on the lanes at the Sam's Town Bowling Center.

He averaged more than 236 through three rounds of qualifying to top the list of 24 men who advanced to Friday's fourth round. The men's field at the 2018 QubicaAMF World Cup included representatives from 81 countries.

"I've been looking forward to the World Cup since the day I won the Team USA Trials and found out I was going to be the one representing the team," Troup said. "I know this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and, luckily, it has been going well so far. There's still a long way to go, though, and it's not over until we're able to bring the Cup home."

The 24 advancers will return to the lanes at 11:30 a.m. Eastern for eight additional games, after which, 32-game pinfall totals will determine the eight bowlers for Saturday's round-robin match-play round. They will be joined Friday by the 24 women who advanced from the 68-player women's field.

2018WCMenDay3ForWeb637x359Troup set the pace on the men's side with a 24-game total of 5,674 and was followed by 2006 World Cup champion Osku Palermaa of Finland (5,560), Ryan Reid of Canada (5,479) and Jojoe Yannaphon of Thailand (5,384).

The final spot in the next round went to Donald Lee of Panama, whose 4,978 total, a 207.42 average, was enough by four pins. A perfect game Thursday helped solidify his place in the standings.

Reid rolled the first 300 of the week during Wednesday's second round, and Troup matched the feat early Thursday. Troup's perfect game was the 75th in tournament history.

"It feels great to be leading after 24 games, and getting to bowl a perfect game on this stage, in such a prestigious event, is going to be a special memory for me for a very long time," Troup said. "Since there's still so much bowling left, I don't want to think too far ahead. I just want to stay with my game plan and take it one game at a time like I've been doing. Speed control and hand position have been the focus, and it has worked out well for me."

On the women's side, Malaysia's Sin Li Jane was able to maintain the top spot in the standings, despite a disappointing end to the final day of qualifying.

Sin finished with a 24-game total of 5,111, a 212.96 average, and was followed by Indonesia's Nadia Nuramalina (5,041), Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe (5,000) and Karen Marcano of Venezuela (4,972).2018WCWomenDay3ForWeb637x359

"There have been some challenges over the three days, and all of us have had some high scores and some low scores," said Sin, who ended Thursday's round with games of 268, 235, 160 and 190. "The most important thing is to focus on what's next and not think about what already happened. We made it to the top 24, and now it's time to think about tomorrow."

Past World Cup champion (2000), Mel Oates of Wales, was the final player to advance, doing so with a 4,676 total, a 194.83 average.

Australia's Rebecca Whiting closed with her highest game of the week, a 255 effort, to catapult from 15 pins out of the cut after 23 games, to 21st in the standings. She finished just behind two-time World Cup champion (2010, 2011) Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic, who is looking to become the first woman to win the event three times.

Another big mover in Thursday's third round was O'Keefe, who had 702 in her final three games. She started the round in seventh place, and while her climb wasn't as drastic, it was a relieving finish that came after two frustrating days that really tested her patience and versatility.

"She played pretty much every part of the lane today, starting way outside and eventually sliding almost into the left channel," Team USA head coach Rod Ross said. "The picture started getting clearer for her, and being able see the transition a little better got her going in the right direction. She was able to make the right moves and finish strong. I'm proud of her adjustments and ball choices, and she actually started making a good run there at the end. We hope to carry that into tomorrow."

Ross also served as a valuable set of eyes for Troup, who already feels he has learned a lot from the Team USA coaching staff.

Troup's growing confidence in their relationship has helped him stay comfortable on the lanes at Sam's Town this week, and he's hoping to carry that into the World Bowling Men's Championships later this month in Hong Kong.

"Making Team USA was one of the proudest moments of my career, and everything so far has lived up to what I expected this incredible opportunity to be," Troup said. "The knowledge the coaches bring to the game really has been a helpful benefit of making Team USA. I'm looking forward to finishing this event out and going to Hong Kong for the World Championships. I can only imagine how exciting that event will be, and I can't wait to bowl alongside some of the best and most experienced bowlers in the world as my teammates."

Following Friday's eight games, the field at the 2018 World Cup will be cut to the top eight men and top eight women based on their 32-game pinfall totals.

They'll bowl eight games of round-robin match play Saturday, and the top four men and top four women after 40 games, including bonus pins, will advance to Saturday's knockout-style semifinals, where the No. 1 seed will face the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 and No. 3 will meet. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.

All rounds of competition this week are being broadcast live on BowlTV.

This year's tournament returns to the 56-lane Sam's Town Bowling Center, where it was held in 2015, and includes representatives from 83 countries - 81 men and 68 women. Each country is permitted to send one man and one woman.

The World Cup first was contested in 1965, and the tournament now is considered one of the sport's most prestigious singles titles.

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