It was an Ebonite International, Inc. take-all event at the Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup on Nov. 19, at the Malacca International Bowling Centre in Melaka, Malaysia, with three of the ball manufacturer's four brands utilized in the finals.
After a two year hiatus from the international bowling circuit, Caroline Lagrange, of Montreal, Canada, earned the women's championship using a combination of the Columbia 300 Bedlam and Power Swing in two of her three matches in the finals.
Lagrange, who had the number-one seed in the stepladder final, dropped the first match in the best-of-three championship against Zara Giles, of England. Lagrange rallied to win the second match 210-181, and threw strikes on her first two shots of the 10th frame to capture the third and deciding game 218-211.
“As I woke up this morning, I told myself that I have a mission today, which is to be the top seed for the step-ladder stage,” she said. “It's a good start again for me as I want to keep on bowling. The Qatar Open will be up next for me next month and I will try to win more international titles next year.”
South Korea's Choi Yong-kyu and his Ebonite Ultra Magic kept the world cup from being a Canadian win-all affair when he defeated 2005 world cup champion Michael Schmidt by scores of 236-173 and 227-208.
Choi Yong-kyu's arrival in Malacca was a stroke of coincidence as the Korean Bowling Congress named him to replace Korean pro Jin Seok-kong at the eleventh-hour.
“I was not pressured coming into the final even though I held the lead from Day 2 (Nov. 17),” said Choi Yong-kyu. “I quickly found my lines during practice and just followed it. I always thought that I was going to win this tournament.”
Choi Yong-kyu also netted the only 300 of the tournament in the 38th game and received the gold medal, which is also the first medal for a Korean man in the World Cup history.
Using the Hammer Black Widow Venom, Schmidt had claimed a place in the step-ladder after moving up two rungs from fourth after the top-eight round-robin matches. He went on to deny Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang a spot in the final, winning 202-180, 247-217.